Our Teachers


Stephanie schestag

Stephanie Schestag

Hi, my name is Stephanie - I'm the director of Bikram Yoga LA. I've practiced Bikram Yoga since 1993 (yes, i was a youngster when I began). I've been teaching since 2002. I sometimes joke that I grew up in Bikram yoga studios, but there is a lot of truth in that statement. Through my practice I have grown emotionally, healed physically, come closer to enlightenment spiritually.



Ashley Nicole Keene

Born and raised in Tampa, FL. Ashley started practicing Bikram Yoga in 2010 and fell in love with the practice right away. Being a dancer her whole life, Ashley loved how physically challenging the practice is and discovered how peaceful the world became around her. 

After a few years of steady practice and lots of support from her mentors, she went to teacher training in Spring 2013 in Los Angeles, CA and taught for 2 years in New York and Brooklyn. She loves to inspire students through their yoga practice to connect with their own physical and spiritual potential and strengths.

She is grateful to be a part of the Bikram Yoga DTLA team and to share her love of this yoga with all of you!

Vicky Nguyen noho & dtla

Vicky Nguyen
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Vicky Nguyen 

Nine years ago I would have never thought about adding yoga to my workout regime. I was an avid marathon runner, cyclist and exercise junkie. I had taken a couple yoga classes at the gym, but I found them uninspiring and somewhat boring. That all changed after a strong suggestion from a friend that led me to my first day of practicing Bikram Yoga.

I was moved by the combination of poses, and inspired by the energy and focus of the class. Like most beginners, I died in my first class, but loved every moment of it. 

I maintained a consistent practice for a few years until I came to the realization that something was missing in my life. I worked long hours in sales which involved demanding clients and frequent travel. I focused all my energy on my career and the uncontrollable situations around me. Inevitably, I lost all motivation to take care of myself. I stopped exercising, ate poorly, gained weight, and spent most my days in a constant state of fatigue. 

After 4 years of unhappiness, I was ready for a life change. Thanks to flyer posted in the women’s locker room at Bikram Yoga Headquarters, in spring of 2011, I decided to quit my job to attend Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in Los Angeles.

I found that Bikram Yoga, and especially teaching this method, has given me a sense of love and appreciation for myself that I never had before. There was a beautiful ripple effect that transpired when I started taking care of myself. Not only did I become happier and healthier, but my life became much more fun and exciting. With a regular yoga practice, I hope that my family, friends, and students continue to learn and grow and find new and exciting things about themselves to love. 

Persephanie noho & dtla

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Persephanie has been practicing Bikram Yoga since 2002.  Maintaining a regular practice for years, she decided to advance her understanding of the series by attending Teacher Training in the Spring of 2013.

“Yoga is self identification.  This series, it’s magic.  Understanding ourselves, why we experience things the way we do is paramount.  With honest effort in a regular practice I have overcome many of the issues that have plagued me in life.  Sometimes people ask me, ‘don’t you get sick of the same thing every time?’  The answer is easy…we never achieve absolute perfection of the postures, so there is always room to grow.  We have to aspire to grow every day to make progress as individuals.  We live in a crazy world that is ever changing.  Maintaining a practice of the same 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises allows you to calm the body and the mind to deal with the stressors we face as humans in this chaotic world.  Lend 30 days of your mental and physical effort to this practice, you’ll see amazing results.  Add another 30, you will see yourself grow in ways you could never have imagined.  Come grow mentally, physically and spiritually with us!”



Laura Unalivia

After almost 2 decades in the hectic and fast-paced world of Corporate America, I finally realized the damaging effects of the stressful nature of my job and life in general. I have suffered from depression and anxiety and continuously becoming unhappier with my job. I also suffered from Type 2 Diabetes after having my hild. I felt like I’m losing control of my health and becoming more aware that I needed a big change in my life.

I have been introduced to Bikram Yoga in May of 2006 and quickly realized the limitless benefits of hot yoga. I quickly fell in love with the practice and have been a committed practitioner ever since. Needless to say, I was completely healed from my depression, anxiety & Type 2 Diabetes only after 6 months of solid practice, a big & powerful testimony I will carry with me forever! I also have developed a deeper understanding and passion for my practice that I wanted to become a vessel of this healing system. After 5 years of practicing my Bikram Yoga, I decided to go the Teachers’ Training in the Fall of 2010 in San Diego, California.

Currently, I have over 9 years combined experience as a committed practitioner and a Bikram Yoga teacher. I have taught more than 2,600 classes under my belt. In the Fall of 2012, I also have left the United States to live in Dubai, United Arab Emirates for more than 1-1/2 years to become the main/pioneer Bikram Yoga teacher of the & the newest Bikram Yoga studio in Dubai at that time. 




Hi! My name is Nancy. I have been teaching Bikram Yoga for 8 years and practicing yoga for over 10 years. Teaching and practicing are challenging at times but so, so rewarding. I have seen myself grow in my ways I never thought possible. 

Come in with an open heart and mind... and yoga will do the rest. See you soon!



Petra Westen

Born in Italy, Petra began practicing Yoga in 2000, and has been a teacher since 2011.  

Petra has a fine arts degree from Otis College of Art.  This creative journey led her to self-discovery and to the practice of spiritual development.  She has studied and practiced Buddhism for 10 years, participated in silent retreats, and along with yoga she practices, meditation, chanting, prayer and delicious Kombucha brewing!

Her teaching focuses on breath work, and the strengthening of the abdominal wall. She emphasizes how to set up, enter into, and sustain each asana, highlighting their medical benefits. She is mindful in giving one on one direction, and adjustments , while reminding attention to the inner-self.  Petra guides a strong class!

 “I am quite dedicated to the spiritual side of the practice. Yoga is not just a physical activity.  It is a practice that leads to the connection and unity of one’s body, mind and soul.  Present mindful breathing is key to developing such mind-body connection. Yoga reaches beyond the realignment of your body structure, it reaches to the core of your being.  You meet all of yourself during practice; your body, your presence, your thoughts, your limits and your bliss. Finally, it reveals how to connect from a positive energy field, openingroads beyond self-realization.”

For privates sessions Petra teaches Bikram Yoga’s posture clinic, Meditation, and offers Dieting Coaching Program*.

For pricing and information feel free to contact Petra via the studio or FaceBook:

Yoga is Unity, and Unity is everything.

Stella diamond noho & dtla

Stella diamond
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Stella Diamond

Stella fell in love with Bikram yoga from the very first class and decided to become a teacher that very evening. Because of requirements for training, she had to practice 6 months to get in. Stella became certified in Spring 2009 and has been teaching full time ever since. 

Her passion and interest lies in the connection between the mind and the body. She loves to work on the spine and any backbending postures. Stella also has a strong Bhakti yoga practice and enjoys learning about all aspects of yoga, spiritually and Vedic philosophy. 

The other side of her life is working on camera as an actress and a model. She has an art degree from Parsons School of Design and loves all forms of artistic expression through which life shows itself.


Yu Chiu

Yu Chiu

Yu Chiu is a proud wife and mother originally from Taipei, Taiwan. Her passion for teaching yoga and other fitness disciplines began in 2006 after spending several decades in her previous career. 

She teaches several forms of yoga such as Bikram, Vinyasa and Ashtanga. Additionally, she is a certified Pilates, PiYo and Senior Fitness instructor. Her philosophy as a teacher is that each student must be attuned to their own mind and body so they can build confidence and gauge the best way to challenge themselves. 

Following years of hard, dedicated work in her previous career, including bouts with health concerns, yoga—primarily Bikram yoga—was a first step in Yu’s commitment to live a healthier, more active lifestyle. So teaching Bikram yoga exercises, among other fitness disciplines, brings great pleasure to Yu.

Dana LEVAN downtown la

downtown la

Dana Levan

I’ve been hooked on Bikram since 1997. I had just arrived in Los Angeles from Connecticut, started a new job, moved into an apartment and wanted to totally transform my life experience. A friend “invited” me to take class with her, and within 6 months I was a “regular." I loved it! In 2002, I had a 12-week break between jobs and decided to enroll in teacher training to “deepen” my practice - shortly thereafter I began teaching before and after work, and I’ve never looked back since. Most instructive for me is how this physical practice goes beyond the studio and permeates your life in every way - mind, body and spirit…that’s why I love it so much!