Herminder Gossal - Owner
Born and raised in Scotland, but a True Indian at heart, Herminder loves lives and breathes Yoga.
In just over two years, Herminder Gossal has gone from a fledgling yoga student to the owner of her own yoga studio Bikram Yoga College of India of New Westminster. After taking her first class, Herminder noticed a significant difference in her posture and overall well-being and as she progressed she continued to notice changes such as increased energy, greater ability to focus, and a glowing complexion. She also lost 20 pounds in the first 10 weeks and found she was able to deal with stressful situations much more easily.
Herminder revels in her new role, and looks forward to encouraging her students in a complete physical fitness program that delivers total health by balancing every system in the body.
Herminder is the studio’s lead and most senior instructor. She delivers a strong class with an intense and deep workout. Her experience and knowledge of Bikram Yoga gives her the ability to thoroughly notice and correct misalignments in the body. To see when Herminder is teaching please refer to the “schedule” page of the website.
OUR STAFF AND TEACHERS
Hot Yoga/ Kettle Bell Instructor
Pamela started practicing Bikram Yoga in 2004, while looking for a physically challenging discipline. She started practicing because she wanted to improve herself physically. When she realized how much it decreased stress in her everyday life she started coming every day. As a result of her practice she says she became a much happier person. She was living in a stressful situation and the yoga made her mind and emotions calm and steady. After yoga she felt like nothing would steal her peace. Her body began to transform, becoming stronger and more flexible and she lost weight. If she got injured she found the yoga would speed up the healing process. The yoga has made her feel so good she cannot imagine living without it! In fall of 2006 Pamela attended teacher training in Los Angeles after having a lot of teachers encourage her to become a teacher. Eventually their faith in her was internalized and she wanted to share the healing benefits she had experienced through yoga with others. Pamela believes our happiness is interconnected with each other, so the more people take care of themselves and feel good, the more they will spread their happiness to others. In Pamela’s own words “I wanted to save the world one spine at a time.”
Outside of yoga Pamela enjoys art, especially drawing and painting, music, African history, Reiki and traveling.
Hot Prana / Hot Yoga Instuctor
Marcus is from the old school.
He started practicing seven days after 9/11 in Kits, when there was only one school in B.C., (there’s now 23). Having tried yoga a few times before he thought it would be a little chanting, a little stretching and a long nap he was more a little surprised to find the hardest work-out in the world. He played football and rugby through high school and university and had been swimming, weight-training and running but this was like combining everything, adding a sauna and a sense of humour.
Instantly hooked on the yoga he started practicing every morning at 6 am when the West End studio opened a month later. He worked at an organic pet food factory at the time and my boss, who is also a teacher now, would drive us to work after we practiced class; one of many synchronicities!
Six months later he was in L.A. Doing the class twice a day, in a much hotter room with 300 other souls until he graduated and in the intervening eight years he has taught about ten a week since. He has performed stand-up comedy for fourteen years, played in bands for twenty and is finishing a Master’s psychology thesis for Dr. Tomorrow’s Cyberspace University.
Flow and Power Instructor
Hillary’s approach to yoga is multi-disclinary; primarily employing Hatha, Power and Flow which make her classes inspirational and welcoming to all ability levels.
Hillary has an intensive background in dance and dance instruction, synchronized swimming and marathon running, which have always supported her physical well being; while her training in yoga has opened the doors to its positive affect on mind and spirit as well. She has been trained by some of the world’s most sought after yoga influences; and her enthusiasm, along with devotion to yoga and fitness has made her passion a full time career.
For Hillary, yoga continues to be a natural progression which brings positive energy and balance to you each day. It helps you to build physical strength, endurance and flexibility while at the same time enhancing mind and spirit -which turn your dreams into reality!
We have 20 free parking spaces available which are located directly behind the building in the downtown New Westminster parkade, on deck level “B”. All our parking spots are clearly marked “Reserved for Bikram’s Yoga”. If our free parking spots are all full, paid parking is available in the parkade or on the street. Please bring in your parking stub from the parkade and you will receive a $1 credit off your account.
There are two entrances to the parkade, both off of Columbia street.
From 4th street you will pull into the top level of the parkade or deck “A”. Follow the parkade heading west approx. 100 meters until you see a down ramp. Take the ramp down one level to deck “B”. Our parking spots are east of the down ramp, directly behind our building (which is dark red in color).
From 6th street you will pull into the bottom level of the parkade or deck “C”. Drive straight forward to the up ramp, and drive east along the parkade until you reach our parking spots.
There is also convenient street parking directly in front of the studio, which is free after 8pm. The street meters are in affect from 8am – 8pm Monday – Saturday and 12pm – 8pm on Sundays and Holidays. Meters have a 2 hour maximum time limit.