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!

Tammy Le

My journey to Bikram yoga started with a pain in the knees.
 I had the option to either live with the pain, when too intense, appease it with pain killers, or consider surgery of the right knee.
My friend's advice, to me, in considering my options, was that in the matter of my own health, I am the pilot not the doctor.
 My decision was to give Bikram yoga a try: 5 days a week for a whole year.
That decision was life changing for me, a point of no return. Bikram yoga has inspired, enlightened and influenced me in so many
ways. I have become more patient and more understanding, while listening to others; it has also improved my mental health in a profound way. And the best of all.....my knees are pain free!I teach a class with clear dialogue encouraging each student to do the correct form for each posture, while providing support and discipline

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 :)

 

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.

Onkar Hundle

Energy and Charisma is what you feel when talking and walking into Onkar's class. Funny and compelling to challenge you to get to the next level is Onkar's style!
 
Onkar completed teacher training in Fall of 2009 and it changed his whole life for the better. Onkar started doing Bikram’s Yoga in 2003 as a way to heal his stomach ulcer and back problems from sports and weight lifting injuries. After a few months and a 30 day challenge, his ulcer healed and his back felt a lot better! Onkar truly believes that through this Yoga practice, you heal your mind, body and soul. As Bikram says “Yoga makes you who you truly are.”
26 postures and 2 breathing exercises. 90 min.

Upcoming classes:

  • Mon Jun 26 9:30 am - 11:00 am with Anh Ly
  • Tue Jun 27 9:30 am - 11:00 am with Tammy Le
  • Wed Jun 28 9:30 am - 11:00 am with Gena Abernathy
  • Thu Jun 29 9:30 am - 11:00 am with Johnny Doan
  • Fri Jun 30 9:30 am - 11:00 am with Onkar Hundle
  • Mon Jul 03 9:30 am - 11:00 am with TBA *Instructor
  • Tue Jul 04 9:30 am - 11:00 am with TBA *Instructor
  • Wed Jul 05 9:30 am - 11:00 am with TBA *Instructor
  • Thu Jul 06 9:30 am - 11:00 am with TBA *Instructor
  • Fri Jul 07 9:30 am - 11:00 am with TBA *Instructor
  • Mon Jul 10 9:30 am - 11:00 am with TBA *Instructor
  • Tue Jul 11 9:30 am - 11:00 am with TBA *Instructor
  • Wed Jul 12 9:30 am - 11:00 am with TBA *Instructor
  • Thu Jul 13 9:30 am - 11:00 am with TBA *Instructor
  • Fri Jul 14 9:30 am - 11:00 am with TBA *Instructor
  • Mon Jul 17 9:30 am - 11:00 am with TBA *Instructor
  • Tue Jul 18 9:30 am - 11:00 am with TBA *Instructor
  • Wed Jul 19 9:30 am - 11:00 am with TBA *Instructor
  • Thu Jul 20 9:30 am - 11:00 am with TBA *Instructor
  • Fri Jul 21 9:30 am - 11:00 am with TBA *Instructor