Hot Yoga Etiquette Bikram Style

Most folks know the basics of arriving prepared for a Hot Yoga or Bikram Yoga class. Jake Goertzen, is a Bikram Yoga certified instructor who has been teaching for 9 years and expounds below upon the “shoulds” of being a good yoga practitioner and yoga citizen.

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Bikram vs CorePower vs YogaWorks, an Expert Comparison

"Corporate Yoga" (defined by us as those yoga businesses with multiple locations in various cities) gets a lot of flack from so-called purists.  For example, people complain that yoga should not be copyrighted a la Bikram Choudhury, that CorePower is too "western" in its approach; and that YogaWorks varies too much from studio to studio-- not corporate enough?

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Professional Athletes & Olympians Practice Yoga

* Editor's Note: This article was updated in July 2017 by the Athletic-Minded Traveler Staff.

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Don't put yoga in a box. Sport. Meditation. Whatever. It's not the point.

There are two major areas of controversy with respect to the practice of yoga: 1. Is it a sport?  2. Is it religiously affiliated? We'll leave the second question for now and tackle the first. 

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Yoga Anywhere. 3 Online Services Compared.

Yoga has become a mainstay in our culture and the benefits of a regular practice are undeniable. Connecting with your yoga community and sharing a space where you can move and breathe together can be an unparalleled experience. But let’s face it – many of us can’t always carve out the time in our busy day to drive to our favorite studio or teacher. The good news is that no matter where we are or how much (or little) time we have, online yoga services have made accessing top studios and teachers as easy as entering a password.

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Bikram Yoga Sweat: Stumping the Rocket Scientists.

It started innocently: one day the Bikram Yoga room felt a little cool and I had come to get my sweat on! C’mon. What was going on here? This is Bikram Yoga. You know, the “torture chamber.” Here I was, being tortured by a cool breeze and goose bumps.

What to do? Add clothing. Problem solved.

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The Sniff Test: why this yoga mat is a winner.

*Editor's Note: Updates were made in 2024.

It took a year before we were sold.

But even at the very beginning we took notice.  There was never, ever, a wet spot under our mat. Ever. Wow. We are BIG sweaters. Big. Ask anyone. We pour. At one point in our Hot Yoga practice, we were offered a 3rd towel. We sweat that much. So having a mat completely impervious to liquid is a wonderful thing.

But it is what we noticed after a year that has made us believers.

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How to Find a Yoga Retreat the Athletic-Minded Traveler Way

*Editor's Note: Post updated in 2024.

Some like it hot and some like it not.

Some like it hard and some like it soft.

Some like it early and some like it late.

Some like yoga and some are dumb. ;)

Our newest Athletic-Minded Traveler assistant editor, Daniel Gaz, wrote this post.

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5 Yoga Moves to Save the Weekend Warrior

It's an overused term, but apt for the many who are denied athletic freedom by their Monday through Friday workweek grind. Come Saturday "Weekend Warriors" are eager and fearless despite unconditioned muscles, joints, ligaments and tendons.

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2011 Holiday Gift Guide from Athletic-Minded Traveler

Hooray for our FOURTH annual gift guide! And whether you're miserly or magnanimous, we have something for your budget.  And just as a reminder, we are not compensated nor rewarded for any of our picks. View our past lists for more ideas.

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