JOIN MY PUBLIC DROP-IN CLASSES @ YYOGA
6:15-7:00am YRide @ South Granville
5:15-6:15pm YHot @ Highgate
8:00-9:15pm Yin & Meditation @ Park Royal
4:15pm-5:30 Hatha @ Downtown Flow
8:00-9:15pm Yin & Meditation @ Park Royal
530-6:30pm Flow &
6:45-7:45pm Hatha @ Highgate
6:15-7:00am YRide @ South Granville
8:30-9:45pm Yin @ Kitsilano
9:45-10:30am YRide @ South Granville
12:15-1:15pm YHot @ Highgate
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AUTHENTIC. PASSIONATE. UNCONVENTIONAL.
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 1000hrs of Teacher Training and Continuing Education and always will be a student and work in progress. #NamasGay
Hiiro Prince puts an emphasis on an unconventional, nurturing, healing, honest, liberating, laughter-filled, down to Earth practice. His unique fusion of therapeutic restorative and yin:yang incorporates a gentle, dynamic, intuitive, hands-on approach. He always sees the yoga 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 and integrate his interdisciplinary background in order to provide a mindful, breath-focused and fabulously sweaty riding experience! Hiiro structures his Mat Pilates classes in a similar fashion 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!’
Hiiro currently offers public drop-in classes in the Lower Mainland through YYoga, Vancouver Corporate Yoga, YWCA Health+Fitness and most recently, Pulse Cycling Studio in Dunbar.
He also joined forces with the Westin Bayshore’s #YogaWestin program as part of their well-being initiative in Summer 2015 where he leads 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 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.
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, Chris Manansala, Elle Bryson, Rena Shields, 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 cold-pressed green juices, wearing an awesome pair of Fluevog boots 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.
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