Not to sound like Simon Cowell, but your class totally sucked.

My name’s Ram and I was in your class tonight. I love yoga. I’ve been teaching it since I was twenty two.

I used to surf, but that is so lonely and hit or miss. Besides, the ocean is cold. Kind of like that girl in the corner in class? You should do something about her. What’s up with all those extra handstands? She should go to gymnastics, or a midday class, those are small classes, I don’t have to worry about her falling on any one. She is not even breathing easily anyway.

I haven’t seen you at the studio before, so you must be a new teacher. Even though you’re kind of young. This is the first time I’ve taken your class, but I know enough about yoga to give you feedback. You don’t mind, do you? Of course you don’t. I mean, look at me; I’m 60 but get carded every time. I move with more grace than Elvis in his prime. You’re lucky to just have me in your class.

Not to sound like Simon Cowell, but your class totally sucked.

No, that’s not the only feedback I have. This is supposed to be a hot fusion class, but it felt like a hot con-fusion class, maybe an in-fusion if I did it with my eyes closed, which I did part-way through just to keep from rolling my eyes.

You’re new here, so I’ll let you know how things really should be. I mean, you had us moving all over the place right from the start. What happened to Sun Salutations? An organized movement repeated a few times to help center the breath? And holding high push for that long? Girl, even body builders warm up before that.

Yes, I am a yoga teacher. I’ve taken more classes here than you have, so I know what’s supposed to happen in class. And I get that you have taken the box cutter version of what yoga class should be like. You teach like the classes I attended in those huge yoga chains, trying to be a Yoga Starbucks. They make you work hard. You sweat a lot in those classes. People go there because they want a good workout, it seems, because you do not to hold a pose or think about the breath. Like it’s just lame. Every exhale is this huge sigh out of the mouth. Like they are preparing their vocal chords to sing on American Idol.

What types of things should there be in a yoga class? You know, things that lend toward meditation. Experiences that allow us to connect with our breath and thus the entire room. Not the lame crap you had us doing.

Specifics? Yes, I do have specifics.

They tell you to figure it out on your own, but why? Even Donald Trump did not figure it out on his own. He trusted what was successful and made it in his way.

Okay, if you’re going to be this sensitive. Your whole class was standing and moving. Can we hold poses for at least 3 breaths. What’s with all this core? Did we come here to work on the abs?

What? The back IS part the core. It is how you counter all those crunches. Lady, where’d you do your training? This isn’t core power fitness. And when yoga talks about “core,” it’s talking about that whole region from knees to ribs, front and back. Boat pose, and wheel. They balance the spine.

Also, you seemed to demonstrate more of the poses than the other teachers.

Hot Yoga is unique. It teaches you to focus on connecting with the room. Connecting with your words, so the students can connect with themselves. You should at least try to speak more effectively. There is an intelligence behind the communication in Hot Yoga. You don’t have it.

But if you’re still going to do the poses, you might as well do them right. I mean, your feet were hip apart in Half Moon pose. Maybe there are poses you actually can do, but if you can’t do them, you really shouldn’t show them. If you are going to demonstrate, can you stop and have everyone focus on you, then they can focus on themselves when you guide the pose.

And the music. Modern music can be cool, but what was up with your German punk techno. Yes, I know. I lived in Germany.

What? It’s pronounced Sivasana? I don’t think so. I’ve been doing yoga for thirty years, so I think I know more than you do about yoga verbiage. It sounds like ‘ “sh-aa” in shut-up. Sha-aa-vasana.

Anyway. That last song was tormenting. But the rest? I don’t like that techno stuff. I like music I can connect to. Talk to the others teachers. they have Spotify

No, that’s it. Maybe next week you’ll be better, but probably not. I am not coming back. Oh wait, I don’t check the schedule. I don’t even like Hot Yoga. I practice Anusara.

BikYasa is any Hot Flow Yoga

BikYasa is just a word.

A made up word, much like many new made up words in the yoga and internet world.

A made up word that gives credit to Hot and Flow in a sanskrit inspired way.

Gabriel Azoulay was meditating one day, wondering why new words such as ‘yinyasa’ came into the yoga world, he realized that so many yoga teachers use the word ‘yasa’ to mean something that flows, hence ‘yinyasa’ is a yin class that flows.

He began to research and with his friend Liza Long he discovered:

In arabic, ‘bik’ is part of a standard greeting and means “with you.”

Looking at, Gabriel discovered that a bhiksu is an ordained Buddhist monk.
There’s a Jewish version of the word as well, meaning “first fruits.”

Ever since then Gabriel has enjoyed playing with these concepts, and he realized that studios that have Hot Flow yoga classes are simply teaching ‘BikYasa.’ The word popped into his head and has stayed ever since.

As every yoga style has both a sanskrit sounding name and an english name version, BikYasa is a fun way to share with your friends that you are practicing Hot Flow Yoga.

You might practice Hot Flow with GabeYoga (he calls his class BikYasa) or you might practice at hundreds of new Hot Flow Yoga studios.

Whether you call it Hot Flow or BikYasa, is the same difference between going to Flow or VinYasa classes.

Think about it….



Studio Yin Yoga & Pilates
Gabriel Azoulay



First Retreat Collaboration between Bikyasa Yoga & Studio Yin


JAN 14-20th 2013

-Grow Beyond Yourself
-Heal Your Body
-Inspire Your Mind
-Connect with Fellow Practitioners


Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to rechargeyour life, transform your relationship, and above all have a memorable experience.


There will be a ride from the Bangkok airport on Jan 14 at 9:30am, or you can meet us there.


5 Tips for Pregnancy BikYasa Hot Yoga

The great Chinese Yogi, Lao Tzu, is quoted saying: ‘Honor both Mother and Children, but Know that the Mother is dearer, and you will outlive Death.’

In honor of mothers to be, here are five tips for yoginis and teachers seeking to honor them. It goes without saying, but I will say it any way: check with your doctor if it is ok for you and your baby to enjoy a physical program.

Tip #1 – in all forward bend movements give your baby more room – allow your legs to open wider than your hips to provide room for your growing child and comfort for yourself. BikYasa Poses – DownWard Facing Dog, Hands Under Feet pose (whether from back or front variation) & Seated Forward bend.

Tip #2 – avoid the floor – technically you avoid lying face down on your belly. This also includes low push up (though some pregnant women find that the Low Push Up does not put their stomach on the floor, compared to others where holding high push up makes them feel the ground touching their stomach).
Rather then go into Low Push Up Pose, hold high push up and go into UpWard Facing Dog Pose from here.
BikYasa Flying Cobra alternate pose: Bridge for the first set. Bridge or Wheel for the second set.
BikYasa hands under belly Locust alternate pose: One Leg Pigeon Right side.
BikYasa hands under shoulder Locust alternate pose: One Leg Pigeon Left side.
BikYasa full bow pose: Bride or Wheel again.

Tip #3 – twist away from your belly – in twisting poses rotate in the opposite direction to your stomach.
BikYasa seated twisting pose, turn your body in the opposite direction of the knee.

Tip #4 –  don’t let your knees get in the way – much like forward bends, when you fold over your knees, create space for your child.
BikYasa child pose is done with knees wide to create this opportunity for comfort.
BikYasa half turtle pose.
BikYasa rabbit shoulder be replaced with child pose.

Tip #5 – avoid complete inversions – while some pregnant women enjoy head stand and shoulder stand poses, it tends to be much more comfortable for most women to simply omit these poses while pregnant and enjoy holding the legs up at 90 degrees for those two minutes of the class.

Most of these tips should strike you as self explanatory since there is a child in your stomach, though often are forgotten by both teachers and practitioners.
Lastly, if you feel uncomfortable at any time, whether it is the heat or the poses, simply sit down, ideally in Japanese seated pose, or any other position of comfort and wait till you are ready to continue.

You get ALL the benefits of the practice even if you sit the whole time.

Such is the power of BikYasa Yoga with its consistent dialogue influenced class.



BikYasa Teacher Training in Evansville, IN

BikYasa Teacher Training

BikYasa Hot Yoga is Today’s fastest growing expression of Hot and Vinyasa Yoga

Join BikYasa creator Gabriel Azoulay in a 5 day training program that will teach you how to stand and lead, teach with your voice, and discover how to balance modern music into your class.

You will learn why Hot Vinyasa (BikYasa) Yoga is the most popular trend in Yoga and how you can help inspire and heal your students.

5 Day Certificate Training
Dec 13 – 17, 2012
8am – 2pm (Sunday, Dec. 16 10:30am – 4:30pm)
Cost: $595

Course provides 50hr CE Yoga
Alliance for RYT

In association with Tri-State Yoga Studio, Evansville, IN.

BikYasa Yoga Teacher Training
50 CE YA course

In association with Yoga and Life, H3 Yoga and founder Gabriel Azoulay will be sharing the principles and benefits of Hot Flow Yoga and preparing teachers to lead an 80 Bikyasa Yoga class.

BikYasa classes will be on the Yoga & Life starting in mid Dec.

Contact: Stacey Riley Shanks
(812) 455-6740

Hot Yoga in Iowa

Looking for the best hot yoga in Iowa?

Look no more. Studio Z in Grinnell, IA has been the first studio in Iowa to bring Bikyasa Hot Yoga into it’s schedule. Hosting a full training, Studio Z has been sharing this incredible program with local residents, students and travelers.

If you are looking for a class that energizes you, enhances your mind, body and spirit, connects you to your heart while challenges your body, make the drive to this eclectic college town, situated between Iowa City and Des Moines on I-80 for an experience you will not forget.

Check their schedule for class times.

They also offer other classes, helping to increase the joy and knowledge of all students.

Popular by demand – Bikyasa Yoga

As Bikyasa approaches the end of 2012, it wishes to thank all the amazing students and studios who have embraced this amazing experience of health, wellness and happiness.

With it’s ground breaking connection to the emotional body with music, healing effects for the physical body through heat and movement, Bikyasa changes lives, empowers new teachers, increases knowledge base of students, and bridges across international communities.

Bikyasa 5 day immersions are schedules for Helsinki Finland in Dec 5th, Evansville, IN in Dec 12th, Boise, ID in Feb and Wilmington, NC in March.

Full training under the umbrella of H3 Yoga, where Bikaysa is one of three primary styles shared with new teachers (the others are Vinyasa and Yinyasa, along side business solutions and functional anatomy) are hosted in Helsinki Finland, as well as Boise ID.

For details on full training or to invite Bikyasa to your studio, email founder Gabriel Azoulay.