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Bikram Yoga St. Louis diligently follows the example of Bikram Choudhury's teachings, bringing St. Louis residents into the peaceful embrace of their dedicated teachers and a packed schedule of classes. Each 90-minute session takes place in a heated studio, where Bikram yoga students will execute a strict series of 26 postures. Classes stimulate flexibility and strength, and encourage the soul and psyche to rid themselves of toxins both mental and physical. Purge your system of pesky toxins, feel your muscles and tendons soften into Gumby-esque suppleness, and sweat out tension from every pore. Bikram Yoga St. Louis requires all new students to be registered and ready 15 minutes before their first class, and all students are asked to bring a yoga mat, large towel, and plenty of drinking water.
Bikram Yoga St. Louis
Above all else, Bikram Yoga emphasizes personal growth and development—not competition and comparison. That means newcomers are welcome to attend alongside experienced practitioners. Although the sessions at Bikram Yoga St. Louis may seem like a more physical challenge at first, the goal is for students to recognize and strengthen the connection that exists between the mind, body, and spirit. This progress does bolster physical fitness, but also creates a restorative and relaxing experience.
What is class like?
Every 90-minute session consists of the exact same sequence of two breathing exercises and 26 standing and seated asanas. These physically demanding postures use deep bends and twists to work muscle groups and organ systems throughout the body, pushing oxygenated blood where it's needed most and building strength and stamina. If you're having trouble with any pose, that's no problem: the instructors can recommend slight modifications. For more advice, visit the studio's website.
Why is the studio so hot?
The instructors heat the practice space to sweat-inducing levels for each class, increasing circulation and aiding in the release of toxins. In addition to loosening tight muscles—which allows students to sink deeper into each stretch—this heat also has profound mental benefits. The extra challenge encourages attendees to focus on each posture's alignment and orientation while learning how to accept the heat, concentrate on breathing, and practice a calmer mental state. After class, separate changing rooms with showers are available for those looking to refresh themselves.