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1854 Fountain View Dr, Houston, TX | Directions 7705729.748216 -95.486068
Neighborhoods: Great Uptown, Westside
Bikram's Therapeutic Hatha/Raja Yoga is a series of 26 hot yoga stretching postures, and breathing exercises taught in a 90 minute class. Each pose is a challenge based on one's personal abilities. The postures are done in the safe environment of a heated room so that deep penetration can relieve one's body resistance without risking injury. The exercises produce a training effect without pounding the spinal column, thus relieving back problems.
By the end of a class session, each individual will have worked every muscle, tendon, joint, ligament, internal organ, and gland while systematically moving fresh, oxygenated blood to 100% of the body. The result is restoration of health to all systems.
BEST YOGA IN HOUSTON – I absolutely love Bikram yoga! Both locations offer great classes, which are many throughout the entire day and evening. Super sweet receptionists and great instructors that really take the time to talk to you before and after class. This yoga has changed my life, I recommend it to everyone!
The right exercise for you! – I stepped away from Bikram Yoga 2 years ago for various reasons. Two weeks ago I wrote the owner and stated that I desperately need to come back to Bikram but was nervous about starting all over again. She wrote me a lovely email and 48 hours later I came back. Upon stepping into the Fountainview location, I knew I was in the right place with the right form of exercise for my body and my mind. The studio is clean, the instructors are beyond fabulous and everyone is quite attentive to your needs. I am hooked all over again, I cannot begin to tell you how fabulous I feel after only 5 classes.
Try it for a few weeks, it is so worth it!
Excellent Results In Record Time – My friends told me that this yoga would improve my golf game and get rid of the aches and pains that were starting to settle in. They were right. I got amazing results in less then a month. Now I'm bringing my skeptical friends to class too. Definitely give this place a try - you'll be glad you did
Heal and Feel Better Then You Ever Thought You Could – I absolutely love this studio. These people not only saved my life, they gave me a life worth living. Before I started taking yoga here, I lived in constant pain. I had low grade fevers, joint pain, headaches, lethargy and depression, all of which made my life a misery. The best medical treatment did nothing to help, and doctors gave me no hope. I was diagnosed at various times with some kind of "auto-immune disorder" or "severe allergy" or "environmental sensitivities". Once I was even told to take antianxiety medication, like my symptoms were all in my head! At a point of utter despair I remembered reading an article in a magazine several years ago about the amazing healing benefits of Bikram Yoga. With nothing left to lose I thought "even if I can't do the class, maybe the heat will finish me off and finally put an end to my suffering". Instead of dying, I was actually born again. After just one class I had less pain in my body, and a tiny little spark of hope. Now, after 6 months of taking class 4 - 6 times a week, I have NO pain in my body and I know what true happiness is. From the bottom of my heart, thank you Joani, and thank you to all of your staff. Your skill and knowledge, along with your kindness and compassion have made my life worth living.
12 Years and Counting - I Love This Place! – Twelve years ago I stumbled into my first Bikram Yoga class with Mike. It was somewhere out on the Katy freeway, which at the time, was quite an unlikely location. Since then I've bought a 10 lesson package every single month and continued my practice. When I took my first class I couldn't even see my toes, now I can easily touch them. When I took my first class I was strong, but I wasn't flexible and I had no balance. Now, twelve years later and in my early 50's, I am still strong, but I'm also flexible and I have great balance! I also feel and look at least 10 years younger than I did when I walked through that door. Bikram Yoga turns back the hands of time. Once the Fountain View school opened I started to practice there because it's close to my home, but every now and then I take class at South Blvd for old times sake. Over the years a number of other "hot yoga" classes appear around town, and being around so long myself, I'm curious and always check them out. What I discover is that I always recognize the "teacher" as a fellow student that recently stood next to me on the front row and took class from Joani and Mike and their great team of teachers. And I discover that there's a reason Bikram Yoga Houston has the longevity and reputation for greatness that it does. Imitation may be the best form of flattery, but it is, after all, imitation.... if your looking for honesty, integrity, skill, compassion, wisdom, experience and powerful results, run, don't walk, run, to Bikram Yoga Houston.
Not about the money... – I have been practicing at Bikram Yoga Houston for 2 years now and I have to disagree with the review that said the owners are only about making money. I feel, since the directors and staff are so kind and supportive of me and other students, that I need to stick up for them. First of all, they do not advertise a "30 Day Challenge", at $20 per class. That's just ridiculous. The schools have a 60 Day Challenge and I have never been pressured or have seen them pressure anyone to do that. Bikram, himself, says to brand new students "Do 60 classes in 60 days and you will receive a new body, new mind, new spirit." What the owners of Bikram Yoga Houston suggested to me, and what I have heard them say to new students is, 10 classes in 30 days to receive the maximum benefits of this yoga. And practicing in LA myself, like the reviewer below, Bikram says the exact same thing - 10 classes in 30 days for maximum benefits. There are class packages to help us save money. It's not $20 per class.
Bikram Yoga Houston is great. They have several classes a day, at many convenient times. Although I practice mostly at the Fountainview location, I have found both schools to be friendly and very supportive. I have issues with my knees at times, and I have emailed the directors, and Joani has always gotten back to me, with suggestions and modifications to help with my knees. I have practiced at many Bikram studios, and "hot" yoga studios, and I have not found a friendlier studio than Bikram Yoga Houston. I am moving to the northeast soon and am sad about not being able to practice here but will visit and always come back to Bikram Yoga Houston! It's the best.
For these Studios Bikram Yoga takes a backseat to making $$$ – I've been doing Bikram Yoga for close to 10 years and completely believe in its mental and physical benefits. After moving to Houston a few months ago I continued my practice at the Bikram studios on South & Fountainview. Having been to studios all over the States I must candidly admit that this is one of the worst in the country. The problem is the owners have put the business above the yoga. At the end of each class the owner begins a shameless sales pitch that's masked as looking out for the health of the students. Like clockwork he brings up the "Bikram" challenge -- follow Bikram's advise and take 60 classes in 60 days (even discounted to $12 per class that's a very expensive challenge indeed). I've trained with Bikram at the main studio in LA and he's never brought up this so-called challenge. All the teachers in LA, including Birkam, and teachers at every other studio I've been to really focus on the benefits of the yoga. It's become apparent to me that the Houston owners, though they certainly believe in Bikram yoga, are far more motivated by their need to be as profitable as possible. I have nothing against running a successful business, however, it's offensive when the owners hide their true motivation -- to make as much money as possible -- behind Bikram Yoga's recuperative benefits.
Yoga for Life – Was there when it opened and have been going ever since. LOVE IT. The yoga is consistent, the teachers and staff are the BEST and I've never felt better in my life. It's hot, no doubt, but the rewards and benefits derived from this yoga are immeasurable. I'm hooked. This is the first time I've ever looked forward to working out. This will be my 6th year with Bikram Yoga.
Great for Rheumatoid Arthritis Sufferers – The instructers work with you to get the most of every pose. Since I have rheumatoid arthritis, it is very diffiult to do some of the poses, but the instructors provide assistance throughout the class. It is a great class for joint mobility and strength training.
Absolutely WONDERFUL!!! – Life is a gift and what a way to honor yourself!!! One could not ask for a more nurturing environment when exercising the mind, body, and soul. As the instructors comment, this yoga is a "process," and I will add to that by saying that you will be delighted in your efforts. Enjoy!!!
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