Founder and Owner, Senior Teacher
Ann Chrapkiewicz completed her initial 9-week, 500-hour hatha yoga training and certification (Bikram Yoga Teacher Training) with Bikram and Rajashree Choudhury, Emmy Cleaves, and Craig Villani in Los Angeles in 2004. Since that time she has taught over 5000 hours (and over 4500 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 and sought out for her presence, personal instruction, 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.
From 2018-2020, she co-researched and wrote (with BYCA student Jennifer Lane) Hope for Autoimmune Disease: 15 Personal Stories of Living Better with Bikram Yoga (available in paperback and on Kindle).
In addition to the Bikram method of yoga, Ann practices Mary Jarvis’s Yoga Shapeshifting as well as other Ghosh lineage sequences. It has had a profound effect on her entire adult life, and she cannot imagine her life without it!
In 2017, Ann attended the Isha Yoga Hatha Yogasanas beginners’ course and completed the initial 40-day twice-daily practice. Ann began her kriya and jnana yoga training by completing immersive yoga initiations with Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev (2006 and 2018), and Shibendu Lahiri (2010). As a supplement to Bikram Yoga, she recommends Sadhguru’s complete Inner Engineering Program.