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 News from Our Yoga Community                                      Febuary 2012

It is something - it can be everything - to have found a fellow bird with whom you can sit among the rafters while the drinking and boasting and reciting and fighting go on below. A fellow bird whom you can look after and find bugs and seeds for; one who will patch your bruises and straighten your ruffled feathers and mourn over your hurts when you accidentally fly into something you can't handle.

-- Wallace Stegner 


Happy Valentine's Day!


Jackie, Alex, Boone, the teachers and staff

Bikram Yoga Sandy

Let Cupid's Arrow Fly!  


Want to surprise a special someone with a memorable experience? Let Cupid's arrow fly and you will too with our Synergy Workshop special! Register by Valentine's Day for the upcoming Synergy workshop and the price is $70/couple. Flying solo? That's fine, too - registration is $35 per person. Special pricing is good through Tuesday, February 14 .   


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What is Synergy? Synergy is a healing art that incorporates Thai massage, flying, and partner stretching. The workshops are designed to emphasize the interconnection between people with the themes of trust, playfulness, and communication. This creates a playful atmosphere in which one can not only explore their courage through intrepid movement but also receive and give stretches that are very healing to the body and in the process break down barriers with others and establish more trust and connection.  The room will not be heated.


Date:  Saturday, February 25
Time:  5:30 - 7:30 pm [no 4:30 pm class]
Fee:    $35 per person; $70 per couple through February 14th;
 $45 per person after the 14th.  
No. of Participants:  40; partner not required.



Click here for more information about Synergy. 


Give Back Class: Utah Avalanche Center


Boone on ChairliftThroughout the year we give back to many community non-profits by providing class packages for charity auctions. We've decided to step up our giving program a few degrees as we launch our Friday night "Give Back Class" on Friday March 2.

Starting March 2, the Friday 6:30 pm class will become a donation class  to benefit a local non-profit.

The Give Back Class is cash only - $10 suggested donation - you pay as you wish. The sign in process has been designed so it WILL NOT take any classes off of your current class package. Class will be on a first-come, first served basis.

We'll be supporting the Utah Avalanche Center throughout the month of March. Sadly, avalanches have taken their toll this year; top that with devastating budget cutbacks from the state for the Center, and the picture becomes even grimmer.

Come to the Give Back Class each Friday at 6:30 pm and help us support the Utah Avalanche Center, so we can all get out there, safely. For more information on the Center, click here.

In and Around the Studio


Two years ago yesterday I had my spinal cord severed surgically to repair a birth defect (I'm nearly 39) and at first I was doing pretty well. Within the first year I was running half-marathons and on my way back to health. There was a lot of pain but I could work through it. Running was particularly beneficial.


Then at around the twelve month mark all my nerves came back on line and the pain was so incredible I couldn't get out of bed some days and on others, I'd just suddenly collapse because my back couldn't bear my weight. By this fall I've been extremely limited in my activity and taking strong pain killers and muscle relaxers around the clock. It's been horrible - I gained thirteen pounds in six weeks - now it's close to 40 pounds, my digestion is shot and I haven't enjoyed life much at all for a long time. Plus I'm really angry about how the back surgery has left me. I'm not myself.

On Saturday night I was desperate, the pain meds were not helping, I couldn't distract myself or get comfortable in any way; so I grabbed my copy of Chronic Pain Solution and read. In it I saw that 96% of back pain can have long term relief with yoga. So I googled local yoga studios with hopes of finding a Bikram Yoga studio. I'd heard about Bikram Yoga from friends who were training to crew for BadWater - an endurance race through Death Valley - and it sounded incredible. Sure enough, your name came up and I signed up for a class yesterday morning . . . on the 2nd anniversary of my surgery.

The class was hard and I spent most of it being completely terrified that I was going to break somehow. When you have severe pain and back issues, fear of making it worse is hard to overcome. But about half way in I noticed my constant back spasms had quieted and my pain was from my muscles working in ways they haven't in years, not from chronic pain radiating from my spine. I had to fight crying from happiness the rest of the class.

Louis was helpful and his presence was so calming that I relaxed for the first time in longer than I can remember.  Just relaxing and breathing was amazing - I didn't know I still had that in me.

Afterwards I felt like an empty balloon. I was exhausted, depleted, but not in pain. I chalked it up to endorphins and went home. After a shower and a rest we went shopping. I went to four stores including Costco. That amount of walking is unheard of for me. In fact, I would have said it was impossible. I came home and was truly wiped out - but not in agony. Then I realized I hadn't taken my pain meds in seventeen hours! I usually take 3-4 pills every four hours. Right then and there my husband signed up for your locals special and will be joining me at class today. I did need to take some meds last night but the amazing thing is that the meds worked. Usually by evening they barely help the pain.

The other thing is that my digestive system started working again naturally and my constant headache went away - after one class!

This morning I woke up at 6:15 ready to take on my day. And I got up. This may not seem like much to a normal person but I usually need medication and physical assistance to get out of bed in the morning. My head practically exploded with shock and joy.

I'm scheduled to come in M,T,W,S,Su and if I can I'll make Th and Fr work too. I'm excited by the results I'm experiencing from just one class - can you imagine what could be accomplished with 100?

Thank you from this first-timer. You gave me what I hope was the first of many wonderful days.

Nicole M.
Holistic Health and Nutrition Class

Amanda's Flyer 
In and Around the Studio


Donate Your Used Mats  Bikram Yoga Sandy is partnering with Green Tree Yoga to collect used yoga mats to be used at local school yoga programs. Our goal is 30 mats by March! Drop off your mat or visit Green Tree Yoga for more info.


Account Purchases  Are you looking for an easier way to make small purchases? We have a new 'money on account' program. Give us a credit and/or debit card to keep on file and we charge your account in $25 increments. When your account reaches $0, your card will automatically be charged $25 without bringing in your card! With your email address on file you'll automatically receive a receipt for the transaction.  


Our Lost and Found Overfloweth Chances are, if you lost your favorite water bottle, yoga mat, or yoga clothing, we found it! Lost items can be retrieved from the ottomans in the lobby. If you don't find what you're looking for, just ask - practice clothes are washed before they are put out and towels are kept in the back. Lost and found items are kept for 2-3 weeks and then items are donated to local charities.


10% Off on Towels/Mats for Groupon & Local Intro Students Purchase a towel or mat during your first month of practice and you'll receive 10% off retail.

In This Issue
Synergy Workshop
Give Back Class
In the Words of a Student
Holistic Health and Nutrition Class
In and Around the Studio
The Massage Therapist is In!


Matthew Mulholland is a Massage Therapist with more than 12 years experience, specializing in Thai Yoga Bodywork and Deep Tissue Massage. As a Bikram student while living in Miami Beach, he provided his healing arts at two studios in the area, helping to augment and deepen the practice of many fellow students.

He looks forward to doing the same here in Sandy. Matthew believes, as does Bikram, that regular bodywork is an excellent complement to the practice of Yoga.

To make an appointment contact Matt at:
513-728-1832 or filmwrites@gmail.com

Upcoming Events 

April 14

Bikram in Utah

Saturday, April 14, 2012 at the Jeanne Wagner Theater.

Join us to hear more from the world-renouned innovator of the Bikram Yoga method of Hatha Yoga.  


Tickets available online at ArtTix.org, at all ArtTix Ticket Office locations, or by calling 801-355-ARTS or 888-451-ARTS.
Support our Yoga Champion and Win a 30 Class Pass!  
 Marc at Nationals
The local Yoga Asana Championships were held last month and our own Marc Linton came in 1st in the Men's Division. Congratulations, Marc!
Marc will be competing in the National Yoga Asana Championship in NYC on March 2-4 and we're holding a raffle to raise funds for the trip.
Purchase $5 raffle tickets at the studio and you'll have a chance to win one of two 30 class passes. Cash sales only; drawing will be held on February 19. You do not need to be present to win.

Class Schedule



6:00am  *  9:15am  *  12:00pm  *  4:30pm  *  6:30pm  *  8:15pm



6:00am  *  9:15am  *  12:00pm  *  5:30pm  *  7:30pm



6:00am  *  9:15am  *  12:00pm  *  4:30pm  *  6:30pm  *  8:15pm



6:00am  *  9:15am  *  12:00pm  *  5:30pm  *  7:30pm



6:00am  *  9:15am  *  12:00pm  *  2:30 pm  * 4:30pm  *  6:30pm  



6:00am  *  8:00am  *  10:00am  *  2:30pm  *  4:30pm   



8:00am  *  10:00am  *  2:30pm  * 4:30pm  *  6:30pm


Jackie & Alex

Bikram Yoga Sandy was founded in 2003 by Jackie & Alex Wheeler. Jackie began her Bikram Yoga practice in 1996  and graduated from Bikram's Yoga College of India Teacher Training program in 2000.  Alex began his practice in Oregon in 2000 and graduated from teacher training in 2003.

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