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A note from Daylene

“I would like to take a moment to extend my biggest gratitude to the Bikram Yoga Vernon Community. The generosity that poured in through the fundraiser for Rory was a beautiful reminder of the greatness of humanity. When faced with such devastating news such as your child being diagnosed with a life-threatning illness it is easy to be overcome with feelings of bitterness and despair. I have felt those feelings. But because of the wonderful collection of community I have also felt hope, gratitude and optimism. What was given to us was not just a sum of money; it was security, assurance and a reminder that we are not alone.  So from the bottom of my heart I want to say thank you again,  for helping us through this journey. The generosity and rally  behind Rory will never be forgotten.”

Posture of the Month: Standing Separate Leg Head to Knee Pose

Standing Separate Leg Head to Knee is the 10th posture in the Bikram series.  Bikram likes to call this a combination of balancing stick and rabbit pose.   It really is an easy pose on it’s own – yet right after triangle it can seem quite challenging.  Of course since this is Bikram Yoga, it’s supposed to be challenging. A few things to remember.  If the forehead and knee are not touching, the posture has not begun.   This is essentially to get the proper compression on the internal organs and on the thyroid.  Often times the hips can initially be twisted, so make sure that you apply weight to the front leg to get both hips level. Some of the benefits of this posture include slimming of the abdomen, waistline, hips buttocks and upper thighs.  Also with the help of the pituitary gland, the thyroid and para-thyroid glands this posture helps to balance the calcium in the body. One of the best ways to learn more about the postures is to come to class everyday and read Bikram’s Beginning Yoga Class book.    Then,  you will “Make Your Body Smile!”

Black Friday Sale!

COMING SOON… BLACK FRIDAY YOGA SALE!! Make a total commitment to your yoga practice. Having balance, strength & clarity every day of the year won’t just improve your life, it will ROCK YOUR WORLD!  Our Special Black Friday Sale is November 28th, ONE DAY ONLY!!! This is the most bang for your buck and the best gift you can give yourself! 365 days of health, clarity, fun and friends. Commit to your health and happiness.   1 Year Unlimited Yoga $950.00 *pricing includes tax Will be Available On-line and at the Studio on Friday November 27th.

Silent Auction Fundraiser for Rory Murtland

This year we are happy to announce BYV will be holding a silent auction in honour of this fabulous little boy. Rory turned 1 on August 6th. Literally days later he was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma Cancer. Rory has several tumours in his head. The doctors have also found there is cancer in his bones, limbs and throughout his entire body. The main tumour is located in his abdomen. Rory has already lost vision in his right eye due to a tumour sitting behind it. Rory’s mom, Daylene has packed up their life in the Okanagan and remains with Rory in Vancouver in the care of the children’s hospital. They are currently residing in the Ronald McDonald house where they will remain for up to a year while Rory undergoes chemotherapy, and possibly surgery and or radiation depending on how the cancer responds to the chemo. The silent auction will be held at our studio onNovember 21st. 100% of the proceeds will be going to Rory and his family. Mark your calendars and be sure to come out and support Rory and his family. Saturday November 21st Viewing & Bidding 10am – 2pm *Please note the 9am class is […]

Posture of the Month: Triangle

Can you believe how much your thigh burns in this posture?  Or how hard it is to keep the straight leg from slipping?   Then the teacher seems to keep holding this posture forever.  What’s a yogi to do?  Ah, the sweet sensation of stretching and strength with sweat running down your body. Ok…  this posture is really much simplier than it seems some time.   So a couple tips to remember.   Always make sure that your heels are exactly in one line.  This creates the base of the foundation that you are creating.  Then when you are bending your knee- don’t stop until you are all the way down – yes make sure you feel your thigh burning.   Contiue to keep your straight leg – straight and strong.   Now your total foundation is in place.  Then you simply turn your arms making sure that the elbow is at the knee and the fingers are stretching between the big and second toe – all the while looking up while stretching your arms in two different directions.  Now what?  It’s simple – breathe and think stillness.   That’s it.  Enjoy..!! One of the best ways to learn more about the postures is to read […]

Star Student Kees

I am not a “Star” because I live in a family with two Olympians and two almost Olympians.  Both my wife and oldest son are Olympic Swimmers and my youngest son and his wife participated in the 2000 Olympic Swimming Trials but didn’t make the Sydney Team by a hair’s breath.  Also, our 9 year old grandson scores half of all the goals in his soccer and lacrosse teams and can run 5 km in 20 minutes!  Hallo! My wife Hella is one of the fastest women swimmers of her age in the world ….  As you can surmise, that all results in me being the family underdog even though I won Silver Medals in my age-group in two different Masters Swimming World Championships.  No, I don’t feel I’m a Star. I am just a 67 year old man who loves to be active, loves to be in nature, loves the social life that comes with doing things together with other people.  My body is worn out from sixty years of cycling, plus forty-five years of running, plus forty years of swimming, plus thirty years of cross country skiing and then 15 years of yoga.  Between 1981 and 2005 I […]

Halloween Dress Up Class

October 31st, Halloween, show your spirit! Dress up in your best costume and come take class! Looking forward to sweating with you in the hot room! Love, BYV

Check out Perkville

Check out Perkville! We have some new and exciting perks for you! Make sure to sign up if you already haven’t  and start earning points, (faster than ever) to get to that special perk you want! How to Earn? Join Perkville +100 pts It’s so easy! Why wouldn’t you? Refer a Friend +100 pts The referral is completed when the referred friend(s) earn points & share their email address at BYV Attend Class + 15pts Come to class! The more you come the more points you get :) On your Birthday +25 pts Happy Birthday to you! Receive some points to add to your collection on your Birthday! Post on Facebook +10 pts Customers qualify to post after they’ve earned points at BYV. To earn these points, customers must connect their Facebook account and post from Perkville. Facebook post points can be earned once per day. Tweet +10 pts Customers qualify to tweet after they’ve earned points at BYV. To earn these points, customers must connect their Twitter account and tweet from Perkville. Tweet points can be earned once per day. Twitter Follow +10pts Customers must follow BYV from Perkville to earn points The Rewards? Bring a NEW Student for FREE […]

Thanksgiving Hours

Friday October 9th – 6am, 9am & 5pm Saturday October 10th – 9am only Sunday October 11th – 9am only Monday October 12th – 9am only

Star Student: Aimee

BYV: how long have you been practicing Bikram yoga, did you start at BYV or somewhere else? Aims: Its been six years I began my journey with Bikram yoga in Kelowna and then fell blissfully in love with BYV the second I walked thru the door five years ago! BYV: What inspired you to begin taking class? Aims: I found myself in a place where I had forgotten that perfect health was our natural state, I needed a practice that could help me realign with the healthiest, most vital aspects of myself in an environment where I could trust the teachers to guide me thorough healing safely . That way I could get busy reconnecting to my body in a loving way…no matter how painful that process may be!! I had always been invested in health and yoga and when I looked in the mirror I felt hypocritical and disappointed in my body…not ground for healthy growth. I needed a practice that could guide me back to center and help me squeeze and wring and stretch the yucky stuff out so that there was room for the good stuff to shine through. At the time I had 2 babies one year apart in age so I couldn’t […]