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.”
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.”
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.