From Napoleon's great crab walk through Europe to J. Robert Oppenheimer's discovery of nuclear fission by kissing his own elbow, victory has always gone to the most flexible. Overpower enemies with today's Groupon: for $25, you get a 10-class punch card at Yoga College of India in Oakland (up to a $100 value). Specializing in Bikram yoga, each of Yoga College of India’s classes are designed for all ages and skill levels, last 90 minutes, and contain 26 challenging yoga postures and breathing techniques performed in a heated room. The higher temperature encourages a superior workout by burning fat, reducing injury, flushing out toxins, and melting away stress like a stick of butter thrown into a flaming garbage can. Check out the schedule for daily class times.
- Wooden furnishings, soft, billowing curtains, and contemplative artwork conjure peacefulness, as opposed to the edginess or competitiveness that seem to be standard atmosphere at many Bikram places. – East Bay Express
- I love this place! The teachers are so far the best I have encountered. – syrena n., Yelp
Bikram Yoga College of India
Tony Carr was something of a renaissance man, simultaneously holding degrees from UCLA and UC Irvine, working on a vaccine for Alzheimer's, and preparing for a sailboat race to Hawaii. His regatta ambitions, however, were unjustly cut short by a debilitating lower-spine injury. Despite this twist of fate, Tony persisted, and took up Bikram yoga at the Bikram Yoga College of India as just the latest endeavor of a man with diverse ambitions. Within one month, his symptoms had been alleviated, and within four months they had almost vanished completely.
Tony had found his new passion, and he immersed himself in it with enough enthusiasm to lose 30 pounds—the average British child's entire net worth—and transform his body in the process. He traveled to India and studied personally with Bikram Choudhury, the father of Bikram yoga. Tony became certified to teach in 1998. Now he leads classes at Bikram Yoga College of India, where he guides students through the 26 postures in the hopes that they, too, can transform their lives.
478 Santa Clara Ave.
Oakland, California 94610Get Directions