I went as a guest with a friend about ten months ago- only reviewing now because I received an email trying to get me to come back... Which is something I won't do. The instructor, who's name I believe was Al, called me out multiple times during the practice when I would choose to take a break from one of the postures, or wasn't doing a posture to the extent that he thought I should be doing it. I'm no stranger to yoga, I take a lot of hot yoga. And in all the classes I've ever taken, the instructor tells you not to push yourself to pain, to do what is comfortable when it is comfortable. I gave a lot of effort in that class, but the manner in which Al called me out repeatedly and the way he did so made me uncomfortable.
I did NOT enjoy that class. It's also pretty expensive for a place that makes you bring your own towel, and the room is just like a carpeted gym, the lights stay on, it's not relaxing at all. I found myself more stressed out than anything else.
Hot House Yoga out on Laskin is another story- the ambiance is preferable, the instructors kind and helpful.
Bikram Hot Yoga Virginia Beach replied:
I am sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your Bikram Yoga class.
We never correct you or call you out in class because we think badly of your effort. A good majority of people who come into our studio have taken other styles of yoga and we can tell that you have taken other yoga classes. We are teaching the Bikram method of yoga (the original hot yoga) and want you to understand how to move into and out of the postures that we teach, in a safe manner. We also push students that we believe can do a little bit more. If you stay in your comfort zone, you will never improve. People that come in with injuries or chronic conditions, things may get worse before they get better. So yes, you may feel pain, or what some people consider as ?pain?.
We have several instructors that teach at our studio, and we frequently have visiting teachers from other Bikram studios teach at our studio. Please, try another class and see if you jive with another instructor! We have a schedule posted online who is teaching what class.
Our prices are comparable (if not cheaper) than ALL the other studios in town.
With the Bikram method, we do not cater to making you comfortable. Nobody caters to you in life. When you can find your breath and keep your calm in that hot room with the lights on and teacher talking, you can find true peace outside of the yoga room and anywhere in life. No one can steal your peace! Bikram Yoga is called a 90-minute moving meditation. It may take a few classes to understand this, but it is possible to find relaxation. That is why we encourage all students to try 10 classes in 30 days. See how you feel at the end of that 30 days.
This is what we teach and how we teach it. If you are looking for a quiet, dark space, maybe Bikram Yoga is not for you. All yoga is good yoga!
If you?d like to give Bikram Yoga another try with another instructor, the owner would be more than happy to discuss some options with you. Please email her at email@example.com
Good luck with your yoga journey!