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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.”

Alex Paredes

Alex loves Yoga like he loves his coffee - extremely hot and satisfyingly strong. He became a Bikram yoga teacher in the summer of 2010. That same summer he also completed Advanced teacher training with Bikram himself.

He immediately started teaching yoga in the GTA making his motto something along the lines of “you won’t necessarily understand everything I say (because of his accent) in the beginning but by the end you’ll know everything” and he kept practicing regularly.

In 2011, he participated in the International yoga championship and got a round ticket to compete in California at the International level. (Bikram said he was too fat to be there which just made him smile more).

In winter 2013 he completed the Jedi fight club (JFC) backbending clinic with Esak Garcia.

Afterwards in the same year his struggle continued and he once again competed to become the Eastern Canadian champion.

He became the Eastern Champion for the second time when he competed in the Bishnu Ghosh Yoga Championships in 2014.

His love for yoga introduced him to many different styles including advanced training with Ana Forrest in Ottawa in 2014.

He got married in 2015.

He regularly continues a hot practice - and drinking strong coffee.

Alex has conducted Partner/Acro Yoga workshops at The Flying Yogi® for over 2 years and is also a faculty member with TFY 200 Hour RYT Training and cofounder of Partners at Play with Natalie Marnica.

His personal branding is Alex P Yoga. His love for the community helped him and his wife create an activity based group called adventure yogis where anyone is welcome to join in for bringing the yoga communities together. We regularly have adventures every other month or so.

Last but not least, Alex has completed 2nd level Thai yoga massage in 2016 and is always welcoming new clients.

The Bikram Yoga Express class is the Bikram Yoga series done within one hour, as opposed to the usual 90 minutes. It is 26 Postures and 2 breathing exercises but only 5 of the postures are done twice.
This series of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises systematically works every part of the body, to give all the internal organs, all the veins, all the ligaments, and all the muscles everything they need to maintain optimum health and maximum function. Each component of the series takes care of something different in the body, and yet all the postures work together synergistically, contributing to the success of every other posture in the series, and extending its benefits.

Upcoming classes:

  • Wed Jan 23 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Ibolya Sepsi
  • Thu Jan 24 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Aki Ohtsuka
  • Thu Jan 24 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm with Rebecca Rose
  • Thu Jan 24 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm with David Tiviluk
  • Fri Jan 25 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm with Aki Ohtsuka
  • Tue Jan 29 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Aki Ohtsuka
  • Tue Jan 29 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm with Petra Sepsi
  • Wed Jan 30 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Alex Paredes
  • Thu Jan 31 6:00 am - 7:00 am with Aki Ohtsuka
  • Thu Jan 31 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm with Rebecca Rose
  • Thu Jan 31 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm with David Tiviluk
  • Fri Feb 01 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm with Aki Ohtsuka
  • Tue Feb 05 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm with Petra Sepsi
  • Wed Feb 06 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with Alex Paredes