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!
Colin started his Bikram Yoga practice November 2007. Previous to practicing, Colin had severe health problems due to his weight then some older knee and back injuries.
On his search to find something that would help him lose weight while working with his injuries, he found himself at a yoga studio. With a dedicated practice, he was able to drop over 100 pounds, rid himself of knee and back pain, and then improved his overall quality of health.
After experiencing all the amazing benefits of Bikram Yoga, Colin wanted to further his knowledge and give back to the community by teaching. He attended the Fall 2009 session in Las Vegas and has been teaching since then.
His favourite posture out of the series is Spine Twist as it allows him to get into a deeper stretch and work his entire spine. His least posture, however, is Savasana.
The complete stillness and relaxation is a challenge – it is always hard to maintain that stillness and to keep the mind from wandering away from your practice.
Colin delivers a strong class with a teaching style that is direct, focused, and progressive. You may find yourself working a little harder and reaching new depths while in his class. His favourite yoga tip is also on focus. Just lock the knee then pick one point on the mirror and put all your focus there, don’t even blink your eyes!
When Colin isn’t teaching or practicing, he enjoys both drawing and singing karaoke - really.
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.
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
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.
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!