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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