Adopting exercises from other cultures can be an enjoyable way to shake up your workout, which explains the growing popularity of Don Quixote–style Ultimate Windmill Chasing. Break an international sweat with today's Groupon: for $45, you get 10 Bikram yoga classes at Bikram Yoga South Pasadena (a $120 value).
South Pasadena's Bikram-certified studio hosts an accommodating schedule of 90-minute Bikram classes designed to suit students of all skill levels. With the thermostat cranked to a warm, humid, and detoxifying temperature, students narrow their focus to sweat out their toxins and forge new, flexible frontiers while maintaining rhythmic, deep relaxation breathing. Aside from empowering the mind, muscles, soul, and spirit cobras, the 26-posture practice provides proven benefits, such as assisting in injury recovery, tissue regeneration, illness relief, and the tackling of rabid elephants of discontentedness. Students tote along a mat, large towel, and plenty of water for the duration of class, or pick up necessary provisions at the studio if personal yoga mats would prefer to stay home and play magic carpet with other gym supplies.
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It starts with some deep breaths and standing peacefully still as you feel your muscles begin to absorb the studio's warmth. Next, you raise your arms to the ceiling, stretching your core as you bend at the waist—first to the right, and then to the left. Those are the first two steps of the Bikram yoga sequence, a series of 26 postures bookended by breathing exercises. At Bikram Yoga SouthPas, the sequence takes 90 minutes to complete, with students able to explore poses more deeply the stronger their bodies get. Bikram Yoga can prompt weight loss, improve focus and balance, and alleviate chronic conditions such as back pain and to rehabilitate sports and bear-wrestling injuries. Classes welcome both new and seasoned students, challenging you to balance strength with flexibility while opening the mind and spirit.