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
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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

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