Star athletes thrive during the peak of heated competition, which is why the Stanley Cup series is usually held in a volcano. Stretch the limits of your limbs with today's Groupon: for $35, you get one month of unlimited Bikram yoga classes at Bikram Yoga Sidney (a $139 value).
Certified to teach Bikram yoga by studying with the practice's founder Bikram Choudhury, the instructors at Bikram Yoga Sidney lead students of all levels through a flow of 26 postures in a studio heated to 40 degrees Celsius. Bikram yoga harnesses heat and freshly-floured rolling pins to enhance the pliability of muscles, tendons, and ligaments; the sequence of poses is believed to stimulate gland health, improve circulation by saturating the blood with oxygen, and build muscle tone through dynamic holds. The schedule distributes two to four 90-minute classes each day of the week, as early as 6 a.m. and as late as 7:30 p.m.
Practitioners are asked to bring water, two towels, a sweatband signed by a favourite professional wrestler, and a yoga mat. Shower facilities are available for a pre- or post-pose rinse, as is advice for those new to Bikram. Should the one-month flirtation bloom into a desire to go steady, the studio discounts the cost of three-month ($99/month) and six-month ($89/month) memberships.
Bikram Yoga Sidney
On paper, Bikram yoga looks intense. Each class lasts 90 minutes, takes place in a heated studio, and includes a series of 26 poses and two breathing exercises. But you don't have to be a seasoned yoga practitioner to give the workout a whirl. Wendy Crowther and her staff at Bikram Yoga Sidney welcome students of all experience levels to their classes. That means nearly anyone can experience the benefits of Bikram yoga, which include weight loss, reduced stress, and sweating out all that gross water trapped in your body.