Arriving right on time is often a bit too late at Bikram Yoga in the City. This hot spot for hot yoga requests a 15-minute early arrival for its four-plus daily classes; take a look at the sea of mats that pepper the studio and you'll understand why.
The practice, which involves 26 yoga poses completed twice each over the course of 90 minutes in a 105-degree room, causes you to sweat your way into a serious state of detox in addition to offering traditional yoga benefits like flexibility, better alignment and stress relief.
Classes: Its close proximity to downtown makes this studio easily accessible to those who work in the area and wish to drop in as part of their regular workout routine. The schedule, which is ever-changing to meet the needs of its students, offers 6 a.m. classes four days a week and lunchtime classes at noon on Tuesday and Thursday along with evening, midday and weekend sessions. Classes are considered beginning level, and the instructors advise students to advance at their own pace.
It's no surprise that yoga can be pricey, and this is no exception. However, a variety of specials ease the punch to your wallet: Deals include $29 unlimited classes for a month for first timers and unlimited classes for $89 per month (versus $150) if you agree to a six-month minimum and an auto-pay option.
Extras: A dressing room and showers are also located in the building, so downtown workers need not worry about having to return to work dripping in sweat. Combining a bit of levity with its serious practice, the studio has offered lighthearted events like "Get McSteamy, See McDreamy," a Thursday night class followed by a screening of Grey's Anatomy.
Centerstage Reviewer: Sarah Dahnke