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!
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

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