When heated, a yoga studio allows its inhabitants to take on surprising new shapes, such as triangles, half moons, and three-dimensional representations of the Sistine Chapel. Compose a corporeal masterpiece with today's Groupon: for $25, you get a five-class punch card at Bikram Yoga Westbank in Westbank (a $50 value).
Certified by world-renowned yoga master Bikram Choudhury, Bikram Yoga Westbank's malleable instructors guide heat-seeking proteges in 90-minute Bikram-yoga classes heated to 41 degrees. During the strengthening and meditative sweat sessions, beginning and advanced yogis twist torsos through a series of 26 poses designed to enhance balance and challenge laws of pretzel physics. The studio's warming cocoon envelops up to 20 students at a time, and its incandescent atmosphere ignites musculatures, promoting flexibility and minimizing muscle strain as toxins are purged from sinew cases. Students can also partake in the weekly Vinyasa Flow classes, which emphasize interconnectivity between breath and movement and aim to infuse fluidity into static poses.
Bikram Yoga Westbank recommends donning apparel such as shorts and sleeveless tops and quenching whistles with one to two litres of water before and after class in order to not fall behind during perspiration contests. Sweat-soaked skin suits are invited to immerse themselves in the cascading waters of the studio's showers after class, and animated endorphins can cool down in the lounge while sipping complimentary cups of tea. Classes are held seven days a week, and new students should arrive 20 minutes early for registration and orientation. All participants are encouraged to tote a mat and two towels with them to the studio (though both are available for rent if needed—$2/mat, $1/towel).
Bikram Yoga Westbank
Inside a steamy studio, the experienced yogis at Bikram Yoga Westbank spend 90 minutes leading students of all skill levels through a series of 26 poses developed by Bikram Choudhury. Bikram brought his system from India to the U.S. at the request of the American Medical Association. Since then, he founded the Yoga College of India and has taught both actors and athletes. During each class, poses massage internal organs, stimulate nervous systems, and release deficient enzymes and hormones—a process that brings balance to the body, increases flexibility, and enables the average person to sleep inside a sock drawer.
4205 Gellatly Rd.
Westbank, British Columbia V4T 2K2