Carol Stocks

Co-Owner / Instructor

Carol

Carol’s attention to detail and form provides an atmosphere where you are challenged in her class, yet motivated to achieve more than you thought possible. It is her goal to create a space for you to find your own inner strength while you experience the benefits of overall health from this amazing practice. She truly believes if you can do Bikram Yoga, you can do anything!

Carol began practicing Bikram Yoga in the fall of 2001 in Dallas, TX and fell in love with the practice right away. Never before had a workout incorporated such intense physical challenges, as well as the stress relief and emotional healing that she experienced from Bikram Yoga.

Within a year of taking her first class, she decided to quit her IT consulting job to complete Bikram’s Teacher Training in Los Angeles, CA. She was determined to share this yoga with as many people as possible so they may also experience this life-changing series.

After graduating from Teacher Training in November 2002, she and Erin Stack taught at the Dallas studio together and decided to open their own studio in Erin’s hometown of St. Louis, MO. They opened the doors to Pure Hot Yoga St. Louis (formerly Bikram Yoga St. Louis) in September of 2003 and the rest is history!

Born and raised in West Texas, Carol takes pride in her southern roots and her Texas Longhorns. In addition to practicing hot yoga, Carol loves spending time with her husband and baby boy, and enjoys taking jazz, contemporary, and hip-hop dance classes around the St. Louis area.

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      • After a class, everything in life just kind of slows down to a manageable halt. It reminds of that scene in the Matrix where Neo bends the spoon… It’s an amazing feeling.
        —Scott
      • Bikram yoga is a life changing experience and I can guarantee it will take you (if you let it) to places you never knew you could go.
        —Yolanda
      • I have lost 12 lbs in the last three weeks and gained enormous confidence. I have a new addiction and I couldn’t be happier about it!
        —Sally Kennerson
      • I heart Bikram STL. New experiences are good, but you all are truly the best.
        —Kim Hayes
      • I greatly appreciate all the advice each instructor gave me during my classes at BYSTL. Thank you for teaching such wonderful yoga!
        —Emily Rollings
      • To the Ladies at Pure Hot Bikram Yoga: It has been a little over one year that I started attending Bikram Yoga. IT HAS BEEN A GOD-SEND!!! IT HAS ABSOLUTELY BEEN THE BEST TREATMENT I HAVE EVER EXPERIENCED FOR MY 20 PLUS YEARS OF CHRONIC BACK PAIN. My past history consisted of over 20 years [...]
        —John W. Tabash, D.D.S., M.S.
      • Bikram Yoga has helped me lose 25 lbs without changing my diet (mostly junk food), and has healed ALL of my joint and back injuries.
        —Andy Klearman
      • The hardest part about writing a testimonial for Bikram yoga practice at Bikram Yoga St. Louis is how to not write a book. The teachers of Bikram Yoga St. Louis are amazing and inspiring, the atmosphere is sacred and safe to me.
        —C.A.T.
      • All the instructors at BYSTL have their own style and wonderful sense of humor, while always delivering the discipline my practice needs to heal my body.
        —Kelly W.
      • The Bikram Yoga studio teachers and students have changed my life. I cannot thank them enough.
        —Anonymous
      • I realized today that my Bikram experience is so much more than yoga. It really is a community of (hot and sweaty) people that I call my friends.
        —Laurie Bono McGrath
      • What I always tell people when they wonder about Pure Hot Bikram Yoga is: 1) it’s mind over matter – all the way2) hydrate, hydrate, hydrate before class – makes all the difference 3) even if you literally just lay on your back the whole class you’re still getting the benefit. If you don’t feel [...]
        —Beth Prusaczyk
      • Bikram Yoga has allowed me to raise my HDL (good cholesterol) from 84 to 110 - (despite my diet of mostly alcohol and chocolate)
      • After just four Bikram classes, my injured wrist's range of motion and grip strength increased by 50%.
        —Mary Beth
      • My Bikram Yoga practice has meant so much to me, and the encouragement from the instructors at BYSTL has been overwhelming.
        —Lindsey
      • The studio has been such a positive, beautiful addition to my life. It has helped me be maintain my balance and health. I love that it’s both a physical and mental challenge. As a type-A personality, I appreciate the space it has provided to slow down and think. Thank you so much for creating such [...]
        —Margo
      • The biggest reward I get from Bikram Yoga has to be the sense of calm and balance I walk out of class with… it stays with me for days after.
        —Stacy
      • I started to notice my reactions to things that would normally irritate me--inside and outside of the hot room--changing.
      • I ran the Chicago Marathon on Sunday and would not have been able to finish if it wasn't for doing Bikram Yoga the past few months!
      • Oh my goodness!!!! I just took the new restore class with Charles. Can I just say my mind is blown. Not only do I feel utterly amazing, but these postures are working so many parts of my body that I struggle to move. They are exactly and precisely what I need. I’m in physical therapy [...]
        —Leann
      • When I started doing Bikram yoga, I had no idea how much I would enjoy it or how much it could help me... It truly does "make your body sing"
        —Andy Kilhoffer
      • I had chronic issues with asthma and high blood pressure. After 7 months of Bikram, I ran this morning with no asthma medication for the very first time.
        —Margaret Anne
      • After being diagnosed with a torn tendon in my wrist, I committed to Bikram 3 times a week and gained nearly 60 degrees of motion after just 3 months.
        —Erica
      • The real core, or spirit, if you will, of this yoga is the way it is taught. And there are no finer, more dedicated, more generous humans than the teachers at Bikram in St. Louis.
        —Howard B. Becker