As New Years resolutions fall by the waste side, it might be time to switch up your workout. Treadmills become monotonous and dumbbells feel like added weight to our already burdened lives. Bikram Yoga Pasadena, however, can literally bring the heat back into your workouts.
“We do the yoga in 105 degree heat and 40% humidity,” explains Val Sklar Robinson, owner of Bikram Yoga and seventeen-year Bikram Yoga devotee. Bikram Yoga Pasadena opened its doors in 1998, and Pasadena locals have felt it’s positive impact on their lives. “[Bikram yoga] helps you live a much better life, but it’s challenging. It’s a beginning class, but that heat is challenging.”
Over the years, Robinson and her students have received a myriad of compliments from friends and acquaintances alike. “[Once they start practicing at Bikram Yoga Pasadena,] people hear from their friends that they look better. They feel better. Their skin’s better. They lose weight. They sleep better. They’re nicer,” Robinson says. “Stiff people think they can’t come to yoga, but they are the people who should for sure come to yoga. I don’t think people realize how healing it is on their joints, on their systems. How rejuvenating it is to their organs, helping blood pressure, and reducing thyroid problems.”
Don’t let the heat discourage you. The classes last ninety minutes and always include breathing exercises followed by standing poses and, lastly, floor poses. Robinson assures us there are three simple steps everyone can take to prepare for a class: have a good night’s sleep, eat a solid meal three hours before class, and stay incredibly well hydrated. Of course, a little patience with your body and your practice always goes a long way.
If that doesn’t ease your mind, Robinson assures us it’s a yoga practice for everyone. “[Bikram yoga] is an incredible practice, but you have to be ready for it and want to do it. It really sounds so much worse than it is. You get used to it quite quickly if you want to be there,” she insists. “I think different kinds of yoga are often for different kinds of people. Bikram yoga is really for the masses. We don’t chant. We don’t have gongs. It’s really yoga for the Western lifestyle from the most athletic to the least athletic.”
Bikram Yoga Pasadena is located at 2089 E Colorado Blvd. Visit their website here for more information and class schedules.