Yoga teaches people how to sustain poses while still breathing, a skill most yogis use to live undetected in wax museums. Trick a tourist with today's Groupon: for $49, you get a 30-class yoga pass at Bikram Yoga Westfield in Westfield (a $450 value).
Cleansing temperatures that hover as high as 105 degrees pervade the practice space of Bikram Yoga Westfield during hot yoga classes, facilitating deep, limber stretches and detoxifying perspiration. Students of all skill levels or abilities can attend any of the studio's scheduled sessions, provided they arrive hydrated in preparation for the balmy temperatures. Ninety-minute Bikram yoga classes consist of two breathing exercises and 26 dynamic postures that methodically fortifies muscles and ligaments while flooding cells with freshly oxygenated blood flow, which can help boost organ function and brightness of aura color. Continued practice can straighten postures by bolstering strength and stamina and imbuing students with the mind-body awareness of a philosophizing gymnast.
Onsite showers rejuvenate weary limbs and slough off residual sweat, and though the studio rents out yoga mats, the instructors advise students to either bring a mat from home or adopt one from the neighborhood foam shelter.
Sweat removes toxins from the body. Fevers burn away unwelcome invaders. Heat allows muscles to extend and contract further. Heat can be healthy, a lesson Bikram Choudhury embraced when he moved his yogic practice into a 105-degree room, 2 degrees hotter than the average temperature inside a yak. The idea caught on, spreading around the world and eventually coming to Bikram Yoga Westfield in the form of Bikram-certified teachers. They lead Bikram's classic series of 26 asanas and two breathing exercises, a 90-minute session of stretching in which each pose builds upon the benefits of the last. In addition to their signature heated yoga, the staff members also facilitate wellness with massage services, holistic nutritional counseling, and even CrossFit coaching through their sister organization, CrossFit Westfield.