Name: Bikram Yoga Greater Portland
Location: Portland, OR, USA (Sellwood & Hall Street Studios)
Classes Offered: Bikram Yoga
Amenities: Retail, yoga mat & towel rentals, purified water filters, quality shampoo & conditioner in showers, feminine products in women’s room, hair rubber bands
Owner: Douglas MacReynold
I visited both the Sellwood and Hall Street studios in the greater Portland area and took advantage of their one month for $29 introductory special.
I enjoyed taking Omar’s class –he spoke with complete confidence and even demonstrated the proper technique for a few poses during class. Omar is a traveling yogi himself, which made me like him even more (he recently taught in the Philippines).
Both studios tend to run on the cooler side, so wear long sleeves if you get the chills from a drafty room (teachers tend to open the doors on occasion as well).
Portlandians must love their Bikram yoga because all the classes I took were packed (which I like because I find power in collective group energy).
The Sellwood studio has one shower for both men and women, so prepare to wait if you need to clean up after class. The Hall Street studio is large and has a shower in the locker rooms.
Portland is a food lover’s town; I’m glad there are several yoga studios (especially Bikram) to work off the dim sum and food cart tacos I indulged in!