Classes at Ashtanga Yoga Victoria blend physical movements and breath together in a mental approach founded on the yogic practices, or eight limbs, students follow to reach their goals together in classes. All of our instructors have been trained and studied yoga in India. Good for beginners and lots for even the most experienced student. Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow, Restorative, Yin, Hatha and many other types of classes offered.
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
"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 make 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.
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 1,600-square-foot practice space hosts up to 55 students at a time for 90-minute traditional hot yoga classes, abbreviated 60-minute heated sessions, and less-frequent non-heated classes, all on a naturally antibacterial cork floor that reduces the impact on hands, knees, and spines.
Though traditional hot yoga is the studio's specialty, Hudson Yoga's instructors hold certifications in an array of styles, helping them to form a well-rounded brain trust that understands yoga inside and out. This eclecticism and experience is why no two of the studio's veteran instructors have the same practice—it accounts for the inflections of Pilates and Thai massage in Maria Filippone's class and the power and precision of Fiji McAlpine's. It also comes out in the studio's special events, such as the workshops and specialized yoga retreats it organizes.
The studio's commitment to serious yoga, however, doesn't mean it's overlooked the peripheral details. Like the filtered water pouring from the shower heads in the changing rooms. Or the dedicated space for hanging and cleaning mats. Or the earthy décor, from grass wallpaper in the lobby to the practice room's ceilings, painted gray to evoke the night sky. Outside the studio, two hours of free parking help drivers get to class on time, and The Hudson's shopping, dining, and soon-to-open Victoria Public Market entice students to linger in the area long after they've stepped off their mats.
The instructors at Two Bettys Bikini Bootcamp commit to a weighty promise—that their clients will be beach-ready in six weeks—and commit their charges to an equally intense workout regimen. The boot-camp classes blend running, stair climbing, hula-hooping, yoga, and even some moves on the ballet barre to set metabolisms racing. But that doesn't mean the teachers act as drill sergeants—to the contrary, each group session is rife with affirmations and support.