Hot yoga has the ability to increase the body's flexibility, unlike cold yoga, which freezes muscles until they're either too stiff to stretch or too tempting to polar cubbies' jowls. Avoid icy and dicey situations with today's Groupon at Bikram Yoga Hermosa Beach on Pier Avenue. Choose between the following options:
- For $29, you get one month of unlimited yoga classes (a $160 value).
- For $220, you get three months of unlimited yoga classes (a $440 total value).
Bikram Yoga Hermosa Beach studio owners Leyla Assadi and Kay Ostrenko blanket the week with an accommodating schedule of Bikram classes. Each 90-minute sweat session begins with a deep breathing exercise to melt minds into a relaxed state and acclimate bodies to the 105-degree heat and 40% humidity. A series of standing poses strengthen the legs and core by pushing body-balancing boundaries, and mat exercises wring out toxins by twisting and strengthening the spine and stretching balled up muscles into sinewy, cashmere-like blankets.
Because the intense heat and humidity can cause salty storms of sweat to rain from pores, students are encouraged to bring a large towel, bottle of water, and mat (mats and towels can be rented from the studio if needed), and arrive 15-20 minutes early to set up their stretch stations. Likewise, students should plan to hold off on consuming heavy amounts of food at least two hours before class, with all cell phones, gum, and perfumes left at home so as not to distract fellow yogis or passerby leprechauns. Free parking is available in studio's lot.
Bikram Yoga Hermosa Beach
Inside the spacious, sun-filled studio, passionate teachers Leyla Assadi and Kay Ostrenko lead students of all abilities through a robust schedule of 90-minute, heated-yoga classes. Created by celebrated yogi, Bikram Choudhury, the Bikram-yoga method features two breathing exercises and 26 postures designed to promote flexibility and detoxify the body with stretches and balances that send freshly oxygenated blood white water rafting through the body's veins and organs. Heated to a balmy 105-degrees, the serene practice space envelopes students in wall-spanning mirrors and floor to ceiling windows that illuminate the room with soft, natural light. After reducing toxins to Wicked Witch floor puddles, patrons can take advantage of the studio's spa-like facilities, where a steamy sauna and roomy showers complete the cleansing process.