Sarah Doherty Curl

In September of 2005, I had my seventh knee surgery. Before I had left the recovery room, the doctor informed my mother that the surgery had not gone well and that an eighth surgery would be necessary. I was an athlete my whole life; I played field hockey at Duke from 1995-1998. After my career at Duke was over, I limped around in pain each day. I came to my first Bikram yoga class as an attempt to lose some weight. I had no idea how it would eventually save me. My first class was SO hard, but for some reason, I knew that it would help me. The more I came, the better I felt. I became an instructor to try to help others feel as great as I feel.


Julia Cannon

Julia found her way to Bikram yoga 3 years ago and knew during her first class that it would change her life. Her practice continues to grow and develop...and continues to increase her feeling of well being, clarity, and awareness in her life. Julia earned a B.S. in Environmental Science from Lynchburg College in 2008. She is currently studying Ayurveda (a combination of self-study and classes through the Yogic Medicine Institute) and plans to become an Ayurvedic doctor, practitioner and eventually teacher someday. A Lynchburg native, former athlete, and lover of dance and the arts, Julia currently works as a Project Manager for Virginia School Equipment Company. She is so grateful and excited to have the opportunity to teach yoga!


April Smith

April Smith came to Hot Yoga Downtown in Lynchburg two years ago with multiple long standing exercise injuries. After experiencing great pain relief, increased energy and significant weight loss, she is excited to help others in their yoga practice as an instructor. When she is not at yoga she enjoys photography, scrapbooking, hiking, bicycling, and skiing. In inclement weather she also loves to knit and read and sing. She is married to her best friend, Tre, and just recently 'retired' from homeschooling their 4 really awesome children.


Montana Sickmen

Montana has been living in Lynchburg for the past 7 years. She loves the community offered in a small town.  A mother of two young children she began practicing Bikram simply as a way to bounce back into shape. Over time- with a regular practice- she found that in addition to the positive physical transformation, her patience, focus, and outlook on possibilities had been positively transformed as well.  She's excited by the opportunity to teach, and hopes her enthusiasm for it will help the hot yoga community in Lynchburg grow even bigger. 


Ali Hallock-Meyer

I took one of my first Bikram yoga classes, led by Sarah Curl, almost four years ago in Charlottesville.  A few month after that class I was driving downtown when I saw a sign for 'Bikram yoga Lynchburg coming soon'.  I was so excited I immediately called the number and asked if I could get a work study position.  I took class the first day that they opened and was hooked.  I went to teacher training a few months later and have been teaching and practicing ever since. This practice is integral to my life.  It has taught me how to practice awareness, patients, gratitude, and deliberate breathing.  It is a joy and a great privilege to be able to share this practice with others!!!  

I am forever indebted to Gretchen, Sarah, Ali, and Cameron for helping me to unwind my tightly wound self and see my unlimited positive potential.
— Virginia Ann Cylke