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
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Beth: She meets,she greets, she inspires…

Now that is a gorgeous backbend!

Now that is a gorgeous backbend.

Hello yogis and welcome to Vancouver Bikram Yoga’s blog!

In case you haven’t met her yet, we’d like to introduce you to Beth Perkins.  She mans the desk on Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons.  You will know her immediately by her big beautiful eyes, her indelible smile, her ceaseless charm and her huge and seriously contagious laugh.  Oh yeah, and her backbends (see above).  Studio owner Erika wanted to spotlight Beth as a committed and incredibly fun yogi as well as someone who has come a long, arduous path to the place she is today.

Beth first came to the studio in July 2010, exactly one year after the death of her beloved 20 year old son Ryan.  His death had understandably paralyzed her on many levels.  She was trying to get herself back on track after a year of mourning; going to yoga with friends, engaging in a support group (with members whom even now she says she will count on forever) but she said there was something missing.  For Beth, it was Bikram Yoga.  She says this practice is “extreme,” but her grief and suffering at the time were extreme as well.  After a tough start, it turned out to be a perfect fit.  Her first class, Beth said she was worried she might not be able to crawl out of the room.  But she did.  Again and again, Beth came back.  Why?  To her, the answer lies in the grounding and focus it brought and the sense of accomplishment she felt like nothing else she had done before.

Her biggest challenge initially was breathing.  She found herself getting a little panicked and found it eased over time when she learned to “get on top of” her breath.  To her surprise and relief, the breathing carried over into her “real” life and learned that breath is the key to surviving in the hot room and outside of it.  She sees the hot room as a place to challenge what you think is real.  As she says it, in the room and in life, “the best thing is to let go of your expectations.  Or your ego will get you.”  Now, 2 and a half years after she began coming to the studio, her challenges are different but “opportunities are everywhere” to move your practice forward.  Her favorite poses are camel and rabbit.  They are difficult of course, but as she giggles, “sometimes I just tell myself I love how it feels when really it feels awful.  And you know what?  It works!”

The practice has contributed to Beth’s well-being in many ways.  Her doctor told her she was a “walking stroke,” but she has managed to lower her cholesterol by 120 points and her blood pressure as well since she started practicing.  Beth took the advice of her fellow yogi’s and eats a mostly plant based diet now, too.  Perhaps the most remarkable change she has made is moving from taking 3 different anti-depressants to now being anti-depressant free.  She credits yoga as being the force which got her through the withdrawal-like symptoms of dizziness and fatigue.  In her cheery and upbeat way, she also gives props to her fellow yogi’s as being the “beautiful community” which helped her through.  She sees them as keeping her accountable, being spiritually like-minded and contributing to her already bubbly outlook.  When you rub elbows with people like this, she says, you can’t help but be a better person.

And for now, you can catch Beth three days a week at the studio.   Sometimes four when she has time between her full time job in health care, playing with her two dogs and creating an outdoor space at the home she shares with her husband of 15 years.  Of course, the grief remains and becomes more acute when her son’s friends begin getting married and having children.  But Beth reminds herself, in her own genuine and sparkly way, that healing is a gift you give yourself. And along with time with friends and loved ones, yoga puts you on a path to accept and surrender.  Until then, Beth herself is a gift to anyone who meets her.  With her big beautiful laugh, her generous smiles and her dedicated practice to health, you can’t feel anything but be inspired.

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