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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!

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.

Jenny McParland


I started practicing Bikram Yoga in Ireland in 2008. I immediately loved it! The physical workout was amazing. I continued my practice when I returned to the United States in 2010. Bikram Yoga has helped me in many aspects of my life, but I feel the mind-body connection is the greatest benefit.

I completed Teacher Training in 2011 in Los Angeles, Calif. It was a positive experience that will stay with me always. As a yoga instructor I hope to help others enjoy the practice as much as I do!

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 enjoy

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.