Bikram Yoga is thrilled to cheer on not one, but FIVE USA Yoga competitors this spring! These talented, driven, dedicated individuals have been training for months to be a part of this regional competition--with four of our five athletes attending for the first time! Training includes all of the physical practice, as well as mentally preparing to face the challenge of performing in front of others, which isn't easy. Their motivation has been about becoming the best versions of themselves. As Charese Peterson, the reigning state USA Yoga champ and a Bikram Yoga instructor, so wisely puts it, “USA Yoga is about connecting with fellow yogis as we work to become the best versions of ourselves. It’s not me against you. It’s about being in competition with your old self to become a higher version of you.” What a noble goal and purpose! We couldn’t be prouder of each of our competitors and all they’ve worked so hard for!

We might not be able to root for our friends in person as they travel to Chicago on May 21 to compete, but there are ways we can follow them in their adventure. We will add videos of their competition routines to our website once the event has taken place, as well as video of the awards ceremony. It will be a fun way for you to get a firsthand look at what the competition is all about. You can also see glimpses of their journey through our Instagram account @bikramyogabrickcanvas and Charese’s Instagram account. For more info on the event and USA Yoga organization, you can check out their Instagram (@charmony_yogi) and Facebook accounts.


We’d like to thank you for being a part of our journey. Your generosity and financial contributions during the fundraiser class will make a great impact on our ability to make the trip to Chicago this May. 

Joanne, we also want to thank you for suggesting a fundraiser class in the first place. Your caring heart touches everyone who is lucky enough to walk through our Bikram Yoga doors. You’re always thinking of ways to make our lives better, and this is certainly one of those ways.

Thank you!