2011 Champions


Joseph Encinia, 2009-2011 USA YOGA GOLD MEDAL WINNER


Joseph grew up in Dallas, Texas very different from the person he is today. From an early age he struggled with rheumatoid arthritis, a heart attack, his weight, and the accompanying toll it took on his mental state.

After beginning Bikram Yoga in 2005 his life took a complete 185 degree angle turn- a new body, new mind, and new life. Within the first year of practice he shed pounds, threw away medications, and became a fixture in the Dallas studio.

This amazing physical transformation inspired him to try his first yoga competition in Texas in 2005. After years of dedication he won the 2009 National USA Yoga Asana Championship and placed 2nd internationally. He then went on to win again in 2010, and in 2011 he won both the national and international championships.

Because of the gift of life yoga has given him, his life’s ambition is to share competitive Yoga with others. Joseph teaches full time and enjoys travel, philosophy, and playing classical guitar.


 2010 Champions

Brandy Lyn Winfield, 2010 USA YOGA GOLD MEDAL WINNER


Brandy Lyn Winfield has practiced Bikram Yoga since 2004. She completed teacher training LA Fall 2006. Following teacher training, she embarked upon a traveling journey, one that led her to India, where she managed Bikram's Bombay studio.

She won the 2008 and 2009 Nevada Regional Yoga Asana Championship, thereby competing in LA, and winning both the 2010 USA and International Female Yoga Championship. This led her on a world wide journey as a yoga ambassador, with the 2010 male champion, Kasper van den Wijngaard.

Within the past year, she has traveled to over 20 cities within the US, and 14 countries abroad, the most recent Moscow, Prague and Riga, Latvia. She has performed at numerous public demonstrations, including magazine, television and radio interviews. Her love for the yoga and everyone she meets is special.

Brandy was coached in the 2010 competition by Sarah Baughn of San Francisco, who was also a USA champion. Brandy holds a Bachelor's degree in Communication from Westminster College and a Real Estate license in Utah and Arizona. She was born in Moab, Utah and currently resides in Los Angeles.Believing that continuing education is essential, Brandy has spent time on teacher training staff, attended advanced seminars, and has been fortunate enough to spend countless hours studying with Bikram, Raj, Emmy and a variety of senior teachers.

Her continued travels around the world has enabled her to deepen her yoga practice and sharpen and hone her skills as an instructor. She has been referred to as "the teacher's teacher". She is very dedicated to personal yoga practice and development. She has led Advanced series since 2008 and has been instrumental in every community that she has been in, to motivate many students to continue to this level, including coaching competitors."As I teach I learn, as I learn I become a more proficient teacher. Love and Light." Brandy Lyn