is it just this yoga studio, or is Bikram not for me?
November 11, 2011 12:05 PM Subscribe
Is Bikram yoga taught exactly the same everywhere, word for word? Is everything about Bikram super strict? Was my experience at the yoga studio typical?
posted by never.was.and.never.will.be. to health & fitness (12 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I have two examples and questions about whether these examples are typical:
1) I took several Bikram classes at this one studio, and I found that both instructors say exactly the same things, word for word, in each class. For example, the words that got stuck in my head were "last chance, lock your knees, lock your knees, lock your knees." Does that sound familiar? Do Bikram yoga classes have a sort of script they have to follow? Or is it just this studio that trained their instructors to say the same things? I didn't like that it seemed like they were reading off a script and not really feeling what they were saying, so I am wondering if it's worth trying another studio, or if everywhere I go will be the same.
2) The classes I took seemed too strict. I tried to modify a pose because my wrists are bad, and the instructors kept telling me to do it the other way. I tried to explain to her that my wrists are bad, but she just kept telling me to do it the painful way, that it's supposed to hurt. I understand that it's supposed to hurt, but I also know what's best for my wrists. You'd think that if an adult is doing a minor variation on a pose (and is aware of the right way to do it but just can't), they wouldn't stand over them telling them the whole time to turn their wrists around. Every other yoga classes I've taken, the instructors would give suggestions for how to modify a pose, if someone couldn't do it. Also, I had to pee during one of the classes (I drank too much water in preparation for this!), and when I got up, the instructor told me to wait until the class is over. I had to actually explain to her "no, I'm gonna pee my pants if you don't open the door" (which is so awkward in the middle of class!). I just felt like I was a 3rd grader in the class, with the instructor watching over every thing I did. One woman tried to wipe her face before the warm-up poses were done, and the instructor said to wait until she said that we can take our first drink of water. That's so weird!! I understand that ideally maybe you shouldn't interrupt the warm-up poses even for a split second to wipe your face, but come on, she's an adult and she's not really disrupting class by reaching for her towel in between poses, isn't it up to her to decide when to wipe her face during her yoga practice?
Are my experiences typical? Is Bikram super strict and are the lessons read off a script?