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News and Events: June

There are some great things cooking in hot rooms around Toronto  this summer, and we’ve got a list of this month’s hottest events.

In Toronto…

Sunday July 13th 6:30pm

Bikram Yoga Centre in partnership with Tim Ledger is doing a fundraiser class for the Friends for Life Bike Rally for the Toronto People with AIDS Foundation.

$30 gets you a week of unlimited yoga ($20 going to charity).

Click here for more info.

30 Day Challenges…

Bikram Red Tree

continues its challenge with challengers completing their 30 days on the 15th of June.

Bikram Yoga Toronto

kicked off their 30 Day challenge June 1st and is offering a special on the one month membership at $125 (tax in), it’s not too late to sign up!

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Teaching Clinic: Bikram Burn-Out

For all the eager trainees coming into the last weeks of teacher training, it is nearly impossible to imagine feeling stagnant and uninspired by Bikram Yoga. But for even the most devout teachers, after teaching for a few years (or months) burn-out is hard reality.

Joseph Encinia teaching photo: Bennie Shapiro

In a community that embraces, promotes, and rewards daily practice, doubles and a full immersion into all that is yoga, not feeling love for the practice becomes a burden that many carry in silence.

Vesna Jarcevic, owner of Bikram Yoga Red Tree thinks it is important to consider how burn-out effects us as teachers. “How are we going to explain to our students how to stay in the yoga room, or with Bikram Yoga for years, if we as teachers are having the same problem?” she asks.

For many, the answer is not always simple. In the Fall 2005 Teacher Training, Craig Villani said that most Bikram Yoga teachers burn-out after two years. Many leave teaching for other pursuits, scale back their classes or begin teaching other forms of yoga.  Still, there are those push to persevere through their doubts and seek ways to regain their inspiration.

Senior Bikram Yoga Teacher Diane Ducharme, recently identified three causes of burn-out on her “Bikram Yoga For You” Facebook forum :

  1. Teaching too many classes per week, sometimes out of necessity. Everyone has a number of classes they can COMFORTABLY and JOYFULLY teach. Stick to that if possible. You can always do more on a TEMPORARY basis, but take care of yourself first.
  2. Not maintaining a personal practice OR practicing too much like these 100 day challenges. First, take care of yourself.
  3. The most important one I’ve found is not teaching with the dialogue. This by far is the biggest reason teachers burn out. They go in there every day and “make it up.” That requires a tremendous amount of energy. Saying the dialogue is not only a meditation for the student, but also for the teacher. When you are not feeling your best physically, you can, with little effort, get in there for 90 minutes and say the dialogue and teach a very safe and good class.

A fourth reason why many teachers get burnt out is professional conflict. Spending a lot of time at the studio surrounded by co-workers often blurs lines of professionalism, making it difficult not to take things personally. This, coupled with low job security can make it personally challenging to deal with certain situations. If at all possible, it is important to communicate clearly with co-workers and owners and teach in studios with a positive work environment (often easier said than done).

For different reasons, falling back in love with the yoga can take time, patience and perseverance. Here are some tips from Toronto’s senior teachers about overcoming burn-out.


“Practice, practice, practice. The more I practice the more I love it. It helps the teacher/student connection while teaching, making it more meaningful for everyone involved.”Jocelyn Doyle, Bikram Yoga Toronto

When you get bored looking at the canvas,  it is often from focusing on the canvas as a whole.

In that moment step in, examine at a micro level, and find the one brush stroke that really grabs you. One that seems brand new- though you know you’ve seen it a million times. With this new-found clarity and understanding something seemingly small but exciting, you can start from scratch. And once again, you can behold something grand unfold on canvas before you.

What may seem daunting is the search of finding that first stroke.

But it is there; perhaps to be found in a word, sentence, or idea in the dialogue, a change within your own practice, or inspiration justly drawn from a student’s growth or accomplishments.

When you do find this new bud, growth begins again, and behind it may lie a whole new field of flowers …or as my pal Sting always tries to ram down my throat, perhaps even “Fields of GOLD.”Damien Smith, Co-Owner Bikram Yoga Toronto


Read Books.
Attend Seminars.
There is never enough time to say it all in 90 minutes!!
If you get “burnt out” or Bored..
Then YOU are BORING!!!!
Namaste’

Janice Guertin, Owner Bikram Yoga Forest Hill


I’m gonna sound like a Bikram broken record but….GO BAAAACK. Seriously, hitting up TT, a seminar or anytime with Boss has been the #1 revitalization in my teaching career. – Dana Moore, Co-Owner Bikram Yoga Toronto


Add a little GIN to your water bottle lie down at the front of the room in savasana and start teaching… Just kidding!

Some times we feel burnt out, but you have to remember why you are there: to help all the cranky, burnt out, lazy students that walk in that room. No matter how bunt out we are, our students are normally more burnt out than us!

As a teacher it’s always a good idea to tell your self you’re awesome because some one will always have something bitchy to say about your class. No matter what, love yourself and do the best you can that day! David Mook, Teacher: Bikram Yoga Toronto, Bikram Yoga Forest Hill, Bikram Yoga Centre

Visit Bikram studios other than the one(s) you’re usually at and take a variety of other teachers’ classes not only in the city where you live, but especially whenever you travel.
You’ll keep in good shape on vacations and gain many valuable insights from the variety of teachers’ experiences and knowledge you encounter all over the world! You’ll also be able to steal many many great jokes and pawn them off as your own.
Andrea Blakey, Teacher: Bikram Yoga Toronto, Bikram Yoga Forest Hill, Bikram Yoga Centre


My advice:

Accept that we are bored and have nothing anything against it.

To stay teaching (like to stay in the room when it is hot) and still be useful to those who need us

To get entertained by how bored we are and not to judge ourselves for it until the boredom disappears, and it will!

It will go the same way as it came.

-Vesna Jarcevic, Co-Owner Bikram Yoga Red Tree


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Studio Sneak Peek: Bikram Yoga Red Tree

Located in Etobicoke, Ontario, Bikram Yoga Red Tree is the labor of love of Seema Mistry and Vesna Jarcevic. This space, beautifully designed by Vesna’s industrial-designer husband, allows students and staff to interact in a positive and airy space.

As students enter they are greeted by the spacious lobby and beautiful artwork on the walls. All the lights face the walls helping to add to the warm atmosphere.

The lobby from the perspective of the mens change-room.

 

The beautiful studio space, with bamboo flooring. One of the most innovative features of the studio is the forced air heating system the ducts of which are all in the floor.

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NEWS: Esak Garcia Seminar at Bikram Yoga Red Tree

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The 30 Day Debate…what do you think?

Last week, teacher Paul Askew created quite the stir and debate on Facebook about the 30 Challenge. Here is a peek at what went down. OMB wants to know what you think about the 30 Day Challenge…

The comment that started it all:

Paul : I was just pondering the 30 day challenge. Isn’t it 30 DAYS? Not 30 classes? So, shouldn’t it be 30 consecutive days — not 30 classes whenever I can fit them in? It’s not called the “30 Class Challenge” after-all!

Summer: A purist. I like it!

Carola: Yeah, I have actually ALWAYS wondered that too

Annie: Actually, Senior Semantics, the terminology is “30 classes in 30 days” now shortened to be called the “30 day challenge.”

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Diary of a Yogi: Andrew’s Dialogue Dreams

by Andrew Moniz

Teacher Andrew Moniz of Bikram Yoga Red Tree, Forest Hill and Bloor comes to us fresh after his vacation to Cuba to share with us his Diary of a Yogi…

When one decides to become a Bikram Yoga teacher they make a commitment to attend Teacher Training. Led under the supervision of Bikram Choudury and his family teacher training is a grueling nine week affair that brings people together from around the world for one sole purpose: Bikram Yoga.

A big portion of the curriculum is learning the dialogue, word for word, verbatim (in class you hear your teachers spitting out dialogue for 90 minutes). The main purpose of the dialogue is to get students in and out of the 26 postures safely and take you out your “monkey mind” for the 90 minutes you spend in the hot room.

During the 9-week journey you eat, breathe and shit dialogue!

It becomes drilled into your DNA.

Before I went to training all my teachers would warn me about “dialogue dreams.” I heard stories of people talking dialogue in their sleep, or having crazy dreams of teaching yoga classes in full dialogue!

Lucie, one of Toronto’s teachers, told me she used to wake up in the middle of the night in half moon pose! Sure enough, many of my peers experienced these “dialogue dreams” but not I. So I just thought…

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