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Judy Refuerzo


Judy was not always a yoga teacher; she used to work in high tech, managing operations for factories in the Far East. The fast paced and high stress environment lead her to find Bikram yoga to unwind. Then, while on a business trip during the 9/11/2011 crisis she realized that there is no guarantee of a tomorrow and that she needed to spend her days doing something that she truly loved, so she quit her job and started a journey. She knew she loved Bikram yoga but felt a need to explore the wide range of yoga options. In 2003 she enrolled and completed a Yoga Alliance 200 hour teachers certification from the Carmel Yoga Center. It was a great introduction to the many styles of yoga and outstanding teachers: Kofi Busia, Rama Jyoti Vernon and Judith Lasater. Judy still felt a strong connection with Bikram yoga, so in January of 2004 Judy moved to LA for 9 weeks to study with Bikram Choudhury and received her Bikram certification that March. She began teaching yoga full time in 2004. Although Judy loves Bikram yoga she continues to enjoy other styles and has been lucky enough to study with many of the great teachers: T.K.V. Desikachar, Dharma Mittra, Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa, Sharon Gannon, Tias Little and Paul Grilley.

Judy and her husband David and 2 Spinone Italiano dogs moved to Carmel full time in 2009. Judy currently teaches at Carmel Valley Athletic Club and incorporates many styles from Yin, Flow, and Hot. She also still teaches Bikram occasionally in the Bay Area. Judy feels extremely blessed to do what she loves, which is to share the healing power of yoga with others.