About queen city Bikram Yoga

Our highly-trained teachers will guide you through postures to reshape and heal your body from head to toe. Come find out why everyone is talking about
Queen City Bikram Yoga.

MARLA Thomas


Marla found yoga after a diagnosis of PTSD and Eating Disorder NOS. She immediately felt relief from chronic depression and self loathing and began to save her own life.  She is dedicated to helping all students on their journey to health and happiness with this yoga prescription.  She is happy to make you laugh and smile while you sweat it all out.




Jessica began Bikram Yoga in December of 2001 as another way to "get in shape." Little did she know, this yoga would be the foundation for becoming the best person version of herself beyond the amazing physical benefits it provided. She credits the yoga for introducing her to the unconditionally loving and supportive yoga community, who has been there with her for all the laughter, tears, joy and pain, of the last 14 years.


Denise Smith

Senior Instructor

Hailing from St. Albans, Denise found yoga in 2002. She soon opened a studio in her home town which she operated for 7 years. Denise ran her business through all of the ups and downs in her life; an engagement in Paris, wedding on Mt. Philo, 3 child births, the loss of her parents, managing 2nd jobs and moving. After selling her studio, QCBY is thrilled to welcome Denise. Her knowledge, humor and great understanding of yoga and life will have you at Pranyama. 

500 Hour Certification    June 2003



After cancer took her husband's life, Stacy found her way as a single mother through Bikram Yoga.  She forged through the darkest places and came out as survivor and teacher.  Stacy's loving personality, positive attitude and lovely Texan accent make the 90 minutes a sweaty joy!


Heidi Dessert


Yes, like the after dinner meal. Heidi came to us from Massachusetts to study nursing. A dedicated yogi and a lover of nature, she has taught across the country and in Europe. Raised with her twin and younger brother, a survivor of a life changing TBI, by a single mom, Heidi brings genuineness, compassion and perseverance to her classes. She will lead you through class with her steady understanding and if you listen carefully, you'll hear a little Mass accent.


Kara Marabella

Substance Abuse Professional/ Instructor

Like many of us, Kara fled to class in 2005 in hopes to heal her severe back pain. She was so inspired by her healing she went on to become a Bikram Yoga teacher. Discovering how people find a way to work through their personal pain, Kara was drawn to study Clinical Mental Health and took a position at a local substance-abuse detox facility. We are excited to welcome Kara as our Substance Abuse professional in the Sober Yogis Program.  Click here to join Sober Yogis.

500 Hour Certification    November 2010

Thembie Gamache


After taking her first class in 2001, Thembie was hooked on the immediate benefits.  Hailing from Swaziland and forging her way as a single mother in Vermont, Thembie used this yoga to relieve stress, relax her body from her career as a masseuse, make close friends, and disguise her age!  If you're lucky, you'll hear this respected elder sing at the end of class in her native tongue, Swazihili. Thembie is taking a teaching sabbatical in New Zealand, catch her in 2018.

500 HOUR CERTIFICATION    November 2011

Jess Ripley


Facing many adversities, Jess walked in to her first Bikram Yoga class in 2008 and felt immediately assisted with clearing her head and organizing her thoughts. She was able to prioritize her goals and reconnect with her family.  Jess was restored to her happy self and became a teacher to give back to her supportive community.

500 HOUR CERTIFICATION   December 2015

Alex Sturges


After a childhood filled with allergies and a bout of severe pneumonia, Alex's doctor prescribed Bikram Yoga.  Since she couldn't breathe, she couldn't run, so she took the prescription and it changed her life.  Helping her make it through college, the yoga became her way of life.  Alex does everything with 100% dedication and compassion.  If you look closely you'll see a tiny key by her knee cap.  Yes, lock your knee.

500 Hours Certification      October 2016

Guest Teachers

Zoe Miller


Queen City is lucky to have Zoe, the owner of Bikram Yoga Stowe, on the weekly schedule.  A lifelong Vermonter with a teaching stint in NYC, the yoga has allowed Zoe to continue her love of running without injury.  Her accuracy coupled with her calmness make her weekly appearance a class you can't miss! Visit her at Bikram Yoga Stowe. Zoe is 37 weeks pregnant in this picture. See her again after maternity leave.


Mary Chudzik

Guest Senior Instructor

A ballerina for most of her life, Mary found Bikram yoga in 2001. Not only did the yoga help her heal her curled up ballerina toes, she has used it for over a decade to rehab from hip surgery, knee surgery, and pregnancy. Mary's Physical Therapy and Ballet Instructor professions make her classes informative and fun.

500 HOUR CERTIFICATION     June 2002