Hannah Dodson Metcalf Bikram Charleston Instructor

Hannah Dodson

Studio Owner — Originally from northern California, Hannah studied the social sciences at the University of California, Berkeley. She married a USAF fighter pilot, moved to South Carolina, and graduated from the USC School of Law. Hannah was a practicing attorney for several years before starting a family, and finally made Charleston her home in 2003. She loves living here with her husband and four children.

A long-time running/spinning/tennis cardio junkie, Hannah went to her first Bikram class on the suggestion of a friend. Having attended several other types of yoga classes, Bikram was the first yoga class that satisfied her necessary “intense workout” component–in fact, she was “blown away.” Hannah spent the next year logging as much time in the hot room as possible, and now she practices almost daily. Although she still loves the difficulty of the workout, Hannah feels that the transcendence of mind is Bikram Yoga’s true jewel. In Standing Head to Knee posture, her mind simply cannot be elsewhere than with the body at that moment.

Hannah went to Bikram teacher training in Los Angeles in 2013, and greatly enjoys connecting with the practitioners in her classes. She is committed to providing traditional Hatha Yoga at 360 Yoga Charleston, in a kind, friendly and supportive environment.

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Jen Bearden

Jen Bearden is originally from upstate New York, and attended the University of Delaware where she completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography. (Her work is on display throughout the 360 Yoga website!) Upon graduation, the need to pay bills and seek adventure led her to become a flight attendant for Delta Air Lines. It was there where she met her husband, Jim, and started a family. After moving to Charleston in 2006, Jen decided to pick up the photography business.

Photography proved to be a wonderful creative outlet for Jen’s mind, but horrible for her lower back. At the advice of her yogi younger sister, Jen attended her first Bikram Yoga class in 2008. It only took one class and she was hooked. Jen has been practicing ever since, and started teaching in 2016. Jen is thrilled to be part of the 360 Yoga team.

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Sally Caldwell Bikram Charleston Instructor

Sally Caldwell

Sally took her first Bikram yoga class in September 2011. She has always been physically active but was looking for some peace amidst the chaos of teaching elementary school and raising 3 boys. What she found was not only a challenging workout but also a meditative practice that required immense mental and physical discipline. She was instantly hooked and practicing Bikram yoga became part of her everyday routine. She notices an immense calm and peace after practicing Bikram. She sleeps better, has more patience with others, worries less and loves more. Sally enjoys watching students transform and the smiles they get after accomplishing something new in their practice. She lives on the Isle of Palms with her husband Ryan and their three boys. Sally loves backward bends, coffee early in the morning, and walking the beach with her family and yellow lab. She is so grateful to have found Bikram Yoga Charleston and looks forward to teaching and practicing alongside you in the hot room!

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Amy Lane Huston

Amy Lane was born and raised in Atlanta Georgia. She took her first Bikram Yoga class at the age of 19 while studying at the University of Denver. While finishing her Master’s Degree in early childhood education, she completed a 200 hour Hot yoga teacher training.

Amy Lane then attended Bikram’s teacher training in the Fall of 2006. After certification, she taught briefly at Bikram Yoga Marietta and then at Bikram Yoga St. Augustine. Amy Lane moved to Charleston in the Fall of 2009 to teach for Bikram Yoga Charleston. Here she met her husband and started her family. Amy Lane teaches from the heart. She is passionate about sharing her love of Bikram Yoga with others.

 

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Rachhpal Gill

“I learned about Bikram Yoga through one of my friends who had purchased Bikram’s book. I loved it. After that, I researched the Internet to learn all I could about Bikram. I especially enjoyed the 60 Minutes story about Bikram himself. I saw him running around and making students work hard. I said, “Man, I am coming there one day”. The closest studio to where I lived was five hours away. Finally after six months I end up taking a Bikram Yoga class at the North York studio in Toronto when I was visiting my friend. I was immediately hooked at the age of 55. Like Boss (Bikram) says, “You’re never too old, never too bad, never too late and never too sick to start from scratch once again.” And I did.

“The Asheville, NC Bikram Yoga studio opened in spring of 2008. At that time, I drove 4-5 hours to practice Bikram there. I also took any other opportunity available to practice somewhere else. One day, when the Asheville studio owners were looking at teacher training pictures, I told them I had a dream to go to training. They told me I was ready. So I went to training in the Fall of 2008. That was the best time of life.

“I am a dialogue- driven teacher and my effort is always to put 100% of my energy into teaching the class. I am very compassionate and try to never hurt any student’s feelings.”

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Lisa Hudd

Lisa has been passionate about fitness since she can remember –  from swim and cross-country teams in high school to being an avid runner and weight lifter through university. It was while living in Brighton, England and working in a high-stress corporate environment and needing something new that she tried out Bikram Yoga in 2005, and she was immediately hooked.

Since moving back to the US a few years ago, Lisa made a career transition from the corporate IT world into health and wellness. She trained as a hot and flow yoga instructor in 2017, obtaining a 500 hour yoga certification.  She is also a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and an Academic Life Coach – both through accredited international health coaching programs (ICF). She enjoys ongoing education in this field and has continued her education with yin yoga, gut health, and myofascial release advanced courses. She loves to combine yoga, meditation, and nutrition to pull together different aspects of health and be able to provide a well-rounded approach to teaching classes and workshops.

Her favorite aspects of yoga are the development of self-awareness, stillness, and peace that float into all other aspects of life. She believes fully in the rich healing powers of yoga. The students in our studio never fail to impress her with their dedication to their practice.  She is deeply honored to be a new member of this strong team.

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Aylin Konhilas

Aylin is originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan but was never able to acclimate to the cold winters. She has always preferred the heat, so naturally, Aylin fell in love with hot yoga at her very first class in 2002.  At the time, she was a full time real estate agent in Chicago and the Bikram Yoga studio offered her a place of great solace and rejuvenation.  Eventually, Aylin decided to dedicate her life to helping others through yoga.  She attended Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in Acapulco in the fall of 2008 and immediately started teaching full time in Chicago and Naperville, Illinois.  It was one of the most rewarding decisions she ever made.  Aylin was later trained in Hatha Yoga, Ashtanga, prenatal and Power Yoga.  Although Aylin branched out to other styles of yoga, her true love is Bikram Yoga.  She firmly believes that the series of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises provides extraordinary therapeutic benefits to the body, mind and spirit.  

Finally departing from the harsh Chicago winters, Aylin moved to Charleston in 2016 with her family and absolutely loves her new home and studio.  It has always been important to Aylin to continue her personal and spiritual growth.  She continues to learn more by reading and attending classes and workshops.  Most recently she became a Reiki Master.  

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Wendy Wilson Bikram Charleston Instructor

Wendy Wilson

Wendy took her first Bikram Yoga class in 2002 and was immediately hooked! She never felt better in her life. Traveling as an International Flight Attendant for more than 20 years, she has found the health benefits of Bikram yoga to be unsurpassable.  Her under active thyroid condition started to improve, and she is convinced this practice is changing her life. In fact, Bikram yoga has become her practice for the rest of her life!  Graduating from Bikram’s Yoga College Teacher Training in 2003 was by far one of the most challenging events she has ever experienced. Wendy believes it was well worth the financial investment, as she knows it’s a return on a healthy, well balanced life — better than any 401K.

Wendy taught yoga in Atlanta for 8 years before moving to Charleston in 2011. She is also certified in Yin Yoga, and Pre Natal Yoga. She is a part time teacher with Bikram Yoga Charleston, as she is still with American Airlines. Wendy loves practicing Bikram Yoga around the world on her layovers as it helps with jet lag, and she always learns something new from the teachers. Here at home, Wendy is an advocate for protecting the Charleston waterways and marine life, and volunteers and organizes fundraisers for Charleston Waterkeepers.

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Charelle Grgas

Charelle moved to Mount Pleasant 2 & a half years ago, with her husband and two boys. She is originally from Westchester, NY, where her Yoga foundation and her fitness journey began.

Charelle has a strong ballet background, having studied at The School of American Ballet at the Juilliard Building in New York City. Her extensive ballet training has contributed to her discipline, posture and form. Although Charelle finds Bikram yoga to be one of the most challenging workouts, other forms of yoga and exercise, such as Soul Cycle and Hot HIIT, have helped to increase her stamina and endurance.  

Incorporating Hot HIIT into her weekly routine created the most complete workout by ensuring that every muscle in her body was used. Her passion for yoga, coupled with her love for helping others, were deciding factors that motivated her to enroll in a teacher- training program. That course led to her certification as a Hot HIIT Instructor in November 2021. 

Charelle considers Hot HIIT to be a natural compliment to the current methods of movement used in yoga studios. “This practice burns fat and creates long, lean muscle mass, with rapid results. It is paired with upbeat music, making it a full-body, beat-based-burn. Through consistent practice, you will gain health and flexibility, increase neuromuscular control, promoting good posture & strength, while improving circulation throughout your body.”

Charelle is committed to sharing this effective, fun, safe and challenging workout class for all ages and body types.

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Caroline Hatgidimitriou

Caroline began practicing Bikram Yoga in Columbia, SC after a doctor referral for heart palpitations diagnosed as Mitral Valve Prolapse. Caroline did not fall in love her first class, or her second, or her third, but after being persuaded into turning her attempts in the hot room into a thirty day challenge, she was hooked. After months of steady practice, her MRI’s came back with a completely regulated heartbeat and zero pain. She was happier and able to manage stress easier than ever. She continued her practice until she graduated college in May 2014 and took her first opportunity to go to Bikram’s Teacher Training in Thailand in the fall of 2014. She began teaching at her home studio in Columbia and has since taught in several studios in New York, but is happy to be back with her 360 Yoga Charleston family! When Caroline is not teaching or practicing, she likes to spend time with her twin girls.

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