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BIKRAM_1984 SparkPoints: (171)
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12/27/12 6:48 P

I enjoy Bikram Yoga. I actually just started last month and found that it has great benefits for me. It definitely helps build muscle and make your body tighter. Very good for your skin. Once you get over the mental aspect of going to Bikram you will see that it's not as bad as you thought it to be. It gets easier the more classes you attend. I recommend drinking at least 64 oz of water a day, more if you can so that you stay hydrated and attend at least 3-4 times a week so that you body gets used to the poses and becomes easier to do. Hope that helps. emoticon

12/25/12 11:45 A

Be advised that the hype about extra benefits from the ambient temperature of the studio are just that hype. There is not scientific foundation for any of the extra benefit claims made by the studios. In addition exercising in that overheated environment can be health threatening for some individuals.

PIPERCHICKAB SparkPoints: (21,282)
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12/25/12 11:29 A

I love all types of yoga, and I really enjoy Bikram.

Go in expecting to be hot, and make sure you bring a big water bottle and a towel since you will definitely use it.

Bikram is a specific set of poses (26 different poses) that you are supposed to go through in the class. In my 45 minute classes we usually end up going through these poses 2 times (sometimes 3) depending on the instructor. Most of the poses are fairly simple even for beginner yogis. You can likely find the list of poses if you search bikram poses on Google.

My only dislike is the amount of people in these classes. Bikram yoga has become extremely popular, and many times the classes are quite large. So you may have a person who is very sweaty or smelly very close to you.

Overall, it is definitely not for everyone, but it is a great workout. But be prepared before you go to the class. It will be hot and humid!

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12/25/12 10:06 A

I love doing yoga ! I've done Hatha, Iyengar, Vinyasa, Power yoga, etc...I even do pilates.

I don't like Bikram. That's just a personal preference. I don't like being in the ultra hot room doing poses. I find that when I sweat too much, I can't concentrate on the pose. However, I do know people who love doing Bikram. They love being in that 98 degree room. It just doesn't work for me.

I would say go in with an open mind. If you like it, awesome. If you don't, that's okay too. Do they give refunds or does this studio offer other types of yoga just in case you don't like it ?



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12/24/12 7:23 P

I recently purchased a 15 class for Bikram Yoga where I live, mostly because it was cheaper than buying two classes and I've always been interested so I figured in case I like it it would be good to have the 15. But, I don't know anyone who has done Bikram Yoga before.

So I thought I'd ask all of you!

I know every Bikram Yoga experience will be different, depending on studio, teacher, etc. But I'd be interested in hearing some people's experiences with it, particularly for the first class (and any advice), if you'd be willing to share.

Thank you!

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