I cannot say enough FANTASTIC things about this yoga studio!!!!
I had never done yoga before, and was encouraged by a coworker to look into Bikram specifically. So, a quick search led me here.
What is Bikram?
Bikram is a special type of yoga. It’s not just “hot yoga.” Bikram can only be practiced/taught by a select few studios who are actually affiliated with – and properly taught by – an official Bikram teacher. “Bikram” is the name of the founder, Bikram Choudhury, who created this form of yoga India.
Bikram is practiced in a HOT environment – not just hot, but usually between 100-104 degrees. Plus, the room isn’t dry – it’s a wet heat – humidity is usually set at 40%. It makes a difference… prepare to sweat. Prepare to sweat profusely – and it’s amazing!
So I went here first, and I am so glad I did.
I went to this studio and was greeted by Lindsay who is a fantastic instructor! I nervously walked in and took my shoes off at the door (there were shoe racks, so I followed the queue this gave me)… She greeted me with a very warm smile and a “Hello, welcome!” I approached the front desk, and said, “Hi, I’m new and I saw you had a beginner’s class scheduled tonight. Is there still a beginner’s class tonight I could try?” Lindsay said, “we’re ALL beginners.” It wasn’t condescending; it was sincere and warm. She was disarming.
She made me really comfortable and proceeded to answer all my (many) questions. I paid cash for the drop-in rate (hint: check the schedule, they sometimes have cheap times/days for drop-ins if you pay cash.) She explained the packages and the current promo (it was ~$50 for a month of unlimited classes for new members.) I declined – I didn’t know if I’d love it or think it was a class full of quacks. She did not pressure me at all, and showed me where the locker room was, and where the class would be held.
I went to the locker room to change – the locker room has 3 showers, 2 bathroom stalls, plenty of ‘cubbies’, lockers if you wish, 2 sinks, a vanity counter with hair dryers, and a changing area with a bench.
I changed, leaving everything except my yoga mat, yoga towel, and water bottle in the locker room. (If you don’t have a mat, they can rent you one. But definitely hydrate ahead of time – and bring water!)
I entered the studio and laid my mat and towel down in the back-center, next to another woman, Sherri.
Sherri, like all other members, was very sweet and would become someone I run into a lot, and someone I would occasionally ask questions to (about the instructors, other classes, etc.). The first class, I made it through, but barely – I could not believe how EXHAUSTING it was. It wasn’t your typical “Kumbayah” type of yoga. Everyone was drenched with sweat within the first 10 minutes. Most of the classes are 90 minutes long. They do the same Bikram poses (26) every time, but you can push yourself to different levels with each pose and each class. There are classes I have to sit down and rest as the class continues, and that’s perfectly ok.
Everyone goes at their OWN pace, and ONLY focuses on themselves.
This is important to note, because it means there is no judgement. Period.