Bi-Annual Membership Sale, CJ's Back!!, Hot Yoga for Mountain Biking, Ho Ho Ho - Xmas Party Reminder, PIZZA, Memorial Silent Candle Class for our beloved friend Ray, Halloween - BOO! and more...
Hello October

October....The changing of leaves continues, cooler crisp weather conditions, the beginning of wood stoves flashing up, Halloween, Pumpkin Spice Lattes and a warm and cozy place for you to come and get your stretch and cardio on at the studio!!!  

At the studio, we have a great variety of classes and class times and a supportive team of staff to help you achieve your goals. 

See you at the studio!
Bi-Annual Membership Sale

There's only a couple of days left to get in on our bi-annual membership sale, absolutely the best deal we have, for one year of unlimited classes.  Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity!

We have two annual membership options for you:

The first option is our Bikram Yoga Only, One Year Unlimited membership. The price is only $899.00+tax.

The second option is our All Inclusive, One Year Unlimited membership for Bikram Yoga, BYCV Barre and Hot HIIT. You get everything for only $999.00+tax. 

Click HERE to purchase one of these amazing deals online

Dont forget, that with this amazing value, you also receive 10 free class passes for friends and family AND 10 percent off retail*.  

**The Bi-Annual Sale ends on**
** Friday October 6th.**

*this awesome discount doesn't apply to food or beverages
CJ's Back!!

Yes!!! CJ will be back from her honeymoon in Maui shortly and you can get your BYCV Barre on! CJ's first class back will be the  11:00am class on Saturday September 7th. 

If you haven't tried this class yet, what are you waiting for?! It's a beautiful yet challenging one hour class and the lovely CJ is  an amazing teacher.

Also, stay tuned in November as we  may be adding a few more BYCV Barre classes. CJ is working hard to train up 3 new teachers. They are working hard and doing exceptionally well.

Way to go Emily, MJ and Suzanne!!!
Who knew that Hot Yoga would benefit your Mountain Biking?

by CJ



Hot Yoga and Mountain Biking have so much in common. Both activities highlight the importance of the mental game.

We are sure some mountain bikers think that when you go to a Hot Yoga studio, that all you do is prance around in very little clothing and stretch your body into weird positions. They wonder, how can this make you a more skilled mountain biker?

Well to start it provides mental and physical awareness that compliments the challenges you meet out on the trail. It encourages you to be mindful of your breathing during long climbs and shortens your recovery time after those intense rides. The essence of yoga is to "strengthen and lengthen" what every mountain biker needs after a day hunched over the handlebars.

The great thing about building flexibly through yoga is that mountain biking is obviously not great for our flexibility, so they are very complimentary. Many mountain bikers experience lower back pain. Is that about lack of strength? People often think so, and try to compensate by doing a bunch of sit-ups (which can be horrible for your spine) or other core exercises. Some of that is great, but the leading cause of lower back pain in these cases is tight hamstrings. If the hamstrings are tight, they'll pull on the lower back, leading to pain. At yoga, we hold long stretching poses and this teaches us a lot about paying attention to where we are tight in our body especially after a ride.

Toe Stand
Many yoga postures help develop strength by putting us in positions where we need to recruit more muscle than we are accustomed to. So, when we get into trouble on our bikes, and need to take fast action without thinking, we have more tools to work with, more ability to adapt our position and can more  thoroughly activate our
 muscles and overall strength.

Standing Head to Knee
When the riding gets tough, we ask ourselves, are we breathing deeply and rhythmically or are just telling ourselves to BREATHE BREATHE BREATHE BREATHE? Yoga teaches us to breathe effectively. Breathe consistently and with more awareness in class helps us on the challenging single track climbs. When our breathing is compensated in yoga we understand that it's not about forcing things, but slowly and steadily progressing in our postures. We use this tool on our bikes when we climb and think to ourselves we must earn our turns!

Awkward Pose

The injuries from mountain biking finally catch up to you at some point like arthritis, bursitis or scar tissue build up. We have all had some pretty big crashes on the bike and spent some time in our dark place thinking about what happened, how did I end up here and what to do next. One of the best ways we have found to get back in the saddle is through yoga. It speeds up the healing in the body by stopping blood flow to joints, ligaments, organs and muscles for short periods of time and then replaces these areas with oxygenated and high speed blood.

We find the more yoga that we do the better we ride because we breathe better, have more effective strength, focus, flexibility and balance. There's a lot we can do off the bike to support today's ride, tomorrow's and those we hope to enjoy in the decades to come.

Sometimes the hardest part of Hot Yoga is just trying it for the first time. Force yourself to be more balanced in how you exercise and recover. You will have more fun in the long run.

Try Hot Yoga for yourself. Make your riding and your life a little easier and a lot better.

So, if you are an experienced racer in the start gate of an important race, or you are a beginner trying something new for the first time take 20 seconds of stillness to focus on your breathing, to clear your mind and conquer the task at hand.

HOT YOGA BENEFITS for MOUNTAIN BIKERS:
  • BREATHING
  • BALANCE
  • RECOVERY TIME
  • STRENGTH
  • FLEXIBILITY
  • FOCUS
  • INJURY PREVENTION
Inspired? Curious? Head on over to the GravityMTB website for more information

Flat Hip Whip

**Christmas Party  Reminder**

Save the date:  Saturday November 25th, 2017.

Don't miss an awesome time to hang out with a sweet community of yogis at our Christmas Potluck Party. Mark the date on your calendar.

Bring your family, some amazing food and expect to have a fun time! We already have the chocolate fountain booked!!
"Get Off the Couch!" 30 Day Challenge

You're all amazing! 10 days into our 30 day challenge and your spirits are still high and your determination is overwhelming and inspiring. You're destroying the couch!! Way to go everyone!!

This challenge isn't an easy one.....but with challenge....comes change, change for the better. Physically, mentally, emotionally. 

Join us for pizza on US at Guerrilla Pizza co-located with Gladstone Brewing Company on Sunday the 22nd at 5:30pm to celebrate your success and share stories of your "Challenge Adventures"!!

Silent Candlelit Classes

A beautiful yet challenging experience in the hot room.

Chris will lead the first one on Sunday the 15th at 3:30pm  and  Tash will lead a second one at  9:30am on Sunday the 29th,  in honour of our dear friend Ray.

Ray of Sunshine...who recently and suddenly passed away. We miss your smiles, your sparkle, and your kind, genuine and generous disposition. You inspired us in and out of the hot room in so many ways and on so many different levels... you are dearly loved and missed.   

We ask that you have 10 classes under your belt to participate in the silent candlelit classes.
HALLOWEEN

BOO!!!

This year Halloween is on Tuesday October 31st. 

Come to class that day wearing your scariest and/or most hilarious halloween costume and get a free  MEXIPOP of your choice on US!!
Karma Classes - Thank you!

Thank you for your overwhelming generosity and support with our Bikram Yoga and 80's themed  BYCV Barre Karma fundraising classes. We made  an overwhelming $500.00 dollars. 

Sue has chosen to donate half of this to YANA, a cause dear to hers, Rick's and our hearts and half to buy Rick a device so he can listen to podcasts and music.
 
Rick is still in the Victoria hospital recovering from a very serious motorcycle accident.  He is now mobile but in a lot of pain and suffering from a brain injury.  We are sending you our thoughts and prayers Rick and Sue.


Student of the Month - Alice

I first came to bikram because I wanted to be more like someone I knew. A veritable enemy at that. An odd reason indeed. I guess I was in a place where a change was needed if I was wanting to live my life more like someone else. Whatever gets you through the door...
So I signed up for a 30 day challenge. When we began the breathing exercise I was blown away. Breathe in and out for six counts straight?! Good god! I couldn't do it. Not by a long shot. I had absolutely zero control over my breath. The more classes I came to I was equally shocked at how serene people looked in and out of class. Amazing! I didn't understand how they could do it. I could barely follow along with the dialogue let alone hold any of the postures. I didn't get to finish the challenge. Nobody did. That was the year the pipes froze and the studio had to be shut down for repairs. By the time that was completed my life had taken some unexpected turns and I spent the next few years moving around. Suffice to say, my practice was sporadic.
It has now been a few years of solid practice and I must say, I am a drastically different person now, than that agitated flimsy person who first came through the doors seven years ago this November. What the yoga has done for me physically (which is a lot) has nothing on what it has done for me mentally. Injuries and illnesses keep the physical aspect at a humble state. But my internal strength builds continually.
Often I don't want to come to class. Often I am not even sure that I like yoga. Or heat. The thought of having to struggle can be daunting. But I come anyway. And am without fail, ever grateful for doing so. The enthusiasm of the teachers (who I'm sure don't always feel like coming either, but never let it show) and the beauty of the practice readily make me forget that I originally didn't want to come and show me in so many ways why I do. I love those classes where the instructor says just the right little insightful sentence or funny joke that changes my day completely. Thank you instructors. I value you all. Same can be said about everyone that practices there. I may not know all of your names or talk to you much, but there are some classes that I wouldn't have made it through, were it not for the calm strength of those around me.
 My reasons for first arriving to bikram may have been a little skewed. My reasons for continuing to come are plentiful and noble.

- Alice -
Towel Rental Changes

Just a reminder/warning about the towel rental price changes.

We want to encourage yogis to bring their own towels from now on. Don't worry! We will still provide a towel rental service but with some significant changes.  

If you choose to rent a towel, you can go with our one month rental option of $20.00 per month for rental of mat towels as some of you do right now.

-or-

You can rent a single towel from us for $30.00. "What the....?!" you say. Well if you bring the towel back, washed, we will reimburse you $27.50. This applies to both shower towels and mat towels.

Many thanks for your help AND your understanding with this initiative!
Suggestion Box

1.  8:00am Bikram Weekdays Please

Hmmmm not sure how we would squeeze that in with all of our HIIt Classes.  We have learned to "Never say Never" though.
     

2.  Dark Room Yoga

Well we  do have  Silent Candlelit Classes which are pretty dark. I suppose the next step would be that you close your eyes?  But check above for Candlelit Class times first. 

3.  Beer Yoga

Interesting!  Could you imagine all the burping and farting that goes on in those classes?  Nasty!  For now....we think we'll stick with our  Water, Coconut Water, Aloe drinks, Kombucha and our more therapeutic, traditional, Hatha style yoga that houses many more benefits to the mind, spirit and body than we imagine beer yoga would.     

4.  Another Hot HIIT class at noon please

You all ask for specific class times and we oblige and nobody shows up!! Who are all the people that asked us to change the morning Hot HIIT class times to 7:30am?  Well we've done it and.....crickets! We won't be adding any new times until our existing ones start to fill up.  That being said, we could look at removing a quiet 7:30 am class and putting it at noon in the future.  

5.  Open door after standing series and fans/more motivating and it smells better.

We will discuss this when I get home as I recognize your hand writing Alison.

6.  Please NO SCENT in the Hot Room.  No Cologne or Perfume.  I am very allergic and get ill. 
   
We agree and this is POLICY at the studio.  We have a lot of yogis who are allergic and have this same complaint.  Please be respectful and wash off any cologne/perfume prior to class. 

7.  Please dry off on the shower mats in the shower room.  Some yogi's like to walk around the shower room without drying off and it makes the change room floor very slippery.  Someone could get hurt if they slip and fall.

Seems like a logical thing to us.  We would  all hate to feel responsible for someone slipping and falling just because we didn't take an extra second to dry off on the shower mats. 

This goes for the Hot Room as well.  If you are a heavy sweater....take a moment to wipe up around your mat as soon as class ends.  We  have had people slip and fall and they  have hurt themselves.