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
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.
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.
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.
Angela began practicing Bikram yoga in April of 2009. She was searching for something that would add a little variation into her regular workout routine. The yoga was completely different from what she was used to but the change it offered was exhilarating and fun. Early on in her practice, Angela could start to feel the healing benefits from Bikram yoga. She was stronger, more flexible, and relaxed. Her practice continued to progress and she was enjoying it so much that she decided to make this yoga her career. Angela went to Teacher Training in Las Vegas for the Fall 2009 session and has been teaching full time since then.
Her favourite posture is standing head to knee. It is constantly changing from class to class as it brings something new to work on each time. Her least favourite posture is locust as it is such a challenging one for her. In class, Angela always suggests that you go in having fun. Come to class with no expectations and just your smiling happy face!
When Angela isn’t teaching or practicing, she enjoys snowboarding and spending time with friends. Then whenever the weather is nice, she fills her day with activities that keep her outside.