The first master yogis bent themselves like twist-ties around their enemies, smothering them with relaxing vibes. After crushing obstinate opponents, defeat work-related stress with today's Groupon: for $39, you get a 10-class pass to Bikram Yoga San Antonio (a $120 value). This Groupon is valid for the Huebner Oaks, Alamo Heights, or Hollywood Park locations. The 10-class pass is valid for 45 days, starting on the date of the first class.
The studio's impassioned instructors remix the 26 pliable poses from the Bikram tradition, bestowing strength and flexibility while priming the different organs of the body to awake and function effectively. Ninety-minute daily classes cater to yogis of all ages and skill levels, taking place in a heated room to infuse each move with additional penetrating power while protecting the body from injuries and parkas. In addition to helping students work up a sweat, the high temperatures elevate metabolisms, making it easier to burn meddlesome fat molecules. Different poses unblock dammed channels of energy, and deep breathing suffuses fatigued spirits with renewed vigor, just like blowing into a Nintendo cartridge. Budding benders can bring their own yoga mats or rent them from the studio.
The Union's instructors like to remind their students that for every expert yogi, there was a first class. They hold on to this humble philosophy at three studios, where high temperatures help both old hands and newcomers stay limber. The staff cautions their students against aiming for perfection during the 60 and 90-minute courses; instead maintaining that, by simply trying each of the 26 postures and two breathing exercises, bodies and minds achieve the maximum benefit.
To highlight the value of consistent practice, they encourage visitors to take the 60-day challenge, which charges students to attend one yoga or Crossfit class every day for 60 days. Beginners are welcome and everyone is challenged based on their ability and fitness level. Those who accomplish this task are immortalized by writing their name on the Challenge Wall, which doubles as the police force's superhero directory. The studios also honor individuals in their class community with the yogi of the month feature, a series of interviews with students about their Bikram yoga practice.