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.
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.
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.
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
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!