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
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.
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!
Stephen was born and raised in Hong Kong and came over to Canada in the early 90s. He studied and then worked in the hotel and restaurant management field and never would have guessed that he would become a yoga instructor in a heated room when he was counting frozen chicken breasts in a walk-in cooler. In August 2003, Stephen took his first Bikram yoga class and struggled through it just like everyone else but soon fell in love with it after learning how to breathe normally throughout the postures. Stephen decided to attend teacher training in Fall 2005 so he would be able to help others with their practice as they improve their health and well-being.
One of Stephen’s favourite postures, the second part of awkward, started out as a challenge but once he realized that he needed to point his knees to the ceiling and come up as high as he could on his toes it quickly became his favourite. His least favourite posture is standing head to knee. He still struggles in this posture just like everyone else.
In class, Stephen is very encouraging and supportive with his students. He delivers a clear dialogue with an attention to detail to maximize everyone’s practice. To make class easier and the most beneficial, Stephen suggests trying to find your natural breath and try not to treat this like scuba diving – you have to keep breathing and come up for air!
In addition to yoga Stephen enjoys cooking, reading, sleeping, as well as cleaning and waxing his car to showroom perfection.
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.
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.