After earning her Bikram yoga instructor certification from the practice's founder in 1999, Bikram Choudhury, studio director Sarah Ittmann traveled the world teaching the 26-posture practice throughout the United States, Canada, England, and Ireland. Now settled in Baltimore, Sarah, her husband Henri, and their team of certified Bikram teachers host daily classes in a 2,000-square-foot space. The studio also features ample free parking in the rear of the building.
Since the hot temperatures?which hover around the 100-degree mark?incite healthy sweating and detoxification, staffers regularly steam-wash the antimicrobial, nonslip floor to keep the studio as clean as Mr. Bubble's standup routine. They also provide men's and women's locker rooms equipped with showers, toiletries, and hair-dryers.
Karen Wright's journey to become a health coach wasn't easy. In the face of hardship, she discovered that her passion for understanding the effects of healthy eating had a positive influence on her family. Her son, diagnosed with ADHD, was less dependent on medication once he changed his diet, and other family members found their high blood pressure and addiction to sugar lessened with her guidance. Karen drew inspiration from seeing the impact that nutrition and holistic healing had on in her own family. It was this same positive energy that spurred her to hunt down the array of certifications necessary to become a holistic health coach. Today, her services include telephone-based classes that help guests take control of their health by arming them with manageable goals and empowering them with information.