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
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