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108 Lincoln St, Boston, MA | Directions 0211142.351549 -71.058206
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Central
Anyone who is complaining is clearly a p*ssy – Ok so Ive read a bunch of these comments (mostly bad ones) and have come to conclusion that everyone and anyone who is complaining about the strictness of bikram yoga needs to do their research BEFORE going. Bikram is not like EVERY other yoga. It is made up of 26 poses that must be held for a certain amount of time in order o achieve their benefits. All this being done in a 115 degree room. YES its going to be hard, YES its going to be strict and YES you need to do some kind of beginner yoga if you cant handle this sort of "torture".
All I am saying is wouldnt you rather work as off for 90 min than go to a gym and run on a treadmill (which damages your knees UNBELIEVABLY)
I played three varsity sports in college and the reason I like Bikram yoga is because there is someone "coaching" you through the moves. It replaces my need for a coach and in turn provides better benefits than any of my sports could have given me. Im out.
I have been to hundreds of yoga classes in my lifetime, many many of them being Bikram classes, so I would say I am a pretty good judge of yoga studios. I like the fact that this studio is right in the financial district and very easy to get to; it is close to South Station, only a few minutes from Federal/Franklin intersection. My recommendation is 1) Get there early - classes fill up fast! The studio is very small and if you don't get there at least fifteen minutes ahead of time, you might not get into the class. 2) If possible, take care of everything you can ahead of time including changing, bathroom, etc... again, this is a small studio and you *will* have to wait in line, possibly for a long time, in order to get into a changing room or a bathroom. This really is the smallest studio in the Boston area - at this point I've been to all of them. While it is convenient to get to, it isn't the most comfortable for this reason. Bikram is a great form of yoga, so please give it a try, but definitely take my advice!
NOT EVEN CLOSE – I have been practicing all types of yoga for 10 years...Specifically Bikram...You have to be tough to go into this studio! Everything people are saying is very true...Bikram in most other studios is pleasant and relaxing as hard as the pracitce may be...but there is nothing relaxing getting shouted at on a super mike!! Any studio you go to WILL not be that way...The instructors are rude and get mad if you need to lie down or leave the room...even I who has practiced for many years knows my limit and realises that you have to be one with yourself..however if you don't feel comfortable for whatever reason and need to leave the room than so be it...and if you need to sip water out of a pose than do it quietly.. especially for beginers you havet to start somewhere..I have seen the instructors be mean and pick on people instead of help..I will go back out of convienince and I get Bikram so I can practice anywhere and no one will make me feel bad if I need to lie down or step out...I am looking for another studio and may even open my own!! I'll let you all know..btw I could give a r#ts a## about the carpet that is how I learned in a carpeted studio..I mostly think the owner and instructors are condecending and rude...not nice to new people and I know have lost clients
Yall are missing the point! – It's unfortunate that the power of negativity outweighs positivity as shown by the lengthy tirades below. A true yogi would dismiss a poor experience and move on, but to publicly slander defies everything that Bikram and I'm sure many other camps of Yoga preach. After a few tries at other studies I discovered Bikram. I've been coming to this studio for the last year or so and have nothing to say but good things.
Yes, it's cramped at times.
People describe disgusting conditions: sweat on neighboring mats, smell (which is exaggerated) and drill sergeant like instructors (which are pale in comparison to Bikram's pithy teaching methods). Seems as though there are much higher standards for a suitable yoga environment out there (I saw wood floors, better ventilation, etc). These additions would be nice, but not necessary. I think yall are missing the point. These gripes shouldn't matter. The goal of Bikram yoga is to become one with yourself, to dismiss external influences on your practice, and to see/feel/be your reflection in the mirror. It takes time to achieve this focus, but it's absolutely freeing once one does.
It's Bikram - It's hot, sweaty, cramped, and instructors are there to help you be your own coach. It's realigned my spine, helped my breathing, restored a sense of balance, and provided much needed stress release.
Best move I've ever made towards bettering my health – I'm saddened to see the negative comments. The class does move rapidly from posture to posture, and, well, it's about 115 degrees and 50% humidity. Yea.. people sweat like nuts in the class, and the instructors have a duty of care to maintain the progression of the class.
I've been going here for 4 years, and consider Bikram yoga at this studio the one of the best moves I've made in my life towards my overall health. There is no way I can get this level of workout on my own.. The staff and instructors do a great job. I've been here hundreds of times and only ever observed great care and concern for the facility and the students.
WORST EXPERIENCE OF MY LIFE. – I went to the new studio on Boylston Street because of convenience. When I first signed up the guy at the desk asked me if I had done yoga before (which YES, I have done TONS), but because I had never been to one of their studios he became snappy and condescending, declaring that other studios have "NOTHING to do with what we do here". Unbelievable. But since I paid I continued on to the carpeted studio (gross), and began my practice. My bootcamp instructor (Brad - beware) yelled at me the first time for needing more water, and then wouldn't let me leave the room when I was about to pass out (my eyes were seriously rolling into the back of my head.) The as*hole furthered his absurdity by pointing me out to the rest of the class as "inexperienced and unfamiliar with what we do here" in his MICROPHONE. I was totally and completely disgusted. That is NOT what yoga is supposed to be. Never, ever, go.
Nasty carpets and mean instructors – I am new to Bikram and had been to a couple of classes in other locations...I was DISGUSTED by this place. Who installs carpet at a place where people are constantly sweating? It smelled terrible. Then I got dizzy during the class and the instructor was mad I had to stop - I ended up leaving in the middle of the class I was so disappointed
Bikram yoga is great-if practiced anywhere but here. – Bikram is a tough workout, but there are much more pleasant places to practice with more educated, and kind teachers. (Try Yoga for You in West Roxbury-a clean studio with tons of free parking.)
I went to this studio just once a year ago to check it out. The carpeting was gross, the instructor/drill sargent wouldn't let me leave the room to get more water, and though they say they have showers, there is one for all to share and the line was 10 people long when I left. The class was full on the Saturday I went so they must get a fair share of people who don't mind the conditions and lack of parking. I'm shocked they are still getting away with this.
Are you kidding me? – First of all, the SMELL of this place should've sent me packing. Well, it almost did. I walked in to the reception area and there were a few people signing in before me...I stood back thinking "I have to get out of here, the smell is sickening." But I stayed because I was dying for some Bikram. OMG, the place is a total dump. If the smell of old-gym-bag x 1000 doesn't knock you out, being bumper to bumper in a tiny room will. There is no space to take off your shoes or move around in reception, and in class, the guy next to me actually DRIPPED on my mat. Now, I'm all for sweatin' it out Bikram style, but please, give enough room in the studio so people don't sweat on each other. That's just gross. They cram 30 people into a tiny studio and call that "sold out." They should probably try "sold out" at 20. The spots towards the street are awful on a sunny day--you're too busy squinting and tilting your head out of the sun to concentrate. The room is too hot and too humid; but maybe that is because I normally practice in Arizona.
Bottomline, if you're desperate for some Bikram and you can tolerate the AWFUL smell and some stinky guy dripping on you and a generally unpleasant atmosphere, go. But if you have another option, take it (I heard Yoga Crossing in Waltham is good and has hardwoods instead of carpet).
Oh, and the instructor wears a head-set, a la Madonna? Give me a break. Maybe the Material Girl owners should take some of those $20 fees and put them towards a ventilation system and some hardwoods.
horrible place, rude teachers – I've been doing Bikram yoga for several years now and was excited to have a studio so close to my work. Unfortunately my enthusiasm quickly disappeared. I was pushed into buying a $20 weekly pass, when all I really wanted was a drop-in rate, since I was checking the place out. The studio itself is carpeted and retains a strong "musky" odor from everyone's sweat. The instructor (a woman, I forget her name) was like a drill sargeant, yelling at us to quickly get on our backs and 'relax' for our savasana... bizarre. She was rude and aggressive. I worry that a beginner taking classes here would be turned off by such an amazing style of yoga, simply because this place is so horrible.
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