Bikram Yoga


This class is taught by:

Anh Ly

In 2002 I suffered a traumatic brain injury that had left me in a wheelchair. The doctors said that I would have the intelligence of a 2 year old child. I lost all motor skills and my speech was impaired as well. I had a lot of therapy. Since then, I started being active and I want to live a healthy lifestyle. I went to the gym and started running. I didn’t start my first Bikram class until May 2007 and I hated it so much. When I started practicing Bikram Yoga, I was walking, but I had a lot of emotional issues. I then went on and did some more running and cardio kick boxing. It wasn’t until the stress grew to high levels that I gave Bikram Yoga another shot. I went back around Jan 2011 to give it another try and after that second class, I was instantly hooked. I went with no expectations; I sweated all my stress and worries out in the hot room. At the end of class, I had never felt better. I graduated teacher training fall of 2011. The class is the exact same postures and 90 minutes each time but everyday our practice is different. Bikram yoga has helped me respect myself and accept myself for who I am. Sometimes we have such rocking classes and some days it’s just so hard, but we learn to take what our body gives us today and try the best we can for that day. When I had the brain injury back then, I was in diapers. I had to learn everything all over again. I use to walk out of the class every single time. My bladder was weak or so I thought. Bikram Yoga helped train my mind and bladder. Staying in the room was what helped me. Never in my life have I ever felt stronger, mentally, physically, emotionally, as I do now. This is thanks to Bikram Yoga. Our mind is very strong. We can overcome anything if we believe in ourselves and not give up. I never thought or dreamed that I could stand on the podium and be teaching. When there is a will, there is a way. Never give up and lock that damn knee!

Johnny Doan

In 2010 I ended up herniating 2 discs in my lower spine, L4-L5 from going to the gym too often combined with excessive drinking and passing out in weird positions, not as an alcoholic but as a party animal. I know it’s definitely a strange injury! I couldn’t sleep properly & couldn’t walk normally. I had major sciatic nerve pain radiating from my toes all the way up to my left hip. At times after driving I wouldn’t be able to get out of my car due to muscles seizing. I went through chiropractor and physiotherapy for 2 years spending astronomical amounts of money, I definitely got better but just manageable kind of a better. After all that I went to the doctor because the pain was still there, they prescribed me nerve numbing medication that I would have to take on the daily to reduce the pain. Either that or have an appointment to have a steroid injection into my spine. I didn’t do neither of the options, I thought to myself “what is the point of taking all these medications when all it is doing is just masking the pain that exists within?” These are things to treat the symptoms, the superficial things, not the root cause. You got a headache? Pop a Tylenol, did you cure the problem? Or did you just mask the underlying pain? After this realization only then did I set myself out on the journey to heal myself, you have to fix yourself no one else can fix you for you. I studied my own body and came to find out how stiff I was, how inflexible I am and how everything in the body is interrelated, connected to each other. Tight muscles may lead to tightness of other areas, lower back, shoulders, etc. So I searched for the closest yoga studio because I thought “that may be the best way to get more flexible!” I came across Bikrams yoga Metrotown. Took my first class, it was a roller coaster ride extremely difficult, but at the same time extremely rewarding. The postures are a diagnostic tool it simply tells you what areas of the body needs a little more love. With love I mean, strengthening, stretching, compressing, and all that good stuff. My journey was tough, but so is everyone else’s! Nothing worth having comes? Easy! Fast forward to the present moment, I am a lot stronger, flexible and definitely healthier now than I was before I even injured myself. Hence why I have dedicated myself to the yoga, it has done wonders for me physically and mentally, and I’m sure you can benefit from it as well. You can choose to stay home in pain, complain and make all the excuses in the world, you are not fooling nobody but yourself! Remember you have all the potential and ability in the world to do better and succeed, ultimately, the choice is yours.

Gena Abernathy

Gena brings so much fire and passion to the yoga room we have to bring a fire extinguisher inside the room. BYM is so happy have Gena back on the schedule as you will take 1 class and understand why.
"Hi everyone, my name is Regina AKA Gena. I've been teaching for seven (7) years this June. Becoming a Bikram yoga instructor for me has been a natural and easy fit seeing as I am a mother of three (3) children who has been busy teaching and living my life as an example for nineteen (19) years and still counting. Teaching for me not only allows me to grow personally but it teaches me how to respect, understand and appreciate the uniqueness of each student I instruct through a ninety (90) minute class. My goal as an yoga instructor is to provide consistency and fluidity, patience and kindness all while encouraging you to do your personal BEST...I hope to see you in my classes!

Gena :)

 

Roxana Mavai

I first discovered Bikram yoga in search of improving flexibility and generalized physical therapy. I had been athletic for quite some time and had accumulated some minor aches and pains in hips and hamstrings as well as intermittent back pain from jogging for fitness and participating in a variety of sports. I had dabbled in some other styles of yoga and discovered the Bikram series through a friend’s recommendation. From the start, I felt a deep connection to this yoga and through a dedicated practice, I experienced healing, alleviation of aches and pains, and general improvement in my health and well-being. The affinity I developed for the yoga led me to pursue training to become a certified teacher and to share my passion with others. My background in medicine and training in radiology provided me with a strong knowledge of anatomy and deep understanding of general physiology as well as pathology. Combined with my own general interests and pursuit of knowledge in the fields of nutrition and exercise physiology, along with the training received from teacher certification, my unique background has helped me to understand the Hatha Yoga postures chosen for this series, and also, why they work individually as well as synergistically in the chosen combination to provide such powerful benefits.

Recently, I was faced with a humbling incident of a serious injury after a fall while skiing, bringing me back to the basics of the physical therapy of this yoga practice which had me nearly fully recovered within 6 weeks of yoga practice as my primary physical therapy. This experience more deeply affirmed my strong connection and belief in this practice. Come experience for yourself the therapeutic benefits of this yoga which, with dedication, will transform you and your life.

Wancy Sum

This is Wancy and yoga has been a part of her life since 2003. Wancy is proud to say that she received her certification at 54 years of age and she has never looked back! Just like Bikram has been saying: it’s never too late or too old to do Bikram Yoga Through her classes, she has been fortunate to spread her passion for yoga and she encourages her students to dedicate themselves 100% in body and mind. Wancy’s philosophy is to teach from your heart and encourage others to continue learning. Come in and take Wancy’s class, she looks forward to sharing the benefits of yoga with you.
26 postures and 2 breathing exercises. 90 min.

Upcoming classes:

  • Mon Aug 21 9:30 am - 11:00 am with Anh Ly
  • Tue Aug 22 9:30 am - 11:00 am with Johnny Doan
  • Wed Aug 23 9:30 am - 11:00 am with Gena Abernathy
  • Thu Aug 24 9:30 am - 11:00 am with Roxana Mavai
  • Fri Aug 25 9:30 am - 11:00 am with Ray Shang
  • Mon Aug 28 9:30 am - 11:00 am with Anh Ly
  • Tue Aug 29 9:30 am - 11:00 am with Wancy Sum
  • Wed Aug 30 9:30 am - 11:00 am with Gena Abernathy
  • Thu Aug 31 9:30 am - 11:00 am with Ray Shang
  • Fri Sep 01 9:30 am - 11:00 am with TBA *Instructor
  • Mon Sep 04 9:30 am - 11:00 am with TBA *Instructor
  • Tue Sep 05 9:30 am - 11:00 am with TBA *Instructor
  • Wed Sep 06 9:30 am - 11:00 am with TBA *Instructor
  • Thu Sep 07 9:30 am - 11:00 am with TBA *Instructor
  • Fri Sep 08 9:30 am - 11:00 am with TBA *Instructor
  • Mon Sep 11 9:30 am - 11:00 am with TBA *Instructor
  • Tue Sep 12 9:30 am - 11:00 am with TBA *Instructor
  • Wed Sep 13 9:30 am - 11:00 am with TBA *Instructor
  • Thu Sep 14 9:30 am - 11:00 am with TBA *Instructor
  • Fri Sep 15 9:30 am - 11:00 am with TBA *Instructor