Lisa started practicing Bikram yoga in 2002. In the first year of doing Bikram yoga, she practiced every day for that whole year. She felt the full benefits of the yoga within that year and she continued on healing her body from her back problem to her diagnosed clinical depression. She still practices four to five times a week.
Lisa attended teacher training in Hawaii in 2007 and has been teaching since then! She teaches with love and compassion, presenting the goal of seeing the results that each student attains to the best of their ability.
Her favorite postures are triangle, standing head to knee, and rabbit- all postures that Lisa found impossible to do when she started her practice. Even with years of practice, she still finds these postures to be a challenge.
Something Lisa tells all of her students is that the words that we instruct you within the class are not just to help you with your physical ailments; the dialogue is also a song that is sung to your soul. If you listen with your heart, you will find your peace.
My love affair with Yoga started in 2005 with Bikram yoga which eventually led me down the path to complete BY Teacher Training in Fall of 2006. Since then I have taught and continue to teach at various studios in Western Canada and the US and owned & operated studio. I have had the honor of being on Staff & Faculty at the Teacher Trainings Fall 2008 and Spring 2009 sessions and served on the First Aid / CPR certification team from 2008-2010; this was an invaluable experience that deepened my knowledge and appreciation for the practice and the art of teaching yoga. My love of yoga has expanded into practicing & teaching a mosaic of various different styles of yoga including yin & Tony Sanchez's Master Core 40 sequences.
I hold a Master's Degree in Clinical Social Work & in my "former life" I had the privilege of counselling children, youth, adults & family systems in the addictions and mental health care sector. It never ceases to amaze me how the two paths of healing parallel and compliment each other. I am a qualified trauma informed yoga instructor and endeavour to deepen my knowledge in this area.
Either as a clinician or as a yoga instructor, I believe in practice over preaching; building capacity & removing obstacles to self empowerment. I practice everyday; it’s physical and mental hygiene – it’s that simple and that powerful.
I thank you for the honour of teaching you and thank you for being my teachers in my journey.
After knee surgery, and one year of diligent physiotherapy, Lynn could not sit cross-legged comfortably and her mobility was compromised. Her physiotherapist said she was just going to have to get used to it!
A dear friend suggested she try Bikram yoga. Lynn remembers her first class vividly! After about 30 minutes, she just happened to look in the direction of the door and her teacher exclaimed “don’t even think about leaving the room!” There were many students in the room, how did she KNOW? So Lynn stayed in the room. Several weeks later, she noticed she could sit cross-legged comfortably! Over time other improvements were noted too: improved posture, better sleep, less stress. She soon realized this Bikram yoga was a REALLY good thing!
After 2 ½ years of practice, she decided to go to the teacher training in Spring 2012 so she could help others obtain the amazing benefits too. She enjoys seeing new students get excited about this yoga and gets inspired by the determination of the regular students. Her most important tip to new students would be: BREATHE! Don’t forget to breathe…..it’s your best “friend” in that room!
Favorite postures include the Spine Strengthening series; these postures have been instrumental in healing and strengthening her back. She remembers not being able to lift both legs up in Locust. Now she can! She still has a long way to go with several postures eg. Standing Separate Leg Head to Knee. But with determination, she hopes to slowly improve.
Outside of yoga, Lynn enjoys cycling, gardening, and is slowly getting back to her original exercise….running, thanks to yoga!
Candice loves interacting with all students and is very grateful for the opportunity to share yoga in all communities. She enjoys getting to know everyone so make sure to say hi and introduce yourself!
Candice’s classes are all about balance. She has a strong focus on alignment and discipline. She pushes her students to do their best but is also very encouraging. Her discipline will keep you working hard in class and seeing the benefits afterwards. Candice’s yoga tips are: breathe and have fun everything else is optional, everyday is different so let go of your expectations and judgements, experiment and get to know yourself physically, mentally and spiritually.
Denine took her first Bikram Yoga class in 2008 and knew instantly that she had found something special.
Previously, she had worked out in gyms, taken group fitness classes, tried other yogas, and even run a couple of half marathons but had never found anything that intrigued and challenged her like this class. She was almost instantly hooked and couldn't wait to get back in the hot room as soon as possible. Nothing had exhausted Denine like this yet energized her at the same time. Soon she saw other side effects: 20 pounds melted off in 2 months, she slept very deeply, and seemed to need less sleep. She began to crave healthier foods, less junk and more water..... lots of water ...
Most importantly, beside all the health benefits, is the deep feeling of relaxation you feel after the class. The cleansing of the mind and body.
It seemed a natural step to share her love of the yoga by becoming a teacher in Spring 2011. Denine continues to learn more about her own practice through teaching and hopes to share her love of Bikram Yoga with everyone. How this yoga can change your body, your mind, and your life is amazing. She loves seeing her students’ bodies change and the joy on their faces as they achieve great strides in the hot room. Denine is inspired everyday by each and every student and so grateful for this life she is living.
"Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words and never stops at all." Emily Dickinson
Mary was born in Hong Kong then raised in Manila, Philippines. In 1989, Mary and her husband decided to immigrate to Canada to give their four young children a better opportunity. Once in Canada, Mary was a homemaker and spent her free time cooking which quickly became a passion of hers. After developing carpel tunnel syndrome as well as high blood pressure and lots of persuasion from her eldest daughter Candice, Mary started practicing Bikram yoga to improve her health. That first yoga class changed everything for Mary. She found herself attending more and more classes with her health improving after each one and to her own surprise; Mary completed a 30 day challenge. After seeing how Bikram yoga changed everything for her, Mary went to teacher training so she could share the many benefits with others.
A favourite posture of Mary’s is locus pose. It is a difficult posture but with some work it cured her carpel tunnel and took away the pain in her arms. It is hard for Mary to pick a least favourite posture since she loves the benefits from each posture.
Mary is always exuding a positive and nurturing energy in class. She keeps a strong dialogue and hopes to encourage everyone to try their best in class. Mary advises everyone to always keep on breathing and working hard.
When Mary isn’t doing something yoga related, she is probably in the kitchen cooking up something delicious. She loves to spend her free time working on all sorts of different cuisines.
Our traditional 90 minute hot yoga class is comprised of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises. Every posture is done twice. It is a sequence developed by Bikram Choudhury using 26 out of the 84 Asana’s from the Ghosh lineage. This is a beginner class and gives students a strong foundation, helping them to achieve maximum therapeutic benefits in their practice. It works every part of the body, inside and out, maintaining optimum health and function.
All levels. Temperature: Hot.