(Closed) Bikram Yoga – thoughts?

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

try it once or twice before you buy a pass. many places will let you attend your first class for free. i would call around and try that, and if you like it, buy a pass for the one by your house.

i love it, but many people don’t!

Post # 4
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Blushing bee

If you’re concerned about Bikram yoga being very hot (~105F), check out Power yoga (~95F). I have seen people pass out during Bikran yoga, but the key here is to hydrate yourself frequently and when you feel lightheaded, to step out to get fresh air. I think any type of Yoga in conjunction with regular exercise is a great tool to stay in shape. I bet it’s a lot of water weight, but after I do Power yoga, I shed a few lbs and feel so much better. I hope this helps! 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I was shocked at how hot the room actually felt the first time I did Bikram.  It was an adjustment, but now I love it!  Actually, I go in a couple minutes early to relax and do some stretching.  See if you can attend one class before buying a pass–stay hydrated during the day, and class (most classes I’ve taken build in time in the class to drink a sip of water for those that need it), and take it easy during class. 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I did it a couple times and the heat was alot but to me the sweaty smell in the room was worse… I don’t consider myself a germaphobic but the smell was more than I could handle.  I tried it twice….that was enough for me!! 🙂

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

Bikram yoga is a franchise. That means that the sequence (technically, down to what the instructors say) will be exactly the same every time and that room will always be precisely 105, no matter if you do it in Manhattan or Waco, TX. The poses are traditional and don’t really get too fancy, so most beginners do fine with the postures. 

Bikram is one of the more vigorous styles (however, I’ve attended many power and vinyasa classes that are just as, if not more vigorous), so if you like a more relaxing restorative type, it might not be for you. But Bikram yogis tend to be fanatics–really devoted and very enthusiastic about it so it bodes well that you could try and and also become hooked. 

The heat does take some getting used to. When you go, be sure that you have water with you, and a towel, and introduce yourself to the teacher ahead of time. Choose a spot discretely by the door because if at any time you feel dizzy or lightheaded or nauseated, ducking out and giving yourself a breather might be a good idea. Don’t eat beforehand and drink lots of water afterwards. 

Post # 10
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Helper bee

That’s a good idea to try it out first.  I went once and it’s not for me.  I felt like I couldn’t put much effort into the poses because I was trying not to pass out.  I ended up sitting down a lot.  Some people rave about it, so see how you like it!

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

@PitBulLover: Ah–Baptiste is different from Bikram. Baron Baptiste is a yoga guru and famous for power-style yoga. That means that classes in the “Baptiste style” tend to also be more vigorous, but again, nothing all that fancy or technical. And I think they are also done in a heated room, but not heated quite as high as they would be in Bikram. Still bring water and still try to stay somewhat near the door because between 95 F and 105 F, who’s really counting? Have fun!

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’m a huge fan of Baptiste/Power vinyasa – been doing it for about 6 years now. It’s definitely my favorite style of yoga. It’s very Americanized, compared to a lot of forms of yoga. Bikram is totally different, and I personally hate it. With Baptiste, you’re moving around a lot more (it’s a “flow” style), whereas, as someone mentioned, Bikram is always the same series of 26 poses, which I personally find boring. Also, Bikram studios are always carpeted, which I think is gross considering all the sweating that goes on in there. I think Baptiste is harder and a better workout, despite the slightly lower temp. Either way, bring a towel or two and water for sure. 

I’ve actually been to Dancing Mind, and I had a bad experience with one of the teachers so I didn’t go back, but it seems like a good studio overall. Their intro deal isn’t bad compared to how expensive full-price yoga is in the area. The other Baptiste-style studio in the area is Down Dog, I like them a lot.

Good luck! I hope you love it! 

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

@PitBulLover: I did Bikram once, and hated it.  I can’t stand being hot, it makes me super sick to my stomach, and I thought I was going to throw up.  Hard to concentrate and be zen when you are trying to keep your lunch down, LOL.

Post # 15
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Honey bee

I did hot yoga for a few months and loved it. I would actually love to go again but can’t afford it on top of my gym membership right now.

Definetly drink water ALL day long to stay hydrated during class. If you feel sick or lightheaded, they encourage you to sit down or in childs pose. I loved the class because you just do what is comfortable for you. Don’t wear loose clothing and don’t eat anything too heavy a few hours before class.  Get there a few minutes early so you can sit in the hot room and let your body adjust to the temperature.

Enjoy it!

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