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BYV: how long have you been practicing Bikram yoga, did you start at BYV or somewhere else?
Aims: Its been six years I began my journey with Bikram yoga in Kelowna and then fell blissfully in love with BYV the second I walked thru the door five years ago!
BYV: What inspired you to begin taking class?
Aims: I found myself in a place where I had forgotten that perfect health was our natural state, I needed a practice that could help me realign with the healthiest, most vital aspects of myself in an environment where I could trust the teachers to guide me thorough healing safely . That way I could get busy reconnecting to my body in a loving way…no matter how painful that process may be!!
I had always been invested in health and yoga and when I looked in the mirror I felt hypocritical and disappointed in my body…not ground for healthy growth. I needed a practice that could guide me back to center and help me squeeze and wring and stretch the yucky stuff out so that there was room for the good stuff to shine through. At the time I had 2 babies one year apart in age so I couldn’t mess around, I had to go for the best, most efficient body/mind/spirit hit possible. I also had some pretty funky stuff going on with my body so I couldn’t compromise on the level of training the teacher had, I needed to trust that I wouldn’t further damage myself with my workout routine…Bikrams 26/2 was the only way to go.
BYV: What benefits did you notice right away from practicing?
Aims: A sense of victory every time I left the room, no matter how difficult the class. That sense of accomplishment and victorious juju has grown and shifted over the years to become an unshakeable sense of self respect…I mean who could ever NOT respect themselves after finishing that class!!
I also noticed immediately that my parenting and approach to life were benefiting greatly. Suddenly I didn’t feel like I was being controlled by the events around me and my reactions to them, the more I
practiced the better my emotional equilibrium and mindfulness became.
BYV: what long term benefits have you experienced?
Aims: My body, mind and spirit have all cultivated strength ,flexibility and presence with every passing year I spend as a devotee to this practice. I have healed and recovered in so many ways physically that I cannot even begin to list them here, they are “old stories” thanks to this practice and there are so many that it kind of blows me away…I must have felt SO awful all of the time!!
I now have the unshakeable belief that as long as I continue to “show up” that my body will continue to heal and my life will flourish in ways I can’t even yet imagine!
BYV: What motivates you to get your toes on the line as frequently as possible?
Aims: Everything is better when I do!! I mean EVERYTHING!!!
My art, my relationships, my level of gratitude, my meditation practice, the way I nourish myself and others, my whole world shifts into a brighter more delightful space when I get into the hot room as often as possible. And when I am lacking in motivation and trying to talk myself out of showing up I just imagine Bikram yelling “no choice!!” and then I can’t help but get my ace in there!!
BYV: Have you used Bikrams yoga as a form of therapy or rehabilitation?
Aims: Yes, absolutely. I use it to manage hashimotos thyroiditis and have successfully stopped taking daily medication for ADHD, hypothyroid and back pain. I am also in the process of losing 100lbs (a by-product of the hashimotos ) and love that even though I still have 75 lbs to go, I KNOW that I am strong and fit on the inside underneath the excess.
BYV: What is your favorite posture and why?
Aims: All of them…they are all like little teachers. Some are nasty and bossy like awkward pose, and others are blissful and loving like savasana. Either way, I feel like they ALL teach me something new about my body and life every time I hit the mat.
BYV: What would you suggest to a new student looking to expand their practice?
Aims: A few things, the first is to say “thank you” for everything that comes up in the room…every little pain and creak and all of the delicious good feelings too! The next is to ask for help…our teachers are outstanding and incredibly supportive, they see things we absolutely do not notice about ourselves…sometimes its as simple as them reminding you to “remember to breathe” or “activate your inner thigh” If you don’t want to ask for help then get your hands on either of Bikrams books, not only is he hysterical and passionate but the insights into posture details are supremely helpful.
BYV: Have you ever felt like running out of the room? If so, what kept you from acting on it?
Aims: YES!! Omg, I had NO idea how intensely strong my negative mind was until I started this practice!! How I avoid leaving the room is to actually listen to what my mind is telling me and 9times out of 10 it is positively nonsense!! When I realise that my mind is telling me that I have to leave or my “head will blow up” or “ I will die of exhaustion” it makes it way easier to have a little chuckle, take a deep breath and tell it to relax!!
Specific tools that have helped me NOT run are: mantras, visualizations, deep breathing, and honestly just looking around the room at all of the people who were courageous enough to just show up and try.
BYV: We would love to hear something personal about you and your yoga…
Aims: My yoga practice is the same as my relationship to art in so many ways!! Both are practices which teach new lessons every day (and NEVER the ones you expect them to be!), both require dedication, focus, determination and trust. On my mat or at the canvas I am only able to do what I can based on the skills I have cultivated through patience, presence, commitment and humility. And the only way to truly move forward is to put in the time, trust what you have been taught and surrender wholeheartedly to the process.
My experience in the hot room changed completely when I noticed these similarities. I was sprawled out like a starfish on my mat, sweating from places I didn’t know sweat came from (seriously, I had NO idea that our shins sweat until I tried putting my head on my knee!!) feeling SUPER sorry for myself when I thought “I wish I had the same attitude about yoga as I do about art…I would never just give up and sulk under ANY circumstances where I was creating…I would just step by step move through the suck until I mastered the skill”…and voila!! I had to stop trying to be a master and just devote myself to being a lifelong student, the exact same way I approach art. A humble student attitude to kill the ego trip and I was set!
Now I enter the hot room grateful. Grateful that I have legs to walk in on. Grateful for my SUPER patient teachers and their willingness to repeat the same thing every day so that I can remedy all that ails me!! Grateful for the community of people who gather silently in the hottest room in Vernon to sweat their tails off together!! Grateful for a practice that has rekindled my love for one of the oldest, most beautiful modalities of healing and all of the brilliant teachings and offerings that come with it. And grateful to the core for a home away from home where I cross paths with people, many of whom whose names I don’t even know, but for whom I have the utmost of respect….oh, and sometimes I get to color on the walls, which is like icing on the world’s most delicious cake!
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Good day fellow yogis,
I began Bikram yoga about a year and a half ago. I come because I looove yoga and I love to sweat! It removes some of the stress and tension I’ve accumulated throughout the day so that when it’s all done I feel more peaceful.
“An inner calm, a better perspective on things, and more gratitude are some of the gifts I’ve received from the practice.”
I enjoy this specific yoga community because Dionne, and formerly Adam, have created a caring, welcoming space where we can all hang loose and be ourselves if we choose to. I look forward to seeing the different teachers and hearing about how things are going. I enjoy everyone’s uniqueness… such as how Dionne is now becoming less strict, Tannis helping me open my heart chakra with her adjustments, Diane telling us to let go, Adam telling us “just breathe and tell your body what to do” as well as the guest teacher’s “May the force be with you!” My favourite part about this practice is Disco yoga. I am grateful to be part of this fun loving and caring community!
“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
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
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!”
BYV: How long have you been practicing Bikram yoga, and did you start at BYV or somewhere else? Read more
“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.”
BYV: How long have you been practicing Bikram yoga, and did you start at BYV or somewhere else?
Photos from our 2012 Awkward April Standoff!
Watch a live streaming video directly from the competition this Sunday, April 21st, at 10:00am, and discuss the show online! Click HERE to be directed to the live feed
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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…..
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.”
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 MagazineShe’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.
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.
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!
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!
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.”
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
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.