Category Archives: Teachers

Hanna Newman, Co-Owner

Growing up Hanna was not exactly an exercise aficionado. She had tried a variety of sports, but always found that she either did not enjoy or did not have a knack for them. During the Fall of 2005 her dad, Ralph, convinced her to go to her first Bikram Yoga class. She was the overweight one hiding in the back corner of the…
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Ari Eisenberg, Co-Owner

Ari was never particularly interested in sports growing up.  Hanna brought Ari to his first yoga class at Bikram Yoga Durham in the winter of 2010. After they both finished college in Maryland, they relocated to Durham and Ari began practicing Bikram Yoga every day. When he first started, Ari couldn't touch his toes, but after…
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Ralph Newman, MD. Studio Founder

Ralph's determination and strength show us how yoga gives the physical health and mental power to overcome life's difficulties. Ralph began his journey towards Bikram yoga as an overweight teen channeling body mass into bodybuilding and powerlifting. He became an avid runner and cyclist, completing seven marathons. Twenty-six years of lifting and pounding gave Ralph…
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Melinda Kearney, Teacher

Melinda fell in love with Bikram Yoga during final Savasana of her first class. As her practice evolved, it became a central component in nourishing a balanced mind, body and spirit. Her love for the practice coupled with a passion to share Bikram Yoga with others led her to Los Angeles, California in the spring…
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