Portland may be a great beer-drinking city, but sometimes you have to put down your pint glass and pick up a healthy hobby. Fortunately, Portland offers a diverse array of fitness opportunities. For those looking for a one-of-a-kind stress release and workout, it might be worth scheduling some classes at one of Portland's Bikram yoga studios.
You might be familiar with Bikram yoga, the type of yoga practiced in a very hot and humid room. Though the terms “Bikram yoga” and “hot yoga” might be used interchangeably, Bikram yoga is a type of hot yoga. Developed by Bikram Choudhury in the early 1970s, the discipline of Bikram yoga is highly regimented. Each class session lasts 90 minutes, consisting of a fixed set of 26 poses in a room heated to 105°F. Bikram Choudhury prevented any yogi not trained in a recognized Bikram yoga school from offering Bikram yoga classes.
Two Bikram yoga colleges offer certified Bikram yoga in Portland. The first studio is called Bikram Yoga Greater Portland. Owner and director Douglas MacReynold started teaching Bikram yoga in 1999. One month of unlimited Bikram yoga costs $115, with different promotions and prices for packages of classes. Classes are offered 4-5 times a day every day of the week, including on Saturdays and Sundays. The other studio that offers Bikram yoga is the Bikram's Yoga College of India's Northeast Portland branch. They have two studio locations that offer 2-5 classes daily with all Bikram-certified teachers. One month of unlimited classes costs $129, and there are different packages available.
For more information, contact the schools directly by phone, email, or dropping in. Both schools offer very inexpensive introductory rates for curious newcomers who want to try Bikram yoga.
7070 SE 16th Avenue
Alberta Street Studio
1301 NE Alberta Street
Fremont Street Studio
4831 NE Fremont
503-280-YOGA (for both studios)