Support the Summer Challengers
We are about half-way through the summer challenge, which means that there are about 8 weeks left. Take a moment to check out the list of people participating in the summer challenge and cheer them on (this challenge requires serious long-term commitment). They are our current yoga heroes!
PS: Challengers - don't forget to sticker your visits.
Vote on the Winter Schedule
The winter schedule begins on October 1. We're thinking about offering more early morning classes and fewer evening classes, and are curious about your interest in 60-minute morning classes at either 6 or 6:30 am. 60-minute classes would cost the same amount as 90-minute classes, but we've heard considerable interest in an option for a shorter class session. Please let us know what you think! The survey is here.
August Community Donation
This month BYM will support the Missoula community by donating to the Sletvold Family Fundraiser. Here is their story: Ben (an ICU RN at St. Pat's, co-worker to several Bikram yogis) and Alicia Sletvold were waiting for their baby to be born June 2015. Unfortunately in April 2015, Alicia suffered complications of an aortic aneurysm and required extensive surgery. Because of this, their baby arrived 13 weeks early. Their baby girl required neonatal intensive care for many weeks. Both mom and baby are improving daily. The financial burden this event has caused the Sletvold family is significant. Please consider a donation to our silent auction and fundraiser to benefit this awesome family. Thank you!!
When: August 22, 2015 @ 5-11PM
Where: Seven Mile Meadows, visit https://sevenmilemeadows.com/Contact_Us.html for direction
What: Live music by the Bottom Feeders at 7PM, some food and drinks, feel free to bring a side dish to share, silent auction with great auction items
* Please no dogs at venue.
*You can also contribute to this by leaving money at the BYM desk.
We are excited to welcome two new traveling teachers to the studio this month! Angeline and Frank will be here for the whole month of August.
Angeline Chase Priefer
Having grown up and gone to college as a dancer, I first found Bikram yoga while studying abroad in Melbourne, Australia. Immediately it became something I wanted and also needed in my life. The benefits were both medical and physical. In addition to loving the practice for these reasons, the sense of calm/peace that came with a regular practice was what kept me going back. My practice has given me improved strength, flexibility, health and overall well-being. In 2009, I decided to find a way to attend Bikram's teacher training. Having made the decision, I followed through and did what I needed in order to be enrolled in the Spring 2009 teacher training in Palm Desert, California. Since training I have spent much of my time traveling and teaching, throughout the United States as well as Ireland, Thailand, Canada, Mexico, France and Denmark. I love the practice and the global community that this yoga has created. It's always a pleasure to visit new studios, continuing to teach and learn from fellow yogis in every new adventure.
My name is Frank Samuyo. I began practicing Bikram Yoga in 2006 in Palm Desert where I owned an architectural stone business. Due to the stresses of my job, both mentally and physically, I found the hot yoga room the perfect place to find relief. I was instantly addicted. I enrolled in Bikram's teacher training when it came to Palm Desert in Spring 2009. Almost immediately following training I managed the Bikram Yoga Palm Desert studio for a month while the owners were away. I then continued to teach there full time for a year before going on to open my own studio in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. I owned and operated the studio in Playa for two years before returning to the states and my other business. Back in Palm Desert I continued teaching regularly. For the past two years I've been traveling and teaching in studios around the country and internationally. I love being a part of this yoga community and my passion for teaching continues to grow.
Yoga Etiquette Tip:
How to Fight the Yoga Funk
Anyone who spends time in a hot yoga room is familiar with the post-yoga smell that lingers in your clothes, towel, and mat even after a hearty laundering. If you listen to the TV commercials, you might think that your only option is to buy expensive (and actually quite toxic) detergents, deodorizers, and fabric softeners. Most of the time, these products seem to work, but they do so by masking the smells - and then your friends in class can smell the deodorant AND the yoga funk.
In fact, there are some inexpensive, natural weapons for smell destruction. Most hot yoga websites offer a combination of vinegar, borax powder, and/or baking powder. Borax is a naturally occurring mineral that enhances the cleaning and deodorizing power of your detergent, while vinegar and baking soda soften clothes and remove the bacteria that causes the smell. All of these products can be used alone or alongside your detergent. Bikram Yoga Vancouver recommends adding ½ cup borax powder and ½-1 cup white vinegar to the load of wash. They also recommend air drying your clothes to help them sustain elasticity and prolong their lifespans.
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