Have you ever attended a hot yoga or Bikram Yoga? The Bikram Yoga studio at Brick Canvas is kept at 105 degrees Fahrenheit and 40 percent humidity. Each class consist of 26 poses, each of them done twice, and the class lasts 90 minutes. By the end of the class, your body will have cleansed itself of many impurities and all of your organs will be massaged and functioning in peak condition. Bikram Yoga helps cleanse the body and has many healing benefits, both physically and mentally. It works every tendon, joint, and muscle in your body and does not leave you sore and uncomfortable. Instead, it releases stress and creates a sense of well-being. There are also many other benefits.
When you arrive to Brick Canvas for Bikram Yoga, you will be greeted by a very nice receptionist and then will walk back to the yoga studio. There, you will check in and may leave your things in cubbies between the double doors to the entrance of the yoga studio or you may leave your belongings in the locker room located nearby. In there are digital lockers that are available free for your use.
As a first timer, make sure you speak with the instructor beforehand. He or she will give you instructions on class, where to set up your yoga mat, and what to do if you are not sure what to do or if you need to leave the room. Make sure you bring a yoga mat, a full-length towel, a hand towel, and water.
Frequently asked questions that friends have asked me:
Was it uncomfortable with the heat? When you first walk in, it is obviously very warm. I would recommend arriving early so that you can lie on your mat and let your body start getting used to the heat. Once your body is used to it, I don’t think it is as bad.
Were you sweaty the whole time? Yes. Sweat drips off of you. Your clothes get soaked. Take a hand towel and some water. It will help.
Was it smelly in the room with all of the heat and sweat? No! I don’t know how they do it but I don’t think it smells bad at all.
Were you sore afterwards? No. Drinking a lot of water will help. But the workout helps stretch and strengthen your body and it does not hurt when done correctly.
Does time go by slowly? I don’t think it does. It is a long class but squeezing 26 poses in, doing each of them twice, with some resting, time seems to go by quickly.
What should I wear for such a hot room? Women seem to wear tank tops and shorts, men seem to wear just shorts. But honestly, it’s warm, so the less, the better. One man that did Bikram Yoga in California said that everyone wears just underwear to Bikram Yoga. Here in Utah, I think women cover up more than that. But if you wear underwear type clothing, you won’t look out of place. 🙂
For the month of October, Bikram Yoga at Brick Canvas has some great things going on, including $3 for their 3 pm workout on Saturdays. This is a fantastic deal!
For more information about Bikram Yoga, Brick Canvas, and specials, visit our introduction post.