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!
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

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