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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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

April 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 April Newsletter!

Posture of the Month
Hands to Feet Pose ~ Padhasastasana
Hands to Feet Pose, coupled with Half Moon Pose covered in last month’s newsletter, is the first of the 26 posture BikramYoga series.  Hands to Feet Pose increases the flexibility of the spine as well as the glutes, hamstrings, calves. It also greatly improves blood circulation in the legs and to the brain, and strengthens the rectus abdominis, gluteus maximus, oblique, deltoid and trapezius muscles. Hands to Feet Pose, along with Half Moon Pose, firms and trims the waistline, hips, abdomen, buttocks, and thighs.
To begin, having just come out of the Half Moon back bend, feet together, arms overhead, ten finger interlocked grip, suck your stomach in and bend forward from your lower spine toward the floor, bending the knees as needed to bring your hands to the floor in front of you. After a quick warm-up of moving your knees and hips back and forth to make sure everything is ‘nice, loose, comfortable, relaxed, flexible and easy’, grab your heels from behind, underneath the heels, stepping on all five fingers of each hand, thumbs with the index fingers and little baby fingers touching side-by-side. Bring your elbows behind the legs on the calf muscles and get a nice tight grip bending the knees as much as needed to bring your stomach on to touch the thighs, chest on the knees and face on the legs below the knees. Please do not lose this grip. With the body in this position, tight and compact, pull on your heels as much as possible, lift your hips up and stretch your body down from the lower spine towards the floor keeping the stomach on the thighs, chest on the legs and face on the legs below the knees so from the side you should look like a ‘Japanese Ham Sandwich’. Continuously keep pulling and slowly push your knees back as hard as possible to try and lock the knees. Be sure to keep your elbows bent and behind the calf muscles throughout the posture all the while you continuously keep pulling and try to lock the knees.
Benefits: Opens the back of the spinal column providing access to spaces between the vertebral discs that are otherwise closed off from poor postural habits. Forward-bending with proper alignment can help to strengthen the vertebral column, stimulate the central nervous system, and nourish the soft cushions between the vertebrae that act as shock absorbers for our system. Additionally, there’s the added compression to the vital organs against the thighs, when we are folded to maximum shape.
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 DEISY!
Hi! My name is Deisy. Hot yoga has inspired me to live a happier and healthier life, and to love myself. I have been practicing Bikram yoga for about 9 months now. I was instantly hooked after my first class and I have been focused and dedicated to my practice ever since. One of the biggest benefits I have enjoyed is the meditation and release of stress I get from every class. Bikram Yoga has really transformed my life for the better and I have worked hard and sacrificed to make my practice an important part of my life.
I still remember how much of a challenge just staying in the room was when I went to my first class, And I remember thinking “I will never be able to do that”. What I did not understand is that yoga is a life time practice and like all the teachers here at Bikram say, “Every day you bring in a different body”. Little by little, I have noticed the difference in my body. Although I have a long ways to go. I am determined to get there.

Ida Ripley Seminars and Classes
We have a very special weekend coming up! Please plan on joining us for ALL 3 Clinics or Pick 1 or 2 that fit your schedule!
Friday, April 15th 6:30pm SYNERGY Class
Synergy Partner Yoga incorporates yoga, partner stretching, creative movement, flying and Thai massage!  No experience necessary.
$29/person $49/couple
Saturday, April 16th 12:00pm Posture Clinic and Class
Posture clinic covering all Bikram’s Beginner’s series postures followed by a 90 minute Bikram Class.
$99
Sunday, April 17th 12:00pm Intermediate Workshop
Intermediate level introduction to the advanced class.  Learn techniques for moving into further expressions of the postures.
$39
Where: Bikram Yoga Vancouver, WA – Eastside Studio
              1801 SE 164th Ave Ste 109, Vancouver WA
SPECIAL-REGISTER FOR ALL 3 FOR ONLY $149!
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

March 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 March Newsletter!

Posture of the Month
Half Moon Pose ~ Ardha-Chandrasana
Half Moon Pose is the first posture of the 26 posture BikramYoga series. This posture warms the spine and activates the central nervous system, preparing the body for the postures that follow. Continuing from last month, we have our first backbend of the series. The lateral bending (side-to-side) of the first part of the posture is all in preparation for the amazing Half Moon backbend that takes place next.
To begin, take a deep breath, fill the lungs and drop your head back as far as it goes. Truly, look for the floor behind you and use your eyes to guide you deeper into the posture. Stretch your arms/spine up towards the ceiling and immediately bring your arms back to try and touch the wall behind you. Bend your spine from your coccyx to the neck – total spine backward bending. Push you upper body back keeping maximum body weight in the heels. Take an inhale breath and push stomach, legs, hips, everything forward towards the mirror. At the end, bring your arms back more, look back more, fall back, way back, go back, more back and finally come back up to your starting point, stopping in the middle.
Benefits: Firms and trims the waistline, hips, abdomen, buttocks, and thighs. Improves and strengthens every muscle in the central part of the body, especially the abdomen. It increases the flexibility of the spine, corrects bad posture, promotes proper kidney function, and helps to cure enlargement of the liver and spleen, dyspepsia, and constipation. It increases strength and flexibility of the rectus abdominis, latissimus dorsi, obliques, deltoids and trapezious muscles. Helps to release the spine relieving back pain. Opens up the shoulder joints, good for frozen shoulders.
Tips: Always keep in mind when performing Half Moon Pose that your body is not warmed up yet. Honor the limitations within your body, keeping in mind the body is constantly changing and allow it to be different from class to class. Proceed into the posture only as deep as you can while maintaining the integrity of the posture (proper form) and being able to easily breathe. Keep your leg muscles and torso engaged throughout the posture with the coccyx, tailbone, ‘tucked’. When performing the backbend of Half Moon Pose, feel a lift in the chest to keep from collapsing in the lower lumbar spine, keep your arms straight with elbows locked and continuously reach your arms back towards the wall/floor behind you slowly progressing deeper into the posture. And as always, don’t forget to breath!
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 CAROLYN!
Hi! My name is Carolyn Kalish and October 24, 2013 was my FIRST Hot Yogaclass. I remember being excited and a bit intimidated by committing to a 90 minute class, conducted in silence (I love to ‘visit’), in a room heated to 105 degrees with 40% humidity, in bright light, and with (heaven forbid), mirrors everywhere to ‘help maintain’ self focus. It’s a ‘moving meditation’ my athletic friends would tell me AND it helps keep us limber they would chime in…I have always been active but this felt out of my realm. I love hiking, running, long distance cycling….I am a outdoor girl who loves to keep moving. As I entered my late 50’s I found that I was not recovering as quickly. I was stiff and sore most of the time. I started to feel stiff and creaky just getting out of bed in the morning and that was enough to push me to try Hot Yoga.
So, on October 24, 2013…I swallowed my pride, stuffed my internal objections and signed up for class. As I entered the room I remember thinking, ‘Oh my…it is so HOT what have I done? I took a spot in the back, hoping not to be noticed. With the first breathing exercise – I fell in love with the sound. The deeply reassuring sound of the human breath…felt so calming (that did not last). But really? Breathe the entire class through my NOSE?? I am an endurance athlete – we gulp for air with our mouths wide open!! As class progressed I settled into a unsteady rhythm of trying to still my mind so I could listen to the ‘moving meditative instructions’ and not fall totally out of step and behind. The instructor kept encouraging everyone to look at themselves in the mirror. Really??? My mind objected look at myself in the mirror?? Without judgement?? I tried to balance on one leg without falling…everyone in front of me seemed to have perfect form, grace and balance. When we finally got to the floor I flopped onto my mat in a puddle of sweat – happy to have the support of the floor. To my surprise my jittery mind had calmed down, my back felt better, I could look in the mirror and not judge. I came home that evening… and slept like a baby. I could not wait to go back. And I kept coming back – for two years!!! I noticed a fitness level I had not seen in a long time…on the bike and running. I felt GREAT! I could get out of bed without feeling ‘creaky’.
Two years passed…and I began to show up for class and to be honest just go through ‘the motions’. It happened slowly but I began to take my Yoga practice for granted. Finding the time got harder and harder. Finally last fall I decided I needed a break. After all was I really gaining fitness improvements? I felt great. Maybe Yoga was no longer needed. So I took a 3 month BREAK. But then it happened – I began to feel ‘creaky’ again, the subtle health and fitness benefits that I took for granted were gone. I was tired. I was not only creaky but I was cranky. Less grounded. Less peaceful. Less energetic. Then one morning when I had a hard time getting out of bed without my back hurting this little voice (everyone has that ‘little voice’) SHOUTED –
You MUST go back to Hot Yoga – NOW!!! It was a Sunday. I looked on-line…I was so happy to find I could attend the 4:30 class. I was like a kid…all day…looking at the clock…only a few more hours…I could not WAIT to get to class. I was so excited. When I entered the Hot Room after a 3-month absence…it was like coming home to a familiar place. Instead of my mind racing all over the place I immediately engaged in the deep listening. With each pose I gave more effort instead of picking and choosing the poses I liked. I was fully present instead of just going through the motions. Each of us has a reason why we do Yoga. We each have our Yoga Story. My 3-month break gave me a new understanding of the deep and sometimes unrealized benefits of this practice. Am I suggesting you take a 3-month break? Of course NOT! However, I am suggesting that you become mindful of your journey and what it is that thisYoga gives you. It’s the journey that matters. I am just glad mine brought me back to my mat and the Hot Room.
You may be wondering what it is I do? I will be 60 in August and am ‘retired’! However, last year I was looking for a skincare line that was clinically sound, would give results and not cost a fortune. Because I am a avid cyclist and runner my face gets beat up by the elements. I was looking for skincare that would address the aging process and sun damage. Thankfully a friend recommended I try Rodan + Fields! To be honest I was skeptical but gave it a try anyway. After a few months of use I was so impressed that I am now a Independent Consultant – sharing the Rodan + Fields line with everyone I know! If you have a skincare concern please contact me. I can help! Rodan + Fields is a clinical line developed by Stanford Trained Dermatologists. It is 3rd party clinically tested and FDA approved. I am enjoying my ‘retirement’ with my husband (Mike) and our Labradoodle (Spencer). I ride my bike, run, hike, continue my Yoga Journey and share Rodan + Fields!
Contact me for more information and a complimentary skincare consultation.https://ckalish.myrandf.com or message me: ckalish2@icloud.com
Mark Your Calendars…
‘Little Yogis’ Starts March 5th
We are so excited for the start of our latest class, The LittleYogi Class! This Saturday morning 5-Week Series for kids ages 3-6 will begin on March 5, 2016 at  9:30am. The Little YogiClass will be run simultaneously as the 60 Minute Express Class at our Westside location in a non heated portion of the studio.
5 Week Session $65
Drop In $15
See you and your little yogis soon!
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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