Yoga is unique in that it is the only medieval physical-fitness art that doesn't involve firing crossbows or dead lifting a chainmail blouse right before the ball. Bend and stretch with today's Groupon: for $39, you get one month of unlimited classes at Bikram Yoga Harlem (up to a $150 value).
In each class, Bikram Yoga Harlem’s friendly and experienced instructors guide students through a systematic series of poses designed to move fresh, oxygenated blood to every inch of the body, promoting balanced systems, healthy weight, muscle tone, and mental clarity. Students of all skill levels and lifestyles can glisten their way through 26 challenging postures and two pranayama breathing techniques during their yoga sessions, which take place in a heated room to promote deep-muscle warming and detoxification. The added atmospheric degrees not only help students stretch and move with ease, but also reduce the risk of exercise-related strain, injury, and shiverlimbs. Classes are 90 minutes long and are held at many times each day.
Each pose pupil should grab a yoga mat, water bottle, and bendable spine before class. Each flexing cohort receives access to two studio-provided towels, though additional moisture absorbers can be rented for $0.50 each. Yoga mats and water bottles can also be rented, harpoon hunted, or purchased from the studio ($2 to rent a mat, $2 for water).
Bikram Yoga Harlem
Co-owners Adam Roper and Erik Cummings didn't always sport the healthy bodies they do now, but through years of dedicated practice and, eventually, Bikram certifications, Adam lost 35 pounds and Erik addressed a shoulder injury caused by a previous bike accident. Today, the two yogis share their passion for the heated practice with the help of a team of fellow certified instructors and Bikram Yoga Harlem's unofficial mascot, a pint-sized dachshund named Sebastian Kumquat. The studio welcomes practitioners of all experience levels, with Bikram's series of 26 postures and two breathing exercises catering to even the rustiest of tin men. Balmy temperatures around the 100-degree mark warm the muscles, helping students achieve deeper twists, binds, and bends, and encouraging the body to expel harmful toxins and clingy droplets of T-1000.