The Old Town studio is large by Bikram standards and can easily hold 70+ yogis. The third floor studio has a large lobby, carpeted practice room, locker rooms and showers and mats for rent. New students get a mat and towel rental for free, a nice and very unique perk. Locker rooms are big and showers are communal. The studio is known to be one of the hottest and most days it will live up to this reputation.
A drop in is $20 and includes a towel and mat. A five-class card is available for $70. Travelers may want to take advantage of the 1-week unlimited deal of $50. Mat rentals are $3 and towels are $1. Water, coconut water and Bai5 can be purchased as well as stylish yoga wear from LaLa Land Comfy Wear. Bring plenty of water and we suggest not eating 3 to 4 hours prior to arriving. New students will want to show up at least fifteen minutes ahead of time.
Check the website for class schedule and more information, but unless there is a holiday, classes are offered M-F at 6:30 am; 9 am; 11 am; 4:30 pm; 7p. Weekends: 8 am, 10 am, 4:30 pm. All classes are 90 minutes.
Parking is available on the street and 4 spots are designated in the garage. The studio is a bit off the beaten path so make sure you have your directions handy before heading over. Hancock Street runs parallel to the 5 expressway -- on the West Side. You can exit Washington or Old Town. The studio is on the top floor of the building.
ABOUT BIKRAM YOGA
Bikram Yoga welcomes beginners. This 90-minute class consists of 26 beginning postures and is conducted in a hot room (approx. 110 degrees) with, hopefully, high humidity. But don’t be fooled into thinking beginning means easy – it doesn’t! Iron men and couch potatoes, alike, have found themselves floored in “dead man’s pose” just minutes into this challenging workout. You don’t have to be strong or flexible or in excellent shape to do this yoga – you simply have to be willing. What we also really like about Bikram’s is that every studio teaches the same sequence of postures so you always know you’re going to get a full-body workout—a great benefit for travelers.
** Note they don’t call it “sweaty stinky yoga” without reason. Often smaller studios will have a very distinct fragrance. Don’t fret and just do the yoga.