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Bikram Yoga Express

This class is taught by:

Aki Ohtsuka

Aki graduated from the spring 2014 Bikram yoga teacher training in Los Angeles, California. Upon her completion of the training in June of 2014 she began teaching right away.

Aki came to her first class in January of 2011. She came with the promise that she would burn 1,000 calories! Wow! At the time she was training for half-marathon and completing her accounting degree at the University of Waterloo. Needless to say, the idea of being in a hot room, working hard and sweating for 90 minutes sounded like just her cup of tea.

“I fell in love with Bikram yoga from the first day. I found the yoga at the exact right time in my life. On the outside I looked like I had it all. I was on a really good path in life. However, on the inside things were hard. Insert here….Bikram yoga! The 90 minute class totally turns you upside down. At times it is hard, then exhilarating, then hard again. In one moment you feel like laughing out loud, other moments like crying. My dedicated practice has taught me that no matter how hard something
may seem, it can always be overcome if you never give up, believing with your whole heart that you can get through it.”

As a teacher, she creates a safe space for all of her students. Expect to be greeted like a long lost friend. On the podium she is encouraging, motivating and intense. She offers a strong, consistent, refreshing class.

“My goal as a teacher is to empower my students. This yoga is so transformative. There is nothing more rewarding for me, than to watch my students transform and see them glow from the inside out.”

David Tiviluk

Guiding Teacher, Owner/Director Bikram Yoga Kitchener-Waterloo
David was voted “Best Yoga Teacher” in the Waterloo Region in both the 2009 and 2010 ECHO Reader’s Choice Awards. He began practicing yoga at the age of 16 at a yoga studio across the street from his high school and thus began a life-long love affair with Eastern spiritual practices and philosophy. He has an extensive background in Buddhist meditation as well as yoga practice.

Having graduated with an Honours B.A. in English Literature from the University of Toronto, he then completed a Bachelor of Education from McGill University. He spent 13 years as a tree-planter in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia, while attending University and beyond.

It was during his first full year of teaching at an alternative school in Vancouver that he discovered Bikram Yoga. His first class had a profoundly powerful effect on him. Having tried most of the major forms of yoga practice at that time, it was by far the most transformative practice he had ever done: “I had never before experienced such holistic, exhilarating and immediate benefits —physically, emotionally, spiritually – from any yoga practice or any other type of exercise in my life. I was hooked from the first class.” He immediately resolved to become a teacher of this life-transforming series.

David graduated from the Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in the fall of 2003. He taught throughout Canada; Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta and Quebec—as well as in California before opening Bikram Yoga Kitchener-Waterloo on April 12, 2008.

David has a deep passion for and commitment to sharing his love of Bikram Yoga with the public. Posture-by-posture and breath-by-breath he knows from abundant first-hand experience, as well as the testimonials of hundreds, if not thousands of students, the life-transforming and uplifting benefits of a regular Bikram Yoga practice:

“In my teaching, I seek to marry the exhilarating physical, emotional and spiritual benefits of the Bikram practice with a meditative consciousness and direction, whereby each person in the room, regardless of their age, physical and mental condition may leave the room with an uplifted sense of contentment and well-being — ideally with a sense of ease and peace which goes beyond this world.”

Bikram Yoga Express is still 26 Postures and 2 breathing exercises but only 5 of the postures are done twice. 

It has been proven and experienced by millions that these 26 postures systematically work every part of the body, to give all the internal organs, glands, muscles, tendons, and ligaments everything they need to maintain optimum health and functioning. Each component of the series takes care of something different in the body, and yet they all work together synergistically, contributing to the success of every other posture, and extending all of their respective benefits.

Upcoming classes:

  • Wed Jan 23 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Aki Ohtsuka
  • Wed Jan 23 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with David Tiviluk
  • Thu Jan 24 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Rebecca Rose
  • Fri Jan 25 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Petra Sepsi
  • Fri Jan 25 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Ibolya Sepsi
  • Sat Jan 26 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Petra Sepsi
  • Sun Jan 27 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with David Tiviluk
  • Mon Jan 28 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Petra Sepsi
  • Mon Jan 28 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Petra Sepsi
  • Tue Jan 29 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Rebecca Rose
  • Tue Jan 29 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm with Petra Sepsi
  • Wed Jan 30 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with David Tiviluk
  • Thu Jan 31 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Rebecca Rose
  • Fri Feb 01 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Petra Sepsi
  • Fri Feb 01 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Ibolya Sepsi
  • Sat Feb 02 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Petra Sepsi
  • Sun Feb 03 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with David Tiviluk