Born and raised in Dallas, TX. Joseph started practicing Bikram Yoga in May 2005. Bikram Yoga is one the best things he has ever done for himself. It has truly changed his life. Mentally, it has given Joseph more peace with himself and the world around him; physically, it has taught him how his body could do things he never dreamed it could do.
Joseph hasn’t always been very healthy. Diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis at a young age (which affected the majority of the left side of his body), Joseph spent years in and out of the hospital trying to rehabilitate and strengthen his joints and muscles. After a major knee surgery, Joseph taught himself how to deal with the discomfort and move on. As a result, his physical activities were limited and he was consistently taking pain medication. Then, at the age of thirteen, quite unexpectedly, Joseph had a heart attack. The causes are unknown, but most likely a side effect of arthritis medication; regardless, it made a tremendous impact.
One day Joseph decided to explore forms of exercise to regain control of my health. After a long journey, he discovered Bikram Yoga. Joseph simply expected a physical workout-he found much more than that. Joseph has transformed. He no longer suffers from constant pain. He has lost 50 pounds and developed lean muscle mass. He can contort his body into positions he never thought possible. He has gained a peace of mind he previously never knew existed. Joseph has transcended many limitations within himself – mentally, physically and emotionally. He is accomplishing things he once thought impossible.
Taking his practice to the next level, Joseph began to compete in the Asana Championships. After four years of hard work, in 2009 he placed first in the US and second in the world – now current 3 time National Champion and 2011 Male International Asana Champion. Joseph has learned to focus on the tasks at hand and live in peace with himself and the world around him. To Joseph this is the gift of yoga. The gift which he has the responsibility to share for the rest of his life.
Joseph teaches full time and enjoys travel, philosophy, and playing flamenco guitar. Joseph has toured to over 40 schools nationwide in the U.S., taught for 10 months at Bikram’s first Indian school in Mumbai and has served as a full-time staff member of Bikram’s Teacher Training.
Join us on Tuesday, March 6 and Wednesday, March 7 for a special Q&A class taught by Ida Ripley. This Q&A will replace the 7pm class normally held at this time. Tickets are only $25, so be sure to reserve your spot at the studio today! Here is a bit more about Ida and what to expect in the class.
Ida Ripley is originally from Victoria, BC, but is a yogi of the world. She began practicing Bikram yoga in 2000 and teaching in 2003. She has traveled to many corners of the world, has taught in Hong Kong, Korea, India, Peru and across Canada and the United States. She is one of few teachers in the world, and the only teacher in Canada, who is sanctioned by Bikram to lead Bikram yoga seminars.
Ida is the 5 time Western Canadian Hatha Yoga Champion, and 2009 2nd place international champion. Though her years of competition and teaching, Ida has spent extensive time with Bikram, Rajashree and many of Bikram’s esteemed teachers.
Ida teaches at the teacher training sessions, as well as demonstrates at many of Bikram’s advanced seminars; she has been qualified to lead the advanced series since 2007. She has a very clear and concise teaching style, and emphasizes demonstration and discussion, paired with one-on-one assistance in her seminars to help students attain a deeper understanding of the Bikram series.
Ida brings energy and enthusiasm to her seminars and classes. She teaches to all levels. Beginners will learn the simplicity and key components of the postures, and more advanced students will learn to delve deeper into their practice through a greater understanding of precision and execution.
In a Q and A class, Ida will take extra time to go over finer points of postures by using demonstration and extra explanation. The class is longer than a regular 90 minute class (can run to 2 hours), as it is filled with more in-depth details and assistance on the beginner’s series. The class is for all levels, beginners welcome! No matter what the level of your practice or how long you’ve been at it, you’ll be able to find breakthroughs in your practice with Ida.
Take a look at the newest article from Forbes online. This is whats happening at Bikram Yoga Vernon during your 90 mins in the Hot Yoga Room…
This is the first of a two-part series on yoga: the second, “The Psychology of Yoga,” looks at the psychological changes that yoga has been shown to bring about.
Judging from the number of yoga mats I’ve seen toted around Manhattan in the last 15 years, I’m pretty sure I was the last person on the island to try it. My relationship with the practice started about six months ago, and I must admit, I fell for it – and hard. I was amazed at the changes it was effecting in my body, and even better, my mind. But the science nerd/Western medicine part of me wondered how, exactly, it was doing this. I could wager some guesses based on what I know about the body, but wanted to talk to some people who actually study this stuff for a living.
Please read the testimonials about people who have recovered from various illnesses by regularly practicing Bikram Yoga. Their stories tell us that only Bikram Yoga brings us new hopes in our life.
If you like to share your own healing story amongst millions of people around the world please fill out our Contact form. We will be posting testimonials from local students in the near future.
Watch a live streaming video directly from the competition this Sunday, April 21st, at 10:00am, and discuss the show online! Click HERE to be directed to the live feed
Born and raised in Dallas, TX. Joseph started practicing Bikram Yoga in May 2005. Bikram Yoga is one the best things he has ever done for himself. It has truly changed his life. Mentally, it has given Joseph more peace with himself and the world around him; physically, it has taught him how his body [...]