BOZENA DIAK – Owner, Instructor and Director of BYBC
I began practicing Bikram Yoga in 2010 in Toronto. It was an intensive physical exercise with a teacher who was more like a personal trainer. I had a wonderful feeling of well – being.
I was hooked! My experience with Bikram Yoga is that it is healing, relieves stress and causes a gain of energy. It is the best form of yoga for any age or physical condition. I believe that Bikram Yoga works.
“As long as you try, you will still get benefits but you have to try.” – Bikram Choudhury
I became a Certified Bikram Yoga Teacher in spring 2012. My goal is to help as many people as I can through practicing Bikram Yoga.
See You soon in Hot Room!
MARIA BERNAL – Instructor
Maria discovered Bikram Yoga in 2008. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing, however, it was her experience with Bikram Yoga that changed her life’s path. She quickly felt at home after her first class in 2008 at Bikram Yoga Toronto East. It was a year of so many struggles and loss, but her practice kept her strong on all levels: physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. It seems like her life’s breakdowns became her breakthroughs through her practice. She fully explored this discipline at the Teacher Training Fall 2009- and once again allowed herself to be transformed. She currently teaches with passion, positive energy, and understanding of yoga’s profound impact to so many people. She is most inspired by her mother , Linda and Aunt Teresa’s regular yoga practice-both proponents of famous saying” you are never too old, never too sick, never too tired to start from scratch again”. Maria is also a certified Kid’s yoga teacher. She would like to witness yoga be part of many communities and all stages of life.
JOHN DADOSKY – Instructor
John Dadosky discovered hot yoga in 2003 and has never looked back. He completed training at the Bikram Yoga Headquarters in LA and began teaching in 2005. For him, the hot room is a greenhouse for the body, mind and spirit. It provides the perfect balance to his life in the university.
MARINA JANKOVIC – Instructor
Early in her teens Marina became intrigued with natural ways of preserving health and longevity. In her twenties, she discovered Hatha yoga and the amazing connection of the body, mind, and the power of breath. Later in her life she was seriously injured in a car crash. Shattered pelvis, collapsed lung, and other internal injuries meant grim prognoses for full recovery. After months of rehabilitation she discovered Bikram yoga. There was something amazingly powerful and intense about it. It encompassed all the principles she adopted on her quest for health. With regular practice she was able to fully recover. Bikram yoga became a permanent part of her life by becoming certified teacher in 2003. Life put her through another test in 2012. An assault left her with fractured knee and a serious eye injury. Again, it took the power of Bikram yoga for physical, and even more for emotional healing. Today, she continues to teach and practice.
KASIA HLADICH – Instructor
Kasia’s journey with yoga began in 2012 when she started her Bikram practice in Hamilton Ontario. She fell in love with the practice and how it made her feel. Having struggled with some anxiety and depression she found that not only did yoga make her feel strong and balanced physically but mentally as well. Her relationship with food and her own body improved in a short amount of time. Even without having practiced for a long time, she could tell that this yoga was going to be a big part of her life.
Several months later, she found herself somewhat unexpectedly moving to a small town. She was concerned about losing her practice but decided she would be dedicated to making it to the nearest
studio and supplementing with a home practice. Never quite finding her footing in this small town, and missing the studio environment she quit her job and moved to Toronto in August 2015 for the sole purpose of getting back in touch with her practice and herself. By September she found herself at Teacher Training in Thailand! Going from practicing alone in her washroom, to being surrounded by 333 yogis was an amazing, surreal experience. Kasia is excited to share the practice that means so much to her as she continues to discover more about her own practice and self.
MAY LIVELY – Instructor
Passion, determination, and dedication – the core values that May lives by. Born in Hong Kong and raised in Toronto, she has always looked to these core values for guidance in her life. May’s love for adventure and travelling has led her to live in major cities such as Bangkok, Shanghai and Hong Kong. Despite moving around the world throughout her life, the practice of yoga has always kept her grounded.
May’s passion for yoga has led her to deepen her study in Los Angeles, USA. She attended the physically intense and spiritually fulfilling task of Bikram’s Yoga College of India Teacher Training in 2012. Since becoming certified, May has been on a personal quest to dive deep into the knowledge and philosophies of Hatha yoga, she studied Anatomy to learn about injury prevention, alignments and proper adjustments while she had the opportunity to travel to Shanghai last year. She has had the honour of teaching in Shanghai and Beijing. Visiting Bikram studios from Canada to Thailand and China in between. She believes that teaching Bikram Yoga is not just guiding her students through sequences. It is a continuous process of growing and evolving together.
“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