Not all hot yoga classes are Bikram, but all Bikram yoga classes are hot. Instructors turn up the heat to 105 degrees Fahrenheit, which can help detoxify the body and provide deeper stretches as students follow 26 specific poses. Combined with the form’s two breathing exercises, Bikram yoga can help its disciples sleep better, improve their posture, increase their stamina, and relieve chronic pain.
Students should bring: A yoga mat, water bottle, and towel
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Average class length: 60 minutes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: 2 hour free parking
Pro Tip: Classes at Navy Pier are first come first serve. Plan accordingly.
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