Portland >Bikram's Yoga College Of India
Can you even call it yoga?. I am a yoga instructor. After 14 years of yoga and 4 years of practicing bikram yoga all over the country and internatinally, my experience with the fremont studio has been quite dissapointing. I was practicing in the front row one day and layed down during one of the poses. This is quite nornal for anyone, at any time to feel sick during class. No matter how long you've been practicing. The teacher said that I was "messing up the energy of the class". How strange? I am here for me, my body, my health and my breath. I know my limits and body enough to say when to take a brake. It shouldn't matter to anyone else if I take a brake or not. Their body and physical state does not belong to me. And I hope that other students are paying attention to their body and limits and not what is happening to me or anyone else. In fact, students have injured their bodies simply because they didn't listen to their practice. Bottom line, this studio lacks teachers who truly understand what yoga is all about. They are minipulitive, and want to brainwash their students into thinking that bikram is the only way. Wake up! You are not the kings and Queens of the yoga world. Your just a bunch of coouks who label hot arobics as yoga. Go see for yourself and don't let them try to control you!
Great yoga studio!!!. I've been practicing Bikram for only 10 years & I have to say that this studio had some of the best teachers. I was visiting my sister in-laws in Portland & as always I try to keep up with my Bikram practice whenever I'm away from home (CT). Have no idea how the owners eat, as the person commented below? However, while i was there, one of the instructors was discussing the benfits of Noni jucie & that he was consuming it for health benefits. I have no idea if this was the person eating fried food or not?? Back to the studio, The energy was amazing at this place, the students were really trying there hardest & very focused on their form & self practice. There was a new student there (in the 1st class i took) & the instructor was very kind & most motivating to this guy. I was wishing i had taken my 1st bikram class here. I was also impressed with the relaxed attitude in the class. At times i thought it was to relaxed (like when the teacher told a joke) but i was reminded that i must just try that much harder to meditate on being focused. It was a good challange. That being said, I came back home(CT) & I brought back something with me from this studio. I have so much more concentration & for some reason have come back stronger in my practice. More solid, balanced poses:o) So much that my instructor here had noticed. I started taking Bikram in Chicago, have practiced in NY, L.A., Europe, CT & now Portland. This studio is true to Bikram & i have to say it was one of the best studios I've been to. So happy to have experienced it. Thank you Fremont Bikram. May i add, that it's obvious that the negative person below has not reaped the benefits of Bikram. Seems a little UNfocused to be concentrating on how people eat. Namaste.
Bikram's Yoga College of India Fremont. This is an excellent studio. The teachers are skilled, available, and interested in really helping. The owners are wonderful. You'll never leave a class disappointed.
A Crying Shame. I LOVE Bikram yoga. It changed my life. I used to practice at the Sellwood studio but then I moved to NE so I moved studios to Fremont. Now, keep in mind, there is common thread of some snobbery amongst Bikram studios (it's part of the attitude of the big Bikram guy), but for the most part, people warm up and it does feel like a community after a while, especially if you go as often as i used to. But the Fremont studio is a major disappointment. It is the hottest studio in town, which is a major bonus, but the ownership is seriously lacking. The husband/wife pair don't really seem like they know what they are doing, are interpersonally odd, are not good teachers at all, and, whereas this might not be any of my business, they are very out of shape and can be seen eating on any given day, plates of fried food at one of the sidewalk cafes nearby. It would make a difference if they looked or appeared healthy. Not very good role models for the yoga lifestyle they preach. I don't go there anymore because its bad vibes. I live too far away from the John's Landing or Sellwood studio to get in very often. So now I go to regular yoga classes at a gym nearby and I must say I miss Bikram yoga a lot. Once you try it, you love it. By the way, getting a headache or feeling sick in your first few classes is a good sign because it means you have a lot to detox. You have to stick it out and know you're body can handle. Must learn discipline. If you have to use the restroom, leave but know they'll call you on it. We lack discipline in our culture and you gotta get the ego out of the way to receive the beneftis. It's really just about the ownership and the quality of it's operation.
Best teachers, best watermelon - but hot yoga is no joke!.
After seeing the reviews on here, I had to set the record straight. A lot of what has been written is from people who obviously haven't done hot yoga before. Bikram's yoga is not really anything like other yoga - it's strict, it's difficult to the point of making you very sick to your stomache, you aren't supposed to leave the room, and it's hot and people smell. That's just how it is. That said, it's the best thing to happen in my life in a long time and it has helped a lot of people through physical and mental issues. Not for the faint of heart.
The Fremont studio is wonderful. The teachers are caring and fantastically knowledgable without being pompous like at other studios I've seen. Yes the studio itself is small and it isn't outfitted like a 5-star gym, but it's not supposed to be. There is room to relax after class and the teachers are open to your questions, often serving fresh, cold watermelon that hits the spot like nothing else.
They got new carpet, so the smell is not bad at all. Trust me - with 20+ people sweating out their toxins like they were in a sauna for 1.5 hours 3 times a day, carpets get smelly quick. And the Fremont studio is definitely on the good end of the spectrum for aroma!
Don't do Bikram's yoga if you're a sissy expecting a relaxing class with teachers who coddle you and a lounge experience afterward. It's difficult past nearly anything else I've ever done (including competitive swimming, Capoeira, weight-training and kickboxing). The Fremont studio has the best teachers I've come across - East and West coast. The reviews here are outdated, and they're mostly people who don't know hot yoga from a walk in the park.
Awful experience, and they lied.
I have done yoga for many years and decided to try Bikram here because it's close to where I live. Their intro special is about the same as two classes, and I figured I would try it-- the lady at the counter told me if I wasn't able to make it in again they would refund it to the drop in rate.
I got such a bad headache from the session I had to go out early, and the instructor yelled at me in front of the class and told me not to leave. Their party line is that this is normal and your body is getting used to the heat. Frankly, I think it is a dangerous and self serving line to feed people, as though everyone is the same. I know my body, and I know when it's too much for me. I had a headache until the next day!
I didn't enjoy the poses when my head was pounding like it was going to explode. And the instructor sounded like she was leading an aerobics class. Also, when I wanted to have my feet on the mat for triangle pose she yelled at me to stay off the mat. What the heck is the point of renting a stupid mat if you're not allowed to use it? It was very frustrating to not be allowed to do the poses in a way that was comfortable.
I had no desire to go back. And, of course, they refused to refund the money and told me I should go back because "everyone feels sick from Bikram the first few times". I have to agree with the previous comments, they are greedy and willing to hurt people to make money.
Quite Dissapointing. I have been practicing Bikram yoga for years and LOVE it! So it is with great sadness that I watched the demise of the Fremont studio. What is really sad is that if this place were run properly it could easily be the best Bikram studio in town. While it's true that the practice room is small and the amenities can be a little sparse, the heating system is awesome and there is a really friendly neighborhood vibe amongst the patrons. The problem is that the owners are freaking weirdos! The ink on their teacher training diplomas is still wet and they act like they are gods gift to yoga. They both seem to think they need to put on a show in class. The woman either gives instruction as though she were teaching kindergarden or she brings up all kinds of negative stuff that is really not what I want to hear in a yoga class. Also they are so cheap they don't maintain the studio very well, the soap in the showers is watered down to the point of being useless. The saving grace of this place WAS that they had some really good teachers but the bozos in charge drove them away. Now there's no reason to go there at all... Sad.
peeeeuwww. Yuck! In all ways I do mean this. What a horrible experience i had.Ok first, the stench. No amenities. Long line at the bathroom and after class for the two showers. I rented a brownish towel,yes I was charged for this!! I don't mind paying, but i do expect a clean one.It also stunk. I entered the room and was practically knocked over by the smell. I guess it was the carpet as there were visible wet spots on it. The guy at the desk who also taught looked he didn't practice much, so I found it more than a little inappropriate for him to demand so much from us. the teaching style was not for me alot of weird ramblings and I think honestly the guy just liked to hear himself as they use a microphone headset here. I found him to be phony and money grubbing. I wanted to buy just one class and he proceded to lecture me about the how that was the worst package.Yeah thanks I'm a grown man and can do math!!! There are other places to do Bikram. I wonder if the realize they don't have a corner on this market.I never have any complaints at the other studios.They are well maintained and friendly. Good luck!
down-market hot yoga studio.
A yoga studio in a good location with adequate parking that teaches only 1.5-hour Bikram yoga in a very hot room.
The place stinks!! The carpet needs to be replaced, and then cleaned every week or so after. I have had to get up and flee the class when it's been very hot, very crowded, and the human sweat smell combined with the ambient stench made me start holding my breath rather than doing the good yoga breathing.
There are very few amenities. Only one toilet stall and one shower stall for everyone. The owner/teacher is very funny and kind and accessible. Some of the other teachers are so mean, ridiculous, boring, that I check the schedule to avoid them. This place's only recommendation is that it does the killer hot yoga. For any other need, go elsewhere.
What Is The Point?. The carpet smells like they let wild dogs sleep in the studio. One of the teachers teach like it's a kindergarten class,one won't let you leave the room if you have to pee.No consistency.Sometimes the door is locked and there's only a few minutes till class starts. It's just weird there. Not worth the trip at all.
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