Yoga is the ancient Indian science of self-discipline.
The Sanskrit word yoga means union, and yoga practice is a path of self-exploration that
unites the mind, body, and spirit, enabling you to discover your best self.
People come to Kamloops Hot Yoga to become stronger, more flexible and relieve stress, but they stay because they are inspired to be the best version of themselves.
Yoga is a lifetime prescription for overall health. It balances the body, from the inside out. You look better because you are healthier, not just because you are focusing on the visible outer layer, but because your internal systems, organs and glands are functioning better.
Take your time to browse through this website to fully inform yourself on how this yoga practice is all you have been seeking. We are an inclusive and accessible studio. All bodies are welcome here.
Hot yoga is simply yoga performed in a heated room. Performing yoga in the heat is a practice that is becoming ever more celebrated, popularized by a variety of styles of hatha yoga.
Types of Hot Yoga
Series Classes -Traditional Hot & Mukti - These classes are recommended for beginners and exerienced yogis alike. The repetition of postures over time help develop strength, flexibility, stamina and calming of the mind. This remarkable experience will last for 60/75/90 minutes with the first half consisting of a breathing exercise (pranayama), warm up postures and balancing series and then followed by the floor series performing the spine strengthening postures, graduated extension, compression and stretching postures and the final breathing exercise (kapalbhati). Our Mukti Yoga is inspired by the Moksha Yoga series. Each teacher will bring their own unique experience and personality to their teaching. Often a teacher will set a theme for a class - for example being more aware of your breath, or building the core muscles of the abdomen.
Flow Yoga - Is a vigorous style of yoga (connecting movement with breath) which utilizes heat, proper alignment and flowing movement from one posture to the next; building strength, stability, flexibility, stamina and full-body integration. This class is not recommended for beginners. Flow yoga is a dynamic, energizing form of exercise that sculpts, hones and tones every muscle in the body.
Hot Classic Hatha - In a Hot Classic Hatha Yoga class you will experience a variety of yoga postures. The classes revolve around a physical theme of the body; for example, hip opening, forward bending, lateral stretching, spinal twisting.The crafted class then moves through warm-ups and related postures to allow you to find your potential in targeted theme postures. In the class you will experience flows and static postures. The class offers adaptations for students with limited and exceptional flexibility to allow for all students - beginner or more experienced - to find success. Core strength is a necessity for posture development, so each class will also include a core work component. For those looking for further yogic insight, the class will offer the option to utilize mind and breath exercises to use during postures to bring your physical practice to a new level. The class will close with a guided final relaxation to allow the body to cleanse and fully relax and help you prepare for the rest of your day.
Yin Yoga - The other types of yoga described above are examples of a yang yoga practice a very muscularly active using postures (asanas) to strengthen and elongate muscles. Yin is best described as the opposite of yang - yang is hot, yin is cool, yang is fast, yin is slow. Yin yoga does not specifically target the muscle tissue rather it is the bones, ligaments, joint capsules and fascia that get the focus. Primarily the postures focus on the spine, hips and legs. Yin is wonderful for a stiff body and a busy mind. Yin is not done at the same temperature as the other classes at the studio, just at or slightly above room temperature in order to best facilitate getting into the yin tissues. Dressing in layers is recommended if you are more accustomed to practicing in the hot room.
Hatha to Yin - is a combination class starting with a Hatha Class and finishing with a Yin Class
Restorative Yoga - is a form of yoga that seeks to achieve physical, mental and emotional relaxation with the aid of props. The use of props makes it easier for you to maintain balance while you are stimulating and relaxing your body. While some restorative yoga poses are beneficial to the entire body, others target specific parts of the body, such as the heart or lungs.
Core Yoga - Core yoga classes will bring awareness, strength, and balance to the overall body core. The exercises lengthen the muscles while toning, strengthening and improving mobility. "Core" does not only refer to your abdominal muscles, but it relates to the core muscles in your arms and legs also. All levels welcome!
Yoga Sculpt - is a total body workout, Yoga Sculpt classes are designed to tone and sculpt every major muscle group. This class complements your regular yoga practice, while boosting your metabolism and pushing your strength and flexibility to new heights. Free weights are added to your yoga class creating resistance and intensifying each pose. Strength-training exercises such as squats, lunges, bicep curls and triceps curls are incorporated to build lean muscle mass. You will see visible results in your body. This class is not recommended for beginners.
Barre Classes - integrate elements of Pilates, ballet, yoga and strength training into a challenging and fun full-body workout.
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Please note that ALL membership packages are non-refundable and non-transferable.
Our Yoga Studios are purpose built especially for hot yoga.
We use state of the art climate control to keep the yoga room at the optimal temperature & humidity for hot yoga.
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We believe Kamloops Hot Yoga can benefit everyone when adopted as a lifestyle practice, and as such improves the quality of one's life. By making yoga accessible to EVERYONE, regardless of age or fitness level, through extensive practice offerings and classes to meet any schedule, Kamloops Hot Yoga strives to increase awareness and widespread adoption of yoga.
Kamloops Hot Yoga's mission is to touch as many lives as possible with the power and wisdom of Yoga. We recognize Yoga as an ancient tradition, capable of enriching all aspects of modern life. Through accessible, extensive class offerings, workshops & private instruction options; our mission is to introduce everyone to the adventurous journey of yoga and all the magic that follows.
Kamloops Hot Yoga encourages each individual's personal growth while fostering a sense of community and friendship. We will keep our prices as affordable as possible while drawing on the best teachers available. We respect and honour all of our teachers and students, past, present and future. They have guided us to where we are now and will be in the future.
Certifications: 200 Hatha/Raja Yoga certification 2000, 80 hour Y Hot yoga certification 2012, 50 hour Yin Yoga certification 2013
What can students expect from my class:
I bring into the room 25 years of dedication to the practice and study of yoga and 14 years of teaching yoga. My worldly travels and meditations have shown me the value of silence and space in yoga practice. I try to hold that space to allow for everyone to explore their practice to their fullest potential. Everyone coming into my class has traveled down their own personal road to the get to today’s yoga class. I celebrate the variation in the room and try to support everyone’s journey. I always endeavour inspire students to be the best yogi they can be in class today. Keeping in mind, the mantra that today’s class is platform for tomorrow’s class. My hope is that everyone will learn something about yoga and/or themselves in every class I teach and their life will be enriched by this process.
Yoga has been such a part of my life for so long, I can’t imagine a day without practice, breath or yogic philosophy as a basis for my daily decisions. My journey to understand the underlying yogic philosophy has lead me to sit in silence for 10 days, twice. Wear our “Yoga with Yogi Hari” cassette tapes. It has taken me to Nepal and India. It had given me the tools to birth my children in my home, then mindfully raise them. It has allowed me turn a passion into profession in Ontario and here in Kamloops. Throughout the years, I have had the honour to be in the presence of some of today’s modern masters of yoga. The way they move through life is almost surreal and has inspired my journey on this path to see the glimmers of light and love that they see.
I came from a sports background with many injuries so yoga was something that I could do every day without feeling pain. But luckily for me it became much more of important practice than that.
What are your future goals?
I eventually would like to teach Hatha one day, but I am in no hurry because I am just happy being a student of yoga at the moment and otherwise I’d like to be working for event planning within sporting events of festivals.
200 Hour Power Vinyasa Flow , Yin Yoga, Yoga Silks, 200 Hour Hatha
What can students expect in my class?
Playful, entertaining, fun, exciting, thrilling, exhilarating, action-packed, stirring, rousing, stimulating, intoxicating, electrifying, invigorating; gripping, compelling, powerful, dramatic … this is how practice feels like these days and I wish nothing less for my students to experience that same exhilaration. I want them to walk away feeling lighter, stronger, a person who is better then they were when they come into class.
Yoga moves me in ways no other exercise does. It connects me to my thoughts and feelings, and awakens my spirit. It lets me be a child again and the same time helps me grow as a person. I believe in challenging myself in every practice to learn something new about who I am. That process of engaging the body, mind, emotions and spirit is healing and empowering and
is the essence of what I seek to share in every class. For me, yoga is not about using my body to learn poses. It's about using poses to learn about my body. Through that process I learn about my mind and how that connects me to my Spirit and the Spirit World.
Certifications: Absolute Hot Yoga RYT 200HR, Semperviva Vinyasa Yoga
What Students can Expect in my class?
I love leading vigorous but playful classes. I wholeheartedly believe that on average, most people have too much stress and negativity in their lives. So, when they come to class, I want to relieve some of that and replace it with some deep soul, a greater inner connection, and some good old fashioned fun. Similarly, to give students some time to slow down, I try to regularly leave a decent amount of time for a deep, quiet and introspective cool down at the end of class. I want students to feel revitalized for the rest of their day!
“Like attracts like and opposites heal,” a mantra I embrace as a result of having yoga in my life. I always thought to be ‘successful,’ a person had to accomplish an endless list of things each day and that this would define you as a person. Yoga helped to slow me down, create a pathway of self acceptance, and develop more compassion for those I love. I constantly show up on my mat and open myself to the lessons of yoga, including being present and content with all that I am blessed with in this life.
I began practicing yoga in 2010, and havent looked back since! Initially I went to class for the physical benefits, however I soon realized that my mental and spiritual health had improved immensely as well. Yogas' ability to transform the mind, body and soul has changed my life in numerous ways; from my own self-awareness to my relationships with others. In September 2012 I completed Prana Yoga Colleges' 200hr teacher training in Hatha yoga. It was one of the most significant and transformative times in my life. During my training I had the opportunity to learn from Shakti Mhi a teacher who has literally dedicated her life to teach others the beauty and power of traditional Hatha yoga. My training has given me the ability to teach others the asanas (postures) with a focus on safety, alignment and breath in a knowledgeable way and has provided me the tools to help others realize their full potential through their yoga practice. My goal as an instructor is to inspire, encourage and educate my students on their journey along the path of yoga.
What are your certifications: RYT-200hr Hatha
What can students expect from your classes:
My classes are safe environment to explore what yoga has to off you, with a mix of foundations and challenges, it’s about listening to your body and what it is asking for. You can expect to be encouraged to not shy away from challenging yourself. When all is said and done I aim to bring a light-heartedness with some smiles and giggles.
Yoga has helped me move through various life challenges. When I am on my mat, it’s a place to be myself and listen to my needs. I enjoy the various sides of yoga and how they have all challenged me when I needed it most. This space where I can play, move, fail, rest and learn; which leaves me always wanting more time on my mat.
200 hour Y Yoga -Y Hot Series
What will students will expect in your class?
Students can expect to work on finding the balance between effort and easy through proper alignment and breath, and practice each posture at their own personal limit. A focused mind is a yogic mind and I encourage people to find that focus and dedication to their yoga practice.
Yoga has given me the flexibility and core strength to maintain my activities at a level that makes me happy and somewhat pain free. Practicing yoga has given me the time to clear my mind and refocus on what is truly important in my life. In addition, I am learning balance not just on the mat, but in my life. It is these experiences that I want to be able to share with others.
Training Certifications: RYT-800; B.Sc., Kinesiologist & Yoga Therapist; Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Yin and Yoga for Youth
What can students expect from your class?
Explore your body in different ways and rediscover your self.. Over the 8+ years of teaching various styles, I've kept to the fundamentals of Ashtanga Vinyasa, interweaving occasionally awkward, yet fun poses, yoga philosophy, and a little yin at the end to balance the body. I teach classes with a kinesiological approach and have broadened offerings through therapeutic programs and workshops throughout the community. My focus is to assist students as individuals - finding the optimal asana for their individual body, providing education and guidance, helping students to deepen their practice with a big smile.
I first began practicing yoga over 15 years ago while studying Human Kinetics in university, yoga was a means for relaxation and mental focus. I started my Kinesiology practice with sports conditioning, but was drawn more to helping those with injury and chronic disease - shifting my focus to cardiac rehab, mental health and chronic pain. With a deep love for yoga and I decided to tie it all together, combining my Kinesiology background with the Yoga Therapy Program. My last venture to India pulled me deeper into Ashtanga Vinyasa and opened my eyes wider to Ayurveda and the therapeutics of yoga in healing the body. Upon my return I studied Yin, now offering both Yin and Yang - a therapeutic balance for students. Yoga is a means to explore the body, to truly get to know it, teaching acceptance, appreciation and so much more.. Endless gratitue and appreciation for my many amazingly talented and inspiring teachers: Bernie Clarke, Diana Batts, Priya Jhawar & Darshan Sahal, Noah Maze, Baron Baptiste, Doug Swenson, Kino MacGregor, and Marianne Wells.
Certifications: 500 hr YTT Moksha yoga, mindfulness training with Ishaya monks, Massage Therapy
What you can expect from my class:
Its important to me to provide a safe space, free of judgements, for students to have an hour or so to take time to connect to their needs. Students are encouraged first and foremost to practice from a place of authenticity, listening to their own innate wisdom from what they need. Sometimes this means burning up some extra energy in challenging poses, or maybe it means savasana for half the class! That's different for each person, each time they practice. Be sure that if you want a challenge one will safely, and lovingly with a focus on alignment be provided to you!
I have loved yoga since 2005, after finding it as a therapeutic outlet to injuries incurred from competitive gymnastics and rowing. I have stayed with it because of how it's transformed my life on and off the mat. Above all else, I still believes a yoga practice should be therapeutic and nourishing for the mind and body. My interest in anatomy grew from a biology class taken at the University of Waterloo, Ontario. During this time I was practicing Moksha yoga, and stumbled onto an opportunity to take a 500 hr Moksha YTT in 2010 in Montreal with Ted Grand, and Jess Robertson. A thirst for adventure and mountain air carried me to Kamloops, and after completing an extensive 2 year massage therapy course in Cambridge, Ontario, I am very happy to be back and sharing my love and knowledge of anatomy and health with the Kamloops hot yoga family.
Training Certifications: 200 Hour Absolute Hot Yoga, Rainbow Kids Yoga: Yoga for Kids and Families
What students can expect from my classes:
The fine folks who created the "Absolute" traditional hot style that I teach call our series "Bikram with a twist!" So, in that regard, you can expect my traditional hot classes to offer consistency and discipline for students of all levels and abilities, which allows for opportunities to recognize areas of growth/improvement. In addition to a disciplined regimen--and perhaps in contrast with such--students can expect me to shimmy in some energetic and light-hearted enthusiasm and perhaps a few attempts at humour, which hopefully help to relax a little and maybe even have some fun!
In my kids yoga classes I emphasize the importance of letting go, being yourself, being open minded, being connected, being creative, being silly, and just being a kid! Partner/group yoga, acro, games, yoga art projects, meditation, breathing, and relaxation& visualization are all part of our kids yoga adventure! We might go on an African safari or a magic carpet ride or partake in a yoga obstacle course or scavenger hunt..but one thing's for sure: we'll have fun while we learn about yoga, the world, each other, and ourselves! And of course, the kids are given a chance to take a break from our sometimes overtly stimulating daily lives and given time to just relax.
I could go on and on about all the great things that yoga has provided me with and how it's changed my life for the better, because it has. Yoga is AMAZING. Yet, rather than ramble on about how yoga is everything that's right and good in the world, I encourage all to give it an honest try (regularly and consistently with an open mind/heart for at least a few weeks) and then ask yourself: why NOT yoga? I'm sure you'll see that that is a much more difficult question to answer.
Training Certifications: 200 hour Yoga Passage, 80 hour Yhot yyoga, 500 hour Akhanda yoga Yogi Vishvketu
What can students expect from your class? In my classes I emphasize connection to breath, to self, to sensation and to the present moment.
My traditional hot classes follow a set sequence to help you deepen your postures through repetition and discipline. My flow classes are playful and fun, with a different sequence and focus each week. My restorative classes provide deep relaxation and comfort in a warm and supportive environment.
Why Yoga? I began yoga as a drama student and found it tremendously helpful in a stressful time. Over the next few years my practice was irregular and I started to recognize a pattern. Times when I didn’t find much time for practice my back hurt, I worried a lot, I became crankier and more self-conscious but less self-aware. When I practiced several times a week I was pain free, more relaxed, more confident, happier and approached life optimistically with an open mind and heart. I believe that yoga brings us closer to our true selves, the joyful, open, confident, and most importantly deeply connected self that is at the core of each of us.
Training certifications: RHYT-200 and Restorative
What can students expect from your class: Students can expect an escape, I want them to see their mat as a private oasis where they are encouraged to let go of life's heaviness - become lighter. My intention is for students to soften through breath but also find that physical intensity that taps into discipline and confidence. I truly love every class that I can serve my students, by guiding them through inspiring, uplifting and regenerative classes.
Over the last 16 years my practice has been, and remains, a place I can depend on to find clarity, peace and centering. I love how my body and mind feel after class and whatever I am going through in life seems more manageable. After many years of working in business, my desire for a more balanced lifestyle led me to becoming a yoga teacher. It is rewarding in so many ways and I continue to love my yoga journey.
I started a Bikram yoga practice in 2005 and was 'hooked' after my first class. After having a consistent practice for two and half years I took a leave from my job as a social worker and went to Honolulu, Hawaii in 2007 where I completed the Bikram's (500) hour teacher training. In November 2009 I completed the YogaKids (32) hour Foundations training. In October 1-30th, 2010 I attended and completed the wonderful, intense Moksha Yoga teacher training in Montreal. November 2013 I refreshed my hot training in Mexico with Tony Sanchez. Moving from hot training to the not hot - yin - in 2010 I completed a 50 hour yin training with Bernie Clark and in 2011 further yin training with Paul & Suzee Grilley. Moving from hottest most movement to less heat and more stillness in May 2014 I participated in a Yoga Nidra training through Semper Viva in Vancouver.
I love yoga and believe yoga is for everybody - the young and the old and in between.
“Whether you are sick or weak, young, old or even very old, you can succeed in yoga if you practice diligently” (Hatha Yoga Pradipika). Yoga is a 'practice' not a ‘perfect’ – so every day in the room is a different day. I invite you to come and practice with us – mindfully, joyfully, diligently and without judgment. All are welcome at Kamloops Hot Yoga. Namaste.
I went to my first Hot Yoga class in 2003 at the advice of one of the personal trainers of Gold's Gym where I had been a member of for the past (15) years. I had several chronic sports injuries that would not heal. I had separated my shoulder from diving incorrectly from the high-dive platform at the Canada Games Pool. I had also hurt my other shoulder from lifting heavy weights at the gym. I reluctantly went to my first Bikram Hot Yoga class and suffered through several classes as my shoulders slowly begin to heal. After (30) classes or so the pain was gone and after (6) months of regular practice my full range of motion was restored.
It was about one year later that I started taking the Hot Yoga classes seriously and started to come more often which resulted in many sick-free and injury-free years.
I completed the Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in the Fall of 2007 with the goal of someday opening a Hot Yoga Studio.
I refreshed my Hot Training again in November 2013 with Tony Sanchez in Mexico
I look forward to seeing you come visit us at Kamloops Hot Yoga and hopefully you will find a home with us as you discover your own reasons for doing Hot Yoga
Certifications: 200-hr Hatha Certification from Semperviva, YHot, Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative
What students can expect from my class -
My classes are light-hearted and authentic. I encourage my students to connect with their breath, and dive into their practice not only physically, but also mentally, emotionally and spiritually. My Traditional Hot classes are quite structured, whereas my hatha and flow classes are a little bit more dynamic and playful, and my yin and restorative classes are very relaxed and inward-focused. I love variety, and believe in teaching my students to honour their body and let go of expectations, because every day is different, and every day in the yoga room is a different experience!
Yoga is where I get to express myself. It calms my mind, teaches me to love my body, and helps me connect with my soul. Yoga has peeled off layers of me. It is constantly teaching me, and I am inspired to share what I learn with my students.