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.
Nicole started her journey with Bikram Yoga on January 18th 2010, when a new year’s resolution lead her up the steps to a Bikram Yoga class at 6 in the morning. Having already committed to 5 classes a week for a month, there was no turning back from Bikram's torture chamber. Noticing results almost instantly, Nicole’s one-month introductory special turned into a membership and, soon after, a front desk position at the Bikram Yoga Langley studio.
She had been working at BYL for a couple months when one day a regular student passed through the door and Nicole noticed a number of positive changes on her - she had lost weight, was glowing with happiness, and was able to fall asleep with absolutely no pain in her neck or back. She thought to herself "I have the best job in the world, I get to witness miracles walk in and out of the door every single day" then she thought again "Wait, I have the second best job... The best job would be watching miracles happen right in front me, from the podium, as a teacher". 10 months later that landed Nicole at the 37th Bikram Yoga Teacher Training for the Spring 2011 session, alongside 430 other yogi's from 33 different countries around the world, the biggest Teacher Training yet! She completed the 9-week course on her 21st birthday, celebrating graduation and a milestone birthday; this was just the beginning of her teaching journey!
Nicole has witnessed this yoga change her own life, inside out, bones to skin, fingertips to toes, as well as members of her family, her friends, and all the new friends from the studios that have grown to be her extended yoga family.
Some favourite postures of Nicole’s are full locust and floor bow; she loves the beauty of the postures from the outside and the fulfillment of the backbends she feels on the inside. Her least favourite posture is triangle as she has more flexibility than strength. Triangle forces Nicole to use both at once and the balance between both is a challenge, exactly what she needs!
She encourages you to come take a class with herself, the sensational practitioners, and teachers at Bikram Yoga Langley! This yoga will change your life if you let it; all you have to do is believe. See you on the mat!
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. Bikram Yoga is suitable to all levels of practitioners. This is a hot class.