Student of the Month: Lizanne Foster

A Google search on the term "stress amongst teachers" yields over 33 million links to articles on the topic.  I would like to add to that long list by sharing how Bikram yoga has helped me to not join the millions of teachers who go on stress leave each year when their ability to cope with impossible demands overwhelms them.

I joined Bikram Yoga Langley when it first opened. In the first year, my attendance was quite sporadic and I "suffered" much chiding from Candice, which I secretly appreciated. In the beginning, I went to yoga just as one of many other physical activities I engaged in.  It was not on the top of my list of things to do even though I had an in-built alarm in my right hip that would go off if I went too long without going into Cobra pose and Rabbit pose.

But it was only when the normal high level of stress I experience as a teacher shot through to the stratosphere recently that I began to realize the amazing de-stressing power of a Bikram yoga session.

I don't know which part of my usually-normally-functioning brain thought that it was a good idea to try to complete the requirements for a PhD whilst also teaching full-time in a secondary school and also teaching English to an evening adult education class, but it soon became clear that it was an idea that should never have been implemented. Or perhaps it was good that it was because the implementation of the idea led to such a dramatic breakdown of my health.  I suffered severe heart palpitations and other symptoms of extreme stress that was only relieved by regular visits to the yoga studio.  This experience has made me realize how very lucky I am to have discovered Bikram Yoga in August 2007.

In January and February this year, there were days when the only thing that got me through the day was the thought of just lying on the mat in class in savasana, sweating the stress away,  just breathing, just being.

I am very grateful to all who collaborate to make the Bikram Yoga Langley studio an amazing place of healing and health.


Captain Kids Childminding Share

  • Do you have a non-elementary school child that is home with you during the day?
  • Are you interested in taking the 9:30am class and dropping your child off with a Yogini Mommy at Captain Kid's in Langley Sportsplex?
  • Are you able to supervise other yogi children at Sportsplex while Mommy attends the 9:30am class?
  • Dana (front desk yogini) is looking to start a childcare swap with BYL yoginis! Swap would take place on Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays each week.

Please contact or come talk to the front desk staff with any ideas or to discuss details.


Yoga Etiquette

Here is BYL's top 10 list of how to be a courteous yogi:

  1. Time it right: be on time for class; late arrivals are not permitted.
  2. Keep it simple: bring only your mat, towel and water into the hot room as space is very limited. All your belongings can be stored in the change rooms.
  3. Be techno-free: no cell phones in the hot room. You can have expected calls directed to the front desk where we can alert you in case of emergency.
  4. No water-asana, fan-asana and shower-asanas: Refrain from drinking water during the postures as it can be distracting to those still in the postures. Try and hold off until the second set is over. Fanning yourself and wiping away sweat constantly makes you exert more energy and will not cool you down.  Pouring water all over yourself leaves a "wet spot" for the next class.
  5. Know your spacing: Set your mat up accordingly so that you can see yourself in the mirror without blocking those around you.
  6. Silence is golden: Honor the silence in the room and refrain from talking in the hot room before, during, and especially after class.
  7. Take your time: Allow the previous class at least 10-15 minutes of savasana. There is no need to rush to your 'spot'.
  8. Keep it quick: If you have to leave the hot room, only enter and leave  in between the postures
  9. Spare the air: Refrain from wearing perfumes or scented oils to class.
  10. Wash, rinse, but don't repeat: Keep your post-yoga showers quick when others are waiting.


Product of the Month: Shakti Activewear

We've just received a new shipment of Shaki Activewear with all of their Spring colours and prints!

Shakti Activewear is designed using the highest quality Lycra and Airfit Microfiber fabrics that cling to the body and absorb excess moisture. Their 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 Bikram Yoga.

Prices range from $54 - $69


Auto Renew Yoga Program

Price : $ 99/ month (plus HST)

  • This is the most popular and best value membership option.
  • Your account is automatically debited every month. Use either a credit card (VISA or MC) or cheque (pre-authorized payment).
  • Practice unlimited yoga.
  • Attend any class anytime on our schedule.
  • Recommended for students practicing 2-3 times or more per week.
  • $50 Start-up Processing Fee.
  • No cancellation fees. 30 days written notice required to cancel.
  • Benefits One Free Guest Pass per month, 15% discount on retail products, and  Family Discounts ($89, $79, $69, etc... for each additional family member)


New Product: Breathe Yoga Mat

Come check out our sample mat up at the front desk!  Breathe Mats come in a variety of colors and sell for $60.

The Breathe mat is comprised of three layers: a cotton terry top, middle absorbent cushioning fibers and a coated, brushed bottom that grips carpet and rubber floors. Together, these layers comprise an anti-slip, waterproof yoga mat that 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.

It also includes a Rabbit Flap (pictured above) that is double sided, absorbent terry cloth flap that provides an ideal grip for sweaty hands during rabbit pose.


Student of the Month - Brendan Lenti-Jones


When I started yoga, I was in a transition phase between physiotherapy exercises and getting back into my normal activities. I was in a pretty rough car accident in 2004 - before that I ran, lifted weights, and beat my legs with a skateboard. After returning to softer versions of my old routine, I was looking for something that would take me back close to 100%. Physiotherapy exercises, I had decided, were too boring and I would not be able to keep them going long term. This all lead me to my first visit to BYL in late 2008Heat, cleansing, stretching, strengthening, great people and just raw physical work were just what I was looking for. I was hooked right away and started practicing all of the time. Soon I was becoming strong, lean, and flexible. The benefits quickly started spilling over outside the studio. I felt calmer, happier, more focused, and motivated. When I went running my lungs were happy to drag my fatigued body along with them. This was a surprising reversal. My diet has also changed to suit yoga because I am confronted by the quality of the food I just ate every time I practice.

Outside of yoga, I am a welder, training and working in the fast paced and high stress world of piping and pressure vessels. Thanks to yoga, I never have to worry about my back, cramping, or strength at the work. It also helps to have a place to go where there is simply no way to hold on to negativity and stress. It's a reset button that is always waiting. If I focus on the yoga in the mirror with enough brainpower to make it through class, that is enough to rewire my brain just a little better.

In class my favorite posture right now is standing head to knee pose. Mainly because of how silly I feel about my evolution in the posture. When I began I was determined to get the first step absolutely perfect and balanced before moving on. Then again with step two etc, etc.... I watched a yogi at the Western Canada Hatha Yoga Competition this year wobble a little, touch his head on his knee and hold steady. I thought "is that what they meant all along?" "Put your head on your knee" it's so simple. Now I can put my head on my knee without so much falling and drama. I also like savasana but who doesn't?

2 years and change on yoga occupies an ever greater part of my mind and heart. I know yoga replaced some of the less positive aspects of my life, I'm sure it pushed out things I don't even remember. I'm looking forward to my next class, a healthy balanced life and maybe Bikram teacher training in the future.




Now Hiring: Membership Representative

We are currenhiringtly looking for a Membership Representative to join our team.
  • Permanent Part-time Position (18-30 hours/week)
  • Must have open availability (Morning 9:00am-3:00pm, Evening 3:30pm-10:30pm, Weekends 9:00am-2:30pm or 3:30pm-8:30pm)
  • Available to start immediately.
  • This is NOT a summer job!
Skills and Qualities:
  • Customer Service is the most important aspect of this position.
  • Inside and outside sales experience.
  • Must be able to successfully and dependably muti-task all day.
  • Consistently be outgoing, helpful, positive, flexible, kind and attentive.
  • Have office and computer skills as well as be able to jump in where needed.
  • Flexibility, friendliness, and the willingness to work together as a team to achieve goals are essential.
  • Must be a current student or be willing to practice Bikram Yoga at least 2x/week.
Please drop off your resume with availability at the studio or email to


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