January Newsletter

Welcome to the Bikram Hot Yoga Vancouver Newsletter!  Find information on postures, SALES, class schedule, updates, plus much much more!

Our staff and teachers are dedicated to providing you with an exceptional Hot Yoga experience. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or feedback you may have!
We hope you enjoy our JanuaryNewsletter!

Posture of the Month
Cobra ~ Bhujangasana
Cobra Pose is the first posture of the spine strengthening series.  To begin, lie down on your stomach; chin out with your neck flat on the floor. Place your hands under the shoulders, very close to your chest, all five fingers together, hands-palms flat on the floor, throughout the entire posture. Your fingertips should be in line with the tops of the shoulders while pinky fingers in line with the Deltoids. Distribute your body weight all over the same under your hands-palms and don’t move your hands throughout the posture. Arms and elbows stay in with the body and drop your shoulders down.
Bring your feet and heels to touch while keeping feet flat on the floor as if you have only one leg like a cobra’s tail. Contract your hip and leg muscles solid, concrete, one piece. Do not open the legs.
Leading with the eyes, look up towards the ceiling, take an inhale breath and lift your upper body up using 100% back strength. Lift up half way only, until only your belly button remains touching the floor. The rest of the upper body is in the air. At the same time, from the side, your elbows should be at a 90 degree angle like a rectangle or the letter ‘L’. Stretch your elbows down towards the hips, arms and elbows still touching with the body, shoulders pull down revealing the trapezius muscles in the front mirror. Bring your chest up more, hold it and freeze there. Slowly, gently lower yourself down and return to Savasana.
Benefits: Cobra pose strengthens the lumbar spine, relieving pain while combating slipped or herniated discs, scoliosis and/or arthritis in that region. Cobra may help with lumbago, rheumatism and arthritis of the spine while helping to improve poor posture.  The posture opens and stretches the heart and lungs, improves pigeon chest by opening the rib cage and permits maximum expansion of the lungs, increasing oxygen intake proving therapeutic for asthma sufferers. Increased oxygen allows for improved concentration. Cobra additionally improves digestion, elimination and may help to cure loss of appetite. Cobra improves the functioning of the small and large intestines, liver, kidney and the spleen. Cobra helps to regulate blood pressure through compression of the kidneys and renal system. Furthermore, the posture improves the function of the reproductive organs and provides relief from menstrual disorders.
The posture increases spinal strength and flexibility, massages and tones the muscles of the back while helping to relieve/prevent lower back pain and can reduce the symptoms of sciatica. Cobra additionally strengthens and firms the deltoids, trapezius, triceps, abdomen, hips, legs and buttocks while improving hip and shoulder flexibility.
Meet Your Fellow Yogis!
Your yoga community is filled with talented, friendly, inspiring and amazing people (including yourself 🙂 ).  Maybe you have had the opportunity to meet some of them.  If not each month we will be introducing you to a couple of them.  We encourage you to get to know your fellow yogis!  Get to know the people you sweat with!  We all have at least one thing in common, we love this yoga!
MEET LINDA!
I began practicing Bikram yoga at the request of a friend and a super deal from Groupon. . My first class was January 21, 2014 and I was recuperating from an injury and pneumonia.I actually thought it was one of the weirdest, more tortuous things I had ever done, but was intrigued by the calm of most of the participants.Coming from a mindset of an avid runner ( 7 marathons, 3 Hood to Coasts & innumerable other races) Bikram yoga was a challenge to say the least.
Fast forward to almost three years later and I am in the hot room as often as life allows, which as of late has been about 5 times per week. My body is strong, healthy, and I overall feel wonderful.
The community of fellow practitioners is one of the best things about this yoga. everyone is so kind, supportive and helpful. But if you are new and looking for a cool spot in the the room, don’t waste your time, there is none!
If we approach each day with a spirit of humility and gratefulness to the Good Lord , anything is possible.
New Year Schedule Changes!
Effective immediately, please see the schedule below for the most up to date BYV class schedule. All traditional 90 minute Bikram Yoga classes, plus a couple fun additions!
Monday: 6am, 9:30am, Noon, 4:30pm, 6:30pm
Tuesday: 6am, 9:30am, Noon, 4:30pm, 6:30pm
Wednesday: 6am, 9:30am, Noon – Core 40, 4:30pm, 6:30pm
Thursday: 6am, 9:30am, Noon, 4:30pm, 6:30pm – Core 40 
Friday: 6am, 9:30am, Noon, 4:30pm, 6:30pm
Saturday: 8am, 10am, 4:30pm
Sunday: 8am, 10am, 4:30pm
BYV Nutrition Coach!
Providing you with the most tools to get your year started off right and meet your health and fitness goals, we are pleased to announce that our very own Willow Newborn will soon be offering Nutritional Coaching here at Bikram Yoga Vancouver!!
For more information you can contact Willow at willow@vancouverbikramyoga.com or just stay tuned here for additional information.
Bikram Yoga Retreat in MEXICO!
It’s not too late…
Escape with Aaron Goodman for a week of pure bliss! Start 2017 off right with this life changing yoga retreat to Mexico! Deepen your yoga practice, eat nutritious food, share joy and laughter with a group of like-minded yogis. Immerse yourself in a soul rejuvenating experience!
February 4-11, 2017
* 7 Stress Free Days
* Safe and Protected Environment
* Exquisite Setting on the West Coast of Mexico
* Fresh and Healthy Food Catered to any Diet (3 Meals Daily)
* Posture Clinics led by Aaron Goodman
* Daily Bikram and Vinyasa Class
Go to www.bikramyogaretreats.com for more details.
We look forward to seeing you in the HOT room!  Remember half the battle, sometimes more, is making it to the studio.  Your body will know what to do from there!
See you tomorrow!
Bikram Hot Yoga Vancouver
Eastside Location (Same Complex as Big Al’s)
1801 SE 164th Ave Ste 109
Vancouver, WA 98683

December Newsletter

Welcome to the Bikram Hot Yoga Vancouver Newsletter!  Find information on postures, SALES, class schedule, updates, plus much much more!

Our staff and teachers are dedicated to providing you with an exceptional Hot Yoga experience. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or feedback you may have!
We hope you enjoy our December Newsletter!

 

Posture of the Month
Camel ~ Ustrasana
To start Camel come to the top of your mat and towel and stand on your knees with six inches between insides of the legs, knees and feet.  Place your hands on the back of the hips with the fingers pointing down and thumbs on the outside. Take an inhale breath, lifting through the chest,  drop your head back as far as it goes and push your hips forward towards the mirror, go back half way and stop in the middle.
First, bring your right hand down and grab the right heal with thumb on the outside and fingers on the inside. Then left hand down and grab the left heal with thumb on the outside and fingers on the inside. Get a full hands/palms grip and do not lose the grip.
Take a deep breath, keeping your eyes open, exhale and push stomach, legs, hips, everything forward towards the mirror as far as possible. Continuously keep pushing and create 360 degree angle backward bending against the gravitation.
Return your hands to your hips, keep your chest up, spine straight, push more forward, inhale breathing and come up. Stop in the middle. Turn around lie down relax in Savasana.
Benefits: Camel pose creates maximum compression of the spine stimulating the nervous system. It also improves flexibility of the neck and spine, relieves backache and helps degenerative spinal problems. Camel helps with constipation by stretching the abdominal organs. Camel stretches the throat, thyroid and parathyroid glands. Finally, Camel firms and slims the abdomen and waistline.
Meet Your Fellow Yogis!
Your yoga community is filled with talented, friendly, inspiring and amazing people (including yourself 🙂 ).  Maybe you have had the opportunity to meet some of them.  If not each month we will be introducing you to a couple of them.  We encourage you to get to know your fellow yogis!  Get to know the people you sweat with!  We all have at least one thing in common, we love this yoga!
MEET TINA!
My name is Tina Tsang and my journey to Bikram started about 6 years ago.I have always had this aching pain in my shoulders since college.  They were always tight, numbing, and painful, all at the same time. It’s difficult to describe my discomforts, to put it to the least. If someone were to prick needles at my shoulders, I wouldn’t feel anything. You know that funny feelings after the locust pose?  Your hands are slightly numb and sleepy.  That is how I was feeling with my left hand, from my shoulder to my finger tips. I used to have my husband massage my shoulders every night or “hand chop” my back since I couldn’t feel them anyways. It got so bad that I finally repented to my husband and went to see my doctor.  The doctor couldn’t explain to me what I had, instead, he told me to take OTC pain killers, and triple the amount. He also referred me to see a specialist and get a MRI.

Then one day, I saw that this hot yoga studio was offering a Groupon.  And remembering a conversation I had with a friend about how I haven’t yet found an exercise I like enough to stick with, she highly recommended I give Bikram yoga a try. To be honest, I don’t remember my first class that much.  I was merely trying to breathe, stay in the hot room and not pass out.  But I must have liked it enough to return to my second class the next day. Or perhaps the pain killers I was taking numbed my pain. After the second class, I stopped taking the pain killers. But I still continued to practice Bikram.  Before I knew it, I wasn’t asking my husband for massage anymore. The symptoms seem to have had subsided. I still get them once in a while, but they aren’t as bad as before.  Needless to say, I never go see the specialist or get the MRI. And as long as I practice Bikram regularly, it seems to stray away.

Before I started Bikram, I was never flexible!  And I would have never imagined that I could be able to touch the ground with my palms, let alone doing split at this age.   As Bikram said “Never too old, never too bad, never too late, never too sick to start from scratch once again.”  It doesn’t matter what kind of journey brings you to the hot room, what matters is your journey in the hot room.  Hope to see you there.

Namaste!

Tina Tsang
Bikram Yoga Retreat in MEXICO!
Escape with Aaron Goodman for a week of pure bliss! Start 2017 off right with this life changing yoga retreat to Mexico! Deepen your yoga practice, eat nutritious food, share joy and laughter with a group of like-minded yogis. Immerse yourself in a soul rejuvenating experience!
February 4-11, 2017
* 7 Stress Free Days
* Safe and Protected Environment
* Exquisite Setting on the West Coast of Mexico
* Fresh and Healthy Food Catered to any Diet (3 Meals Daily)
* Posture Clinics led by Aaron Goodman
* Daily Bikram and Vinyasa Class
Go to www.bikramyogaretreats.com for more details.
BYV Nutrition Coach!
Providing you with the most tools to get your year started off right and meet your health and fitness goals, we are pleased to announce that our very own Willow Newborn will soon be offering Nutritional Coaching here at Bikram Yoga Vancouver!!
For more information you can contact Willow at willow@vancouverbikramyoga.com or just stay tuned here for additional information.
From all of us to you…
We here at Bikram Yoga Vancouver wish you a safe and wonderful holiday season and we are looking forward to the most fantastic 2017 ever… together!! See you in the Hot Room!

We look forward to seeing you in the HOT room!  Remember half the battle, sometimes more, is making it to the studio.  Your body will know what to do from there!
See you tomorrow!
Bikram Hot Yoga Vancouver
Eastside Location (Same Complex as Big Al’s)
1801 SE 164th Ave Ste 109
Vancouver, WA 98683

November Newsletter

Welcome to the Bikram Hot Yoga Vancouver Newsletter!  Find information on postures, SALES, class schedule, updates, plus much much more!

Our staff and teachers are dedicated to providing you with an exceptional Hot Yoga experience. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or feedback you may have!
We hope you enjoy our November Newsletter!

Posture of the Month
Toe Stand ~ Padangustasana
Toe Stand is the twelfth posture in class and last of the standing series. Having just completed Tree Pose, feet should already be together touching to start. Bring your focus to the floor, one point, four feet in front of you. Don’t move your eyes.
Shift your weight to the left leg, lift your right foot up and bring it up onto the middle of the thigh or wherever feels comfortable. Bring your hands/palms together in front of your chest and bend forward from the lower spine towards the floor. Touch both hands, all 10 fingers, on the floor in front of you and slowly bend your knee to bring your hips down and sit on your heel.
Bring your hands to the sides of the body touching the floor. Stretch your spine up to the ceiling, hips up and balance on your fingertips. Both knees should be in one line parallel to the floor. Keep focus on the floor four feet in front of you. Slowly bring your left hand up in front of your chest. If you can still balance there, without moving, then bring your right hand up and bring your palms together. Stretch your spine up to the ceiling like natural human traction. Suck your stomach in and balance there.
Change. Come up exactly the opposite way you went down. Perform other side.
Benefits: Toe Stand Pose strengthens your abdominal muscles, hips, knees, ankles and toes. It develops stronger joints which help to improve arthritis and knee pain. Toe Stand helps alleviate gout and is therapeutic for rheumatism of the knees, ankles and feet. The posture opens the knee and hip joints and prepares one for lotus posture. Toe Stand helps hemorrhoid problems. Due to the intense concentration required to perform the posture, it helps create a calm and focused mind. Regularly practicing Toe Stand improves posture, balance and grace.
Meet Your Fellow Yogis!
Your yoga community is filled with talented, friendly, inspiring and amazing people (including yourself 🙂 ).  Maybe you have had the opportunity to meet some of them.  If not each month we will be introducing you to a couple of them.  We encourage you to get to know your fellow yogis!  Get to know the people you sweat with!  We all have at least one thing in common, we love this yoga!
MEET CHENNAULT!
Hello! My name is Chennault Fox. I’ve been a part of this yoga community for about four years now. I went to my first Bikram class about four and a half years ago and immediately fell in love with it. I am a yoga teacher myself, in the vinyasa tradition. I have focused my yoga study on yoga as treatment for PTSD, anxiety, depression and chronic stress. I wrote a contract with The Evergreen State College entitled Yoga: Healing Trauma Through Moving Meditation. I think yoga and mindfulness meditation are ideal therapies for PTSD because they help one create new neuropathways and rewire the brain to not be triggered by events that one has found threatening in the past. We can change our synaptic connections and create new ways of relating to our world.

I think that yoga has and will continue to play an important role in humanity’s collective evolution and I find it extremely helpful in dealing with chronic conditions that don’t respond well to the allopathic model of treatment.

I am also interested in combing yoga with plant medicine and more traditional/indigenous wellness models. I am an herbalist, having been trained in Costa Rica by a skilled herbalist there, I have continued my study here  in the northwest. We have so many amazing plant allies here in this part of the world and I love to share what I’ve learned with others so that we can all feel empowered on our road to wellness. I meet privately with clients to help them construct a wellness plan that includes diet, herbal medicine, meditation instruction and different yoga asanas combined to facilitate a body-mind-soul in balance.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments, I am always happy to get to know you all more and learn and grow together. You can reach me at Sunkissedalchemist@gmail.com.

We look forward to seeing you in the HOT room!  Remember half the battle, sometimes more, is making it to the studio.  Your body will know what to do from there!
See you tomorrow!
Bikram Hot Yoga Vancouver
Eastside Location (Same Complex as Big Al’s)
1801 SE 164th Ave Ste 109
Vancouver, WA 98683

September Newsletter

Welcome to the Bikram Hot Yoga Vancouver Newsletter!  Find information on postures, SALES, class schedule, updates, plus much much more!

Our staff and teachers are dedicated to providing you with an exceptional Hot Yoga experience. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or feedback you may have!
We hope you enjoy our September Newsletter!

Class and Q&A with Senior Teacher
Teri Almquist
Sunday, September 25th, 4:30pm
It’s not too late!!! It is with great honor and privilege we bring Senior Teacher Teri Almquist to you! Please mark your calendar and plan on being hereSunday, September 25th, 4:30pm class.
What: Class and Q&A with Senior Teacher Teri Almquist
When: Sunday, September 25th, 4:30pm class
Where: Bikram Hot Yoga Vancouver
Cost: $30 for members; $40 for non-members
(Sign up at the front desk or give us a call!)
Teri has been a certified Bikram Yoga Teacher since Spring 2005 and studio owner of Bikram Yoga Merrimack Valley since 2008. She excels at mentoring teachers and students from all over the globe for her expertise in healing injured bodies through yoga. You don’t want to miss this one!
FOOD AND FITNESS CHALLENGE
Starts October 1st
Join us in the month of October for a food and fitness challenge. For 30 days cmmit to eating clean, practicing 5 days a week and complete one yoga challenge per week.
During the challenge you will have chances to earn points by eating clean (1 point each day you eat clean) and completing the once a week yoga challenge (weekly challenge worth between 3-5 points). At the end of the challenge the person with the most points will win!
More information coming soon!!!!

Posture of the Month
Fixed Firm ~ Supta Vajrasana

Fixed Firm Pose is the first posture after the spine strengthening series.  From your belly down position, bring your hands to the floor alongside your chest, push yourself up and come to the top of your mat and towel.  Sit down kneeling style with knees and feet together and hips on heels. Open your feet wide enough to sit your hips between your heels with hips touching the floor. Make sure heels stay touching with your hips throughout the posture. As a beginner, or if your knees hurt, you can open your knees.
Place your hands-palms on your feet, fingers forward with thumbs on the inside. Bend your right elbow to touch the floor and then your left elbow, one by one. Relax your head back to touch the floor and then the back of the head to rest on the floor. Bring your shoulders to touch the floor and relax your whole upper body on the floor.
Bring your arms up over your head and grab your elbows and pull them down towards the floor. Tuck your chin to your chest and to bring your neck flat on the floor. Lift your chest and stomach up towards the ceiling, creating a natural human bridge with the spine. Eventually, or in the future, bringing the knees together to touch. Make sure knees never come off the floor. Eyes open and breathing normally.
To come out, return hands to feet and with the help of your elbows carefully push yourself up. Turn around and relax on your back.
Benefits: Fixed Firm helps improves circulation to kidneys, liver, pancreas and bowels. Helps to boost the immune system through stimulation of the spleen. Helps to stimulate the lymphatic system, particularly the lymph glands of the arm-pit. Helps with digestion problems including indigestion, gas, constipation. Good for asthma and respiratory conditions. Stimulates adrenal glands through creating pressure and compression in the lower back. Helps to flush knees and ankles of calcium deposits, scar tissue and arthritic starts. Rebuilds the flexibility of the knees and ankles. Muscles of the thighs, abdomen and pelvis are stretched. Helps with sciatica, gout and varicose veins.  Helps to minimize menstrual pain for women.
Meet Your Fellow Yogis!
Your yoga community is filled with talented, friendly, inspiring and amazing people (including yourself 🙂 ).  Maybe you have had the opportunity to meet some of them.  If not each month we will be introducing you to a couple of them.  We encourage you to get to know your fellow yogis!  Get to know the people you sweat with!  We all have at least one thing in common, we love this yoga!
MEET PAUL!
Hey there! My name is Paul Sowards. I’m very very grateful that Bikram yoga came into my life almost 3 months ago. For many years I didn’t realize it, but this is what I was seeking – and finally found it. Over the course of 10 years I developed chronic lower pain from sitting on the job coupled with a lack of physical exercise. Due to this aggravating pain I’ve probably visited the chiropractor’s office 200-250 times for treatment and adjustments. Feeling as if my vitality and quality of life was slowly deteriorating, I decided to buy an inversion table and a few yoga dvds. Using both of these tools frequently helped alleviate some of the pain, but it seemed the root issue was not being dealt with. I pretty much resigned my mind and body to live with the pain and try to manage it the best I could.
One night while I was at work a coworker saw a book I had about yoga asanas. Long story short, during our conversation he shared in detail about how his transformation came through regular Bikram yoga practice and then emphatically suggested that I sign up for the 30 day challenge. After thinking about it for a few weeks, I finally took the plunge – and have not been the same! After two weeks in the hot room I noticed a significant difference in my back. Once the 30 day challenge was almost complete I felt very little pain, it was like I had a new back and was on the road to regaining vitality and life again!
I have the utmost respect and appreciation for the instructors and how each one has encouraged me to push beyond pain and perceived limits to experience the union of mind and body through this yoga. I’m seeing the need and challenge to take my yoga practice outside the hot room and allow it to progressively transform me into the best Paul I can be. Being a karma yogi has also given me the opportunity to give back some of what has been graciously given to me. As much as lies within me, and the ability to continue practicing – Bikram yoga for life!!! 😀
Regular Class Schedules Returns September 1st
With the conclusion of summer, BYV returns to it’s regular, non-summer, class schedule. All traditional 90 Minute Bikram Yoga Classes, plus a couple fun additions!
Monday: 6am, 9:30am, Noon, 4:30pm, 6:30pm
Tuesday6am, 9:30am, Noon, 4:30pm, 6:30pm
Wednesday6am, 9:30am, Noon – Core 40, 4:30pm, 6:30pm
Thursday:6am, 9:30am, Noon, 4:30pm, 6:30pm
Friday:6am, 9:30am, Noon, 4:30pm, 6:30pm
Saturday: 8am, 10am4:30pm – Ashtanga
Sunday8am, 10am, 4:30pm

For the most up to date class information please visit our website at  http://www.vancouverbikramyoga.com.
BYV Summer Picnic
Our Summer Picnic was so much fun and such a hit! Thank you to all that joined us and made this the awesome event that it was! Mark your calendars now for next year!
We look forward to seeing you in the HOT room!  Remember half the battle, sometimes more, is making it to the studio.  Your body will know what to do from there!
See you tomorrow!
Bikram Hot Yoga Vancouver
Eastside Location (Same Complex as Big Al’s)
1801 SE 164th Ave Ste 109
Vancouver, WA 98683

August Newsletter!

Read on to learn more about:

  • Yoga Asana competition in November
  • Studio End of Summer Potluck and Ashtanga class
  • Meet your fellow Yogi
  • Senior Teacher class on September 11
  • Triangle Pose
  • Kombucha now available in studio!

 

Welcome to the Bikram Hot Yoga Vancouver Newsletter!  Find information on postures, SALES, class schedule, updates, plus much much more!

Our staff and teachers are dedicated to providing you with an exceptional Hot Yoga experience. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or feedback you may have!

 

We hope you enjoy our August Newsletter!

It’s Yoga Asana Competition Season!!!
Want to be a part of something fun? Interested in sharing your love of yoga, inspiring your community, or maybe just demonstrate that posture you have been working ‘oh so hard’ on? Please plan on joining us Saturday, August 20th, 7:30pm, for an informational potluck at Dara’s house.
On the fence? Come anyway! Yoga Asana Competition is not about who is the most flexible. Learn more and decide from there!
What: Informational Yoga Asana Competition Potluck
When: Saturday, August 20th, 7:30pm
Where: Dara’s House
BYV Summer Picnic ~ Saturday, August 27th
Please plan on joining us Saturday, August, 27th, for one last summertime ‘HOORAH’!!! We will provide burgers and dogs plus all the makings and you bring the rest!!! There will be a sign up in the lobby this week. Picnic starts at4pm and be sure to bring your yoga mat as we will be having a fun ‘yoga in the park’ intro to the Ashtanga series with Allie starting at 4:30pm! It’s going to be a blast so be there!!!

What: BYV Summer Picnic & Potluck
When: Saturday, August 27th, 4pm, Ashtanga w/ Allie at 4:30pm!
Where: Fisher Basin Park, SE 192nd Ave., Vancouver
 Bring; Your fabulous self, a yoga mat and a dish for the potluck!
Class with Senior Teacher Teri Almquist
Sunday, September 11th, 4:30pm
It is with great honor and privilege we bring Senior Teacher Teri Almquist to you! Please mark your calendar and plan on being here Sunday, September 11th, 4:30pm class.
What: Class with Senior Teacher Teri Almquist
When: Sunday, September 11th, 4:30pm class
Where: Bikram Hot Yoga Vancouver
Cost: $30 for members; $40 for non-members
Teri has been a certified Bikram Yoga Teacher since Spring 2005 and studio owner of Bikram Yoga Merrimack Valley since 2008. She excels at mentoring teachers and students from all over the globe for her expertise in healing injured bodies through yoga. You don’t want to miss this one!

Posture of the Month
Triangle ~ Trikanasana
Triangle pose is the midway point of class, the peak of the mountain of the standing series, and works 100% of the body. To start, bring your arms up over the head sideways; step out to the right, a big step, four feet minimum and bring your arms down immediately parallel to the floor with palms facing down.
Look straight ahead in the mirror. Push the hips forward, lean your upper body back. Turn your right foot out to the right. If needed, turn it a half inch more until the foot is exactly parallel to the front mirror and your two heals in one line.
Inhale breathing, bend the right knee and sit down. Bounce a couple of times like a motorcycle ride to make sure you’re sitting down low enough. Your right thigh should be parallel to the floor. In the front mirror your right leg should look like a perfect upside-down letter ‘L’.  Make sure your hips do not go back up. One more time, hips forward, arms back, body back, lean back, open your chest, spine straight in the center.
Inhale breathing, turn your palms to the mirror and move your both arms at the same time, right elbow in front of the right knee and fingertips between the big and second toe with no pressure on the fingertips against the floor. Look up towards the ceiling and touch your chin to the left shoulder so the profile of the face is exactly visible in the front mirror with the crown of the head in line with the spine and neck.
Take a deep breath and continuously stretch your left arm up to the ceiling while the right arm stretches down. Your both arms, shoulders, should be stretching each other up and down in opposite directions like natural human traction.
Push your left hip forward towards the mirror. At the same time, push your right knee back with the help of the right elbow. Turn or twist your upper body back like Spine Twisting posture. Keep your left knee locked and left foot flat on the floor. Inhale breathing, come up, stop in the middle, turn your right foot back to the center, keep your arms there and repeat left side.
Benefits: Triangle pose is a great cardiovascular workout. It opens and increases the flexibility of the hip joints and reduces saddle bags. Triangle is good for the kidneys, thyroid and adrenal glands. It opens the shoulder joints and is good for frozen shoulder. It strengthens and tones the legs and gluteal muscles. It helps to regulate hormone levels. Works all muscular groups simultaneously. Helps with constipation, colitis, low blood pressure, appendicitis, spondylitis and menstrual disorders.
Meet your fellow Yogis!
Your yoga community is filled with talented, friendly, inspiring and amazing people (including yourself 🙂 ).  Maybe you have had the opportunity to meet some of them.  If not each month we will be introducing you to a couple of them.  We encourage you to get to know your fellow yogis!  Get to know the people you sweat with!  We all have at least one thing in common, we love this yoga!
MEET LISA!
I am not what you would call an ideal candidate for hot yoga. I am a 52-year old menopausal woman with miserable, intermittent, drenching hot flashes. The thought of stepping into a 105-degree room, let alone struggling to twist my body into incomprehensible shapes for 90 minutes while in that heated room, was not something I thought I’d ever willingly sign up for.
That changed in November of 2015. My husband, Peter, and I had recently changed to eating a whole food plant based diet and we felt great. In 6 monthsI had easily lost 25 stubborn pounds that had been bothering me for years. I was thrilled about the weight loss, but my goal was health. I knew in order to be healthy and continue to lose the extra weight I still carried, I needed to include some form of consistent exercise.
As I pondered and rejected the unsustainable forms of exercise I’d tried in the past (things like; running, walking, barre3, soccer, hiring a personal trainer, joining a gym, etc.), I watched my husband quietly get up at 5 a.m. to go to hot yoga three times a week. He looked so content and refreshed each morning and throughout the work day (we work together). He was excited to talk to me about his experiences with hot yoga — and wise not to pressure me into going with him. I listened but was not moved to try it myself.
That was until I overheard a respected colleague advising a client that, “in order to achieve your goals, sooner or later you have to do something you don’t want to do”. It immediately hit me. Here I was trying to achieve health and optimum weight but I was dragging my feet when it came to making the necessary changes to incorporate regular exercise. When I asked myself what I didn’t want to do, the first thing that popped into my mind was HOT YOGA!
So off I went. Peter tried his best to prepare me for the heat and the class format. I expected to try it three times and conclude “it’s not for me” and pat myself on the back for trying something new. To my surprise, by the third class I can honestly say I loved it.
Yes, having hot flashes in a hot room sucks. But the truth is having hot flashes anywhere sucks. At least I’m already sweaty and don’t have to hide it in the hot yoga studio.
For me, the benefits of yoga far outweigh any temporary discomfort caused by having a hot flash. I’ve noticed changes in my balance, coordination, flexibility, strength, and muscle tone. Scientific studies have shown that people who practice yoga regularly experience measurable health benefits which may include the lowering of; blood pressure, cholesterol and BMI. [1]
As an acupuncturist and holistic health care provider, I prefer and recommend natural forms of preventative medicine that recognize the body-mind connection. Hot yoga is a form of therapeutic exercise that fits nicely with this approach to health.
As of this writing I’ve been going to hot yoga with Peter three mornings a week for the past 7 months. I look forward to the classes even when getting out of bed at 5 a.m., which is difficult. I always look forward to learning from the yoga instructors. Their dedication, enthusiasm and commitment along with their gentle but firm words of encouragement make me feel like anything is possible.
I like that they encourage us to be curious. Ask ourselves, what body did I bring to class today? They guide and prompt us to adjust our awareness. Don’t judge. Let go. Breathe. These are all life lessons, rolled into one hot, sweaty 90-minute class. And in those instances when I do have an intense hot flash, I find my focus is less and less on relieving the heat from my body and more and more on stretching my mind to move beyond my body. There is a comforting freedom in those rare moments when I’m able to be present in that space.
The pervasive myth that menopausal women can’t possibly tolerate hot yoga needs to be exposed so more women are inspired to give it a try. The worst that can happen is you feel really, really, REALLY hot. But that’s happening anyway. So you might as well take advantage of the benefits of yoga.
Plus, I’ve learned that being in a room surrounded by a bunch hot, sweaty people who care about their health (and who don’t care that I’m a little hotter and sweatier), is a very liberating experience!
NOTE: I’ll be doing an informal online class (Google Hangout) called “Hot Women In Hot Yoga!” for menopausal women who are interested in learning more about the challenges and benefits of hot yoga, acupuncture and plant based eating. You are invited to join me in the discussion, ask questions and offer insights. It’s free and sure to be fun! Register here:
http://events.pointsoforigin.com/menopausal-women-event-registration/
Lisa and Peter Hanfileti own and operate Points of Origin, PLLC, a holistic health care clinic providing acupuncture and private health consultation services. For more information you can go to their website athttp://pointsoforigin.com. They live in Vancouver with their dog and 2 cats and are delighted to be part of the hot yoga community. Namaste!
[1] Chu P, Gotink R, Yeh G, Goldie S, Hunink M. “The effectiveness of yoga in modifying risk factors for cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.” Eur J Prevent Cardiol published online ahead of print 2014; DOI:10.1177/2047487314562741.
Mark your Calendars… Regular Class Schedule Returns September 1st
With the near conclusion of summer, BYV prepares to return to it’s regular, non-summer, class schedule. Mark your calendars!!! All traditional 90 Minute Bikram Yoga Classes, plus a couple fun additions!
Monday: 6am, 9:30am, Noon, 4:30pm, 6:30pm
Tuesday6am, 9:30am, Noon, 4:30pm, 6:30pm
Wednesday6am, 9:30am, Noon – Core 40, 4:30pm, 6:30pm
Thursday:6am, 9:30am, Noon, 4:30pm, 6:30pm
Friday:6am, 9:30am, Noon, 4:30pm, 6:30pm
Saturday: 8am, 10am, 4:30pm – Ashtanga
Sunday8am, 10am, 4:30pm

For the most up to date class information please visit our website at  www.vancouverbikramyoga.com.
Have you seen it?! We’ve got a Soma Kombucha Kegerator!!!
We are pleased to announce that BYV now offers Soma Kombucha on tap!! That’s right… we now have a two tap kegerator!!
Kombucha is a delicious probiotic drink recognized the world over for its energizing, detoxifying and health supporting qualities. It’s great for digestion, immune system boosting, hormone regulating, joint care, and mental functioning. It’s been around for thousands of years and extensively studied.
Next time you’re in the studio give our new ‘Booch’ a try!! Offered in a vaiety of sizes… pint size cups available or refill your hydroflask on the way home!!
We look forward to seeing you in the HOT room!  Remember half the battle, sometimes more, is making it to the studio.  Your body will know what to do from there!
See you tomorrow!
Bikram Hot Yoga Vancouver
Eastside Location (Same Complex as Big Al’s)
1801 SE 164th Ave Ste 109
Vancouver, WA 98683

June News…Bikram Hot Yoga Vancouver

Welcome to Bikram Hot Yoga Vancouver East to West Newsletter!  Find information on postures, SALES, class schedule updates plus much much more!

Our staff and teachers are dedicated to providing you with an exceptional Hot Yoga experience. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or feedback you may have!

 

We hope you enjoy our June Newsletter!

Posture of the Month
Cobra ~ Bhujangasana
Cobra Pose is the first posture of the spine strengthening series.  To begin, lie down on your stomach; chin out with your neck flat on the floor. Place your hands under the shoulders, very close to your chest, all five fingers together, hands-palms flat on the floor, throughout the entire posture. Your fingertips should be in line with the tops of the shoulders while pinky fingers in line with the Deltoids. Distribute your body weight all over the same under your hands-palms and don’t move your hands throughout the posture. Arms and elbows stay in with the body and drop your shoulders down.
Bring your feet and heels to touch while keeping feet flat on the floor as if you have only one leg like a cobra’s tail. Contract your hip and leg muscles solid, concrete, one piece. Do not open the legs.
Leading with the eyes, look up towards the ceiling, take an inhale breath and lift your upper body up using 100% back strength. Lift up half way only, until only your belly button remains touching the floor. The rest of the upper body is in the air. At the same time, from the side, your elbows should be at a 90 degree angle like a rectangle or the letter ‘L’. Stretch your elbows down towards the hips, arms and elbows still touching with the body, shoulders pull down revealing the trapezius muscles in the front mirror. Bring your chest up more, hold it and freeze there. Slowly, gently lower yourself down and return to Savasana.
Benefits: Cobra pose strengthens the lumbar spine, relieving pain while combating slipped or herniated discs, scoliosis and/or arthritis in that region. Cobra may help with lumbago, rheumatism and arthritis of the spine while helping to improve poor posture.  The posture opens and stretches the heart and lungs, improves pigeon chest by opening the rib cage and permits maximum expansion of the lungs, increasing oxygen intake proving therapeutic for asthma sufferers. Increased oxygen allows for improved concentration. Cobra additionally improves digestion, elimination and may help to cure loss of appetite. Cobra improves the functioning of the small and large intestines, liver, kidney and the spleen. Cobra helps to regulate blood pressure through compression of the kidneys and renal system. Furthermore, the posture improves the function of the reproductive organs and provides relief from menstrual disorders.
The posture increases spinal strength and flexibility, massages and tones the muscles of the back while helping to relieve/prevent lower back pain and can reduce the symptoms of sciatica. Cobra additionally strengthens and firms the deltoids, trapezius, triceps, abdomen, hips, legs and buttocks while improving hip and shoulder flexibility.
Meet your fellow Yogis!
Your yoga community is filled with talented, friendly, inspiring and amazing people (including yourself 🙂 ).  Maybe you have had the opportunity to meet some of them.  If not each month we will be introducing you to a couple of them.  We encourage you to get to know your fellow yogis!  Get to know the people you sweat with!  We all have at least one thing in common, we love this yoga!
MEET MIKE AND SHARA!
Hello we are Mike Holman and Shara Kramer.  We are a married couple who love riding horses and have aspirations to compete with 3-Day Eventing.
We also are co-owners of a local distillery in Stevenson, WA called Skunk Brothers Spirits.  We joined this business in 2013 while in its infancy with the Donoho Family whose patriarch is nicknamed “Skunk”.
Mike is an electrician by trade and has been in charge of building the manufacturing plant.  He also helps with cooking, distilling and creating new products.  Shara is a Physical Therapist by trade and is in charge of bookkeeping, accounting and taxes.  This venture has pushed us to learn many new things that were outside of our daily lives.  Unfortunately we were also putting exercise and healthy eating on the back burner.
Regular yoga classes have given us a great tool to handle stress.  We are stronger, more flexible and have more internal fortitude to handle the next challenge.   Our horses love us more too for being a little lighter in the saddle.
We look forward to seeing you in the HOT room!  Remember half the battle, sometimes more, is making it to the studio.  Your body will know what to do from there!
See you tomorrow!
Bikram Hot Yoga Vancouver
Eastside Location (Same Complex as Big Al’s)
1801 SE 164th Ave Ste 109
Vancouver, WA 98683
Westside Location (J & M Plaza, same as ROSS and Safeway)
616 NE 81st Street
Vancouver, WA 98665

May News…Bikram Hot Yoga Vancouver

Welcome to Bikram Hot Yoga Vancouver East to West Newsletter!  Find information on postures, SALES, class schedule updates plus much much more!

Our staff and teachers are dedicated to providing you with an exceptional Hot Yogaexperience. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or feedback you may have!

 

We hope you enjoy our May Newsletter!

Introducing Core 40!!!
Take your practice to the next level with our Intermediate Core 40 class. Core 40 includes all 26 of our Bikram postures and then kicks it up a notch as we introduce 14 new postures!
Come and take advantage of a new way to challenge your practice. Core 40 is included for annual and auto-monthly members and a $20 drop in for non-members.
Where: Bikram Yoga Vancouver, WA – Westside Studio
             616 NE 81st Street, Vancouver, WA
When: Starting Friday, May 6th, 12pm – 1:30pm

Posture of the Month
Full Locust ~ Poorna Salabhasana
Full locust is one of the most difficult postures to improve in the Bikram Yoga series. Part of the Spine Strengthening Series, Full Locust triggers and strengthens the mid-spine helping to prevent lower back pain.  It is also effective at strengthening and toning the hips, buttocks, abdominal muscles and upper arms.
From a belly down position on the towel, bring your chin forward on your mat and towel. Stretch the arms out to the side in line with the shoulders like airplane wings, palms down with all five fingers together. Bring the feet and heels to touch, feet flat on the floor and legs tight, contracted, one-piece start to finish, like a cobra’s tail.
Exhale completely to empty the lungs, then take an inhale breath and take off! Lift arms, legs, chest, head, torso, everything up off the floor and balance on the hip bones. Keep the feet and heels together and lift the gaze upward towards the ceiling to direct the whole body to lift. Draw the arms up and back with the fingers in line with the top off the head like the 747 taking off. Balance on the hip bones with everything else up in the air.
To arch the body more, use the back muscles, keep the legs and arms straight and engaged and use your core strength. Keep flying, keep breathing, and hold the posture at your maximum practicing Bikram’s 80-20 breathing, filling the lungs 100% prior to the ‘lift off’ and then, while in posture, holding the lower 80% of the lungs full helping to buoy the body up, while taking quick sips of breath off the top 20% of the lung.
Slowly release the posture, with control, and return to Savasana and relax.
Benefits: Full Locust increases strength and flexibility to the middle spine improving scoliosis, kyphosis, spondylosis and slipped discs. The posture opens and increases the elasticity of the ribcage as well as firms the upper arms, hips, thighs and abdominal muscles. The posture strengthens the deltoids, trapezius and triceps muscles as well as improving the function of the liver and the spleen.
Meet your fellow Yogis!
Your yoga community is filled with talented, friendly, inspiring and amazing people (including yourself 🙂 ).  Maybe you have had the opportunity to meet some of them.  If not each month we will be introducing you to a couple of them.  We encourage you to get to know your fellow yogis!  Get to know the people you sweat with!  We all have at least one thing in common, we love this yoga!
MEET KATY!
Hi Everyone! My name is Katy Atwell and I love to be inspired! I am inspired by humans striving to be better (that is you classmates!), the presence of animals and what they teach us and living in a chemical free home.

I am a veterinary technician and practice manager at Orchards Veterinary Clinic. My husband, Eric, is a wonderful veterinarian. We have both been in the veterinary field for over 30 years. We believe in providing humans and their animals compassionate, common sense health care, therapies and training to help them live better lives. We have both seen and felt the profound difference animals can make in our existence and love to see and assist others to experience the same.

As odd as this may sound……I am also inspired by clean toilet bowls and windows! Let’s face it, it feels good to live in spiffy, sparkley surroundings! I am on a Norwex team with my friends Gail and John. We love to share our knowledge of the products and encourage others to reduce the chemicals in their homes. Who knew you could clean and maintain your home with awesome microfiber cloths and just water!? To schedule a consult please visit http://www.norwex.biz, click on “connect with a consultant” and enter my name (Katy Atwell).

AND I AM INSPIRED BY YOGA! I am so grateful to all of our wonderful teachers that lead us through class and encourage us to be better and do better inside and outside of the hot room. There is nothing like it for stress relief, grounding and solution finding missions! Whenever I am seeking a solution/option/possibility to a situation in my personal or professional life, I bring it to the mat. Within those awesome 90 minutes (usually by rabbit pose) my mind will clear enough and viable solutions pop in. I LOVE THAT! And I love practicing with all of you!

Family Yoga Starting May 15th!
Please plan on joining us Sunday, May 15th from 1-2pm at our Westside Studio for Family Yoga! Bring your children (ages 6+) and your parents for 60 minutes of unheated yoga! Free to annual and auto-monthly members. $10 drop in for the kiddos. $15 drop in for non-members.
Where: Bikram Yoga Vancouver, WA – Westside Studio
             616 NE 81st Street, Vancouver, WA
When: Starting Sunday, May 15th, 1pm – 2pm

Ida Ripley Seminars and Classes
We had such an amazing time last month hosting the Ida Ripley Seminars and Classes! What an experience! We feel so lucky and truly grateful for the opportunity!
Thank you to all that came out and most of all, thank you Ida for sharing all your knowledge with us! We look forward to seeing you next time your in our little neck of the woods!
Did you know BYV has a Work Trade Program?
Believing that yoga should be available to all, here at Bikram Yoga Vancouver, we have a Work Trade Program in place for those that struggle with the financial obligation. We currently have several cleaning positions available. In exchange for one weekly cleaning shift, receive unlimited yoga. It’s just that simple!
If interested please email info@vancouverbikramyoga.com. These positions are sure to fill quickly, so if interested move quick!
We look forward to seeing you in the HOT room!  Remember half the battle, sometimes more, is making it to the studio.  Your body will know what to do from there!
See you tomorrow!
Bikram Hot Yoga Vancouver
Eastside Location (Same Complex as Big Al’s)
1801 SE 164th Ave Ste 109
Vancouver, WA 98683
Westside Location (J & M Plaza, same as ROSS and Safeway)
616 NE 81st Street
Vancouver, WA 98665

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