Hot Bikram Yoga Fulham, located in West London, England, UK, offers a place to practice Bikram Yoga.
A toasty way to tone-up, Bikram yoga (developed by Bikram Choudhury, celebrity fitness expert) is also known as hot yoga because the exercise takes place in a warm and humid room.
Bikram is a system of 26 postures (called asanas) and two breathing exercises (called pranayama) designed to work the entire body. Though exercising in an atmosphere of at 40.5°C (105°F) heat and around 40% humidity might feel a bit odd at first, it's thought to increase flexibility, and getting a bit sweaty will help purge your body of toxins too.
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i tried Bikram Yoga as i had heard a lot about it - i was surprised by it poularity and also the heat - it really is hot! i found i sweated alot but felt great the day after. i recommend you drink a lot of water and go with the flow but a real experience and something i would try again. not sure it could be my only form of exercise as definately a supliment.
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Visited March 2008
Posted 5 years ago
I tried out Bikram Yoga last year on one of their deals (pay £10 and get 10 consecutive days free). The centre is very small and tucked away down a small lane in Parsons Green, it's clean, inviting and the facilities are good (if a little constricted). I went in the mornings around 10am and even at this time the classes were well attended, I can imagine at peak times the crush of bodies could be slightly unbearable.
The studio is large with plenty of light and I felt very comfortable being in there despite my lack of yoga history. The classes are 90 minutes long and for me this was too long. An hour would have been perfect. In the 5 or 6 times I made it to class, the whole 90 mins never got any easier.
Surprisingly having done very little yoga in the past, I had no problem following the instructor through the poses and the heat of the room only helped me stretch further into the poses. On my first visit the heat was quite overwhelming and as advised I took it easy, the instructors have no problems if you wish to rest while the class continues around you, which I found very refreshing. At the end of each session I felt incredibly relaxed and very satisfied with what my body had achieved...and I came to embrace the heat too. The only issue for me was the length of the class. I had taken to running from my home in Wandsworth to Parsons Green and then doing the 90 min class, so perhaps had I taken the bus, I may have been able to enjoy the whole 90 mins. Or perhaps I just need to learn to chanel my concentration better.
At the end of the 10 days I would have liked to continue with the yoga but the price of each class was too great for me to continue and I didn't think I'd benefit from just 1 class a week. It was a shame because I really enjoyed Bikram Yoga and could already start to feel and see changes in my body after 6 sessions. If they ever bring the prices down or introduce more offers I'll be there in a shot, however as it stands I'll make do with my gym membership for now.
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