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Born February 1, 1992 – Hiiro Zaké Sigal Prince was always a different kind of being. Growing up on the spectrum with mental health disorders (Anxiety/Depression/PTSD/Non-Verbal Learning Disorder/Speech Delay) and an old soul from the get go, his intuition and awareness was wise beyond his early years. This proved to him that he had an interesting journey awaiting his future. Hiiro was born in Vancouver, BC, Canada and grew up with his parents (Elana and Dana) and his 1 older Brother Zachary in Kerrisdale.
Hiiro was a true video gamer and spent most of his life investing 12hrs daily into the true ‘universe’ he always (and still presently) sees his everyday perspective through. He was fully inactive and had no health-consciousness in every respect and this brought him to weighing 180lb at 5’2″at age 12!
Through Hiiro’s image transformation, which also involved the embracing of his own sexuality and identity, he found his love of self-expression/creativity through visual/performing arts and Men’s fashion/image/style and all things retail focused. There was never a dull moment whenever he would enter a store and spend hours analyzing their business model, sales and customer service experience, merchandising and buying and brand integrity.
This shifted Hiiro’s focus from the gaming industry into the fashion/retail/image world which drove him to design/illustrate/produce his own clothing and products in 2007. He worked consistently in local boutiques and his most recent role was his time as a YBoutique Specialist @YYOGA from 2011-2013 and continues to stay connected through his love of the industry through True Identity Movement Project.
In 2003 at the age of 15, his older brother Zach was diagnosed with A.L.L. (Acute Lymphocytic Leukaemia, Stage 4 Blood Cancer) and battled courageously until August 10th, 2005. When Zach was still alive, Hiiro decided to shave his head and raise money/awareness for Adolescents Living with Blood Cancer through Balding for Dollars and successfully raised enough funding to create the Zach Prince Foundation which has been able to provide dedicated resources/tools/training/facilities for other’s living with what Zach did. Hiiro realized that his life was extremely short, that everything he was doing for himself was only going to result in chronic obesity and life-debilitating health concerns.
This is where the beginning of Hiiro’s True Identity Movement Project began, by him losing 45lbs in 7 months through a complete 180º overhaul of his exercise, diet, nutrition, wellness and lifestyle. It was initially through a love of the video game Dance Dance Revolution (Popularized in arcades/home consoles in Asia then North America in the late 90s/00s) that Hiiro had the cardio outlet for burning fat/calories which in 2006-2010 bloomed into short/long distance running through his High School years via competitive/recreational Track&Field. With the rise of the mainstream yoga community growing, Hiiro kept hearing the term/activity and he decided to try the new Nintendo Wii Fit Yoga when it launched- integrating the stretching into his cool down from running.
Eventually it was intriguing him enough that he wanted to overcome his social/transitional/environmental anxieties and force himself to try a public yoga class. It was a sign from the universe when he was exploring the 2010 Olympics in his home town, walked into Lululemon Athletica and was handed a FREE 2-Week “Gift of Yoga” pass to YYoga. He began his journey with the Downtown Flow Centre @888 Burrard St. and between 2010-Present day Hiiro has now fully integrated/embodied, nurtured/restored and always exploring his True Identity.
Hiiro began teaching Yoga in late 2012, Spin in 2015 and Mat Pilates July 2016 in order to provide a well-rounded and intuitive movement platform for his students.
To date he has completed over 1200hrs (including his 2nd 200hr and 40hr Ayurveda Yoga Training through Karma Teachers) of Teacher Training and Continuing Education and always will be a student and work in progress. He will also complete his crystal bowl sound healing with Colin Hillstrom and Jikiden Reiki training with Meltem Oner-Legros by Summer 2019
Hiiro is also a Restorative Yoga Teacher Trainer and provides public classes & workshops in Restorative, Yin and Therapeutic Gentle Yoga.
Hiiro Prince puts an emphasis on an inclusive, unconventional, nurturing, healing, honest, liberating, embodied, integrated, down to Earth practice.
His unique fusion of therapeutic restorative and yin:yang lineages and mat Pilates + indoor cycling incorporates a gentle, dynamic, intuitive, hands-on approach. He always sees the yoga practice through a NON-Asana driven approach. Versus perfection of the physical form, Hiiro identifies the mat as raw blank canvas, a creative playground like an open artist studio – except it’s a yoga studio!
A teacher whom believes in breaking beyond the physical boundaries of the mat, Hiiro provides his students the freedom to take their practices to where they need it to be. He encourages open dialogue and story-sharing, offers his students tangible takeaway tools to apply with off their mat, with the practical purpose of self care. He gives the gift of the 8 limbs from his heart, space for awareness and compassion and a foundation on which their inward and eternal journey can grow.
His passion for teaching draws from life experience, his own intuition of embodied and integrated mindfulness and awareness practice, an advocacy for Gay Men’s healthy, alternative/unconventional lifestyles and the belief in the importance of a connection with your own “True Identity.”
His Vinyasa classes are playful, charismatic and uplifting while offering inclusivity to all levels and bodies. In his Hatha classes, Hiiro breaks down the foundations and principals of alignment/breath and asana with modifications and props. His Restorative and Yin classes may include yoga nidra, nada (sound healing) yoga, optional hands-on assists, guided meditation/visualization and pranayama (breath work).
Hiiro’s Spin classes emphasize traditional cycling principals for a safe and sustainable experience. He brings a contemporary approach through his music and keeping the room lights off for a fully introspective ride. Hiiro integrates his interdisciplinary background in order to provide a mindful, breath-focused and fabulously sweaty riding experience!
Hiiro structures his Mat Pilates classes are sassy, vibrant and therapeutic while enforcing his creative infusion of classical Pilates techniques with yoga elements.
You can expect that each class will always offer a different, genuine and authentic experience whether it’s the theming, playlist or sequencing. The one thing that will consistently remain the same will be his sincere support, his unwavering dedication, and his focus on you and your bright light. Hiiro always views himself as an eager student and cares most about giving back to his community through the life lessons that Yoga continues to instil.
He asks that you tune out to tune in and be open to exploring your ‘True Identity!’
He also joined forces with the Westin Bayshore’s #YogaWestin program as part of their well-being initiative in Summer 2015-2017 where he lead private/exclusive classes for Guests/Staff within the hotel. Hiiro is also a certified SCHWINN Indoor Cycling Teacher with 25hrs Group Fitness Theory from CanFitPro, completed his Level 1 and 2 of PRYT with Shivani Wells (Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy.)
Hiiro’s hard at work establishing a universal brand which integrates education through community. He never identifies with being titled as a “teacher” and always instead as a passionate student constantly becoming a better version of himself.
He is grateful for the education he has been able to acquire from his teachers/mentors including:
Mike Nichols, Kelly Colleen, Dr. Genieve Burley, Lucy St. John, Steve Fazzari, Chris Manansala, Elle Bryson, Shivani Wells, Eryn Krieger, Hillary Keegan, Rachel Martens, Heather Eschuk, Lucy Ulmer, and Nicole Marcia.
Outside of his yoga practice and teaching, Hiiro enjoys his spare time pursuing his passion for photography, creative writing and visual/performing arts, enjoying float sessions, spin classes, guzzling Bubble Tea, wearing an awesome pair of Vessi Footwear and indulging in reality TV and the occasional childhood video game session. He cares deeply for his community, building and establishing new relationships and is always wearing a smile on his face with arms wide-open to give the universe a hug.
Hiiro has been a 2 time presenter for the Yogathon Vancouver in 2015 and 2016 and was a presenter at the first Vancouver Yoga Expo 2016! He was also celebrated and recognized by http://www.worldyoganews.com as one of 2016’s TOP TEN leading Yoga Teachers internationally for his VGMY: Vancouver Gay Men’s Yoga.
He most recently presented at the 2018 Victoria Yoga Conference in Victoria BC, Pride Sports Day with YYoga/Vancouver Pride Society, Lululemon Lila Summer Series and UNITE Soul Journeys on NYE 2018. He looks forward to future presentation opportunities in the future!
Hiiro is a contributing writer for newly launched Ireland based Men’s Yoga brand, Warrior Addict and sharing his perspective about the Men’s Yoga community and lifestyle.
Nurture. Restore. Explore!
“I equate Yoga/Well-Being/Lifestyle to many descriptions… one being that it is purely a simple continuous point of focus without distraction absolutely anything aside that one point. Your physical body is a vehicle for the spirit, heart and mind to channel through. Your body is a gas tank and your breath is the gas that fuels the engine. Nothing more. Nothing less.”
– Hiiro Zaké Sigal Prince