Ode to Bikram

My body aches, and a drowsy numbness pains
My senses, as though of hemlock I had drunk,
Or emptied some dull opiate to the drains
Ninety minutes past, and the instructor’s words had sunk:
‘Tis not through envy of that happy lot,
But being too happy in feeling next to nothing,
That thou, plane of another existence,
In some smelly hot room
Of humidity, and heat unbending,
Makest me rest in full-bodied ease.

· inspired by John Keats

Oh Bikram, I love you so, but you are so expensive!  When I first started going to class, I hated being hot and sweaty for an hour and half, staying in a room that smelled like the worst of high school memories.  But now I have been to the mountaintop!  I have experienced the yoga high the instructors are always gushing about.  And it is so good.

So how can I get back to that place, that place of contentment and Holy crap, I’m flexible! amazement with my own abilities?  Let’s look at the prices around town.

Bikram Yoga Capitol Hill:

Single Class: $18
Intro Week: $29
Fun Fact: Lady Gaga goes here.

Bikram Yoga Dupont:

Single Class: $20
Intro Week: $20

Bikram Yoga Tenleytown:

Single Class: $17
10 Classes: $150

If you’re thinking, like me, wow, I could really think of a bunch of other ways to spend that money, take heart.  DC Yoga Week is right around the corner.  May 15-21, many studios in DC will offer $5 or free classes, plus group yoga on the Mall on the afternoon of May 15.  Just like there’s nothing like doing hot yoga for 90 minutes, there’s nothing like doing yoga en masse on our nation’s backyard.


2 Comments Add yours

  1. Cathryn says:

    Well it ain’t DC, but its my fave Bikram studio – http://www.bikramyogaarlington.com/ Also known as Supernova Yoga. Clean, smells good, great teachers, the whole shebang. 10 class pass is $120 which is pretty reasonable. Also, metro accessible.
    Lastly, Lululemon Cherry Blossom Yoga
    Location: Sylvan Theater Lawn – Washington Monument (NW Corner of 15th Street and Independence Avenue)
    Time: ‎10:30AM Saturday, April 2nd

  2. Marie says:

    I’ve had a sniffle/stuffy nose for about a month now, and it makes the Bikram auroma much more bearable. Either that or I’ve become desensitized after going for this many months. Lovely poem, Miss C.

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