Visiting us for the first time?
- Standing Deep Breathing
- Half Moon / Hands to Feet Pose
- Awkward Pose
- Eagle Pose
- Standing Head to Knee Pose
- Standing Bow Pulling Pose
- Balancing Stick Pose
- Standing Separate Legs Stretching Pose
- Triangle Pose
- Standing Separate Leg Head to Knee Pose
- Tree Pose
- Toe Stand Pose
- Dead Body Pose (Savasana)
- Wind Removing Pose
- Full Locust
- Fixed Firm Pose
- Half Tortoise Pose
- Camel Pose
- Rabbit Pose
- Head to Knee with Stretching Pose
- Spine Twisting Pose
- Blowing in Firm
How to Prepare for Class
- New students should arrive at least 15 minutes before class starts
- All students must arrive on time, so as not to miss the first breathing exercise
- It’s usually best to practice on an empty stomach
- Clothes should be light and comfortable
- It’s hot! It is very important to DRINK PLENTY OF WATER before and after class in order to stay well hydrated (water available for sale at the studio)
- A yoga mat and a towel are mandatory to practice (available for rent and sale at the studio)
- You do not have to be flexible, yoga will MAKE you flexible! Muscle soreness after the first class is to be expected. The best way to overcome this is to come back the next day!
- Classes are 90 minutes long. Be ready to sweat!
Who should take Bikram Class?
What should I bring to class?
What provisions are available at the studio?
- TOWELS – $3 rental each
- MATS – $2 rental, $52 purchase
- WATER – $3
- COCONUT WATER – $5
- CDs & BOOKS
How often should I take class?
What if I can’t stand the heat?
About The Practice
Bikram’s beginning yoga class is a demanding series of 26 postures (asanas) and two breathing exercises (pranayamas) performed in a heated room (105F, 40% humidity) which is suitable for all ages and levels of ability. Each posture stretches and strengthens specific muscles, ligaments and joints needed for the next posture. The Bikram method stimulates the organs, glands and nerves, moving fresh oxygenated blood to 100 percent of the body, restoring all systems to a healthy working order.
Bikram scientifically designed this 90 minute program to deliver total health through the balancing and strengthening of every system in the body in order to prevent illness, injury and limit the effects of aging. In addition, the series of postures combine skills of concentration, patience, determination and self-control, which lead to increased mental clarity and reduced stress.
A regular practice of Bikram Yoga also improves body posture and spine alignment. It relieves back pains and headaches; strengthens muscles; reduces symptoms of chronic diseases; gives better self confidence; improves body image; improves flexibility, balance and strength; gives a general feeling of wellness and peace.
Yogiraj Bikram Choudhury is the founder of the worldwide Yoga College of India. Born in Calcutta in 1946, Bikram began yoga at the age of four with India’s most-renowned physical culturist at that time, Bishnu Ghosh, the younger brother of Paramahansa Yogananda (Author of the most popular book on yoga, The Autobiography of a Yogi, and founder of the Self-Realization Fellowship in Los Angeles).
Bikram practiced yoga at least four to six hours every day at Ghosh’s College of Physical Education in Calcutta. At the age of thirteen, he won the National India Yoga Championship. He was undefeated for the following three years and retired as the undisputed All-India National Yoga Champion.
At seventeen, an injury to his knee during a weight-lifting accident brought the prediction from leading European doctors that he would never walk again. Not accepting their pronouncement, he had himself carried back to Bishnu Ghosh’s school. With the guidance of his guru, Bikram created his 26 posture series, which restored his health.
Bikram was asked by Ghosh to start several schools in India. The schools were so successful that at Bishnu’s request Bikram traveled to Japan and opened two more. He has since brought his curative methods of yoga therapy around the world.
Bikram is a pioneer in the field of yoga therapy. In a United Nations sponsored research project at Tokyo University, Bikram helped doctors prove that yoga regenerates tissues and cures chronic ailments. Combining Eastern discipline and Western medicine, Bikram perfected his comprehensive system suitable for all ages and levels of fitness.
Bikram arrived in the United States in 1973 at the invitation of President Nixon and the urging of Shirley Maclaine. He quickly became the foremost yoga teacher in the West as celebrities, athletes, and others began to flock to him. Since that time he has been healing thousands of students at his school in Los Angeles and traveling the world extensively, bringing the benefits of Bikram’s Yoga to millions of students worldwide.
Bikram Yoga Grand Central is an official Bikram’s Yoga College of India studio. For more information regarding Bikram Yoga please visit: www.bikramyoga.com
What is the biggest personal problem people have in this world? Lack of self realization. You always underestimate yourself. - Bikram Choudhury
Monthly Plans and Passes
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If you are new to our studio, you are eligible to purchase our New Student intro Month for $49. To take advantage of this deal, please buy a single class online and then upgrade to the Intro Package in studio on the day of your first visit. Please note, the New Student Intro Month deal is valid for local residents only.
Bikram yoga gives you what you need, not necessarily what you want. - Emmy Cleaves
Phone, Hours, and Location
Mon – Fri: 6:00 am – 6:30 pm
Sat – Sun: 7:00 am – 6:30 pm
526 Mission Street
South Pasadena, CA 91030
We are located on Mission Street, between Indiana and Grand Avenue in the heart of South Pasadena. We are 2 miles south of the Rose Bowl/134 freeway, 3 blocks from the 110 freeway (Orange Grove exit). Studio is a 4-block walk from the Mission street stop on the Metro Gold line. Nearby communities include Highland Park, Garvanza, Pasadena, Eagle Rock, Glendale, Alhambra, San Marino, Mount Washington and Monterey Park.
There is plenty of parking on Mission Street and Grand Avenue as well as the parking spaces marked “yoga” in the lot behind our building.