We love the studios operated by Hot Bikram London because of their close attention to detail in design. The Balham studio can get a little crowded, so you may want to arrive a few minutes early to avoid the rush. The vibe is similar to the Fulham location with a strategically designed lobby to help reduce congestion during high volume time and modern décor and lighting. The practice room is simple and uncluttered with neutral carpeting, soft blue walls and modern light fixtures that provide softer lighting before and after class.
DIRECTIONS/DETAILS The Balham studio is located between 5 and 7 miles of our recommended hotels in Mid-City, Hyde Park and Regent's Park. The nearest tube is Balham station, which is a 4 minute walk from the studio. Turn right out of the station and walk along Balham High Road towards Sainsbury's. Turn right into Hildreth Street and then another right through the archway into Hildreth Street Mews.
Locker rooms are pristine with sandstone tiles, teak benches and wall hooks for storage and large decorative mirrors. The shower area features teak flooring for a nice spa-like atmosphere. A single class is 16.50 pounds, mat and towel rentals are 2 pounds each and a variety of regular and flavored waters are available for around 2-4pounds.
Call the studio of check the website for more detailed class information, otherwise classes are offered Monday/Wednesday 6:30a; 10a; 12p; 5p; 7p; 8:45p. Tuesday/Thursday 6:30a; 10a; 12p; 4p; 6p; 8p. Friday 6:30a; 10a; 12p; 5:30p; 7:15p. Sat/Sun 8:15a; 10a; 12p; 3p; 5p; 7p
ABOUT BIKRAM YOGA Bikram Yoga welcomes beginners. This 90 minute class consists of 26 beginning postures and is conducted in a hot room (approx. 110 degrees) with, hopefully, high humidity. But don't be fooled into thinking beginning means easy - it doesn't! Iron men and couch potatoes, alike, have found themselves floored in "dead man's pose" just minutes into this challenging workout. You don't have to be strong or flexible or in excellent shape to do this yoga - you simply have to be willing. What we also really like about Bikram's is that every studio teaches the same sequence of postures so you always know you're going to get a full-body workout, a great benefit for travelers. ** Note they don't call it "sweaty stinky yoga" without reason. Often smaller studios will have a very distinct fragrance. Don't fret and just do the yoga.