Did you know that many yoga studios and gyms offer hot yoga classes, but none of them are Bikram Yoga. If you would like to try Bikram (and become hooked like I have) than you should seek out a Bikram Yoga studio. And luckily for us, there is a studio in Glenview IL which opened in the summer of 2012.
Sisters Heidi Bernover and Holly McGregor have been practicing Bikram since 2005/06. They decided to leave their careers behind (Heidi as a financial planner and Holly in advertising) to become certified Bikram instructors a few years later. Training is an arduous 9-week session with the still-living Bikram Choudhury that all instructors must complete.
They chose Glenview for two reasons: because there were no Bikram studios between Evanston and Milwaukee and they felt it was a good central location. They also grew up in Northfield and wanted to give back to the area that they knew and loved.
Bikram is a very specific type of yoga practiced in a room heated to 105 degrees and 40% humidity. There are 26 poses, done twice, and performed in the same, specific order each time over a 90 minute period. The reason? By completing the class, you will have systematically worked all your muscles, joints, tendons, glands, circulatory system and also improved your balance and strength. There are seven reasons for the heat and humidity but the two most important are for detoxification (sweating) and helping the body be more malleable. Bikram says "you can't bend cold steel."
And after cooling down you walk out of the studio feeling physically and mentally refreshed and reinvigorated.
In 2018, Bikram Yoga changed its name to Fuel. The change came about because a more varied course schedule was introduced that included 1 hour Bikram class as well as Inferno Pilates.
Give Fuel a try - either Bikram Yoga or Pilates - or as some people do - both!
1926 Waukegan Blvd.
Glenview, IL 60025
- Classes start promptly and doors close 2 minutes before class begins
- Bring large towels along with your yoga mat - they are mandatory. They are offered for rent if you don't have them.
- Please remain quiet in class - no fidgeting or talking
- Wear light clothing
- Try not to eat for 3 hours before class
- New students should arrive 20 minutes before class time
- Hydrate your body - my routine is to drink 8 oz. of water one hour before class and then another 8 oz. 30 minutes before. Do what works for you.
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Margaret Goss is a full-time real estate broker since 1998 working in the North Shore communities of Winnetka, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Glencoe, Northfield, Glenview, and Evanston.
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