May 24 , 2019 / 6 minutes, 24 seconds

Bikram Babes – Coming in Hot!

Author: Annette K. Scott

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This week’s teacher spotlight is super big and super bright because we’ve got 3 beauties to bring into the hot center of your attention. Mailoha Albaladejo, Suzanne Aronoff and Melissa Vogt all share a love for giving it to you hot! hot! hot! (yoga, I’m talking yoga here folks…) and while they are each extraordinary teachers in their own right, they share a passion for the Bikram (26&2) practice and would love to have you join them for some hot Bikram joy!

Here are their yoga stories:

Mailoha Albaladejo

Not only do I absolutely love heat (the hotter the better!) but I believe Bikram is an incredibly foundational practice. I find that the practice and postures, in particular the breathing exercises, improve my physical performance overall. I absolutely love teaching it because it’s incredible to see students in class truly challenging themselves and getting stronger.

Bikram is great for students that struggle with back issues. The practice stretches and strengthens the spine. During Bikram you will also burn some serious calories, develop increased flexibility and leave class feeling energized.

When I’m not teaching or practicing yoga I am running, cycling, swimming or taking some sort of circuit class. I love to sweat! I also love to eat! You can find more of me on my Instagram (@lifewithmailoha) where I spend the rest of my time!

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Suzanne Aronoff

I took my first Bikram class in 2004. It was a frigid February day in Columbus, Ohio. I was hooked instantly with the contrasting extreme heat inside and the exhilarating freezing cold outside. My body felt cleansed and my mind felt settled like never before.

Bikram Babes - Coming in Hot! 3Since that day, Bikram Yoga has been a constant presence in my life. As a teacher, I offer a playful yet sound anatomical and challenging teaching style and believe my love for Bikram yoga shines through with every class I lead.  I believe that practicing just twice a week will improve the functioning of all body systems as the progression of postures stimulates and revitalizes our bodies.

This style of yoga in particular has a specific focus on spine health so our spines are lengthened and strengthened by the end of each practice. Bikram is ideal for athletes and folks recovering from injuries. Happily, Kodawari offers traditional 90 minute Bikram Sundays at 3 pm and Wednesdays at 7:15 pm. There is also a 60 min Bikram offering Wednesday mornings at 6 am.

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My yoga practice really helps me in the rest of my life…I have been a massage therapist for many years and I know that my yoga practice has helped keep me strong as a therapist. And while the Bikram practice wwill always remain one of my original true loves look for my name on the schedule for a vinyasa class too! The Bikram practice is the dialogue and the vinyasa classes give me a chance to give rein to my love of music.

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I have had a lifelong passion for music being a musician from childhood through college and to be honest, I often spend WAY too much time (but I love it) making playlists for yoga class and for my massages because discovering new music to share with people makes me happy! Join me when you can!

Melissa Vogt

As a professional On-Air Runway Model, Melissa’s biggest passion in life, yoga, was forged in the crucible of exercise and the constant search for the hottest (pun intended) fitness program trending. In her words, “I was instantly hooked after my first hot Bikram yoga class – the intense physical and mental challenges the series offers really got me.”

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As Melissa continued to practice, she was delighted to discover the power of yoga to transform, heal and unite the body, mind and soul. Physically, she was thrilled for the relief from back pain due to scoliosis. Mentally and emotionally, she felt a greater sense of peace and ease that continues to fuel her desire to share her passion with others today.

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Melissa completed her 200hr yoga teacher training with Evolation Yoga in 2010. She has continued her education with Bikram Choudhury, Rajashree Choudhury  Rodney Yee, Collen Saidman-Yee and Gary Krafstow with Viniyoga Therapy.

Melissa embraces 9 different certifications including: yoga(s), Pilates, Lagree fitness, cycling and personal training. As result, Melissa encourages omies (yoga homies, get it!) to make life changing transformations as she guides them inward on their own journey of self exploration through establishing and nurturing a connection to ones higher truth.

Needless to say, it’s time for you to get hot! You’ve got options…you can always sign up now for tomorrow!



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Terms & Conditions


You can sign up for classes online through our MindBody app (Kodawari Studios), through MindBody directly or in person in the studio. All classes will be shown online and any changes will appear on the weekly schedule.

If you book a class but don’t show up, you will not be charged.
If you have booked online, you need to be at the studio and check-in at least 10 minutes before the class starts. If you come as a drop-in yogi, you need to be here at least 10 min before to ensure your space and have time to check-in, take care of yourself and get your mat down.


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Conditions for Class Cards

Class Cards with 5, 10 and 20 classes expire after 1 year. There is a $50 reinstatement fee for expired classes.

The New Student BOGO offer is a one-time offer to new yogis and can only be bought one time. $20 and gets you two classes for the price of one.

The New Student 30-day Month Unlimited offer expires after 30 days. This is a one-time offer to new yogis and can only be bought one time. Purchases are binding. They can not be put on a friend’s profile or refunded.

Class cards can be shared between two people. An active credit card must be kept on file.
All class cards become active from your first booking, not the day of purchase.

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Auto-pay memberships options give you a range of access to yoga practice on a monthly basis and offer you discounts on all services and non-food products. The membership can start on any day of the month. All memberships (with the exception of the 1-and-Done) require 30 days email notice to [email protected] to terminate. Auto-pay memberships are active from the day you buy it, not from the day you have your first booking!

On the day of purchase, you sign the contract for your preferred membership, associate an active credit card to your profile and pay for that 1 month of practice. Thereafter you pay each month the assigned price for your chosen membership. The money is automatically collected using your credit card. The automatic payments will continue until you cancel your membership.


It is possible to put your membership on hold 2 times per calendar year for a total of a 1 month period. You can do this via an email request to [email protected] or in person at the studio.

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Rules for Traveling Yogi 1 Week Pass
The Traveling Yogi Pass gives you unlimited access to yoga classes for 1 week (7 days). The 1 Week Pass can not be extended, put on hold and is personal. It can only be purchased 12 times in a calendar year and you must provide proof of out-of-state residency. The weekly pass is activated from the day, you make your first booking.

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Event registration is personal and binding. You can sign up for workshops online or in the studio.

Should you be unable to participate in the workshop you have signed up for, send an email to [email protected] at least 48 hours before the workshop to get your money back minus 10% in administration fee.

We reserve the right to take photos and film during all events.

Conditions for Trainings
A $500 non-refundable deposit is due upon registration to reserve your space.

The deposit may be paid online or in person with cash, check or credit card. Remaining cost may be paid in full or can be broken down into 4 payments and can be paid online, in person with check or credit card. Please make all checks out to Kodawari Studios.

*Full tuition must be received one full month prior to completion of your chosen program.

Cancelation Policy
Should you have to withdraw from the program before it begins, you’ll receive a refund, minus a $500 administrative fee, according to this schedule:

An applicant denied admission by the school is entitled to a full refund of all monies paid.

3 Day Cancellation: An applicant who submits written notice of cancellation within 3 business days of signing the enrollment agreement is entitled to a refund of all monies, less a $250 administrative fee, paid no later than 30 days after receiving the notice of cancellation. The 3 Day Cancellation Rule excludes, Saturday, Sunday and Federal and State holidays.
Other Cancellations:
An applicant who submits written notice of cancellation of the program more than 3 business days after signing an enrollment agreement and with a minimum of 24 hours prior to the start of the program is entitled to a refund of all monies paid less an administrative fee of $500.

If less than a 24 hour time period is given for cancellation, a 50% tuition fee will be imposed.
If canceling after program begins: full deposit and a $25-per-hour prorated fee for teaching hours received will be imposed.

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The Gift Certificate can be used to buy any and all products and services available at Kodawari Studios. The certificate expires 1 year from the day of purchase.
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Credit Card payments are charged the same business day. Credit card refunds take 5-7 business days. We accept cash, check, American Express, MasterCard and Visa credit cards.

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