BOZENA DIAK – Owner, Instructor and Director of BBYC
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!
ALEX PAREDES – Instructor
Hi, my name is Alejandro Paredes or (Alex) for all my friends. I Have been practicing Bikram yoga for more than 6 years. My teacher training was in Las Vegas 2010, and I having been teaching non stop from then. As a Bikram yoga teacher I want to share this passion for Bikram Yoga and the belief in its ability to affect positive changes in peoples live.
Just like many students who are regular Bikram Yogi’s, I have my own story to share in how I started my yoga practice. I used to be a runner in which I competed in different races from half marathons to full marathons. I had a professional trainer to improve my running technique and I studied to become a stronger runner. After all my training and acquiring a love for running, my body said enough and I started having major problems with my left knee to the point I could not run or walk without pain. It was affecting all aspects of my life. I tried different ways to fix it including physio, and chiropractic assistance as well as other forms of exercise, but Bikram yoga is the one form that helped me to get back to normal. The simple practice of 90 minutes in a hot room helped me regain my confidence to complete the Toronto Marathon in 2008 and two years later I became Certified Bikram yoga instructor.
In 2011, I competed in the annual Bhishnu Ghosh yoga asana competition and I got second place. Being in second place for the eastern regionals, I had the opportunity to go to California and meet amazing people who have the same passion that I had. From there I did not stop learning.
I have also completed and received my certification to perform the Raynor Technique of Therapeutic Massage in April 2012 which is a type of 90 minute massage which incorporates a number of different styles of massage from head to toe.
As a friend I invite you to come to experience a Bikram Yoga class for yourself.
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.
MAY LIVELY- Instructor
I’m May. I was first introduced to Bikram yoga in 2009. 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
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 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.
I hope that through yoga, my students become transformed to lead healthy, purposeful lives, to celebrate the process of growth. Namaste everyone.
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.
“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