The air of fall brings back memories of the smell of new shoes, crisp ironed clothing, new notebooks and Bikram Yoga. I began my yoga journey with the Bikram Yoga method about 11 years ago and since then have discovered yoga’s larger world, like Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Hatha, Power, Forrest , Kundalini, Ananda, Anusara, Iyengar, Jivamukti. Each practice has its benefits and striving to know and practice these different yogas has been the center of my world for these 11 years. I always come back to the Bikram method, the hot yoga, for many reasons. One is the familiarity. Believe it or not, being in a hot ( at least 100º ) room for an hour and a half is a sweet feeling for me. And the knowledge that I know which postures will be practiced is also sweet. The same 26 postures are practiced, kind of like a familiar drill. Home. The added benefit is the actual studio, here in Santa Cruz, Village Yoga. It is clean, colorful, and friendly. Also – check out my “wall” of photos of the yogis – the yogis are great subjects. Not only are the instructors excellent, but they are caring, engaged, and thorough with the students. A wonderful place to visit. A wonderful place to go back to.
Check it out. There are generally 5 classes a day. www.bikramyogasantacruz.com.