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Happy Holidays from BYL
Stocking Stuffer $35 for 2 Weeks Unlimitednamaste
Do you have any friends or family
that have not tried Bikram Yoga?
Get this great gift of  health
and wellness for them(new students only).
Our Price: $35.00
Gift Cards GC
Not sure what to get?  Our gift cards lets the recipient choose any class package or products in the studio.  Best gift of mind, body, spirit.
Our Price: any denomination
bottles
BYL Water Bottles
These bottles are made out of high quality stainless steel and can hold 1.5Lof water. They're earth friendly, keep you hydrated, and is the perfect addition to any yoga class. We will even label them for you!
Our Price: $20.00
BYL Baby Onesiesonsie Get these adorable baby onesies for your yoga baby!  Comes in 6 different colors.
Our Price: $10.00
Bikram's Beginning Yoga Class Book      
book
Every Bikram yogi should have this book!  This book covers the 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises in detail, it also offers suggestions for maintaining proper yoga practice, a section on the medical benefits of yoga, notes from Bikram's students, and a good dose of Bikram humor and philosophy.
Our Price: $25.00
Bikram Yoga:  The Guru behind Hot Yoga new book
With his take-no-prisoners philosophy, Bikram describes how the program can reap great medical, physical, and spiritual benefits--the poses work out every part of the body, all of which can help alleviate many common ailments, from asthma to back pain. In addition, the book offers the best ways to incorporate eastern philosophy into a western lifestyle and tips on how yoga can cultivate "a union between body and spirit." Simply put, you don't have to meditate passively to reap the benefits of yoga.
Our Price: $29.95
Bikram Beginning Class CD
Bikram's Beginning Yoga Class 2 CD set.  You can get the feel of an actual Bikram Yoga Class.  Bikram himself leads you through his 90 minute series of postures as is if you were right there with him!
Our Price: $25.00
Pregnancy DVDraj dvd
Rajashree's Pregnancy Yoga is a unique and complete learning experience. It includes both a DVD and an audio CD. The DVD allows you to see the entire series of postures practiced by Rajashree and students at different stages of pregnancy. Through Rajashree's commentary, you learn about the postures and how to perform them correctly. It's like being in a class led by Rajashree herself.
Our Price: $40.00
 
Eco Yoga Matseco mat
Made from technologically-advanced TPE Foam (Thermoplastic Elastomer) Our new ECO yoga mats are fully decomposable and recyclable.  Our manufacturing process is chemical-free, meaning NO toxic materials are used, including phthalate, toluene, latex, rubber, PVC or heavy metals.
Our Price: $42.00-$46.00
Breathe Yoga Mats  Comprised of 3 layers: a cotton terry top, middle absorbent cushioning fibers and a coated, brushed bottom that grips carpet and rubber floors. These layers fully eliminates the need for a bulky sticky mat and slippery towel. Long and thick enough to provide a comfortable, sanitary layer of protection between the body and floor of the yoga studio, yet compact enough to fold or roll up, take home from class and toss in the washer/dryer with ease.
Our Price: $72.00
Hot Yoga Towel
Especially designed for Bikram Yoga. Fits the exact length of your yoga mat.  Absorbs 5 times more than your regular towel.
Our Price: $ 24.00-$52.00
Yoga Wear for Men and Women  yoga wear
We carry Shakti Activewear, Light Activewear, Sweatshop and Onzie Yoga Wear.  These brands of yoga wear are designed using the highest quality fabrics that cling to the body and absorb excess moisture. Our sweat through panels are made to allow heat to dissipate quickly keeping the body temperature cooler. Designed for active men and women, these tops and bottoms are perfect for yoga.
 
Our Price: $40.00-$70.00
Yoga Figurine
figurines
Bow pose figurine for the yoga lover.  Beautiful figure for display of your favorite posture.
Our Price: $20.00
Vega Products
We carry a selection of Vega products that all help fuel a yoga practice! The Sport Optimizer is great for an energy boost before class then the Sport Protein is very restorative after class. We also have some smoothie mixes and snack bars that are all plant-based, sugar free, and rich in nutrients!
Our Price: $4.00-$70.00
Emergen C (box)
Each box contains 36 individual packets.  Each packet contains 24 nutrients, including 1,000 mg of immune supporting vitamin C,* 7 B vitamins to enhance energy naturally* (no caffeine, no crash), electrolytes to refuel and replenish post-yoga.
Our Price: $23.00

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Student of the Month: Jill

Since moving to the lower mainland over 13 years ago I became seasonally defective. At first I had mild symptoms of the winter blues which progressively worsened to severe Seasonal Affective Disorder. For anyone unfamiliar with SAD, the symptoms are much the same as depression. The worst symptoms for me were extreme fatigue, unbearable sadness, anxiety and almost overwhelming and scary thoughts of suicide. Every year I faithfully sat under my ‘sun’ light, have lots of vitamin D and exercise but it wasn’t enough and I did not want to resort to pharmaceuticals if I didn’t have to. Last winter was so bad that I spent this entire summer worrying about what was to come this winter and resigned myself to the fact that this year I would have go on anti-depressants. And then I learned from a reliable scientific source that yoga was proven in several studies to ease symptoms of depression. I’d never been very interested in yoga but I was at the point that I’d try anything to see if it would help. After searching for different yoga studios online I decided to try Bikram because the poses would always be the same so there’d be no surprises each class, it was close to home and I was intrigued by the heat. I took my first class at the beginning of July 2010 and committed to taking at least 3 classes a week. I know it’s different for everyone but it took me three months to find peace in the heat. I felt panicky, uncomfortable, angry, self-pity, jealous of those who seemed so calm. I still have classes like that, actually. I kept coming back because I loved the poses and my body and back felt so good when it was all over. I also noticed my posture improved and didn’t have as many aches and pains but I was still skeptical that it would help me mentally. My doctor had advised me to start anti-depressants in September, before the symptoms began, but I chose against it. This is when I noticed I was much calmer in class. I could finally use my breath to pass through any heat challenges. I felt more confident in each pose and didn’t chide myself for not getting it ‘right’, just accepted what I could do that day. I feel that conscientious breathing has been the most beneficial lesson. I usually begin to feel the onset of SAD in October and get smacked upside the head with it when the time changes. This year I’ve had minimal symptoms. I’ve noticed - almost as an afterthought - the things that used to trigger emotional upheavals (and really bad days for my husband) just didn’t really matter. I feel much calmer inside myself. Whenever I started to feel overwhelmed I could take myself into the moment rather than worrying about the whole. I feel more energized and rarely need an afternoon nap, not every day as previous years. I actually catch myself feeling happy. The only change I made in my life was adding Bikram yoga three days a week and since last December I’ve strived for four. My husband and I believe it has been instrumental in improving my state of mind. My favorite pose is Half Tortoise Pose. The first time I had Stephanie as a teacher she had mentioned that this pose was beneficial for people with depression. No one had said that before about any pose so really started concentrating on doing it as best as possible.

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Vega Products

Pre Workout: * Take the Pre-Workout Energizer * It enhances physical and mental performance * Available in Acai berry & Lemon lime flavours During or in between workouts: * Electrolyte Hydrator *NEW* o Formulated with all the essential electrolytes needed to stay hydrated during workouts o Available in Lemon-lime & Pom berry flavours * Endurance Bar o Provides instant and sustained energy during workoutsAn excellent source of iron and a combination of complex carbohydrates and a blend of plant based protein o Available in Acai berry & Mocha flavours Post Workout: * Performance Protein o Perfect for post workout recovery purposes o Repairs and rebuilds muscles and improves strength and performance o Available in Berry, Vanilla & Chocolate flavours **Ideal for 30 or 60 day challenges** * Recovery Accelerator *NEW* o Reduces recovery time in between workouts o Replenishes energy and electrolytes o Reduces inflammation, muscle and joint pain

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Student of the Month: Tom McConnell

Two things can get me up at 5:00 am: fishing and hot yoga.

My name is Tom McConnell and I am married to Susan McConnell with two adult children; Colin (24) and Michelle (21).  I started to practice yoga about two and a half years ago when I was 25+ pounds heavier.

Not only was I 25+ pounds heavier,  I was a stiff 44 year old man who continually complained of a bad back due to years of carpet cleaning.  I just thought it was irreversible damage that I would have to live with.  Thanks to Bikram Yoga, that pain is gone.

Bikram Yoga has changed my life in many ways, not only the obvious flexibility (that is still a work in progress), but my body is changing and transforming right before my eyes.  If you told me three years ago that I would be stretching in a hot room full of people without a shirt and actually enjoying it, I would have said you were out of your mind.

Bikram Yoga is the hardest and most satisfying workout I have ever done.  I have worked out with weights for years, ran a half marathon, and completed the grouse grind - but nothing can compare to the focus and strength needed for 90 minutes in a hot room holding and stretching your every muscle.  Some days just staying in the room is my best achievement for the day, other times I leave feeling like I just went 10 rounds with a gorilla and I can’t wait for my next session.

Physical changes are just the beginning.  I am a Real Estate Agent working in these very trying economic times.  I’m not only surviving but I’m thriving thanks to the sense of peace from 90 minutes of meditation; connecting my body, mind, and spirit to handle daily stresses.

So thanks to thank all the teachers and fellow students who are helping me along my journey.  I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for you.

Thank you,

Tom


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STUDENTS OF THE MONTH: Hiromi and Hiroshi Ezaki

Our Bikram Yoga story started at the end of April 2011. Actually, my very first time was a few months earlier. I remember very well how it all went. My dear friend, Jodi, had been raving about yoga in the "torture" chamber, how awesome and amazing it was to sweat and almost die every time she went. I listened to her on and off, not giving it much thought, until she asked if I wanted to go. Her studio had a bring a friend for free weekend. I thought she was crazy. Why in the world would I go into a hot, sweaty, stinky room for ninety minutes - you can't talk, and you can't leave! If anyone knows me, they know that I carry hand sanitizer almost everywhere I go, and I can't stand the heat. I will sleep with the window open even when it's snowing outside. So when I agreed to go it was mere curiosity and extreme stubbornness that made me believe I can do it. I must have texted Jodi a few times that day. "What should I eat, when? How much water do I drink? I'm picking you up when - but class doesn't start for a whole hour!" Sound like a bit of a nervous wreck? Yes, I was nervous!

Once there, it was like stepping into a room of beautiful, friendly, smiling angles aka the front desk girls. They look so sweet and have such encouraging words like, "For your first time, just try to stay in the room." How bad could this be? As I filled out my form, a line of sweating, lifeless, yogi-like people walked out into the lobby, some straight out to the balcony. I will never forget my moment of, "Oh, Oh crap!" Secondly, I followed Jodi into the change room. She promptly gets into her tiny, little bikini. Oh dear... I brought my running top and Lulu pants. I went outside and bought a tiny pair of shorts.

So needless to say, I did survive the room. My mind and body have never been more shocked. I must have gone into either autopilot or survival mode. I did make eye contact with Jodi once or twice (damn she's good) but she didn't look like she was partying it up either... She looked concerned for me, but I thought it was supposed to be easier for her. I swore I would never go back. It was HARD. Funny thing is, I did go back. I bought their two-week, unlimited and went almost everyday. I had to give Bikram Yoga and myself a fair chance. For the first four times I got mad at myself for being back in the room, each time promising myself it was the last time.

So why did I go back? Because I love it! After my two weeks, I took a few months off, and started back up a few days before May - with my dad! He has been a workaholic his entire life. Yoga was never in his vocabulary. I don't think he would have been quite as interested if I didn't use the words "Very hot, hard, and exhausting; feel like dying!" It was a challenge, "How could anything be THAT hard?" With half a "smirk" I took him, and after the "warm up" during set up for Triangle Pose, he smacked my hand, hard. HA!

 That was the first day of his 30-Day Challenge. He even did a couple of doubles! We both agree that Bikram Yoga has been one of the best things to happen to us. As a senior, my dad has noticed huge differences in mobility and flexibility. The ninety minutes that we dedicate to ourselves is better than vitamins or supplements. It is therapy that is invaluable. My dad inspires me. All the yogis and yoginis, the teachers, and the staff inspire us. My dad is motivated to staying young and healthy. The smiles at the front motivate him. I couldn't thank BYL enough for being where they are. What an amazing addition to our lives! See you in the hot room.


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Posture of the Month: Awkward Pose - Utkatasana

From "Bikram Yoga: The Guru Behind Hot Yoga Shows the Way to Radiant Health and Personal Fulfillment". Awkward Pose is a powerful strengthening posture that concludes a sort of warm-up section in which you generate internal heat and loosen the muscles. This is a very challenging for a lot of people, so it's good for instilling discipline and integrating control of the mind with the action of the body.

The Posture

  • Start with your feet 6 inches apart or space of both fists together on the floor.
  • Raise your arms parallel to the floor, palms down.
  • Keep 6 inches between your arms, wrists, knees, and feet.

Part 1

  • Keep heels flat on floor.
  • Slowly sit down until your thighs are parallel to the floor like there is an imaginary chair behind you.
  • Lift your chest up and lean upper body backward while stretching your fingertips towards the mirror.
  • Come up as slow as you came into the posture

Part 2

  • Keep your arms in front of your and come up onto your tippy toes and lock your knees by squeezing thigh muscles.
  • Sit back down, still on your toes, with spine straight, back flat, stomach sucked in until your thighs are parallel to the floor.
  • Your back will be straight when you feel like you are tipping backward slightly.
  • Return to standing with your arms still out towards the mirror.

Part 3

  • Raise up on your toes a little bit and bring your knees and thighs tightly together.
  • Suck your stomach in.
  • Sink down until you are sitting on your heels.
  • Keep your spine straight like sliding down a wall.
  • Slowly come up, bring your feel together and lower the arms.

Tips

  • Always remember to breathe.
  • Engage your stomach muscle throughout the whole posture.
  • Keep your weight in the heels (Part 1).
  • Lean the upper body back while really stretching your arms forward to counterbalance.
  • The higher you come up on the toes, the easier it is to balance (Part 2).Keep your back flat and straight like you are leaning against an imaginary wall
  • Focus on keeping your knees apart as they will want to come together (Parts 1&2)
  • Remember to keep your arms parallel to floor and the muscles engaged, elbows locked and five fingers together.

Benefits

  • Tones and shapes your legs.
  • Strengthens the thighs, calves, and hips.
  • Gets rid of chronically cold feet.
  • Makes hip joints flexible.
  • Firms the upper arms.
  • Increases blood circulation in the knees & ankle joints.
  • Relieves rheumatism, arthritis, & gout in the legs.
  • Helps to cure slipped disc & lumbago in lower spine.
  • Promotes intense concentration.

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Posture of the Month: Half Moon with Hands to Feet Arda Chandrasana with Pada-Hastasana

In Half Moon, you begin to open up the whole skeletal system, including the spine, the neck, the ribs and the scapula. Your entire body will open like a beautiful blooming flower. From "Bikram Yoga: The Guru Behind Hot Yoga Shows the Way to Radiant Health and Personal Fulfillment"

The Posture

  • Start with you feet together, arms up, interlocked fingers with the index fingers released.
  • Bend right and left to warm up, stop in the center. Make sure you are stretching up to the centre each time.
  • Push your hips to the left and slowly bring your upper body down on the right; breathe normally.
  • Slowly return to the center and repeat on the left side.
  • Return to the center and stretch up.
  • Drop the head back, bring your arms back, and slowly bend your upper body backwards.
  • Return to the center then slowly bend down and grab your heels.
  • Straighten out the legs while keeping your body against the thighs and arms pulling on the heels.
  • Release your hands and slowly come up.

Tips These stretches in four directions gets our bodies ready for the class so it is important to work extra hard at this point. Side stretching

  • Focus on form before depth.
  • Keep the elbows locked and the chin up.

Backward bend

  • Avoid collapsing in your lower back.
  • Feel the stretch all over your total spine.
  • Try to set your gaze to the wall behind you.
  • Keep breathing. Never hold your breath.

Forward bend

  • Keep the body compressed to the legs with no room for air. Bend your knees if you need to in order to keep the connection.
  • Roll your body weight forward when the knees are locked.
  • Pull with your arms to create traction.

Benefits

  • Increases flexibility in the spine.
  • Strengthens the midsection creating better posture and trimming the waistline, hips, buttocks, and thighs.
  • Promotes proper kidney function.
  • Increase circulation and strength in the legs.
 

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