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Get to know the amazing, talented, dedicated, and highly trained teaching staff at Bikram Yoga Natick!


Maria McBride, Studio Owner


I grew up in Natick, Massachusetts and always knew that I wanted to own and operate a small business in my hometown. I began practicing Bikram Yoga in December 2006, while at Ithaca College. I had just started training for the Boston Marathon, something that I had attempted twice before but always had gotten injured. I figured that adding some yoga into my running routine would help stretch me out and keep me injury-free.

I had no idea what I was in for! The first 90-minute class was incredibly intense and challenging - the heat, the postures, the sweat. I kept asking myself, “How am I sweating this much?” I found myself wanting to go back the next day. Over the next four months I practiced Bikram Yoga five times per week and remained healthy throughout my marathon training. Not only was I feeling great physically, but my mental state was far more relaxed and calm.

After graduation I moved home to Massachusetts and kept practicing. I saw how the benefits of Bikram Yoga helped people with so many different issues, I wanted to know more and be a part of it. It was then that everything clicked into place: I knew I would teach this yoga.

I attended teacher training in 2008 in Acapulco, Mexico and taught at studios throughout New England for two years after graduating. I opened Bikram Yoga Natick on September 30, 2010. I am so happy to now have Bikram Yoga, in Natick – my home town!
I encourage everyone to try this yoga and start feeling great!

Audrey Holst, Studio Owner

I began practicing Bikram yoga in June 2006 at the urging of a co-worker. Injuries sustained from running cross-country competitively in high school had left me with chronic back pain. I was working hunched over a computer all day long and in direct view of the office kitchen so I had dibs on all the snacks that came through the door. I was a cranky, stressed-out and not all that healthy. Even though the first Bikram class I took left me feeling like I was run over by the “yoga bus”, I loved the challenge and became a regular practitioner. The consistent practice eventually restored my health and eliminated my back pain. I graduated from the Yoga College of India (Hawaii) in November, 2007. I taught at many studios in the area while teaching for, and mentoring with, Diane Ducharme. In December, 2014, I became the co-owner of Bikram Yoga Natick.

I have experienced first-hand so many amazing examples of healing from this yoga in myself and through students. I will practice for the rest of my life and I'm committed to helping others create a sustainable and healing practice as well.

Jeff Osman

"Bring a towel, you're going to sweat," were my instructions from a friend after she invited me to my first Bikram yoga class. I thought "sweat, in yoga!, how hard can it be?" I was very glad I listened because she was exactly right. When I arrived to the class one of the first things I noticed was the incredible variety of, woman, people of all ages and very different body types. The other thing I noticed pretty quick was how happy and how excited they all seemed. "This is very unique...", I thought, " what is going on here?".
Well, I was struggling, sweating and for some reason smiling, all of them a ton. When the teacher announced that it did not matter, that ANYONE can do this practice and get full benefit I realized that this is something very special. It was love at first practice!

Of course I survived my first class, and I felt unbelievably fantastic afterwards. Still though at first, I could not see just how powerful Bikram yoga is. As my journey continued (and continues) , as the hills and valleys, the good practices and the not so great ones happen, I learn a little better understanding of the simple and true concept that everyday day is different both in our practices and in our lives. I continue to learn and grow and fall in love with Bikram yoga more and more every day.

I attended the fall 2012 Bikram yoga teacher training in Los Angeles, where there was 442 fellow teacher trainees, and I absolutely love practicing, studying and teaching Bikram yoga! So bring a towel and I will see you in class!

Jacqueline Shorten

Bikram yoga has opened my eyes to a whole other world that I never knew existed. I will never forget my first class October 27th, 2009, a day that changed my life. I was pushed in a way that I had never been before. Being very competitive in almost everything I had done prior,this class kicked my butt! I kept coming because I needed to change, something had to give. This yoga gave me hope and helped me achieve what I never dreamed possible.

Slowly, over time, things got easier; the breathing, balance, heat, the ability to look at myself in the mirror.  I watched the transformation happen and learned to fall in love with the girl staring back in the mirror.
The yoga gave me a strong mind body connection and helped me conquer my fears. 

I know what Bikram Yoga has done for me, which is why I have changed my whole life around to become a Bikram Yoga teacher. I bring my passion and love to help others in whichever way they need this healing yoga, Just step into the hot room and let the magic happen.

Briana Roberge


I started practicing Bikram Yoga as a college freshman. I played sports throughout high school and college, the resulting sciatic pain was preventing me from walking comfortably - let alone running and training for games.

During my first Bikram Yoga class I remember watching in awe as another student touched her forehead to the floor. From that day on, I went to yoga as often as possible. As my sciatic pain began to dissipate, I was able to run and play sports without pain. More importantly, I had a greater desire to be in the hot room than on the field. That first year I saw my body change, felt my body and mind coming closer together, and noticed a real change in my mindset.


I went to Los Angeles, Calif., in 2011 to attend teacher training. I love this yoga so much. I truly believe in the healing powers of yoga. I hope to instill a desire in my students to show up, work hard and smile. I want them to discover the vigor and longevity that this yoga provides.


Larry Kovner


I started practicing Bikram Yoga in 2008 and quickly discovered its many benefits. Years of running took its toll on my lower back and I suffered from herniated discs. I noticed in myself and others the amazing healing power of regular yoga practice.

I attended Bikram Yoga teacher training in Las Vegas, Nev., in 2010. Being a Bikram Yoga teacher is one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I enjoy connecting and sharing this yoga with students. I’m honored to be able to share the knowledge I have gained from great teachers. The students continuously inspire me, and I’m dedicated to helping them reach their potential.

Laura Senst


I was introduced to Bikram Yoga in 2010 after completing my  4th marathon. Due to constant cross training and long runs, I was experiencing tight hips and hamstrings. After a couple of weeks of practicing Bikram, I found the yoga opened my shoulders and hip flexors as well as stretched my IT band.  I went on to complete 2 more marathons with less pain, resulting in best personal records.

After a traumatic injury in fall of 2011, I was told I would never be able to run again. My right knee and tibia bone were damaged. Determined to prove my surgeon wrong, I went back into the hot room to heal my body. With time, patience, and practice, I was able to heal the body in 14 weeks. Summer of 2012 I completed multiple 5k road races.

I am a true believer Bikram Yoga is a healing yoga. I’ve seen and felt the tremendous benefits in my body. I  knew instantly I wanted to become a Bikram yoga teacher. In Spring 2014 I went to teacher training in Los Angeles, CA. I love sharing my experience with yoga students and seeing their transformations in class!



Margie Topf


I began practicing Bikram yoga in 2001 as the start of a new mid-life journey. Previously I was a dancer, educator, choreographer, and founder of the MJT Dance Company.

I completed teacher training in Los Angeles, Calif., in January 2004. It was the most difficult and amazing period in my life, and I will always be grateful for this life-changing opportunity. After becoming a certified Bikram Yoga teacher, I traveled extensively to gain teaching experience and to deepen my own practice.

I love practicing and teaching Bikram Yoga. I am deeply committed to sharing my passion for this yoga, which has healed me on physical, emotional and spiritual levels very deeply. I bring my passion for movement and body awareness into each class experience.

Joanne Zimmerman


In 2005 I decided to find out what Bikram Yoga was all about. I immediately fell in love with the practice! The physical and mental aspects of the workout intrigued and invigorated me while simultaneously transforming my body and mind.

I have always enjoyed being active. Cross training, running, biking, swimming, paddle boarding, skiing, skating – you name it, I’ve done it. I trained for and completed my first triathlon in 2010. My search for a “new” workout ended with Bikram Yoga. My practice has made my body and mind stronger and more flexible. Bikram Yoga has also benefited my challenging daily schedule of working from home, volunteering in the community, and managing a busy household.

In 2011, six years after my first class, I attended teacher training in Los Angeles, Calif. I am thrilled that I accomplished my goal and can now assist others with their Bikram Yoga practice.