Welcome to the first certified Bikram Yoga studio in Hamilton, Ontario. Please come prepared to sweat and stretch! All classes are 90 minutes in length and the yoga postures are performed in a room heated to 105 degrees F (40 degrees C) with 40% humidity.
It is advisable that you avoid eating 2-3 hours prior to the class time, to allow your body a sufficient period of time for digestion of previous meals. Once you have settled into a comfortable and regular yoga routine, you will be able to assess your eating habits with regard to yoga practice more effectively. In time, you will come to learn what your body’s needs are. You will be able to determine what to eat, how much to eat and when to eat. You will then be able to adjust your eating schedule to complement your body’s requirements. It is essential that you are properly hydrated before taking a Bikram hot yoga class.
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Yogiraj Bikram Choudhury is the founder of The Yoga College of India, which is known worldwide. Born in Calcutta in 1946, Bikram began practising yoga at the age of four with India’s most-renowned physical culturist at that time, Bishnu Ghosh. Ghosh is the younger brother of Paramahansa Yogananda, who is the author of the popular yoga book, ‘The Autobiography of a Yogi’. Ghosh is also the founder of the Self-Realization Fellowship in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Bikram practiced yoga at least four to six hours every day at Ghosh’s College of Physical Education located in Calcutta, India. At the age of thirteen, he won the 1st place award in the National India Yoga Championship. He held the 1st place title for the next three years and then retired as the undisputed ‘India National Yoga Champion’.
At the age of seventeen, Bikram suffered a knee injury during a weight-lifting exercise. After suffering this injury, renowned European doctors informed Bikram that he would not walk again. After receiving this devastating medical diagnosis, Bikram refused to surrender. He returned to Bishnu Ghosh’s Physical Education school, seeking advice. He had absolute confidence in Ghosh and believed that if anyone could repair his damaged knee, it would indeed be this man. Six months later, his knee had completely healed, after practising yoga under the guidance of Ghosh. Ghosh was the first person to ‘scientifically’ document yoga’s ability to cure chronic physical ailments and heal the body. Ghosh applied the scientific principles of observation, experimentation and deduction to yoga postures. This scientific approach brought a deeper understanding of the therapeutic benefits of a yoga practice, to the general public.
Soon after, Bikram was asked by Ghosh to open several yoga schools in India, and asked to follow the scientific principles as they applied to a yoga practice, which were taught to him by Ghosh. The yoga schools were extremely successful. Bikram traveled to Japan and opened two more yoga studios. Since then Bikram has expanded his curative methods of yoga therapy and spread this yoga around the world.
“Yoga is about strengthening your body and your spine in all directions with the goal of creating a union between the body, mind and spirit.” — Bikram Choudhury
We consider Bikram Yoga to be the single best form of yoga for the achievement and maintenance of perfect health, body and mind and highly recommend it for people of all ages, skill levels and body types. For those looking to shed a few pounds, a single class can help burn up to 1,000 calories!
Bikram Yoga is the original form of hot yoga, consisting of 26 Hatha Yoga postures and two breathing exercises. It is performed in a hot room, heated to 40 degrees celsius with 40% humidity. The postures are completed in a sequential order over a 90 minute period and have been scientifically designed to warm and safely stretch muscles, ligaments and tendons through a sequence of complementary postures. These postures assist with moving freshly oxygenated blood throughout the body. Noticeable improvements to muscle tone, weight, general health and well-being automatically follow one’s dedication to a regular practice.
Bikram Yoga has been taught for nearly 4 decades. Why? Because it works and it is effective.
Regular practice will strengthen your spinal and core muscles, and will help provide relief from health ailments and symptoms (e.g., pain).
Bikram Yoga brings your body back to square one — the way our bodies were meant to be — in a safe process of restoration and rejuvenation.
It is an excellent cardiovascular workout without high impact and stress on joints, making it accessible for everyone.
The yoga student’s rate of progress will depend upon his or her natural physical abilities to a small extent, but will depend ultimately upon the time and effort dedicated towards the yoga practice. Rate of progress will have very little to do with how perfectly a student is able to perform the poses, but rather that the yoga student feels that he or she is endeavouring to achieve the proper form to the best of his or her ability.
Very few people perform the yoga postures to perfection. The rate of progress will be determined by the person’s understanding of the yoga postures, their attention to the form of the posture and the amount of effort applied while holding the posture. Progress is felt by the yoga student when his or her muscles and joints have become supple in comparison to the state of these muscles and joints prior to practicing Bikram Yoga. The standard of comparison in Yoga is individual. Simply put, this means that to be perfect in Yoga, a person performs the yoga postures to the best of their ability.
“Practicing as a beginner is just like experiencing anything new in life; everything unfolds with time and devotion. You will find a new way in your own time and everything around you will change. You will find the right way and the wrong way or maybe you will find that nothing is wrong but that everything is right. The realization that all experience is positive should be the purpose of yoga for beginners.”- Rajashree Choudhury
This energizing breathing exercise can fill your lungs with up to six times more oxygen than a regular breath. Since oxygen is a major source of energy for the body, it is not usual to feel dizzy in the standing deep breathing. Through compression of the throat, the velocity of air entering the lungs is increased to shoot air into the lower lobes of the lungs. While your arms lift to the ceiling the ribcage opens, maximizing the inhale. Because this breath is up to six times deeper than a regular breath, it increases lung capacity while giving you quick energy.
The exhale breath detoxifies the lungs deeply. When stagnant air is pushed from the bottom of the lungs it causes a release of cellular and metabolic waste from the respiratory system. As the eyes look back to see the back wall, the ocular nerve is stimulated. With the head tilted back, the upper spine opens helping to prepare the neck for backward bending. Overall, the body is energized and the circulatory and nervous systems are stimulated, invigorating the body for class.
As you maintain both sides of half-moon the sides of the spine are stretched. By maintaining the form of the pose and keeping your hips and shoulders in alignment, your body receives many benefits. First the body burns fat from the thighs, waist and buttocks while the muscles of the central body are strengthened. The organs receive a massage which helps with proper digestive function. Finally the deep stretching stimulates glands and organs to help give you quick energy while maintaining the health of many body systems.
As you bend backwards you compress the posterior part of your spinal column, pushing your disks away from the spinal nerves and decompress the front of the vertebrae. This effectively counteracts the damage of hours spent forward bending.
Those concerned and intimidated by back-bending should rest assured that the controlled environment and proper progression of the Bikram Yoga series allows for back-bends to be preformed safely.
Unlike traditional “touch-your-toes” hamstring-stretch taught in PE class, hands-to-feet pose the whole body. This is perfect example of how a pose can both work to strengthen and stretch your body. As you pull with your arms to increase flexibility, your spine, hips and legs are stretched in what Bikram calls a “360 degree stretching angle.” Completion of this pose after half-moon and backward-bending, means that the spine has been stretched in four directions, the circulatory and nervous systems have been invigorated to prepare the body for class.
This strength posture depends on the precise alignment of the feet to deliver the benefits. While in posture, the legs and feet are realigned helping to decrease back-pain. Essentially, the pose works almost like an orthotic. The muscles of the upper body are also profoundly strengthened by the back-bending and positioning of the arms helping with toning.
Eagle pose opens the major joints through stretching during the pose. As the arms and legs twist,pressure is created that irrigates the circulatory system. Blood is reserved in the muscles of the thighs, calves, arms and fore-arms. When the arms and legs release this blood flow flushes the joints helping to relieve joint problems and maintaining synovial fluid. The deep compression of this posture also massages organs and glands. Eagle pose particularity stimulates the reproductive system making this a great pose for sexual vitality and fertility.
Standing head-to-knee builds great concentration and determination. As the knee locks, the contraction of the thigh creates a “suspension” of the knee joint, pulling bone away from bone. By maintaining the pose, the soft tissues surrounding the knee are strengthened helping to protect the cartilage of the knee. As you bend over, the proximity of the heart to the floor, puts pressure on the muscle, exercising the heart through elevating the heart rate. The completion of all four stages of the pose profoundly strengthens the body and mind, improving confidence, focus, patience and determination.
Standing bow-pulling pose is incredibly effective at flushing the circulatory system. The pose moves blood flow from one side of the body, dumping it into the other and creating a profound circulatory flush. Standing bow is a hugely expressive pose, helping to open the shoulders, hips, spine releasing emotion and stress from the tissues. As in standing head to knee, the position of the chest increases pressure on the heart helping to stimulate and exercise the cardiovascular system.
Balancing stick is the best posture for your heart. Proper execution of the pose means that the arms and legs are positioned above the heart (except the standing leg.) This helps to flush the heart and arteries, particularity the horse-shoe artery. This makes the posture therapeutic for heart-conditions and effective for preventing heart disease and heart attack. Finally, because of the amount of muscles mass used in execution of the pose, balancing stick is one of the biggest calorie burners in the Bikram Yoga series.
After the intense cardio workout of the balancing postures, this pose helps to calm the nervous system, release the lower back and flush the brain. The purpose of standing separate leg stretching is to create a 360 degree stretching in the body. It is easy to focus on stretching of the legs in this pose, but it is important to work the arms and bring the stretch into the spine.
Triangle is the most comprehensive posture in the Bikram Yoga series. This post helps to work all of the major organs, muscles and systems of the body. Triangle involves an extreme amount of concentration. The pose cannot be executed without constant attention to form and continuos adjustment to the position of your body. Maintaining triangle pose helps to bring a harmony to the respiratory and cardiovascular systems.
The focus in standing separate forehead-to-knee is to create maximum compression in the front side of the body. This pose is often called the six pack posture because of the way that it strengthens the abs when done correctly. The endocrine system benefits the most from this posture getting a thorough compression that helps to boost the metabolism and immune system. It is important to always remember that the posture is about touching the forehead to the knee to get the benefits of the posture, and not about stretching the hamstrings.
Tree pose and toe stand are often called the postures for your posture. Both are huge hip and knee opening postures but mainly focus on creating the strength and alignment to maintain good posture and balance.
After the body has been stimulated by preforming the standing series, a two minute savasana is preformed to heal the body. Savasana is one of the most important parts of a hatha-yoga practice and it is often said that this is where the “magic” happens in the Bikram Yoga series. That magic is the healing that is created by the stillness of the pose. When the body is still the circulatory system is unobstructed and delivers oxygen, nutrients and white blood-cells to where it is needed. These materials are the building blocks of healing, which creates the therapeutic benefit of this pose.
Wind-removing pose is like Bikram’s “Pepto Bismol.” This pose stimulates the ascending, descending and transverse colon as well as the stomach and small intestines. The order in which the pose is preformed helps to stimulate the bowels, cures constipation and improves nutrient absorption. The posture is called “wind-removing” for a reason, as it helps to relieve flatulence. Finally it helps to balance out hydrochloric acid levels in the stomach helping with indigestion and heartburn
The sit-up serves to invigorate the body in between poses. A quick stretch to the hamstrings, it helps to prepare and open the lower back and legs for the final stretching pose at the end of class. More importantly the double-exhale helps to release toxins from the lungs helping to energize the body in between the poses.
Cobra pose triggers the lower back, helping with various spinal conditions. Cobra creates an intense massage of the abdomen which helps digestive function and prevents and helps to cure digestive ailments. The pelvic floor is activated in this posture helping with menstrual problems, fertility and the function of reproductive organs.
Locust pose helps to re-align the elbow, a joint that is naturally built to straighten but rarely does. As you lie down on top the elbow, compression blocks blood flow to the wrists and elbows in the pose. When the legs lift, the upper back is engaged to strengthen the muscles of the back and shoulders. When the pose is released pressurized blood flow flushes the elbows and wrists getting rid of calcium deposits, arthritic starts and scar tissue. Locust is also beneficial for carpal tunnel syndrome and tennis elbow and effectively maintains the dexterity of your hands.
Full locust is one of the most difficult postures to improve in the Bikram Yoga series. The posture triggers and strengthens the mid-spine helping to prevent lower back pain. It is also effective at strengthening and toning the hips and buttocks.
After the strengthening benefits of cobra, locust and full locust, bow pose opens the entire spine in a deep back bend. Highly therapeutic for the spine, this pose is also beneficial for the digestive system and reproductive systems which get massaged during the posture.
Fixed-firm is the knee healer in the Bikram series. This posture evenly stretches all of the major ligaments in the knees and ankles in an anatomically correct position. This means it rebuilds the natural flexibility of the knees and ankles. While in the posture, compression of the circulatory system decreases blood flow to these joints and then flushes them to eliminate scar-tissue, arthritic starts and calcium deposits in the joints. It is also massages the lymph system which is highly beneficial for the immune system.
Half tortoise increases circulation to the brain stimulating the pineal and pituitary gland helping to regulate serotonin and melatonin. This helps to balance sleep cycles and prevent and cure depression. It is often said that this posture is equivalent to eight of hours of sleep. This is because in the pose, so much oxygen and nutrients are carried to the brain that the only way to get the same benefit is to sleep for eight hours.
Camel pose is the deepest back-bend in the Bikram series. Camel is a hugely emotional posture that releases much stress and anxiety from the chest. It invigorates the nervous system and helps to heal many different spinal ailments.
Rabbit pose is the prefect balance to camel pose. The postures work together to deeply stretch and open the spine. Rabbit helps to open the inter-vertebral disks, helping to maintain their spongy nature and absorb shock in spine from daily movement. It helps to stretch the spine so effectively that with a regular practice many people report growing up to one inch. The stretch in rabbit is created by the pull on the heels, so it is important to always keep a tight grip in order to create enough force to stretch the spine.
Forehead-to-knee once again compresses the front side of the body deeply massaging the pancreas, helping to regulate blood sugar. The posture is like doing a seated standing head-to-knee and is a good opportunity to practice perfecting the form without worrying about balance. The kidneys are also extended in this posture helping with the function of the renal system.
The final forward stretch helps to extend the legs and stretch the spine in a 360 degree angle. It is a pose that is incredibly effective for releasing tension from the hamstrings and the lower back.
After compressing, decompressing, twisting and bending the spine in four directions, the final spine twist is the last detoxification for the vertebral column. A good massage for the abdominal organs, the primary focus is to twist and, like a wet rag, release all the toxins from the spine.
Kapalbhati breathing is the most effective yogic breathing exercise for detoxifying the lower lungs, where many toxins accumulate. It also works the abdominal muscles like a sit up exercise. Finally it helps to calm the nervous system and cool down the body’s core temperature to help prepare for cooler temperatures outside the hot room.
Welcome to BYHD! My name is Alexandra and I am the owner and director of Bikram Yoga Hamilton Dundas. I am excited to open the first Bikram Yoga studio in Hamilton and Dundas and to bring the incredibly healing and transformative, world renowned Bikram Hot Yoga to this community. I have been practicing Bikram Yoga since 2007 when I first discovered it in Tokyo, while teaching English in Japan. I immediately fell in love with it. After seeing huge changes in my physique, skin, flexibility, immune system and overall mental and physical health I knew I had found my calling. In the fall of 2008, I attended the Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in Acapulco and was certified by Bikram Choudhury.
Since graduating, I have been teaching Bikram Yoga full time and have had the privilege of teaching in numerous cities, including Toronto, Kitchener, Vancouver and Mumbai (the studio owned by Bikram Choudhury). After receiving my B.A in Sociology and Psychology at The University of Western Ontario in 2005, I travelled extensively through Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, China, Japan and Taiwan and also became certified as a Thai Massage Therapist.
While I have practiced various forms of yoga, (in both Canada and India) including Ashtanga, Yin, Kundalini, and Iyengar, I truly feel that nothing has as profound an effect on both the physical and emotional well being as the Bikram series. My experience with Bikram Yoga is that it is extremely powerful and healing, and with a regular practice, will do wonders for your immune system, digestive system, appetite, metabolism, sleep patterns, stress levels, depression, and so much more…
I do my very best to make the classes I teach dynamic, motivating, educational and inspiring by drawing on all my personal experiences in the hot yoga room as a yoga student myself, learning from Bikram and his senior teachers, travelling the world, and reading books on yoga. I have complete and absolute belief that Bikram Yoga is the best form of yoga for everyone, no matter what their age or physical condition, and I am grateful for the opportunity to introduce others to the original hot yoga.
I look forward to meeting you at the studio!
Hello new friends! My name is Daniela. I’m originally from the Kingston area but moved to Hamilton with my family early in my life, and have been here ever since!
I graduated from McMaster University in 2009 with a Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree, majoring in Anthropology and minoring in Religious Studies. I then started looking to different jobs/activities trying to find out what I wanted to do and felt right in my life and settled with an office job in the meantime.
About a year later, I felt like I needed a change in my life. I wanted more in than just my day job. Having always had an interest in yoga, I started practicing Bikram Yoga late in 2010. It was then that I fell in love and felt a calling to Bikram Yoga. It’s amazing how much the practice can challenge you and help you grow on different levels: physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Less than a year later, I made the decision to attended the Fall 2011 Teacher Training in Los Angeles.
My goal is to share with other yoga practitioners the joy and growth that comes along with practicing Bikram Yoga, and show how the lessons we learn in the hot room about ourselves and others can be translated into other aspects of our life. I feel so blessed and thankful for the opportunity given to me to teach you all. Come join me in the hot room with an open heart, and don’t forget your water bottle!
Outside of my Yoga Life I have 2 dogs who I love dearly and I enjoy reading, hiking, crafts, traveling and cooking.
I took my first Bikram Yoga class in 1998 after a full day of rehearsals with Crystal Cruises in Pasadena California. With more than 15 years under my belt as a professional dancer & having studied other styles of yoga & body awareness techniques, I instantly felt the power & effect of this yoga series. Upon my return to Toronto, I sought the only Bikram yoga studio available at the time & signed up for classes. In his book, Bikram suggests doing 90 days straight “if you really want to detox,” so I put it to the test.
I bought a monthly unlimited and decided to go twice a day for the month (on top of my regular dance classes: ballet, modern & jazz/hip-hop). At the end of the month I could not believe how awesome I felt… “like running a marathon!” So I signed up for another month & continued the challenge. It was in the second month that I knew this was my calling. I wanted to learn more & delve into the intricacies of this practice.
I graduated from the Fall Teacher Training of 2001 in Los Angeles, and I have not looked back. I have had not only the privilege of teaching in New York City, Montreal & Toronto for various studios, but also of owning & operating my own studio downtown Toronto, Bikram Yoga Centre. With a successful run, steady growth & a great location, I was able to share my passion & educate people on the power of this yoga series.
With big life changes happening, my husband & I decided to sell the studio & relocate our family to Ancaster.
I am thrilled to be a part of Bikram Yoga Hamilton, and my goal as a yoga teacher is to guide people on the road to recovery, to help them de-stress, find more joy & embrace love & compassion.
It is with a regular & consistent practice whereby the results will be tenfold. Finding a deeper connection with yourself will ultimately allow you to establish better relationships moving forward. Patience, Determination & Faith are key.
“Learn to trust the process, & believe in yourself.”
I studied Nursing in Thunder Bay, Ontario, graduating from Lakehead University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in 2011. During my education, I found a yoga studio offering Hot Yoga and thought I had found something amazing. It wasn’t until I travelled to London UK to finish my degree where I found a true Bikram Hot Yoga studio and really fell in Love.
Finishing school, I decided I would look for a job in any city with a Bikram studio, landing in Hamilton! I began my full time practice at Bikram Yoga Hamilton Dundas (BYHD) and my full time nursing career at Hamilton Health Sciences. I had always had a vision of uniting eastern health practices with the western medical system and after working for only a few months I realized that combining the two schools of thought would bring on such a profound change in people’s health and wellbeing…But I needed somewhere to start. At the same time, I was seeing the transformative changes of Bikram Yoga in my life, physically, mentally and spiritually. I soon found myself at the Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in Los Angeles, California graduating in November 2012.
I began teaching right away in Mexico City at Bikram Yoga Mexico before returning to work at the hospital in Hamilton, and now have the honor of teaching at my home studio, BYHD. Bikram Yoga is an empowering practice, allowing us to realize our potential and to take control of our own health. Through teaching this yoga I am able to inspire and motivate others to live the fullest life possible, like a flower petal blooming!
Hi everyone! My name is Katherine and I began practicing Bikram Yoga in August 2012. I had always been an avid runner, especially in the summer season. Friends and family deemed me nuts for running in the sweltering heat, but I loved it. So when my best friend suggested I join her for hot yoga, I figured I’d give it a try. Little did I know that this decision would change my life forever.
After my first class, I was hooked. By my third class, I already knew this yoga would be a part of me for the rest of my life. Not only was I exercising in the heat, but I could do so all year around and I wasn’t destroying my joints the way I would when running 10km outdoors. I felt and saw the changes immediately. I felt better about myself, found better ways of dealing with stress and I was overall a happier person.
In the fall of 2013, I graduated from Bikram’s Teacher Training. I graduated from Mohawk College’s Recreation and Leisure services program in 2008 and when I am not teaching yoga, I work in the Recreation department at Extendicare, a long term care facility here in Hamilton, creating and implementing activities and programs for the residents.
In my spare time when I’m not doing yoga, I enjoy travelling, listening to a wide variety of musical talents, exploring nature trails and spending time with friends and family. I look forward to teaching and practicing with all of you.
Hello everyone my name is Conrad Cole and I’m the middlest of three brothers. I grew up in an environment bred for sports and competition; anything my brothers did, I could do, and most of time I was much better. I spent most of my elementary and high school years participating at an elite level in racquetball and jetski racing. I won multiple Junior National titles in both racquetball and jetski racing, as well as two world titles in jetski racing. At my peak I ranked 12th in Canada for racquetball.
After all those years playing racquetball and jetskiing at such a high level, it wore my body down. Unfortunately, my sports didn’t love me back the way I loved them. I had back pain, knee pain, arm pain, wrist pain, and I was only 21. I wanted to do something about it.
I started doing Bikram yoga in Hamilton 3 years ago as a New Years resolution. I then tried other forms of hot yoga to compare, and after a month of assessing the different types of yoga, I knew that Bikram yoga was the best yoga I could do. To be at an elite level in anything, you need to be practicing the right way and the most efficient way. I knew that Bikram yoga would give me the most benefits and the most relief from my aches and pains in my body in the shortest amount of time and in the safest way. I now have my body back, without the aches and pains.
I have been in love with Bikram yoga ever since. My teacher training was in the Fall of 2013, and I’m excited to teach what I have learned from my experience.
I’m currently in my 4th year at McMaster finishing my degree in Commerce at the DeGroote School of Business in Hamilton.
Andrea Blakey started practicing Bikram Yoga in a small, stinky studio with no showers in 2001. She stuck with it, and is thrilled to see how much the community has grown (and how nice the studio amenities have become) since then. After her certification in Los Angeles in 2004, Andrea has instructed in Vancouver, Calgary, New Zealand, Australia and even a few classes at Bikram’s studio in Mumbai, India. She is originally from Vancouver, and spent the last few years living and teaching Bikram Yoga in Toronto. She recently relocated to Hamilton, and is excited to bring her passion and years of experience to the podium at BYHD.
I was first introduced to Bikram Yoga in 2013 by the friendly suggestion of another teacher. I had never taken a yoga class before, and having suffered from severe chronic back pain and tension for years, I thought it might be a good thing to try. But it wasn’t until I walked into the hot room for the first time that I realized how truly powerful (and life-changing) it could be!
In my early 20s, I went to university with the intention of obtaining a degree and becoming a school teacher, and hated every minute of it. I had always been passionate about the idea of teaching and guiding others, but at the time I couldn’t help but feeling that I wasn’t on the right path. I quit school very prematurely and decided I wasn’t going to go back until I could find something that I was truly passionate about. I found it with Bikram Yoga.
After taking my very first class, I immediately felt better than I had in years, physically as well as mentally. I started practicing regularly and quickly fell in love with the practice. I soon I noticed how this yoga was having such a huge positive impact on me, allowing me to redesign and heal my body, while also giving me mental clarity, relieving me of pent up angers and stress, breaking down emotional barriers I had, and eventually giving me a whole new perspective and bearing in life. I knew that I was going to be practicing this yoga for the rest of my life.
Less than two years later I decided to take this journey even further and make my way to Thailand for the Spring 2015 Teacher Training.
In the future I hope share with others what has been so miraculous for me and to help as many people as possible to see and feel the amazing things that Bikram Yoga can do for them.
For Anthony the word yoga has become a very transferable term. He believe’s yoga is just as much about learning how to navigate your body, as it is about exploring new ways to experience a more fulfilling life. Anthony started practicing both Asana and Meditation about 9 years ago and throughout his last 4 years of teaching, his relationship to both practices have evolved and adapted to become much more holistic. Anthony’s intention as a teacher is to help guide his students into a meditative head space so that they can form their own unique relationship to the practice and use it as a means of self discovery. Music is a very big component in Anthony’s teaching, as it helps his students find their rhythm and can be a very powerful device for transformation. In addition to working within the studio & wellness environment, he has dedicated much of the past 3 years to bringing mindfulness practices into schools across the Greater Toronto Area as part of an extensive mental health and research initiative. Anthony has taught classroom students and educators strategies for stress reduction, self regulation and emotional resiliency in over 50 schools, which he considers to be by far one of the most rewarding opportunities that he has ever received. Anthony believes that yoga and meditation is literally for everybody and he is very passionate about sharing the same modalities that have brought greater harmony, creativity and purpose into his own life.
Walking into my first yoga class, I did not know what to expect at all. I was around 16 years old and thought it would be a great way to pass time. Little did I know it was the spark of a lifelong exploration and commitment – I knew it was something that I had to continue and expand in my life.
Since then, I have pursued a daily Ashtanga-Mysore practice under the watchful eye of my teacher Anna Muzzin. I truly believe that one’s yoga practice will never reach a peak, rather it will continuously grow stronger and deeper – past the physical asana. In 2015, I made my two separate trips to Mysore, India to study the Ashtanga Yoga method in its complete purity with R. Sharath Jois and Saraswathi Rangaswamy at the Shri K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute.
As a teacher, I bring in different modalities to compliment the yoga practice. My desire to continuously study not only the yoga practice but the body and movement allows me to expand on my own practice and share it with my students to move well and correctly. I strive to teach from a place of compassion and experience as that is how I have been taught. I want my students to feel better when they leave a yoga class, feel supported in the environment around them and trust that the yoga room is place to grow.
My name is May. I earned my bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1999 and started working in the marketing industry after graduation. I was first introduced to Bikram yoga in 2008. Like so many people, I did it because it seemed like a great way to whip myself into shape and gain some flexibility. As a member of True fitness in Bangkok, I was able to try many different styles of yoga. Once I tried Bikram Yoga, I was hooked. I enjoyed it at first and from there it changed from something I LOVED to do into something “had” to do to. I feel uprooted if I miss even a few days of practice.
“Physically – obesity; emotionally – depression. And, for those two issues, Bikram Yoga is great.” — Rajashree Choudhury
For me, the most important benefits is emotional health. As a mother of two young children, there are many challenges in everyday life. Going into the hot room has helped me get much needed time for myself, but has also helped me become a better mother. I am refreshed and renewed by having and accomplishing my own goals and I am modeling better behaviour for my kids.
I used to have many mood swings – they have disappeared. As for physical benefits, there are so many – deep sleeps, my bad knee injury — are aimed toward strengthening and healing process, quick metabolism, better digestion, fit body and the list goes on and on! Bikram yoga gives me physical and emotional strength and makes me feel empowered and in control of my life. Yoga is an important part of my day that helps to calm my mind.
After completing Bikram’s Yoga College of India Teacher Training in 2012. My goal in life is to share the joy and beauty of yoga with others.
I believe that yoga is a sacred gift, and I am honored to share the practice with students at any stage in the journey. My intention as a teacher is to guide students to see and believe in their own highest potential, using the body, breath, and Bikram Yoga asana as a vehicle. I hope to create a challenging, safe and loving space that inspires transformation in the body, mind, and heart. I vow to honor diversity, to teach with integrity, and I strive to always teach from the heart. I believe that my students are my greatest teachers, and I find great joy in and am continuously humbled by sharing the experience of Bikram Yoga, which I deeply love. Namaste
“Movement is life.”
James was born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario. His passion for sports growing up led him to an interest in health & wellness. Although he studied business in College and pursed a career in finance after graduation, his heart never strayed from sports and fitness.
As a certified personal trainer of more than five years James was inspired to leave his job in 2014 to begin helping others build stronger more balanced bodies that are ready for movement.
After receiving his certification in Functional Range Conditioning, James began to focus on movement as a way to manage stress and anxiety. James believes it’s important that we get a little better each day and during his mobility classes he encourages everybody to just be themselves.
Outside of training James enjoys cooking, reading and rock climbing.
Martha has been practicing and teaching yoga for 16 years. Martha received her first 300 hour yoga certification with The American Yoga Academy in the year 2000. In 2001 Martha received her yoga certification from The Yoga and Healing Center in New Jersey with Wendy Grosse, who specialized in Soul Sweat Yoga. In 2003, Martha was certified in Prenatal Yoga with Janice Clarfield at Kripalu Yoga, and in 2008, her Yoga Ed Certification in Ontario.
Martha has been inspired by David Life and Sharon Gannon, the founders of Jivamukti yoga, and has attended several intensive training and summer camps with them. Martha also spent a week long intensive with Bikram Choudrey at Kripalu Yoga and is very familiar with the magic of who he is and the yoga he has created. This year, Martha completed her Baron Baptiste Level 3, and is currently working on her certification with him.
Martha believes she is just a better everything when she leaves her mat .Her mat is a vehicle for creativity, freedom and personal growth. It is a place of pure space where she connects to her blessings, center, her strength and her authenticity. Yoga has brought Martha through some very challenging times in her life. It reminds her constantly that she is always stronger than she thinks she is, and it reminds her to be present in her moment in her life, one breath at a time. Her extreme yoga goal is to ignite this same flame in as many people as possible and watch them shine!
15% off any package when purchased during your first 2 weeks.
Excluding Cobra Auto Renew and Student Term Pass. Available to first timers only.
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10% discount on any package if purchased before your current package ends (cannot be combined with any other discount)
10 and 20 class packages have a one-year expiry date.
A $39 setup fee for Cobra Auto Renew Memberships will be applied unless purchased within your first two weeks.
All declined credit card payments will be subject to a $20 NSF fee.
All packages are non-refundable.
A $50 fee will be applied to transfers of any package to a third party.
Prices listed above do not include HST.
With valid id, students and seniors over 65 receive 15% off all regular priced packages, with the exception of the Cobra Auto-Renew Membership.
A 60 minute detox class with music done in a hot room. This class moves you through sequences at a faster pace and explores more challenging asanas such as backbends and arm balances. Flow classes contain elements found in Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Anusara and Iyengar practices.
Designed for beginners and experienced enthusiasts alike, this 60 minute therapeutic class will increase your muscle strength and overall mobility via use of calisthenics. This is NOT a yoga class… You will be using your body to build coordination, agility, balance, and break up scar tissue, all the while increasing range of motion in your joints.
Slower paced 75 minute therapeutic class done to music appropriate for all levels. This class incorporates active “yang” postures to get your heart rate up, and finishes with “yin” postures to relax you and calm the mind and body. Postures are held a little longer to strength the deep tissues of the body and break up scar tissue while having a meditative element.
This is a challenging 60 minute yoga class performed in reduced heat that integrates stretching in yoga poses with the added element of strength training with free weights. You will sweat, stretch, and tone up. A challenging work out, appropriate for all levels.
This is the original form of hot yoga, designed with the beginner yoga student in mind. It consists of 26 yoga postures and 2 breathing exercises. Practised in a room heated to 105 degrees F with added humidity, this is a challenging yet very therapeutic yoga class/workout, appropriate for all levels of ability. The class is a wholesome 90 minute moving meditation, known to heal injuries, boost your immune system, help with weight loss, over come depression and increase your flexibility. Be prepared to sweat and work hard!
A 60 minute class dedicated to improving your core and abdominal strength and tone. Pilates improves flexibility, builds strength and develops control and endurance in the entire body. It puts emphasis on alignment, breathing, developing strong abdominal muscles and improving coordination and balance.
HIIT stands for “high intensity interval training” which is a step up from our Functional Mobility class. This 45 minute class is performed in room temperature. It is designed to alternate short periods of intense anaerobic exercise with less intense recovery periods. HIIT is a form of a cardiovascular workout. Be prepared to work hard, get your heart rate up, strengthen/tone your muscles and see RESULTS. This class will incorporate the use of free weights, kettle bells, core work, push ups and other exercises to challenge your body to achieve improved athletic capacity.
A 60 minute class performed to music in reduced heat that integrates elements of Pilates, yoga, dance, ballet, cardio & strength training, while incorporating the ballet barre. Appropriate for all levels, this is a dynamic and high energy class!
The Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series is a traditional, lineage-based Yoga practice that builds sequentially in terms of flexibility and strength as you progress through the series. You will experience inner transformation every time you practice.
Ashtanga Yoga is one of the most powerful, popular and proven methods of Yoga. It involves synchronizing the breath with a progressive series of postures that produce intense internal heat and a purifying sweat that in turn detoxifies muscles and organs. The result is improved circulation, a light and strong body, and a calm mind. This class is taught in room temperature and incorporates many postures to build upper body strength, and spinal flexibility in all directions. Expect plenty of downward dogs!
“Be consistent. A new endeavour requires a period of commitment. At first, you may feel awkward or self-conscious, promise to stick with it.”
– Bikram Choudhury
For thousands of years, cultures throughout the world have enjoyed the many therapeutic benefits of sweating, from the elaborate bath/sauna/exercise complexes of the Romans, to the simple but effective sweat lodge structures of the Scandinavians and the Onsens/hot spring baths of the Japanese. Sweating has proved to be tremendously beneficial to the health of the human body. The yoga room is heated for various reasons. Some of these reasons are as follows:
A healthy nervous system will carry impulses to all the organs of the body — making them function correctly, keeping your immune system strong.”
– Bikram Choudhury
Being well hydrated is essential in the maintenance of good health.
The medical profession, as well as nutritionists, state that the human body requires approximately 1.5L – 2.5L of water each day to promote healthy bodily function.
While practicing yoga in a heated room, your body requires an adequate amount of water to allow perspiration to release heat from the body as you practice. It is suggested that you consume an additional 1.5L – 2.5L of water on the day that you intend to come to class. If your body is sufficiently hydrated, you will be in a better state to tolerate and enjoy the heat.
As well as being well hydrated before class, it is recommended that a bottle of water (at least 500ml) be brought to class with you. Once you have reached a comfort level with the yoga, you will understand your individual body requirements, and will discover the ideal amount of water to satisfy your body’s needs.
If you feel thirsty, then you are already dehydrated!
“The spine is the source of all energy in human life. If you have a good spine, the gods will chase you. Nobody has psychological or emotional problems. Everyone has a bad spine.”
– Bikram Choudhury
Electrolytes are important because they are what your cells (especially nerve, heart, muscle) use to maintain voltages across their cell membranes and to carry electrical impulses (nerve impulses, muscle contractions) across themselves and to other cells. The major electrolytes in the body are: sodium, potassium, chloride, calcium, magnesium, bicarbonate, phosphate and sulphate. When you exercise and perspire heavily, you lose electrolytes in your sweat, particularly sodium and potassium. Your kidneys work to keep the electrolyte concentrations in your blood constant despite changes in your body. Because the very nature of Bikram Yoga is designed to make you perspire, it is very important to replace your electrolytes to keep the electrolyte concentrations of your body fluids constant.
A great natural source of electrolytes is coconut water, or simply adding a pinch of salt, sugar and a squeeze of lemon to your water for class. One cup-full of coconut water contains more electrolytes than most sports drinks and more potassium than a banana. Packages of electrolytes, like Ultima Replenisher are also good ways to replenish your body. Both Ultima Replenisher and Coconut Water can be purchased at the studio.
“Discipline is key. 95% of a practice is simply getting to the studio. A consistent practice is the biggest contributor to a deep practice.”
– Bikram Choudhury
“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”
– Mahatma Ghandi
In order to help cut down on plastic consumption, Bikram Yoga Hamilton Dundas is plastic water bottle free!
We encourage you to bring a reusable bottle with you to class and fill it up using our complimentary, high quality carbon water filter. If you do not have a reusable bottle, recyclable paper cups and Hydro Flask (insulated) water bottles are available for purchase at the front desk.
Lonwood Performa Flooring
Made from partially recycled material. It features an anti-fatigue, cushioned-step, closed-cell foam-backing that is designed specifically for fitness facilities and hot yoga. It is ergonomically designed, sound absorbing and helps prevent injuries. It provides microbial resistance to ensure that the floor is kept 100% clean and free of bacteria.
All paints in the studio are either low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) or VOC free.
All yoga mats for sale and rent are 100% biodegradable, recyclable, non-toxic (PVC, latex & Chloride free), and moisture resistant (antibacterial).
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Bikram Yoga International Headquarters.
Parking: There is free parking in our yoga studio parking lot. In the event it
fills up, there are numerous parking lots nearby, and plenty of street parking.
“I’ve done many other forms of yoga and Bikram by far is the most challenging and wholesome yoga ever!! It supports complete physical, mental and self challenge every single class and throughout every posture. Studio is clean, staff is friendly and so are the attending members. The only thing I regret is not having discovered this form of yoga sooner in life. This is my daily reward in life. Thank you Bikram Yoga Hamilton/Dundas !!”
– Claudia R
Since beginning Bikram yoga approximately 6 months ago, I have experienced major relief in back pain. Prior to starting I would wake up at times having difficulty doing day to day activities due to the severe pain in my sciatic nerve. After trying chiropractors, physiotherapists, massage therapists and various medications, this yoga is one of the only activities that has provided long lasting relief. This yoga is truly for everyone and anyone. I would recommend it to beginners right up to experienced yogis.
When I first went to BYHD I was immediately drawn in by the amazing way I felt afterward and the friendliness and openness of the staff at the studio. Not only did Bikram Yoga help whip me into shape for my wedding, it also gave me a sense of how the things I consume can really affect the way I feel (the heat and postures are like a healing magnifying glass for all of your maladies!) I was also able to participate in a 30 day yoga challenge during one of the toughest month-long examinations of my PhD and I think I would have lost my mind to stress had I not taken those 90 minutes out of each day to bring everything back to my mind and body. Everyone should give Bikram Yoga a try, and there are no better people than the happy smiling faces at BYHD to guide you through!
I have always suffered from a skin condition where my pores house an abundance of protein from the body called Keratosis Pilaris. As I have aged, my condition has worsened. The heat of the Bikram practice room saw my pores open and empty. After three classes, I experienced a transformation in the texture of my skin. I have done hot yoga before but believe the room was never hot enough to effect change. With Bikram, my skin is amazing. I have experienced so many positive changes practicing Bikram, both mentally and physically. At Bikram Yoga Dundas/Hamilton, the atmosphere and sense of community only adds to the practice. It’s a comfortable and not judging space and that , my fellow yogis, is priceless.
When I suffered a meniscus tear in my knee playing tennis I decided to try Bikram Yoga assuming that hot yoga will be therapeutic. I was in for a surprise as I got the best work out, toning and detox in 90 minutes. I was hooked. I attend bikram sessions at least once a week. Having tried other studios, my favorite is this studio as the teachers are gentle, friendly yet tough. I have lost some of my belly fat and weight my knees are better than ever and I feel much younger than my retirement age. A session at bikram is the best detox therapy leaving me calm, meditative and relaxed.
I have been practising Bikram Yoga for almost a year and the benefits and changes have been remarkable. I have had pain in my shoulder and lower back for many years in spite of working out; and most recently my knees. Bikram yoga has been the only practice to finally really get into the scar tissue and improve my range of motion. It has regulated my sleep and ability to deal with stress.
The instructors are knowledgeable, very friendly and genuinely care about each person’s practice and this is demonstrated in class as they help and correct postures. Bikram Yoga has benefited all aspects of my life, the added bonus- my waistline and legs are looking good!