Though gym class sit-and-reach scores hardly reflect flexibility, they do provide valuable insight into limb length, torso girth, and whether or not a student can smooch his or her own knee boo-boos. Bend your body for more rational reasons with today’s deal: for $39, you get a two-month membership at Bikram’s Yoga College of India. This Groupon can be redeemed at two sweltering locations: in Lincoln Park and in Wicker Park.
True to its signage, Bikram’s Yoga College of India flows through the traditional 26 asanas, or postures, of Bikram yoga during each and every 90-minute session. Classes take place in a room with the thermostat cranked to a humid and detoxifying 105–110 degrees—the ideal temperature to sweat out toxins, strengthen muscles from neck to toe, reheat leftover pizza, and forge new flexible frontiers. As the sweat beads begin to run, disciplined yogis focus on maintaining rhythmic, deep breathing. In addition to empowering the mind, muscles, and soul, Bikram yoga provides intertwined perks such as the stimulation of organs and joints, the increase of fresh oxygen flow, and a boost in the number of essential Gumby platelets in the bloodstream.
Newcomers and veteran yogis alike can take comfort in the warm, caring instruction of Bikram’s Yoga College of India’s calm, mentally limber teachers, all of whom are trained and certified in the Bikram tradition. Before dropping in for a sauna soiree, feel free to squeeze in an online study session of all 26 postures.
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- This place is no frills, it's 105 degrees, no cheesy spa music, it's really just you and your body. You'll be amazed at how much you sweat (I was), but when you walk out of the studio after 90 minutes of Bikram your skin might be glowing! – Madeline S., Yelp
- The instructor stepped in with a cheery voice and asked for everyone's names...and he remembered ALL of them! What! You memorized my name the first time I have ever seen you? I thought this was a fluke, but it wasn't. In all of my classes, no matter the instructor...they all know my name! – Samantha B., Yelp
105F - Chicago’s Original Hot Yoga
Beginners and seasoned yogis alike are welcome at 105F - Chicago’s Original Hot Yoga. Here, instructors lead classes that are designed to lure students to their limits, providing a demanding physical challenge for all skill and fitness levels. Each of the three studio locations contains a practice room that is heated to 105 degrees with 40%–45% humidity, creating a sweat-inducing, tropical setting that aids practicers by loosening their muscles as they sink into each stretch.
The Smart60 and Original90 classes follow the same sequence of two breathing exercises and 26 standing and seated asanas, which use deep twists and bends to methodically work organ systems and muscle groups throughout the entire body. Instructors slowly guide students into poses and ensure that they can perform each asana at a level that safely challenges their limits. The intermediate NextLevel90 class guides students through salutations, inversions, hip openers, and arm balances. The work-shop style Focus90 class helps students receive personalized instruction, while the Yoga Nidra provides guided meditation. In addition, the Yin Yoga class offers a slow and gentle experience, with deep stretching and long holds. Continued practice can help yogis hone their strength and endurance while also learning to maintain a greater sense of focus and mind-body awareness, even in the face of physical distractions like another student's Sudoku puzzle back tattoo.
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