Miami >Bikram's Yoga College of India
Disappointed. I travel a lot for work and have been to numerous Bikram studios in various states. I can deal with a facility that needs some work as long as the staff is great and the classes are encouraging. This studio made me feel very unwelcome. I was even told that this studio was "really just for locals." I've been in studios where every spare inch of floor has a mat on it because the practice is so great. I should have taken it as a sign when such a big facility has on average 9-10 students per class. I will not recommend this studio to my fellow friends and travelers. There are too many other choices for Bikram in Miami to pay to have a repeated bad experience.
I agree with this review and others that were disappointed with this studio. I am a local and attended classes there a few years ago. I was displeased with thepoor quality of the facility, the rude service and apathetic instructors. Prior to that studio I had experienced a Houston studio that was so nice-lovely instructors, clean and odor-free, overall a very welcoming environment and always packed.
Good workout, sub-par facility and staff. I visited several times a few months ago when I was in town for business and learned that my Bikram studio at home is something to be treasured. Bikram Aventura was dirty, damp, and smelled of dirty dogs in the studio area. There was even a used band-aid on the floor near my mat., and during class, the rude instructor accused me of dropping it there when he happened upon it in the middle of class. The same instructor left the room several times and even loudly popped open the exterior door and stood outside during practice (cardinal sins at my home studio). The other instructors were much more mild-mannered, but one of them left the room to answer the phone as well. There is no proper locker room (you can put your purse/bag on a shelf in the studio area). Still, I was able to clear my mind for much of the class and focus on my practice. If I'm back in the area again, I will drive further to go to a different and hopefully more professional and sanitary studio.
hot,hot,hot. Sweaty yoga makes ya feel great. All of the instructors (with the exception of one who talks too much and doesn't keep the room hot enough) are fab. They help "newbies" through the moves and encourage the more advanced to test their limits. It's hot, it's sweaty, it's fun and you feel good. If you've got a sore back and need to stretch-do it the Bikram way-you won't be sorry.
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