Bikram Yoga is the franchised discipline often referred to as “hot yoga.” However, “hot yoga” and “Bikram yoga” are not the same thing, although similar. For a studio to carry the name “Bikram Yoga,” their instructors must complete extensive trademarked training and their facility must follow specific guidelines, such as keeping the room at a toasty 105°F, lasting 90 minutes and running through a gamut of 26 poses in a specific order and attempting to keep all students in sync as they move through these poses.
Bikram Yoga Delray Beach leaves a lot to be desired, at least that is the impression you get initially. It is a small studio of basically a lobby, a hallway and three rooms: the studio and the men's and women's locker rooms. The smell of the studio, from the moment you enter, likely typifies the practice of Bikram yoga - the rancid odor of sweat and B.O. mixed with patchouli incense that burns in the lobby. It is rumored that a remodel is scheduled in an attempt to better accommodate the growing popularity of the studio. In particular, new flooring, which will replace the carpet that is believed to be the central source of the unyielding odor.
The class itself is an exhilarating experience. It is both sheer torture and woefully intoxicating at the same time. It is evident that the instructors at Bikram Yoga Delray Beach practice the discipline whole-heartedly and are passionate about sharing the genuine experience of Bikram with their students.
The studio encourages beginner participation and they do a good job of making you feel welcome and accepted at the studio, however they fail to tell you a few of the “rules” of the practice prior to your first experience.
For beginners, you may find it helpful to know the following, some of which will not be explained to you prior to class:
- Unless it is an “emergency,” you are not allowed to leave the room during the class.
- Only drink water during the three scheduled breaks in the class. It is considered rude to drink while others are posing.
- When going into shavasana (corpse pose), your feet must face the back of the room.
- Do not close your eyes.
- Do not look at anyone else in the room – only yourself in the mirror and the instructor.
Bikram is more than a form of exercise. It is a true discipline. These rules are part of that discipline.
Classes are offered throughout the day seven days per week. New students must arrive at least 15 minutes before the class begins. You will need to come equipped with a yoga mat, a large towel and water. It is also recommended that you bring a small towel for wiping your face and hands. Wear light-weight clothing – shorts and tanks or sports bras for women and shorts only for men.
If you must change at the studio, the locker room space is quite small and there are no lockers for stowing your belongings. Please note that no shoes are not allowed past the front lobby.
Various packages are available for purchase, as well as yoga clothing and accessories.
To learn more about Bikram Yoga Delray Beach, visit their website: BikramYogaDelrayBeach.com.