John FlanneryInstructor

    Growing up I was not the least bit interested in fitness or traditional sports, however I was an avid skateboarder. I was not a member of school teams and prioritized art classes over gym for the entirety of high school. However, when I went to college I felt like it was time to try something new. I couldn’t kick, catch or throw, so I joined the cross-country team and enjoyed a tremendous amount of success. My favorite answer to the “who was your coach in high school” question was “No one. It’s not who ran for, it’s who ran from..” I stuck to running mostly, until a serious illness in 2011 inspired me to make some major lifestyle changes, and hit the gas on my fitness game.

    During the day I work as LCSW-C certified school social worker at Dundalk High School, and teach part-time at Towson University. Even with those roles in place, I never dreamed I’d be a fitness instructor, and/or someone people would look to for advice on healthy living, but I’m glad they do. One of the things I’ve learned through my own journey is that we can’t do this alone. We need support, guidance, and sometimes we need someone to tell to push harder. One the wonderful things about working at Bikram Yoga Works in Mount Vernon is the community. I thrive on relationship building and engaging with people. BYW:MV has a special way of attracting a very diverse client population. That’s important in a city like Baltimore, and vital when your goal is to create an community space that truly sees all members as their whole self.

    My personality is a bit quirky, and my jokes are corny, but when you come to my class a promise is made; you will get an upbeat, quality experience that’s intentional and planned with your success (and failure) in mind. You’ll get a brand new playlist every class, as the moves we perform are sketched out with the music in mind. We keep it fun and we keep it moving…all the way to the finish.

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