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Star Student: Zabrina

“Dear body, I command you to serve me. In Health. In Living. Dear any old energies that are here – aspects or whatever – I divorce you. You are not me. I’m off on a new trail. What happened yesterday is you. I am that I am. It’s as simple as that.”

    ~Adamus St. Germain     

BYV: How long have you been practicing Bikram yoga, and did you start at BYV or somewhere else?

ZABRINA: “Just over one year now. BYV is the first and only place I have done Bikram yoga.” Read more

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Star Student: Stephanie

Meet Stephanie Lowen…

“Life is like a disco. No matter how the music changes, you just keep on dancing.”

~From the movie: Jumping the Broom

BYV: How long have you been practicing Bikram yoga, and did you start at BYV or somewhere else?

STEPHANIE: I started here in Vernon and have been practicing since mid February of this year. Read more

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Star Student: Kristy and Bill

Live Simply! Dream Big! Be Grateful! Give Love! Laugh Lot’s!

“We’ve been in Vernon for 33 years, both came together from Vancouver. We found jobs in Vernon  Bill set up a medical practice as a family practitioner and Kristy taught elementary school. We are both recently retired, however Bill continues to work part time in the walk in clinics. We are enjoying the freedom to travel!”         

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Star Student: Alison and Matt

“As parents of a 5 year old and 1 year old twins, as well as owning a business, we have made the time to alternate classes and get in the hot room at least 3 days per week each. Making that time has been one of the best things we have done for us and our children.”

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BYV: How long have you been practicing Bikram yoga, and did you start at BYV or somewhere else?

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Joseph Encinia in Vernon July 14th

Born and raised in Dallas, TX. Joseph started practicing Bikram Yoga in May 2005. Bikram Yoga is one the best things he has ever done for himself. It has truly changed his life. Mentally, it has given Joseph more peace with himself and the world around him; physically, it has taught him how his body could do things he never dreamed it could do.

Joseph hasn’t always been very healthy. Diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis at a young age (which affected the majority of the left side of his body), Joseph spent years in and out of the hospital trying to rehabilitate and strengthen his joints and muscles. After a major knee surgery, Joseph taught himself how to deal with the discomfort and move on. As a result, his physical activities were limited and he was consistently taking pain medication. Then, at the age of thirteen, quite unexpectedly, Joseph had a heart attack. The causes are unknown, but most likely a side effect of arthritis medication; regardless, it made a tremendous impact.

One day Joseph decided to explore forms of exercise to regain control of my health. After a long journey, he discovered Bikram Yoga. Joseph simply expected a physical workout-he found much more than that. Joseph has transformed. He no longer suffers from constant pain. He has lost 50 pounds and developed lean muscle mass. He can contort his body into positions he never thought possible. He has gained a peace of mind he previously never knew existed.  Joseph has transcended many limitations within himself – mentally, physically and emotionally. He is accomplishing things he once thought impossible.

Taking his practice to the next level, Joseph began to compete in the Asana Championships. After four years of hard work, in 2009 he placed first in the US and second in the world – now current 3 time National Champion and 2011 Male International Asana Champion. Joseph has learned to focus on the tasks at hand and live in peace with himself and the world around him. To Joseph this is the gift of yoga. The gift which he has the responsibility to share for the rest of his life.

Joseph teaches full time and enjoys travel, philosophy, and playing flamenco guitar. Joseph has toured to over 40 schools nationwide in the U.S., taught for 10 months at Bikram’s first Indian school in Mumbai and has served as a full-time staff member of Bikram’s Teacher Training.

Question and Answer Class with Ida Ripley

Join us on Tuesday, March 6 and Wednesday, March 7 for a special Q&A class taught by Ida Ripley. This Q&A will replace the 7pm class normally held at this time. Tickets are only $25, so be sure to reserve your spot at the studio today! Here is a bit more about Ida and what to expect in the class.

Ida Ripley is originally from Victoria, BC, but is a yogi of the world. She began practicing Bikram yoga in 2000 and teaching in 2003.  She has traveled to many corners of the world, has taught in Hong Kong, Korea, India, Peru and across Canada and the United States. She is one of few teachers in the world, and the only teacher in Canada, who is sanctioned by Bikram to lead Bikram yoga seminars.

Ida is the 5 time Western Canadian Hatha Yoga Champion, and 2009 2nd place international champion. Though her years of competition and teaching, Ida has spent extensive time with Bikram, Rajashree and many of Bikram’s esteemed teachers.

Ida teaches at the teacher training sessions, as well as demonstrates at many of Bikram’s advanced seminars; she has been qualified to lead the advanced series since 2007.  She has a very clear and concise teaching style, and emphasizes demonstration and discussion, paired with one-on-one assistance in her seminars to help students attain a deeper understanding of the Bikram series.

Ida brings energy and enthusiasm to her seminars and classes. She teaches to all levels. Beginners will learn the simplicity and key components of the postures, and more advanced students will learn to delve deeper into their practice through a greater understanding of precision and execution.

In a Q and A class, Ida will take extra time to go over finer points of postures by using demonstration and extra explanation. The class is longer than a regular 90 minute class (can run to 2 hours), as it is filled with more in-depth details and assistance on the beginner’s series. The class is for all levels, beginners welcome! No matter what the level of your practice or how long you’ve been at it, you’ll be able to find breakthroughs in your practice with Ida.

Forbes on Yoga

Take a look at the newest article from Forbes online.  This is whats happening at Bikram Yoga Vernon during your 90 mins in the Hot Yoga Room…

Penetrating Postures: The Science of Yoga

This is the first of a two-part series on yoga: the second, “The Psychology of Yoga,” looks at the psychological changes that yoga has been shown to bring about.

Judging from the number of yoga mats I’ve seen toted around Manhattan in the last 15 years, I’m pretty sure I was the last person on the island to try it. My relationship with the practice started about six months ago, and I must admit, I fell for it – and hard. I was amazed at the changes it was effecting in my body, and even better, my mind. But the science nerd/Western medicine part of me wondered how, exactly, it was doing this. I could wager some guesses based on what I know about the body, but wanted to talk to some people who actually study this stuff for a living.

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testimonial section now live on our website

Please read the testimonials about people who have recovered from various illnesses by regularly practicing Bikram Yoga. Their stories tell us that only Bikram Yoga brings us new hopes in our life.

If you like to share your own healing story amongst millions of people around the world please fill out our Contact form. We will be posting testimonials from local students in the near future.

Thanksgiving Hours

Be sure to get your yoga in this Thanksgiving Weekend! Only 10am classes on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Come sweat with us, so you can eat extra amounts of delicious food with your friends and family.

date night, why not bikram yoga

Communities and Bikram Yoga Studios go together like cake and ice cream.  The unique individuals that come together to share the same practice that we fell in love with.  Check out this amazing account of a couple that came to their first classes on date night…..

Bikram Yoga Vernon date night series…

Last night hubbie and I had a hot and steamy session.

Like a crazy porno film,  (not that I would know!) there we were half-naked laying side by side on the floor, arms and legs splayed to our sides,  soaking wet with sweat and panting like dogs… but through our noses yoga-style.

Yes indeed friends we’ve ventured into the world of Bikram Yoga together.

“Remember you are never too old, too sick or too late to start again from scratch.”

-Bikram

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february is the time for transformation!!

At Bikram Yoga Vernon we love the idea of a daily practice.  Over the years teaching we have seen the amazing benefits from this systematic sequence of asanas.  The key being a consistent practice, as well as the form in which the postures are done.  February has begun and so have a lot of people’s 30 and 60 day challenges.  Check out this wonderful article giving some insight as to what you can expect with the 30 or 60 day challenge.

Can You Transform Your Whole Life in 60 Days?
By Paige Williams
O, The Oprah Magazine | From the January 2010 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine
She’s 80 pounds overweight, divorced, out of work, and deeply in debt. She needs a physical and spiritual overhaul. Can 60 days in a Bikram hot-yoga studio really undo years of damage?

The teacher wants me to make a Japanese ham sandwich. To my knowledge, I’ve never seen a Japanese ham sandwich, but as I understand it, I’m to stand bent with my face to my shins and chest to my thighs in perfect vertical union—I am the sandwich.

I would say I look more like a jelly roll. My flabby abdomen won’t let my forehead anywhere near my knees, and my legs tremble as I try contorting myself into a position my body neither recognizes nor endorses. The goal is to concentrate on stretching and breathing, but I’m fixating on my unpedicured toenails. And the neon paleness of my legs. And the fact that I probably should have shaved.
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famous author dr. wayne dyer discovers the benifits of yoga

Check this article out from our friends in hawaii!!!

An inspirational writer finds inspiration in a Bikram class

LAHAINA – “He walked in the door on October 1, 2005 and said he wanted to try doing yoga for 40 days,” said Mary Katharine Wall, owner of Bikram Yoga in Lahaina.
“His face was familiar but I didn’t really know who he was. I asked him if he knew what he was getting himself into, and he said he was willing to find out.”
That was two years ago!

She said if he was going to take her yoga classes, she was going to read his books.
“The next day he brought in his book, ’The Power of Intention,’ and several of his other books. They have completely changed the way I look at life. I guess it was serendipity that brought him to my class that day,” Wall said.

The man she is referring to is Dr. Wayne Dyer, world-renowned self-help advocate, author, inspirational lecturer and resident of Maui.
His 1976 book “Your Erroneous Zones” sold over 30 million copies and is one of the best-selling books of all time. He has written more than 30 inspirational books.
“I had been an avid runner from 1976 to 1998 and I was running between eight and 15 miles a day. Then I would go and play tennis for a few hours,” said Dr. Dyer.

“I knew my days of running would have to come to an end because I was living with chronic back pain. The doctor said I would also need knee surgery.”
He said that he heard different things about yoga through the years.
“My body was such a mess, I knew I had to do something. The first day of doing yoga at MK’s (as she is affectionately known) Bikram’s studio, I got through half

of it, but I kept coming back, and after 40 days I was completely hooked. I don’t know where I would be right now without doing yoga the last two years,” he concluded.
Yogiraj Bikram Choudhury is the founder of the worldwide Yoga College of India. He was born in Calcutta, India, in 1946 and began practicing yoga at the age of four.
He taught yoga to Indira Gandhi at the tender age of 11, and now has more than 500 studios all over the world.

MK took over the ownership of the studio in December 2004.
“I heard it was on the verge of closing, so I moved to Maui and gave it some ’TLC’ and brought it back to life,” she said with a smile on her face.
The studio is heated to relax the muscles and help in healing and detoxing the body.
Some of the benefits of doing yoga are: reducing stress, increasing flexibility, increasing energy, increasing muscle tone, lowering blood pressure, losing weight, improving concentration and preventing injury and disease.
“Most people come to yoga to fix an injury to their back or if they have a knee problem. After doing yoga for a while, they find there are other benefits, such as sleeping better, eating better, and just an overall feeling of well being,” said MK.

“I’m an inch taller since I started doing yoga because it stretches the spine. It doesn’t just teach us to be flexible in our physical world, but to be flexible in our thinking and keeps us balanced. Because I am a public speaker, I first noticed a difference in my mind. I started thinking better and my lecturing was more focused. I didn’t have to take notes on what I was going to say. I also noticed I was sleeping better,” said Dr. Dyer.

He continued to say that practicing yoga works every part of your body – not just the outer part, but the inner parts like your thyroid, pituitary gland, and your digestive system.
“Not only am I doing this interview because I want this business to thrive, but also to inform the people of Maui of all the benefits of yoga and how it can improve the quality of life. There is a miracle waiting for you in that hot room,” he concluded with a smile.

Bikram Yoga of Lahaina is located at 900 Front St., Suite F17, at Lahaina Center (across from the movie theater). You can call 661-6828 for more information.  Kama’aina introductory rates are available.

For more information on Dr. Wayne Dyer and his books, go to his website at Dr.Wayne Dyer.com.

-Rita Sakajian

The Principles of Breathing

Do you walk down the street and every couple of steps have to remind yourself to breathe?  Not usually, so why is it that when we are struggling in the hot room our first reaction is to hold our breath! Most of us breathe without much thought outside of the hot room.  In the hot room however we find one of the hardest things to do is just breathe!  Once we learn to control our breath in the class all of a sudden being in the room seems that much more tolerable!  So stand tall, keep your chin up and remember to breathe!  Keep reading and find out more to the importance of breathing!

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30 or 60

congratulations go out to all the 30 & 60 day bikram yoga vernon challengers that have recently finished!!!!!  each of these challenges are offered to slingshot you into your bikram yoga practice.  the 30 day challenge is exactly that 30 days of consecutive yoga!  60 day is a touch different with 6 days of yoga and one day off per week.

whether you are suffering from physical illness, mental complacency or just need to shape up, 30-60 days of consecutive yoga will make your body stronger, mind more determined and you’ll feel on top of the world!  by practicing everyday, you will begin to experience the powerful benefits of the bikram series more fully then ever.  your health and fitness will improve and your practice will deepen beyond all expectations!

so check your schedules, and keep your eyes peeled for the next challenges which will be starting feb.1st/2011.  don’t miss out on your opportunity for a healthier, happier lifestyle!!!  see you in the hot room soon!

Feeling hot with Bikram Yoga

Hey, check out this article that was posted on the Nature’s Fare blog.  First bit of the article is below or click to read more… Enjoy!!!

“The most exciting, hard-working, effective, amusing and glamorous Yoga class in the world. Sweat, strain, laugh, and do more for your health, body, and general well-being than you ever imagined possible.”

Bikram Yoga is a carefully and intelligently crafted series of twenty-six postures (asanas) and two breathing exercises that works the entire body from the inside out in a ninety minute workout. Performed in a room heated to 105 degrees and carrying a humidity level of 40%, Bikram Yoga is scientifically designed so that each pose prepares the body for the next, making it very safe and allowing the body to go more deeply into each pose. The heat facilitates stretching, prevents injury, and promotes sweating which aids detoxification and fat burning. Bikram Yoga is ideal for all exercise levels and for all ages, and as Bikram himself says, “It’s never too late, it’s never too bad, and you’re never too old or too sick to start from scratch once again.”

Click here to read more on the Natures Fare website…

sports and yoga

Many athletes around the world include Bikram Yoga into their daily training routine.  Check out Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s article that was released in Mens Health magazine.

Think this form of exercise is only for crystal-hugging hippies? Tell it to Kareem. By Joe Barks and E.J. Muller
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There is no way I could have played as long as I did without yoga,” says Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, not retired after an extraordinary 20 years in pro basketball. Many consider Abdul-Jabbar to be the greatest center, maybe the greatest player, in basketball history. “My friends and teammates think I made a deal with the devil. But it was yoga that made my training complete,” he says.

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