Tell us about your very first Bikram Yoga class …

My first yoga class was 10 or 12 years ago at the old Broadway and Arbutus studio; Lisa was my teacher. I’m not going to lie; that first class was tough! It was nothing like I thought it would be or was expecting, and after I felt like I’d gotten a serious butt-kicking! But I went back for more the following week and started practising on a regular basis almost right away. What really got me hooked on Bikram Yoga were the results that I started noticing almost immediately: weight loss and much more flexibility in my back, which was great for my golf game. These days I try to do at least two classes a week, so approximately eight to 10 classes per month.

What are some of the main benefits you receive?

Bikram Yoga is an amazing workout, and the results have been unmatched by any other type of exercise I have done. The main benefits for me are the trimming of the love handles, the flexibility I gain and the energy boost that it gives me to work through my day. When I practise Bikram Yoga I have my most productive days in real estate.

What’s your best advice for beginners?

My number 1 piece of advice for beginners is this: don’t worry, you WILL get used to the heat. Without question, it’s a mentally tough hour-and-a-half. But, if you just think of how amazing you will feel at the end of those 90 minutes, it will be totally worth getting to class.

You’ve generously offered to buy an unlimited one-year BYV membership for anyone who successfully refers a client to you. Tell us more about that …

I’m the co-founder and co-owner of TRG The Residential Group Realty, with one office in Kitsilano, one in Yaletown and approximately 140 REALTORS®. I love this industry and have been selling and buying real estate for over 20 years. Nothing is more rewarding than seeing people sincerely happy with one of the biggest financial decisions they will ever make and knowing that you had a big part in that. My clients become part of one big family that my team and I love to stay in touch with. My business partner Julie De Jong and I have over 25 years of experience between us, and TRG can cover many geographical areas: Vancouver, the North Shore, Port Moody and Burnaby. We have extensive knowledge in these areas working with both buyers and sellers, and can accommodate many clients at once without anyone ever feeling like they’re not getting our full undivided attention.

For me, an important part of my work and personal life is to actively participate in and give back to the community. That’s why I’m offering anyone, whether they’re currently a member of Bikram Yoga Vancouver or not, an unlimited year membership at BYV (worth $1,200 before tax) for any successful referral they make to me. In other words, if someone you know is buying or selling a home, including yourself, make the referral to me. Once that person has completed on his or her home, you’ll get the unlimited year membership – it’s that easy!

Know someone who’s buying or selling a home in the Greater Vancouver area (excluding the Fraser Valley)? Refer them to Niko at TRG The Residential Group Realty by email, or call him at 604-629-6100 (office) or 604-790-6456 (cell) for your chance at a year membership to Bikram Yoga Vancouver!

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