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.
In 2011, after practicing yin yoga a few times, she loved the balance that this practice gives in relation to other styles of yoga that she went to Yin Yoga Teacher Training with Bernie Clarks at Semperviva yoga school in Vancouver.
In 2015, she decided to continue her yoga journey in Goa, India, to complete her 500 hour yoga teacher training. There’s so much to learn and to grow. She’s always a student of yoga, enjoying practising variety style of yoga and honoured to share with others. She believes that Yoga practice is to learn to listen to the body. The focused stillness of yoga opens a space for us to appreciate the true nature of our mind. When our capacity to listen is at its greatest and most refined, we can listen directly to our soul and seek it’s constant guidance.
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
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!
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!
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.