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  • Birthplace : Manila, Philippines
  • First Yoga Class : 2000 – Perth, Western Australia
  • Favourite Pose : Alternates from Standing Bow Pulling, Triangle, Spine Twisting & Camel
  • Most Challenging Yoga Pose :​ Standing Head to Knee (arghh)
  • Biggest Challenge on the Mat : My love/hate relationship with the heat
  • Biggest Challenge off the Mat : Loneliness

Marivic Merritt

Bikram Yoga Instructor

I started my yoga journey in 2000, practicing a different discipline of yoga back then on and off. Feeling that I wanted more from my practice than what I was already receiving, I started researching for other discipline of yoga to sink my teeth into and stumbled on Bikram Yoga on Google. Only problem was there was not a single studio in Perth at the time.

Fast forward, after 9 years of practicing a different form of yoga, in January 2009 the first Bikram Yoga studio in Perth opened its doors. I was at their doorstep 1st day, 1st class together with my husband and since then has never looked back.

After 15 months of regular practice I was already gearing up for teacher training with my husband, together we were going to embark on a different journey. But life gets in the way, but never faltered and was still focused on fulfilling that goal one day.

In 2011, my beautiful Jamie suddenly passed away that literally tore my world apart. I stopped practicing for 6 months trying to heal myself from a tremendous broken heart but instead was just falling deeper into a black hole. Realizing this, one day I forced myself to get out and resume my Bikram practice hoping it will make me feel better even for just as little as 90 minutes, it would be worth while. First few classes back inside the hot room were difficult, painful because Bikram Yoga was “Our Thing”.

Year 2012, I finally made it to Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in Los Angeles, STRONGER. Bikram Yoga became my ally, almost like a crutch. It helped me cope and rise above the darkest days of my life. Because of this painful experience, my passion for the practice deepened. It made me want to share this yoga practice to people, to those who wants to travel the same yoga journey as I did. To guide and provide them the same tool Bikram Yoga gave me. Pain is always going to be a part of our lives but if we have the tool within us we can overcome and rise above it.

We all have inside us the power of courage, strength and wisdom. It is our duty to let it out and share them to the world. Always remember like a manta, we are braver than we believe, stronger than we seem and smarter than we think. Each time we face our fear, we gain strength, courage and confidence in the doing. So never lose faith in oneself, in our ability to overcome misfortunes, what doesn’t kill us only makes us stronger.