About Bikram Yoga

What is Bikram Yoga?

Bikram's Therapeutic Hatha/Raja (Physical/Mental) Yoga is a type of hot yoga with a series of 26 yoga stretching postures and breathing exercises taught in a 90 minute class. Each pose is a challenge based on one's personal abilities. The postures are done in the safe environment of a heated room so that deep penetration can relieve one's body resistance without risking injury.

How do I start Bikram Yoga?

No Bikram Yoga Experience Necessary. You do not have to be flexible to start Bikram Yoga. You might have an injury or health condition or you might be in excellent shape and just want deeper core training. Either way, this class will help strengthen and stretch every muscle, tendon, ligiment and fiber in your body to help you achieve optimal health.

As a Beginner, You Can Start Bikram Yoga Anytime.
Simply arrive 15 minutes early for your first Bikram Yoga class. Try not to eat much for two to three hours before class. Bring a water bottle, yoga mat, a full-sized towel and a good attitude to expand your boundaries.

How much does it cost?


1st Timer Special - 20 consecutive days for $20

Drop In - $15

5 Class Card - $65

10 Class Card - $120

Current Class Cards Expire after 3 Months


Monthly Unlimited Pass - Electronic Withdrawal - $75 month +1 time $35 activation

Monthly Unlimited Pass / w/ Student or Military ID - Electronic Withdrawal - $65 month +1 time $35 activation

Month to Month Unlimited - $100

Week Unlimited and/or Travelers Special $30 Unlimited (includes Mat and Towel rental) - $30

 

Mat and Towel Rental - $4

 

What are the benefits of Bikram Yoga?
  • Increases flexibility
  • Reshapes your body
  • Improves circulation
  • Tones, lengthens, and strengthens muscles
  • Reduces risk of sport injury
  • Achieves relief from pain
  • Reduces weight and stress
  • Raises energy level
  • Diminishes the effect of stress
  • Increases balance and coordination
  • Improves health
Who is Bikram Choudhury?

Bikram Choudhury began practicing Yoga at the age of 4. His physical fitness guru was Bishnu Ghosh, brother of Paramahansa Yogananda. Bikram and his wife Rajashree run the Yoga College of India International Headquarters in Los Angeles, California. All new Bikram Yoga instructors attend the college to complete a rigorous 10 week training course before receiving certification.   Together, they also travel the world lecturing, demonstrating, and holding workshops on the unique and powerful therapeutic hatha yoga method.

Why does Bikram Yoga use a heated room?
  • Allows for deeper stretching because the muscles, fascia, and connective tissue are more elastic.
  • Warm temperatures allow for greater range of motion in the joints.
  • Reduced chance of injury because muscles are warmed up.
  • Stretching warm muscles burns fat more efficiently.
  • Capillaries dilate, which increase oxygen flow to cells and promotes waste removal.
  • Promotes toxic release via the sweat through the body's largest eliminative organ, the skin.
Bikram Yoga Testimonials

Bikram Yoga Gave Me My Life Back

On January 19, 2010, my sister in law died suddenly of a heart attack at the age of 41. She had been in my life for 20 years and we were close. Her death hit me very hard. I tried support groups, exercise, self help books and counseling to try to come to terms with her death. No matter how hard I tried, nothing seemed to work. At the time of her death, I was unemployed but was brought back to that job two months later. After only working for five months I was laid off yet again. Trying to find a job in today’s tough job market proved to be very frustrating. The job search situation did not help my already present depression.

In November, 2010, I had a job interview in California. I had previously lived in California, so I was able to stay with a close friend. This friend is a Bikram Yoga Instructor and had been trying to get me to take class for the last three years. I always shut my mind to the class because of the heat. One night, her husband talked me into taking one of her classes; I had no idea what I was in store for. After the first class, I immediately felt good. I had this rush of energy I had not felt all year. I knew I needed to continue with the yoga practice.

When I returned to Boise, I started practicing yoga the very next day. Since I was laid off, I found myself practicing every day. After the first week, I decided to commit to doing the 60 day challenge. I have also had rosacea my whole life. After the second week, I noticed my skin started to clear up. My friends also noticed a change in me. They noticed I was happier than I had been all year. I also noticed my concentration was improving. By the end of my 60 day challenge I felt better physically and had mental clarity I had not felt in years.

Words cannot describe my appreciation for Bikram Yoga. I feel like I have my life back. I feel less angry and people enjoy being around me again. The instructors and staff at Bikram Boise are amazing. They are very motivating and inspiring. I have laughed and cried with them during classes. I cannot imagine my life today without Bikram Yoga.

 

- Julie Wagner

 

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I am a true believer that what and when something happens in one’s life is a path that has already been laid out by God. Only He knows where it is going. Every fork in the road has been strategically placed with an outcome unknown to me, never under my control. My mission is to go with the flow, smile, breathe and then breathe some more (with a smiling happy face). This is my nemesis. This is my opus.

This work, control, has more to do with letting it go rather than getting more of it. Realizing that it was never something I didn’t have, but rather something that I could get stronger from when I relinquish it and humble myself, with dignity and grace (and sometimes with a little less dignity and grace, but a whole lot of laughter). I am a creature that desires change, never ending change. I cannot remain stagnant. It is not to say that I cannot stay with something for long periods of time, but rather my environment must stimulate and challenge me to be my best. I attend your classes with an open mind and an open heart, always knowing that I will leave better, not only in body, but in spirit, than when I left. With that said, I would like to say thank you. Thank you for providing an environment that is filled with success, failure, strength, weakness, eye of the tiger strength, childlike vulnerability, openness to learn, willingness to teach and above all a place that gives all hearts the opportunity to soar and be free.

Namastae.

- Karin Kimura


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Observations, Thoughts and Self-Reflection after four years of Bikram Yoga: A Testimonial 

 

The Path Taken:

Tasks Too Many 

Repetition 

Increasing Complexity 

Loose Ends Dangling, Often Knotted 

Cluttered, Confined Spaces 

Doubting Daily, Deflecting, Disappointment 

Universe Collapsing 

Self-Defeating and Self-Critical 

 

Long Days, Short Restless Nights 

Fatigue and Lethargy 

Thoughts Mixed, Mentally Distracted, Mind Chattering 

Negative Energy, Fuse Shortening 

Something Missing, Seeking Meaning 

Slippery Slope, Sliding, Falling, Grasping 

Fearing What is Coming 

 

Heart Racing, Shallow Breathing 

Joints Stiff, Muscles Tense 

Belly Bulging, Arteries Clogging 

Body Caffeinated, Thirsting and Dehydrated 

Muscles Knotted, Skeleton Misaligned 

Wrinkling, Shrinking, Aging 

Painful, Aching Numbness 

 

The Journey begins anew: 

Hot, Flushed, Pores Sweating 

Muscles Ache, Can’t Breath --- at first, then 

Muscles toning, Weight Shifting, Balance Returning 

Firm Foundations, Inner Strength 

Building Bone Density 

Standing Straight 

Strong but Limber 

Finally Flexible 

Feeling Cleansed 

Breathing Calmness 

Renewed Vitality, Youth Returning 

Seeking Rainbows to Chase and Mountains to Climb 

 

Restful Nights, Waking Ready, Insightful Days 

Decluttered and Focussed Clarity 

Energized, Efficient, Multi-Tasking 

Completing Chores and Attaining Goals, While 

 

At Ease, Contented, Relaxed 

Laughing, Enjoying Simple Pleasures, 

Feeling Compassion and Harmony 

Embracing Empathy, With a 

 

New Self-Awareness, Enlightenment, Thoughtfulness 

Peace in Oneness, Appreciation of Now 

Living in the Present, Trusting in the Future 

Still with Vitality Building, Life Returning 

…as the journey continues. 

 

- Merlin White

 

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I came to Bikram yoga because I was having difficulty finding a form of exercise that turned me on enough to be disciplined about it. I used to run, bike and swim, and somehow during the past couple years, I’d lost my exercise mojo. What used to be fun, what used to feel like freedom, had begun to feel like drudgery. I have long counted on movement, in particular endurance athletics, to help me feel mentally focused and emotionally balanced, so I really felt the loss of an important aspect of my life.

 

Numerous friends (Lisa Fisher, Anne Elliot, Jen Woodfield) told me about your studio, and I kind of knew it would be a thing for me too…once I finally got there. I also knew that I needed yoga for more reasons than the exercise. 

 

And it has been perfect for me on so many levels. I can relate dozens of positive changes in my life in the few short months I’ve been coming. My spine…I had no idea you could really change it! (My husband said my hump is almost gone, I said, “I had a hump!?) On of my biggest struggles as a writer is finding structure and focus, and yoga gives me a time to let go of my intellect and meditate through movement which eventually leads me to a focus based in truth rather than my scattered thoughts. Yoga has even helped me find clarity and strength in some specific areas, so that I can write about things that previously made me feel too vulnerable, like post-traumatic stress syndrome. It gives me an hour and a half when I am part of a community of people all sweating and breathing and moving towards wholeness. I’m such a verbal person, and it’s good for me to learn to connect with others in a nonverbal way. (Along those lines, dialogue is a misnomer, don’t you think? : ))

 

Like most newbie yogis, I could go on and on. But it feels most important to say is how much I admire and appreciate you as a teacher. I know the standard line is that we are all our own teachers. But I am a teacher by profession myself and I know what it takes to help someone else find his or her way. It takes a lot of skill and knowledge; it takes the ability to set one’s own ego aside and be present for someone else; it takes an array of communication skills; and of course it takes a generous heart. I’m so impressed with your ability to connect with your students, new and old alike. I always sense that you are aware of the whole room and it helps all of us feel more confident and connected. I think all of your teachers are amazing, but I have no doubt that part of the reason is that they have you as an example. Thank you so much Jamie.

 

Much love. Namaste.

 

- Laura Stavoe

 

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A year ago starting Bikram yoga, wearing a t-shirt and work out pants, being insecure, questioning myself and my life, and wondering WHAT I was doing in a 105 degree room with people who would be WAY better at yoga than I was, is NOT who I am today. I went to yoga to try and shed a few pounds and try a new challenge.

 

Little did I know I would lose the weight, 26 lbs. to be exact while wearing REAL yoga clothes, but I gained so much more. I learned how to look at ME in the mirrors, and not just from the outside but to get in my head and clean out the crap that had been sitting there causing me pain for so many years.

 

My body and mind had been fighting a war against each other for years. Yoga finally taught me how to be good to my body AND my mind. I have never been so at peace, so focused on the positive things in life, and so determined to keep moving forward on making a better “me.”

 

Yoga not only added to my life, it molded my life into something I could have never done without my amazing Bikram teachers and encouraging classmates. My life is now worth so much more than I used to believe it was, my relationships are no longer sources if negativity, my work has a new meaning and light to it knowing I am helping people heal through massage, and my mind is so much stronger, clearer, and determined than I ever believed a mind could be.

 

Bikram yoga gave me a new life, a better life, a life that allows me to love people who love me even more than I was capable of before. Yoga is not just for you, but for people whose lives you can change with your newfound peace. Your parents, your kids, your family, your friends, your co-workers or clients, even strangers on the street you send a smile to. The way you live your life affects those around you. You don’t just change your life; you change the lives of those who love you. They DO deserve the best YOU possible, don’t you think?

 

Thank you Bikram teachers and students for giving me the strength to accomplish all I have so far.

 

Namaste! 

 

- Jamie Gruber