Yoga is a much easier way to exercise both mind and body than testing Einstein's theory of relativity by racing a beam of light. Avoid a science-related sprain with today’s Groupon: for $35, you get one month of unlimited yoga at Bikram Yoga Santa Clara (a $165 value).
Bikram yoga detoxifies the mind, the body, and the spirit by guiding students through a precise combination of postures and focused breathing. The 90-minute Bikram process supercharges the entire body by flowing through 26 unique postures, each one targeting specific ligaments and joints needed for the next posture or to untangle your hair with your toes. Practitioners cultivate lean muscle with controlled posturing, and elongated stances improve flexibility. The heated studio encourages deeper stretches and stimulates the sweating process, washing away embedded toxins to bathe bodies in comforting warmth. The class schedule details morning, afternoon, and evening sessions throughout the week. Participants should supply their own mat, water bottle, and towel and help to maintain the studio's calm by leaving strong perfumes and personal boom boxes at home.
Bikram Yoga Santa Clara
The instructors at Bikram Yoga Santa Clara take Bikram very, very seriously. During the run of their 90-minute sweat sessions, students cannot leave the room or speak, and they keep still between asanas. Cell phones and other external distractions stay outside. It's this intense focus, concentration, and pursuit of self-control that distinguish this style of yoga.
As sweltering heat engulfs the room, instructors encourage students to explore the limits of their body and mind by guiding them through 26 postures and two breathing exercises. The poses are simple enough that even yoga initiates can perform them, but at a humid and challenging 105 degrees, the body begins to sweat almost immediately. As the class progresses, heart rates speed up and the flow of the poses demands every ounce of mental energy to maintain focus. Eventually, toxins flush out of the pores, tension stretches out of the muscles and ligaments, and the heat begins to enable practitioners to perform deeper movements with a diminished risk of injury.
Bikram Yoga Santa Clara has onsite showers for a postworkout cooldown. Students are encouraged to bring plenty of water, a mat, and a towel.