"I love the way Bikram Yoga makes me feel happy, energized, and healthy. I didn’t love the heat at first, but now I need to sweat everyday."
—Anastasia Magdalene, Bikram Yoga Saanich Instructor
It only took 26 yoga postures and a heated room to rid Anastasia Magdalene of her chronic back pain. That winning combination—the foundation of Bikram Yoga—has changed the lives of many of Bikram Yoga Saanich's instructors. Abbey Lee found a sense of community, while Owl won relief from anxiety, spinal issues, and other problems. Read more about the instructors, who were each trained personally by Bikram yoga founder Bikram Choudhury.
Bikram Yoga Saanich's studio features rubber flooring made with recycled materials, low-flow shower heads, and no plastic water bottles. The hot studio of Bikram Yoga Saanich makes for a happy planet Earth and a jealous planet Mars. Find out all the ways the studio stays eco-friendly.
Classes at Bikram Yoga Saanich accommodate all levels, including first-timers. Here are some tips for new students:
Each day, Bikram Yoga Westshore's certified instructors vaporize stress with deep breaths, warm personalities, and 105 degrees of therapeutic heat. Every 90-minute class revolves around 26 Hatha poses designed to help clients develop lean, lithe physiques. In addition to fostering strength and balance, the poses raise pulses for 20?25 minutes during a cardio workout that builds stamina.
Heat melts tension in muscles, fostering deeper, safer stretches, and induces sweating that works to rid bodies of toxins. Nonporous, hypoallergenic, floor panels ward off germs to prevent sneezes, and optional towel service keeps students dry and comfortable. Fresh air constantly circulates through the room from the heated ceiling to ensure that muscles remain oxygenated throughout the workout. After class, yogis can retire to the showers for an extra dose of relaxation, or search the studio's boutique for a yoga mat or spare parts to fix a broken nirvana.
Bikram Hot Yoga Victoria. The premier hot yoga studio on Vancouver Island. The series is suitable for all levels including beginners. The room is heated to approx 105F to allow for a safe and gentle stretch. The class is designed to heal injuries, especially the spine and is a great way to destress
The temperature holds at 40 degrees Celsius inside Hudson Yoga's practice room, but it's a phantom heat, generated by 24 panels that radiate warmth in complete silence. At each corner of the room, ventilation screens quietly regulate airflow to all areas of the space, and carbon dioxide monitors keep the atmosphere optimized all class long. Free from the ambient hum of vents and fans, guests can locate peace of mind?and master the poses of traditional hot yoga?without the added challenge of twisting their legs to form ear muffs. More energy efficient than conventional heating, the rigorous climate control is one of many touches that make it clear that the LEED-certified studio was purpose-built for this steamy form of fitness.
The 3,800-square-foot studio offers two hour free parking to students who flow through the 90- and 60-minute traditional hot yoga classes, as well as non-heated Yin and Flow yoga classes, all on a naturally antibacterial cork floor. Though traditional Bikram hot yoga is the studio's specialty, Hudson Yoga also believes in the benefit of practicing in a variety of styles which is why they also offer non-heated yoga, Hudson Flow, Power Flow, and Yin Yang Yoga, all taught by a roster of experienced instructors.
VI Fitness?a workout mainstay with a dozen locations peppering Vancouver Island?splits its real estate between coed and women?s only gyms. Coed locations line the floors with a wide variety of strength and stability equipment, free weights, and cardio machines; women?s locations host a similar array of gear but in designs tailored specifically for women. The two gym models are otherwise similar, hosting yoga classes and group exercise courses such as VI Fitness?s signature indoor cycling.
Alternatively, each gym?s team of personal trainers creates customized regimens for patrons with the help of the Polar BodyAge system that measures individual fitness levels. The sessions also motivate athletes and ensure they use proper technique, significantly reducing the risk of injury, overexertion, or the embarrassment of accidentally bench-pressing a treadmill. The on-site child minding watches over exercisers? little ones while secure rental lockers keep personal effects locked up.
"I remember being afraid of what everyone would think of me as I struggled to just walk through the front door of the gym," Kathi Taylor says on her website. "I could only imagine what they were thinking of the fat girl, all sweaty and beet red." Kathi has been there. Since she first made the commitment to lose weight, she's dropped??and kept off??more than 120 pounds. This makes her a uniquely empathetic trainer, one who can help clients already well into their fitness goals or those who are literally just taking their first steps. In addition to fitness training that can take the shape of anything from Pilates to boot camp, she can also coach clients on nutrition, weight loss, and shoe tying.