October 2016

Joanne Dehlin

Studio Owner / Instructor


What is it about those sticker charts? There’s something very powerful about placing that small symbol by your name as you attend Bikram Yoga and Hot Pilates! Doing so alongside friends and fellow students is equally encouraging and motivating. At a time of year when we typically fall into the holiday trap, it’s hard to stay on track with our goals, Bikram Yoga at Brick Canvas is thrilled to launch its first ever fall challenge—Practice Gratitude! 

Sure, this challenge is about holding steady during this very wonderful yet stressful time of year, but it’s bigger than that. It’s a mind shift. Such a shift requires practice, and that’s okay! It’s a practice in seeing the good and all there is to be thankful for. It’s a practice in uplifting others and even dedicating your challenge to someone or something you appreciate. It’s a practice in centering your thoughts on an attitude of gratitude during this busiest of seasons. It’s a practice in focusing on what truly matters as you maintain your physical and mental health and clarity. After all…

“It’s not happy people who are thankful it is thankful people are happy.” —unknown

Of course, having that sticker chart on the wall with your name on it doesn’t hurt either. Seeing your progress and accomplishments will give you all the more to be thankful for. With our instructors cheering you on and fellow Challenge participants by your side, you’ll be unstoppable.


So, are you in? Here are the specifics:

What: Practice Gratitude Challenge

How: Attend Bikram Yoga or Hot Pilates at least twice a week.

When: Monday, October 3 — Saturday, December 31 Sign Up: Call or visit the studio to sign up. It’s only $25 to participate, which includes the all-mighty sticker chart, a Practice Gratitude shirt, and more!

As we Practice Gratitude, we want to give a shoutout to Amy Sanford, the Bikram student who helped us formulate the idea for this challenge. We are grateful for you, Amy, and all of our students who make Bikram Yoga the warm, uplifting, inspiring place that it is!


We’d also like to thank all who celebrated the conclusion of our popular Live It to Love It Challenge at our annual Friday Night Fiesta. What a grand party that was! Check out a few photos of the fun below. We can’t wait to see you on Monday, October 3, as we kick off the Practice Gratitude Challenge.



Celebrating six-months of Hot Pilates


6 Months of Hot Pilates: The Results are In Happy birthday to you.

Happy birthday to you… Okay, it may not be your birthday, but our six-month anniversary of offering Hot Pilates is something for you to celebrate. In this short amount of time, we’ve seen drastic results and amazing physical, mental, and emotional transformations.

Our website defines Hot Pilates as an upbeat, energetic, 45-minute mat class that sculpts and tones your entire body, strengthens your core, and improves your cardiovascular system. Whether you choose it as a stand-alone workout or a complement to your regular Bikram Yoga practice, you’ll love it! But don’t take our word for it. The proof is in the pudding green smoothie. Take a look at what your fellow students have to say about their firsthand accounts with Hot Pilates at Brick Canvas:

“Hot Pilates can turn even the worst day around. I always leave feeling energized and extremely positive.” —Ellen Anderson

“For the past 10 years, I’ve been in a fitness funk. Thankfully, I found Hot Pilates to bring back the joy of working out.” —Courtney Nielsen

“Hot Pilates has empowered me to take charge of my physical and metal health. It’s a great workout that makes both my mind and body feel fulfilled.” —Katy Shoemaker

“Hot Pilates has changed the way I feel about myself. I have more confidence and motivation.” —Jessica

“I now aspire to surpass my potential.” —Franco

“My postpartum depression has been at an all-time low thanks to Hot Pilates!” —Jodi Preston

“I’m in better shape now than I was in my 20s.” —Cristy Rowley

“Hot Pilates has restored lost strength. Plus, I love the jams!” —Mari Casas

“Hot Pilates has strengthened my back, my core, and helped me with my weight-lifting program.” —Luisa

“I was a runner. Loved running! I lost my daughter to suicide in 2013 and wasn’t able to run. I had changed. After then losing my father, my friend took me to Hot Pilates. I love it. It’s like going for a six-mile run. It’s helping me find my strength when I’ve been so weak.” —Karen Jensen

“Hot Pilates has increased my endurance.” —Alyssa Conder

“Hot Pilates got me off stimulants after taking them for seven years.” —Hot Pilates student

“I’ve danced my entire life. My lower body has always been stronger. My upper body is now catching up.” —Hot Pilates student

“Muffin top, no more! Thanks, Hot Pilates.” —Hot Pilates student

“LOVE the classes. They make a huge difference in weight and toning. Love, love, love!” —Cece

“After my first class, I felt so uplifted and energized…I signed up for a membership immediately.”—Hot Pilates student

It’s a physically, mentally, and emotionally uplifting experience.” —Hot Pilates student

“Love the instructors!” —Hot Pilates student

“Functional bodyweight training at its best.” —Hot Pilates student

“Hot Pilates gives me the push to reach new heights in fitness. It makes my workout regimen exciting!” —Kara Kaufman

“First time. Really enjoyed it. :)” —Hot Pilates student

“When I’ve had a bad day, my husband says, ‘You need to go to Pilates.’ It’s a great stress relief.” —Tiffany Osmond

“Hot Pilates is toning my butt and legs. Yes!” —Tara

“Hot Pilates has given me the jumpstart to getting my body back after having my baby. It de-stresses my mind and body so well.” —Victoria Johnson

“Love, love, love Hot Pilates! Great energy! I have noticed significant toning. Favorite class!” —Hot Pilates student

“I stepped away from Hot Pilates for a while and returned to see my former classmates four months later. I couldn’t believe the changes in their bodies in just a four-month period of time.” Jennifer DiMarzio

Sherrie Pacheco, our Hot Pilates Director and Studio Manager, has loved watching these stories come to life as she’s helped students discover the immense benefits Hot Pilates has to offer. Just as Jennifer DiMarzio touches on above, Sherrie is pleased to see the amount of progress achieved in such a short period.

“Hot Pilates is nothing but results—fast results!” says Sherrie. “For starters, the classes are short—only 45 minutes. You can do anything for 45 minutes. This promises to be the best 45 minutes of your day! It’s also the most productive! Students fitness levels have increased faster in Hot Pilates than anything I’ve ever experienced, and I’ve taught fitness classes for more than 30 years. To have such fun, spend so little time, and still witness such change… it’s incredible!”

Sherrie also sees tremendous value in the total-body balance Hot Pilates creates.

“Woman tend to work their lower bodies more, where men tend to put more focus on upper body strength. Hot Pilates creates all-over strength for all—women and men. It’s cardio. It’s sculpting. It’s a head-to-toe training. The workout hits all four sides of the body. This leaves our students feeling more balanced as they improve their total body strength. It’s safe. It’s fun. It’s effective.”

Fast results and total body strength? No wonder Hot Pilates has been an instant hit. Experience the results for yourself. Classes are offered daily, Monday through Saturday. Find our complete schedule here. You’ll want to check back often. Due to the tremendous popularity of this class, we’re working to add even more Hot Pilates class options in 2017. We can’t wait to see you in class soon!

Thank you for joining us at the Friday Night Fiesta!