Bikram's Yoga College Of India

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  • 3035 Sterling Cir

    Boulder, CO 80301

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I am not a Bikram trainer or affiliated other than as a student. I don't even live in Boulder. But I go to this school whenever I am here and have done so for years. Bikram yoga is good solid workout with huge health benefits. I make it a point to try to go to one of their studios no matter where I travel.

Bikram is not a recreational yoga where you go to socialize, hear nice music and hear wise sayings parroted by some one who never even wrote them. Some of the writers and critics on this site seem accustomed to yoga as support groups with stretching. Bikram is nothing like that. It's a well designed hatha, kick-ass workout.

For benefit of the leisure-bored critic, Bikram practitioners do the same postures in the same sequence each time in order to gain the benefits. To do otherwise is like going daily to the gym, but working on each body part all less than once a month. You can't make any progress in physical training or mental achievement without frequent repetitive practice. Anyone who expects to gain benefits without a system designed to provide regular repetition is thinking like a complete idiot about his/her own body.

Yes, you sweat like hell through all of Bikram and it isn't comfortable. In fact, it's quite OK to hate it while you are doing it. The benefits of a workout are what you are after, not recreation, nice music, entertainment, spoiling etc. If you want that stuff, go to a movie or a spa.

To run a Bikram studio is demanding. Just renting a heated room is insufficient. You have to control the heat, the humidity, the ventilation and keep it clean--no small task when scores of sweating people are in the room daily. Radha's studio is well designed and meticulously cared for. The false wall in front allows for plenty of air circulation even while the class is running and the heat is on. The humidity is controlled. The lights are not glaring and don't burn your eyes. The dressing rooms and multiple showers are adequate--which is rarely the case elsewhere. Each night the mats are vacuumed and an ozone machine sterilizes the entire room. Some Bikram studios around the country stink. Their owners either don't know how to care for them or don't have the needed work ethic. If critics on this site understood what goes on behind the scenes to maintain a well run Bikram studio for students, they would be embarrassed at their own words.

The comments here on elitism are uncalled for. The instructors are very experienced and carefully monitored by the owner. They are expected to perform at a high standard. If they don't maintain high standards, they don't stay long in that studio. I know Radha well. She has trained several champions and is a sought-after judge in competitions all over the world. She's demanding, has high standards and is working class to the hilt. There's nothing phony---just a caring instructor who pushes students & instructors to do their best. Her job is to run an effective school with focused classes and no distractions. She does this well. If a student is disruptive, they are warned once and thereafter sent packing in order to keep the school a fit place in which to learn and practice.

People writing here seem upset that Bikram Yoga has some legal protections afforded by copyright and trademark. These are owned by the founder and not local studios. The founder has legal protections. Why not? So do artists, writers and any other business that creates something original and doesn't want it modified beyond recognition and sold as some kind of hodgepodge. A few yoga schools have tried to copy the method and make it into a hodgepodge. They got caught. Good--they are common thieves. Copyrights are made to nail such people.

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★★★★★

I am not a Bikram trainer or affiliated other than as a student. I don't even live in Boulder. But I go to this school whenever I am here and have done so for years. Bikram yoga is good solid workout with huge health benefits. I make it a point to try to go to one of their studios no matter where I travel.

Bikram is not a recreational yoga where you go to socialize, hear nice music and hear wise sayings parroted by some one who never even wrote them. Some of the writers and critics on this site seem accustomed to yoga as support groups with stretching. Bikram is nothing like that. It's a well designed hatha, kick-ass workout.

For benefit of the leisure-bored critic, Bikram practitioners do the same postures in the same sequence each time in order to gain the benefits. To do otherwise is like going daily to the gym, but working on each body part all less than once a month. You can't make any progress in physical training or mental achievement without frequent repetitive practice. Anyone who expects to gain benefits without a system designed to provide regular repetition is thinking like a complete idiot about his/her own body.

Yes, you sweat like hell through all of Bikram and it isn't comfortable. In fact, it's quite OK to hate it while you are doing it. The benefits of a workout are what you are after, not recreation, nice music, entertainment, spoiling etc. If you want that stuff, go to a movie or a spa.

To run a Bikram studio is demanding. Just renting a heated room is insufficient. You have to control the heat, the humidity, the ventilation and keep it clean--no small task when scores of sweating people are in the room daily. Radha's studio is well designed and meticulously cared for. The false wall in front allows for plenty of air circulation even while the class is running and the heat is on. The humidity is controlled. The lights are not glaring and don't burn your eyes. The dressing rooms and multiple showers are adequate--which is rarely the case elsewhere. Each night the mats are vacuumed and an ozone machine sterilizes the entire room. Some Bikram studios around the country stink. Their owners either don't know how to care for them or don't have the needed work ethic. If critics on this site understood what goes on behind the scenes to maintain a well run Bikram studio for students, they would be embarrassed at their own words.

The comments here on elitism are uncalled for. The instructors are very experienced and carefully monitored by the owner. They are expected to perform at a high standard. If they don't maintain high standards, they don't stay long in that studio. I know Radha well. She has trained several champions and is a sought-after judge in competitions all over the world. She's demanding, has high standards and is working class to the hilt. There's nothing phony---just a caring instructor who pushes students & instructors to do their best. Her job is to run an effective school with focused classes and no distractions. She does this well. If a student is disruptive, they are warned once and thereafter sent packing in order to keep the school a fit place in which to learn and practice.

People writing here seem upset that Bikram Yoga has some legal protections afforded by copyright and trademark. These are owned by the founder and not local studios. The founder has legal protections. Why not? So do artists, writers and any other business that creates something original and doesn't want it modified beyond recognition and sold as some kind of hodgepodge. A few yoga schools have tried to copy the method and make it into a hodgepodge. They got caught. Good--they are common thieves. Copyrights are made to nail such people.

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In 2004 I got a coupon from the paper for 10 days for $10.00 and went to 6 or 7 classes at Bikrams. The staff seemed very egotistical most of them walked around with their noses in the air not all but that was the general vibe I got from most of them. I noticed lots of trophies and contest winner articles for ??Yoga Competitions? I thought that was strange I never knew yoga was a competitive sport. I always though yoga was about softening the ego and self-exploration but I guess there is an ego boosting competitive side to it.

The studio seemed new back then not sure when they opened. It was very clean and had lots of nice windows the men??s changing room was nice and seemed new they had about 4 or 5 showers and good sized lockers. Not that many people were at the classes when I was there and it was spacious.

I didn??t really like the routine it was the same one every class just a lot of back stretches mostly very generic and basic. They had every instructor do the same routine just made it seem mass produced and boring.

I was OK for 6 classes for $10 the studio was new and nice. I wouldn??t pay full price for few reasons firstly because the classes were weak just generic and repetitious, I didn??t like the egotistical vibe of the place.

And mostly if you look into the history of Bikram Choudhury he is an egotistical guy in Beverly Hills who has copyrighted and franchised yoga to become rich and famous. To copyright yoga seems absurd,, how can you try to take something more then 2000 years old and put a copyright on it? Shuffle it around in a routine and say it is yours? Well the poses are 99% of it and they have been around forever for the benefit of mankind.

I wouldn??t recommend Bikrams unless you find one of the coupons for the really cheap trials.
I have a hard time supporting people like this.

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In 2004 I got a coupon from the paper for 10 days for $10.00 and went to 6 or 7 classes at Bikrams. The staff seemed very egotistical most of them walked around with their noses in the air not all but that was the general vibe I got from most of them. I noticed lots of trophies and contest winner articles for ??Yoga Competitions? I thought that was strange I never knew yoga was a competitive sport. I always though yoga was about softening the ego and self-exploration but I guess there is an ego boosting competitive side to it.

The studio seemed new back then not sure when they opened. It was very clean and had lots of nice windows the men??s changing room was nice and seemed new they had about 4 or 5 showers and good sized lockers. Not that many people were at the classes when I was there and it was spacious.

I didn??t really like the routine it was the same one every class just a lot of back stretches mostly very generic and basic. They had every instructor do the same routine just made it seem mass produced and boring.

I was OK for 6 classes for $10 the studio was new and nice. I wouldn??t pay full price for few reasons firstly because the classes were weak just generic and repetitious, I didn??t like the egotistical vibe of the place.

And mostly if you look into the history of Bikram Choudhury he is an egotistical guy in Beverly Hills who has copyrighted and franchised yoga to become rich and famous. To copyright yoga seems absurd,, how can you try to take something more then 2000 years old and put a copyright on it? Shuffle it around in a routine and say it is yours? Well the poses are 99% of it and they have been around forever for the benefit of mankind.

I wouldn??t recommend Bikrams unless you find one of the coupons for the really cheap trials.
I have a hard time supporting people like this.

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OK, I can be reasonable with this one. I am an avid, oftentimes daily yoga practitioner with the Bikram Yoga College of India in Boulder. Also, I admit,, Radha has a strong personality that shines through in her classes. However, if you're woman enough to endure 1.5 hours of 108 degrees F of humid, hot, sweaty, euphoric, cleansing yoga daily, then I think a determined will comes along with the territory. I will agree, sometimes Radha's style of teaching can be misinterpreted for obstinate or pushy, but she knows what she's talking about and can use imagery and descriptive techniques to walk you deeper and/or more correctly into any Bikram yoga pose. She is one of those wise sage teachers who demand the most effort from you every class, and pushes you to limits you never knew you could reach because she has done the same thing to herself and learned from Bikram himself. What's more, her own son, Esak, is an instructor and helps manage the studio (and won the 2005 International Yoga Asana Championship) which created an intimate, family feel for me.

So if you're looking for tender, loving guidance through your yoga practice, maybe Radha and Esak's classes aren't for you- there are other instructors you may enjoy like Luna or Joss. If you're looking for an amazing workout leaving you feeling superhuman, detoxified and refreshed, come to Radha and Esak's class. Thanks and I direct no ill feelings towards the previous commentators, just wanted to express myself.

PROS: Great staff, excellent temp/humidity management, great vibes.
CONS: SOME TEACHERS MAKE YOU WORK!!!

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★★★★★

OK, I can be reasonable with this one. I am an avid, oftentimes daily yoga practitioner with the Bikram Yoga College of India in Boulder. Also, I admit,, Radha has a strong personality that shines through in her classes. However, if you're woman enough to endure 1.5 hours of 108 degrees F of humid, hot, sweaty, euphoric, cleansing yoga daily, then I think a determined will comes along with the territory. I will agree, sometimes Radha's style of teaching can be misinterpreted for obstinate or pushy, but she knows what she's talking about and can use imagery and descriptive techniques to walk you deeper and/or more correctly into any Bikram yoga pose. She is one of those wise sage teachers who demand the most effort from you every class, and pushes you to limits you never knew you could reach because she has done the same thing to herself and learned from Bikram himself. What's more, her own son, Esak, is an instructor and helps manage the studio (and won the 2005 International Yoga Asana Championship) which created an intimate, family feel for me.

So if you're looking for tender, loving guidance through your yoga practice, maybe Radha and Esak's classes aren't for you- there are other instructors you may enjoy like Luna or Joss. If you're looking for an amazing workout leaving you feeling superhuman, detoxified and refreshed, come to Radha and Esak's class. Thanks and I direct no ill feelings towards the previous commentators, just wanted to express myself.

PROS: Great staff, excellent temp/humidity management, great vibes.
CONS: SOME TEACHERS MAKE YOU WORK!!!

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I am writing this review to back up the woman who had an unfavorable experience with Radha. I have been to several Bikram studios, and have NEVER experienced the level of elitism and general irritation/hatred that Radha exuded.

It is a shame that this business is still open, and spreading yogic elitism within the Boulder community.

PROS: Bikram's yoga, nice studio, good lighting
CONS: Radha

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I am writing this review to back up the woman who had an unfavorable experience with Radha. I have been to several Bikram studios, and have NEVER experienced the level of elitism and general irritation/hatred that Radha exuded.

It is a shame that this business is still open, and spreading yogic elitism within the Boulder community.

PROS: Bikram's yoga, nice studio, good lighting
CONS: Radha

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I'm not a yogi, nor do I desire to attain that title. I'd prefer to someday be called "Mom" or "Mrs." or "Dr." However, since first trying Bikram's out some six or so years ago, I've become something of a devotee. I only go about once a month, which is all I can really afford, but I love the atmosphere, the meditational quality, the stretching, and the heat. Bikram's in north Boulder off of Sterling Circle is the studio at which I attended my first class, and as it's so close to my home, I figured I would make it kind of my home studio.

After the treatment I received there, I would drive to Fort Collins for yoga before going back...and only due to one particular instructor, who is also actually the owner. Several other instructors were fine, but when it became clear to me that fate kept sticking me in the same class with Rada despite how many times I would call ahead to see who would be there, I decided enough was enough. Rada turned what, to me, should be a self-motivated, meditational, relaxing--while still strengthening--environment into what I likened to "yoga boot camp". Her arrogance and narcicissm would be laughable but for her infliction of those stunning character traits on innocent bystanders, and this pairs beautifully with her unwllingness to listen to your point of view or alternate explanation to produce, sadly a woman who passion for her craft and for sharing that craft has been deeply, deeply blighterd by her relentless ego.

PROS: All other yogis nice, semi-private classroom, excellent heat
CONS: A bit difficult to find, esp. at first, geographically speaking, RADA

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I'm not a yogi, nor do I desire to attain that title. I'd prefer to someday be called "Mom" or "Mrs." or "Dr." However, since first trying Bikram's out some six or so years ago, I've become something of a devotee. I only go about once a month, which is all I can really afford, but I love the atmosphere, the meditational quality, the stretching, and the heat. Bikram's in north Boulder off of Sterling Circle is the studio at which I attended my first class, and as it's so close to my home, I figured I would make it kind of my home studio.

After the treatment I received there, I would drive to Fort Collins for yoga before going back...and only due to one particular instructor, who is also actually the owner. Several other instructors were fine, but when it became clear to me that fate kept sticking me in the same class with Rada despite how many times I would call ahead to see who would be there, I decided enough was enough. Rada turned what, to me, should be a self-motivated, meditational, relaxing--while still strengthening--environment into what I likened to "yoga boot camp". Her arrogance and narcicissm would be laughable but for her infliction of those stunning character traits on innocent bystanders, and this pairs beautifully with her unwllingness to listen to your point of view or alternate explanation to produce, sadly a woman who passion for her craft and for sharing that craft has been deeply, deeply blighterd by her relentless ego.

PROS: All other yogis nice, semi-private classroom, excellent heat
CONS: A bit difficult to find, esp. at first, geographically speaking, RADA

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