Owner and Mentoring Teacher

OHYA Approved Teacher Bikram Yoga Hot Yoga
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Ann Chrapkiewicz

Founder and Owner, Senior Teacher

Ann Chrapkiewicz completed her initial 9-week, 500-hour hatha yoga training and certification with Bikram and Rajashree Choudhury, Emmy Cleaves, and Craig Villani in Los Angeles in 2004.  Since that time she has taught over 4500 hours (and over 4000 students). She is a Level 3 Teacher as well as an approved Teacher for Continuing Education with the Original Hot Yoga Association, and is nationally known for her presence and attention to detail in every class she teaches.

Ann is a native of Dearborn, Michigan, and has lived in mid-Michigan since 2008.  Prior to founding BYCA, Ann completed her M.A. in Medical Anthropology at Michigan State University.  Additionally, she earned an M.A. in Asian Studies at the University of Michigan, and a B.A. in Literature and Media Studies at Duke University.  She has studied exercise physiology at the graduate level and supports Dr. Brian L. Tracy’s physiology research on Bikram method hot yoga at Colorado State University.

She is the founder of the Ten Percent Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to communicating the accessibility and benefits of the Bikram method of yoga.

Ann studies and practices Ghosh lineage yoga, as well as Bikram’s Beginning yoga class, and cannot imagine her life without it!  She has also completed the Isha Yoga Hatha Yogasanas beginners’ class and practices that sequence daily.  Ann began kriya and jnana yoga development by completing immersive yoga initiations with Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev (2006), and Shibendu Lahiri (2010).

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