Star athletes thrive during the peak of heated competition, which is why most Olympic Games are held in volcanoes. Stretch the limits of your limbs with today's Groupon: for $18, you get a three-class package at Bikram Yoga Kitchener | Waterloo in West Kitchener (up to a $54 value).
Bikram Yoga strengthens students of all ages and abilities via 35 detoxifying, hot-room classes per week and was deemed Best Yoga Studio by readers of Echo Weekly. During 90-minute sweat sessions, limber Bikram-certified instructors engage pupils’ bodies and minds with a series of 26 postures, two breathing exercises, and 12 existential knock-knock jokes. High heats innervate muscles and exterminate body toxins without having to resort to complex fumigations or costly exorcisms. Bikram yoga also seeks to align inner energy and spirit, and the signature poses can ameliorate injury, stress, and the effects of aging. The facility supplies eyes with feng-shui decor, and students can rent or purchase mats and towels during their stay. Neophytes can peruse the studio’s info-for-first-timers page to enhance their experiences.
Though Bikram Yoga Kitchener | Waterloo sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.
Bikram Hot Yoga
Bikram Hot Yoga is a melting pot of good vibes—almost literally, as the high temperatures required for Bikram yoga encourage muscle tension and toxins to melt away, allowing students to move deeper into each stretch. The 90-minute Bikram yoga series thus hones mental and physical stamina, activating the body's entire muscular system with its carefully ordered sequence of 26 poses and two breathing exercises. However, the venue also deserves to be labeled a melting pot because it serves as a hub where wellsprings of positivity coalesce.
One such spring is the supportive staff, helmed by owner David Tiviluk and comprised of such devotees as Denis D., whose Bikram-yoga journey helped him to regain movement after a devastating motorcycle crash. The teaching team helps newcomers and advanced yogis alike achieve the benefits of a long-term Bikram practice. They pose challenges—take four classes a week for one month, for example—that create an encouraging, communal atmosphere. They also schedule special events, welcoming visitors to seminars by guest instructors and candlelit cello performances.
Another agent of good vibes is the studio itself, which was built according to the advice of a feng shui consultant. Warm red and orange tiles line the desks in a lobby hung with paintings and pendulous lights. Signs of an eco-friendly attitude abound: the floor is recycled vinyl, the insulation in the walls is recycled denim, and there are no plastic water bottles; instead, students can purchase chilled water in glass jars or store water in their cheeks until they are thirsty.