UPDATE: This studio is now closed!
Where to Workout in Red Deer
I dabbled in a practice at Bikram Yoga Red Deer about six years ago but discontinued my practice there when I became pregnant in 2012 and never went back. I was really nervous to return to the hot room for this series. I remember fending off dehydration headaches and being really intimidated by the rules when I first started. But, I also remember feeling so incredibly good at the end of class and noticed the improvement in my balance and flexibility from a regular, once weekly practice. Bikram has been under new ownership and has since added Inferno Pilates to their class lineup, so Jessica and I were curious to check it out.
About Bikram Yoga Red Deer
Bikram Yoga Red Deer opened their doors about six or seven years ago, originally ran by Josh and Jenna, who have since moved on to their next adventure as the Nomad Yoga Family. It still has the same community feel as it did way back when opening their arms to new students and welcoming back the ones who haven’t visited in quite some time.
BYRD is touted as one of Red Deer’s most spacious yoga studios, featuring at 1,400 square foot hot room. The hot room (or torture chamber as it’s often called) is heated with a devoted forced air heater with fresh air being brought in by a heat recovery ventilator which helps maintain the conditions of the room. The carpeting, installed for it’s slip resistant and acoustic properties, is water (and sweat)proof, and washable, sterilized with tea tree oil after every class.
Change rooms are available, with showers and lockers available for use. Those showers are oftentimes a necessity. There’s also an ample supply of hot room approved apparel and accessories for sale, as well as post-class drinks if needed.
About the Classes
Bikram Yoga Red Deer offers two classes, traditional Bikram Yoga and Inferno Hot Pilates. Bikram yoga consists of the same set of 26 postures and two breathing exercises, practiced in a room heated to 34-40°C. It is said that a regular Bikram yoga practice can help improve strength, flexibility, balance, stress relief, energy, concentration and more.
Inferno Pilates is less structured, 60 minutes and practiced in 45° heat. Combining HIIT and Pilates movement, it helps tone and sculpts your body by creating long, lean muscles. It targets your core muscles, right down to the inner muscles that you hardly knew existed while increasing flexibility and circulation. By raising your heart rate, this workout helps you burn fat and combined with the heated room, helps boost your metabolism.
You’ll want to make sure you hydrate well before class. I’m talking, twice as much water as you’d normally drink or else you risk feeling unwell when you’re first getting used to a Bikram practice. You’ll also want to wear as little as possible. This is where you put your insecurities about your body aside because trust me, showing up in crops and a tshirt is going to feel like you went swimming fully clothed when you’re done.
- Introductory Special: $39 for 1-month unlimited yoga. Includes mat and towel rental
- Autopay Crew: $115/month. Includes 3 buddy passes a year, 10% off retail, kids 5-12 practice free, kids 13-18 practice for $5.
- Annual Crew: $1200. Includes free one-on-one private class, 12 buddy passes per year, 10% off retail, kids 5-12 practice free, kids 13-18 practice for $5.
- Nomad Yogi Pass: $69 monthly. Includes 5 classes per month.
- Drop-in: $20
- 10 Pack: $170
What I Loved Most
There’s something to be said for the feeling that comes after you walk out of the hot room. You spent the last 60-90 minutes cursing yourself for putting yourself through all that suffering but then you walk out of that room, shower off, put on some dry clothes and rehydrate yourself and you realize you feel good. Really good.
Oh and the graffiti wall. More places need graffiti walls.
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