Staff List

Lacy Carbone
Owner, Bikram Yoga Teacher
 
I had a really good friend that had been raving about Bikram Yoga for over a year. She felt great, looked great, & was overall really happy. I was planning a move to Jacksonville, FL for a new job & decided that would be a good time to try this Bikram Yoga my friend loved so much. I took my first Bikram class in April of 2011. It was LOVE at first SWEAT! I had always been active, but never really loved any of the activities I was doing to try to stay healthy. With a dance background, being a disciplined person, & my love of heat, Bikram was the perfect workout for me. The yoga made me feel great physically & mentally. I began to plan my life around my yoga practice. One month into my practice, I could not get enough Bikram Yoga. I knew I had to make it a larger part of my life. As I researched more about Bikram, I discovered the next logical step was to attend Bikram’s Teacher Training. After months of discussion with my family, I quit my job & left for Bikram’s 9 Week Teacher Training in Los Angeles. It was a fabulous experience & without a doubt one of the best decisions I have ever made. I began teaching in Jacksonville & St. Augustine, FL in November 2011. Out of Training I was teaching & taking as much as I could & learning from my Studio Owners. Coming from a business background, I wanted to make more of this love of Bikram Yoga. My husband was always traveling to Columbia where his businesses were located. Tired of being apart so much, I longed to have both my husband & Bikram Yoga in the same place. So I decided to open a Bikram Studio in my home town, Columbia. Not only will I get to have my husband & Bikram in the same place; but I will get to share this amazing & healing yoga with the city of Columbia. Teaching Bikram Yoga has been such an amazing experience thus far. It’s so inspiring to see the transformation of students’ body, practice, & mental state. I am very much looking forward to bringing Bikram to Columbia & hope it will change the lives of those in the Columbia community as it has changed the lives of so many other people around the world. While building Bikram Columbia, I taught at Bikram Yoga Charleston, the only other Bikram studio in the state of South Carolina. I learned a lot from David Kiser, BYC’s owner & hope to emulate the wonderful Bikram community he has created in Charleston, here in Columbia.
Kira Brown
Teacher Manager, Bikram Yoga Teacher
 
I did Bikram yoga for the first time in January 2012 while visiting Lacy Carbone in Jacksonville, FL. When I left the class I thought everyone in there was insane & Bikram yoga was not for me. The next morning, I woke up feeling sore in muscles I didn’t even know existed. I couldn’t believe how much my body was affected, so I started doing research on the yoga. The more I researched, the more challenged I felt to return. I had always suffered from scoliosis & thought Bikram yoga might finally be the solution to my problems. I began practicing a lot at my home studio, Bikram Yoga Charleston & then went to work for Lacy as Studio Manager once she opened Bikram Columbia. My posture improved drastically and my back pain disappeared. With a lot of encouragement from Lacy, I finally decided to go to Teacher Training. I attended Teacher Training in the Spring of 2013. It was the hardest & most amazing experience of my life. I made some amazing friends & learned so much about myself. Bikram yoga has changed my life in so many positive ways & I am thrilled to have the opportunity to share it with others!
Elaine Arnold
Inferno Hot Pilates Teacher
 
The Columbia area has been my home since I was a child. As a new mom, I’m thrilled to be raising a family of my own here in our wonderful capital city. Family and fitness are true passions in my life. In the summer of 2013, I learned about hot yoga from my father-in-law. His encouragement to experience the practice of moving meditation in a hot room led me to give Bikram Yoga a try.
 
I have always loved fitness and working out and the hot room was something I had never experienced before. I loved it and wanted more, instantly falling in love with the dynamic total body workout. I couldn’t get enough. I completed my first hot room challenge in 2014, doing 30 classes in 60 days. The confidence I gained along with the strides I made in my yoga practice spurred me on to complete my second challenge, 30 classes in 30 days.
 
Once my son was born, I was determined to pass along a lifestyle of fitness to him from the very beginning of his life. This meant returning to the hot room. The introduction of Inferno Hot Pilates by BYC was a perfect supplement to my yoga practice. After only a couple classes I was seeing results and positive changes in my figure. My excitement for this intense interval workout that combines everything I love from my Bikram practice and the heart pumping workouts of CrossFit inspired me to attend Inferno Hot Pilates Teacher Training. My completion of the training course has allowed me to take my commitment to a healthy, fit lifestyle to another level, reaching a long awaited goal of becoming a fitness instructor. I’m thrilled to share this amazing, high intensity workout with Columbia and I look forward to seeing you get stronger and stronger every day in every way!
Sarah Clinton
Inferno Hot Pilates Teacher & Torched Barre Instructor
 
I grew up on Long Island, and have always been involved in sports. In addition to playing sports I also worked out on my own at a local gym. After moving down to Columbia, South Carolina in the Fall of 2011 for graduate school, I searched for a new fitness routine that would continue to challenge me, as I was becoming bored with the same old gym routine.
 
In 2013 I found Carolina Crossfit, this is where I really fell in love with fitness. I was looking for another class to add, and that’s when a close friend convinced me to give Bikram Columbia a try. After my first Bikram class I was hooked. I couldn’t believe how much Bikram Yoga was helping my Crossfit training and vice versa. The two are a great complement for each other. I have always been open to trying new fitness classes, so when Inferno Hot Pilates came to Bikram Columbia, I had to give it a try. The high intensity and quick pace of the class along with the heat combined two of the things I love from Crossfit and Bikram. It seemed to fit perfectly into my fitness routine. In June 2016 I had the opportunity to take the Inferno Hot Pilates Teacher Training. Everyday getting to come in and share my passion with students who want to better themselves was something amazing. I knew this was what I wanted to do! Early in 2017, a new class was coming together at Bikram Columbia – Torched Barre. I got the opportunity to take one of these classes, and instantly knew that I wanted to add this in. I had never taken any type of Barre class before, and I couldn’t believe how sore I was the following day. It challenged me in a way that was so different from anything else. After taking a few more classes, I started training to teach Torched Barre.
 
Falling in love with teaching Inferno Hot Pilates and then Torched Barre, I began my journey to become a coach at Orangetheory Fitness. Being able to mesh everything I have learned from the different trainings has made me a better teacher and coach. I am so grateful that I can share my passion for fitness every day and help people improve their lives physically and mentally. It puts such a big smile on my face when I see my students improve, knowing I was a part of their journey. See you all in the hot room!
Sean Heeney
Bikram Yoga Teacher
 
I’ve been teaching Bikram Yoga for 8 years. I love seeing the strength & well-being it cultivates in the people that practice it. It is easy to be intoxicated by how great this class makes you feel & it is easy to love looking good from a disciplined practice, but the real power of this yoga is in the power it creates from a day to day practice to a lifelong journey. It has been amazing to see bodies shift from the very core out. The great thing about this yoga is that it accentuates what lies within, bringing forth the harmony inherent in people. This yoga is foundational. It creates so much strength. That strength functions as a springboard from which the spirit can explore & engage in the world around it. I love helping to foster that power & helping to bring out the most amazing things in people. A healthy & hearty body lends itself to a creative & joyous spirit. I am excited to be a part of the creativity & joy that is flourishing in Columbia. Thank you for bringing me into your community.
Wendy Westmoreland
Bikram Yoga Teacher

My first Bikram yoga class was in Feb. 2002 and I was certified by Bikram June 2006. Yoga teaches me discipline, determination, concentration, faith, patience, strength, flexibility, balance (on and off the mat) … really, those are just other words for ‘awareness’. Yoga teaches me to breathe in what I need and breathe out what I don’t. I believe that all yoga is good, as long as you breathe – if you’re not breathing, you’re not doing yoga, you’re not living. I’m inspired by witnessing the healing powers in breath, both in myself and others. My hope is that all will realize their own power. I am honored and blessed to travel this path of self-realization with so many wonderful beings.

Caroline Boyce
Bikram Yoga Teacher
 
After spending a summer in and out of the emergency room with stress related heart issues, a doctor recommended taking up a regular yoga practice. I met Lacy while waitressing at a restaurant right before she opened Bikram Yoga Columbia. I took my first Bikram yoga class on the grand opening day and I was convinced I would never go back. I somehow ended up going back the next day, then the next day, then the next day. I signed up for my first 30-day challenge and fell in love with the yoga. Not only had my heart palpitations completely stopped, but I was less stressed and had more energy. Bikram yoga quickly became a huge part of my life. I convinced everyone in my life to come take class with me; my mom, my boss, my coworkers, and my friends. I started working at Bikram Yoga Columbia as a front desk receptionist, then assistant manager. After graduating college in May, I took my first opportunity to attend Teacher Training in Khao Lak, Thailand in Fall 2014. I am so happy to have the opportunity to share this practice with others!
Amy Requa
Torched Barre Instructor
 
As a person that needs and requires a good workout in order to function, I’ve always been accustomed to dedicating time to physical activity and thrive whether someone is barking demands or I’m pushing myself independently. I can honestly say I never imagined being the one leading a group of others. Over the past 20 years I have tried everything from marathon running, hiring a personal trainer, spin classes, strength training and every type of group fitness class out there. I love trying new things, with all kinds of people, in various locations. I also take my workouts very seriously. Time is precious and there’s nothing worse than finishing a workout and feeling like you could have been pushed a little more or maybe didn’t achieve that burn that you were hoping to.
 
My love of barre was unexpected. As a person with very little rhythm and no dance moves I had many assumptions about what a barre class would look like. In my mind I envisioned very thin women doing ballet inspired moves in leotards and tight buns in their hair. What I actually experienced was very much unexpected. It was a workout that integrated a lot of different movements using light weights for shaping your upper body, the barre itself as a tool or for balance, and incorporated great core work. I soon left my other gyms and joined a studio that was strictly barre and herein lies the problem. One gym and one style of workout. Committed as I can become I would go religiously for maximum results, but became bored and increasingly sore from overusing the same muscles. That’s when a good friend I met through attending barre classes, Marie, suggested I try Bikram yoga to complement barre classes. Hesitant and somewhat fearful of the heat, I was reluctant until I suffered a muscle pull and my doctor suggested trying yoga before taking the physical therapy route. After only a few classes I was feeling much better and soon noticed some changes in my body for the better.
 
When Lacy first mentioned the idea of merging postures from Bikram with the intense exercises of barre all in a heated room, I instantly knew this had the potential to be an amazing workout. After taking a couple classes I soon learned that not only was this a great workout, but challenging as well. Incorporating stretching between the postures helped improve my flexibility and also allows you to get the most out of the following exercise. I like to think my barre background is pretty extensive as I’ve tried all types of methods at various establishments and have been able to learn and master some of the most difficult postures. That being said, as a high school teacher I never envisioned myself taking on an additional role as barre instructor. In fact, after spending most of my days talking, teaching, and telling others what to do it was the last thing I wanted. One of the perks of taking a class was having someone guide you through the whole thing.
 
After completing the Inaugural Torched Barre Teacher Training back in September it really sparked my interest and I began to think this was an adventure I’d like to pursue. Two months later after taking a lot of classes, memorizing dialogue, trying to perfect cues, instruction and lots of practice I’m finally on the mic. I love watching people with varying levels of fitness abilities come together in a nonjudgmental place and push themselves with a common goal of improving overall health and wellness.