Ah- the chances we take for optimum health! I love to hate Bikram, hate going in but feel so great afterward.If only the studios had rubber floors that could be hosed down daily, it would be great.... Some with a little texture so we didn't slip. Rugs are crazy really- all the filth they hold-ew!I've had 4 instructors so far. The one on Saturday was the best. Tuesday's instructor kept telling us to ""clear our minds"" while she proceeded to tell us about her car problems and being late to work- shut the F up! How can we clear our minds when you are yammering away?I know Bikram yoga instructors have to talk us through every movement as a rule but while we are chilling, can you just shut up? Very irritating! The yoga instructor today was very good as well, she stopped talking when she didn't have to give us instructions- that's much better. I don't want to hear about your car or your problems, just instruct, go have a beer later with your friends and tell them about your problems okay?VIEW MORE »VIEW LESS »
\rBad Studio\rOld smelly carpet that they force you to use instead of your mat in the standing series. That would be fine if the flooring was not stained and disgusting\rOwner is rude and therefore... most of her instructors are rude and stand at the top of the class and yell orders. Not a great environment. Maggie is great; hopefully she finds another studio to teach at.\rI bought this with groupon. The owner gave back my money, which was nice. Glad I don?t have to go back\rVIEW MORE »VIEW LESS »
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Posted on Citysearch on: 3/9/2011
Ah- the chances we take for optimum health! I love to hate Bikram, hate going in but feel so great afterward.If only the studios had rubber floors that could be hosed down daily, it would be great. Some with a little texture so we didn't slip. Rugs are crazy really- all the filth they hold-ew!I've had 4 instructors so far. The one on Saturday was the best. Tuesday's instructor kept telling us to ""clear our minds"" while she proceeded to tell us about her car problems and being late to work- shut the F up! How can we clear our minds when you are yammering away?I know Bikram yoga instructors have to talk us through every movement as a rule but while we are chilling, can you just shut up? Very irritating! The yoga instructor today was very good as well, she stopped talking when she didn't have to give us instructions- that's much better. I don't want to hear about your car or your problems, just instruct, go have a beer later with your friends and tell them about your problems okay?
Posted on Citysearch on: 12/17/2010
\rBad Studio\rOld smelly carpet that they force you to use instead of your mat in the standing series. That would be fine if the flooring was not stained and disgusting\rOwner is rude and therefore most of her instructors are rude and stand at the top of the class and yell orders. Not a great environment. Maggie is great; hopefully she finds another studio to teach at.\rI bought this with groupon. The owner gave back my money, which was nice. Glad I don?t have to go back\r
Posted on Citysearch on: 12/16/2010
So. Everyone should know that there is a poster in the womens change area asking people to write a good review and in return they will be put into a draw for prizes!!\rSo yelp is included in that.\rI have been to a couple studios around the country and this one is not great. It does smell and most of the instructors are not friendly or experienced.
Posted on Citysearch on: 11/14/2010
I wrote an email to the manager of Bikram's Hot Yoga, about my experience. Copy of the email is below. I requested a response to the email within 24 hours. I did not hear from the company, so I decided to call on 11/11/2010. Manager was rude and a little snippy, and said we don't give refunds, you are more than welcome to come back.I told her I am willing to pay for the class, but I would like the reminder of the money to be refunded back, and she still said no. Now I am disputing the charge on my credit card.This is my second time attending a hot yoga class.The Bikram's Hot Yoga Bellevue is in a business park, and the studio as a mildew like odor and very slippery carpet in hot yoga.I have a question, why is there carpet in hot yoga?Email sent on 11/10/2010To whom this may concern,Yesterday (11/9/2010) I paid for 5 session package. While in the 8:30pm class, I began slipping on the carpet, as result to the slipping and trying to maintain my balance I pulled a muscle in my ankle. My ankle did swell up a little, and shortly after I left the class to go home. I was very unhappy with the instructor demeanor and her lack of understanding when I tried to make modifications to keep from slipping. Her reply was ""Well, everyone is slipping"".I came to yoga to relax and distress, but when I left I was upset and really annoyed with the instructor.At this point there is nothing you or the company can do, I have already made up my mind I no longer want to attend any classes at your studio. I just would like a refund.Please respond within 24 hours.Thank you,
Posted on Citysearch on: 11/3/2010
I started about 8 years ago after I had my second child, I have lost about 40 lbs since then. The magic is I can still maintain the lighter weight for years. I have been practicing this Bikram Yoga for about 3-4 times a week for the past several years and I love it! My motivation is I rather visit this Yoga studio and practicing Yoga than going to the doctor's office to maintain good health and balance. Bellevue Bikram studio is the best and offers the most classes in town to fit my busy schedule.
Posted on Citysearch on: 10/27/2010
The first time I tried Bikram Yoga was with my boyfriend back in December 2009. He was interested in it since he was a golfer and he was needing a way to stay flexible in order to help him with his swing and I wanted to try it out of simple curiosity. We signed up for the introductory 1 week unlimited for $20.00 I believe it was. After our first week we both were hooked. We practiced at the Bellevue Studio for a few months as well as one in Green Lake. In April 2010 my boyfriend passed away and I took a break from yoga to get my life back in order. After about a 6 month break (longer than expected) I came back to the Bellevue studio and immediately felt as if I was were I should/ needed to be. The instructors are great! They are kind, friendly, helpful, know you by name and make you feel like they genuinely are interested in being there. The studio is clean and cozy feeling. Unlike some studios Bellevue studio always keeps the room HOT and I mean HOT; just like I expect hot yoga to be. I've noticed improvement in my flexibility, energy levels and sleep habits. Most importantly I've notice change around my mid section. Overall, Birkam Hot Yoga of Bellevue is a great place and I would recommend this studio to anyone and everyone.\r~Kristin
Posted on Citysearch on: 10/21/2009
I have been practicing Bikram yoga for several years, and have tried out all of the hot yoga studios in the area. I always come back to this one because the others end up changing the series. It seems like studios are turning up the heat and calling it hot yoga to capitalize on hot yoga's popularity, when in fact what they offer has nothing or little to do with the Bikram series. I have learned to trust the studios that have Bikram in their name. \r\rBikram Yoga Bellevue consistently offers Bikram's 26 postures. If you ask me, they provide the right environment too. Not too hot (I have heard of some studios climbing to over 120 degrees!) and not too cold (some studios are in fact a 90 degrees warm. ) I believe these guys are aiming for 105 degrees and 50% humidity, and doing a great job!\r\rYes, you are supposed to wait for water breaks, but I don't mind this. It helps keep me focused. I also know that Bikram yoga is not about modifying postures, or using towels for grips or other props. One of the teachers here says that the therapy and benefits come in trying the right way to the extent your body allows, and I find this very motivating!\r\rI'm addicted to Bikram yoga. Nothing makes me feel(or look) better. I'll keep going to Bikram Yoga Bellevue because I think they are doing a fantastic job, plus they offer true Bikram classes every two hours!\r\r
Posted on Citysearch on: 9/1/2009
This studio has really gone downhill. I wonder if it's had a change of owner. I love its location but cannot see myself wasting my time or my money with a place which does not hold the temperature or the humidity to the Bikram standard. A real shame and disappointment.
Posted on Citysearch on: 6/30/2009
I used to love this studio, but I'm afraid it is not the same anymore. The heat is constantly off - I mean OFF!! If you want to try ""warm"" Bikram yoga, this is your place. They also started to use the fans A LOT more recently, which only make things worse. I've never been to a studio where the fan is on more than the heater is... \r\rWhatever temperature humidity monitor they are using, it is definitely not working. Or if it is, the instructors will need to learn how to read the number correctly and remember the recommended temperature is 105F degrees and 40% humidity, which I've not experienced for quite a while. With more studios opening up in Redmond and Seattle, they will lose business quickly if they don't make some changes SOON. \r\rI may come back to check them out again in a couple of months. But for now, I'm taking my business somewhere else where I can feel the heat and really SWEAT! :-)
Posted on Citysearch on: 10/3/2008
I agree with the other one star person that reviewed last September. I joined in September '07 so I wonder if that was just a bad time for BYB? I love that there is parking! But if that is the best I have to say....yikes. The male instructors there were fine. It was the women that made me nuts. ""Let go of your ego"" they would preach. Yes, PLEASE LET GO OF YOURS. Don't tell me when I can drink my water! There were times I would make my own modifications (for example, bringing a small wash cloth to use around my foot to assist with the stretch) after repeatedly telling me NOT to do this, one of the female instructors told me to stop and had the nerve to say QUOTE...""we'll wait"" as in, we'll wait for you to DO AS I SAY. WHAT??!!!! One day the manager told a story of how a participant fell asleep in class and she was very bothered. This was unacceptable to her. If I have paid and I'm so relaxed I fall asleep....DON'T WORRY ABOUT IT!! I'm not hurting anyone!!! I like the location and the schedule but all the unnecessary instruction left me shopping elsewhere.
Posted on Citysearch on: 9/19/2008
So I am marathoner who 6 mothns ago was training for the SD Marathon. My training was going great until about 6 to 8 weeks before the race where I began to come down with injury after injury, the wheels were pretty much coming off the bus (I am sure other marathoners can relate)! Needless to say come race day on 6/1/08 I did not do as well as I hoped...in fact it might have been the most painful experience ever running with an injury for 26.2 miles! Well, like any good athlete does I analyzed what I could have done in order to do better...well it was pretty simple stay injury free! How does one stay injury free you might ask? The answer I came to was become more flexible and limber. I mean running 25-35 miles a week puts a tremendous toll on your body and if you are not loose and flexible it is only a matter of time before you come down with an injury. Next, I thought to myself what can I do to increase my flexibility and range of motion...and it was like it came from Bikram himself ""YOGA"" (HA)! I heard about Bikram Yoga of Bellevue from a friend and tried it out once and the feeling afterwords was incredible. This was 3 months ago and I have my next race in Chicago on 10/12/08! These past 3 months have been great...I mean I was a collegiate and I have never felt so good in my life both physically and mentally, it sbeen great all around. I have no doubts that when ""race day"" comes in the next few weeks that I am going to run the race of a lifetime...and hopefully qualify for Boston! I suggest that if your are new to yoga or if you are continuing to do yoga you should try Bikram Yoga of Bellevue the instructors are kind, understanding, supportive, accommidating, and motivating...as well as darn flexible, ha! In closing I will say that if you feel like you are missing something in your life go to Bikram Yoga of Bellevue and SWEAT IT OUT!!!!\r\rPS - I will let everyone know how I did in Chicago!!!\r\rCheers,\r\rBJ
Posted on Citysearch on: 4/25/2008
Good instructors, lovely facilities, and many class times to choose from. Great studio for consistently enjoying the benefits that result from a regular Bikram practice. I don't practice often here though because the carpet cleaning schedule is out of sync with the class schedule - the floor is really unpleasant. If you are able to get past that, the studio is nice.
Posted on Citysearch on: 12/10/2007
I am an avid Bikram yogi, first introduced to the discipline 6 yrs ago. I've moved around a bit which has given me the opportunity to try several different Bikram Yoga studios here in the US and also abroad. I?ve tried a few studios locally as well. I have to say Bikram Yoga Bellevue is by far the best I've encountered yet! As soon as I walk in the door I can feel the stress lifting already...\r\rThey?re highly qualified instructors (100% Bikram certified, not ?hot yoga? teachers) and there are several of them, so the flavor of each class varies a bit (which is nice). Each instructor expresses their own teaching style while firmly maintaining the integrity of the discipline. I have brought a few newbies with me. Each time the instructor has taken the extra moment to ensure my newbie-friend understands what to expect of the class and how to get the most out of it. In general, I find the instructors to be very knowledgeable as they consistently convey the purpose, intent and benefit of each posture - I suppose this is their way of making the sweat and tears worth it :) Oh, and they don't just pay attention to the newbies ? they seem to have this knack never forgetting to push those of us who have been practicing a bit longer.\r\rThe number of classes they offer is pretty ideal. I drive around with my yoga stuff in the car. If my schedule unexpectedly opens up I know there is a class I can catch. The studio is very clean and spacious - even in the most busy of classes, there's still plenty of room. I've been in studios where on a regular basis, there's 2"" of clearance between each mat; so occasionally having someone 8"" away from me is not a big deal at all!\r\rI returned last year from living abroad and purchased an annual membership. It's just expired and I'm on my way to renew for another year as we speak!
Posted on Citysearch on: 10/16/2007
I have tried every Bikram and hot yoga studio in the area. I am so happy to have found Bikram Yoga Bellevue. They have the best schedule and their showers are wonderful! The teachers are great too. It is an ?affiliated? studio so all teachers have to be certified. And I must say the heat is PERFECT! Some studios are too cold, some are too hot. I find this studio to be juuuuust right?and no the three bears to contend with. It?s a safe and positive place to become happier and healthier. On a serious note; I used to suffer from depression and this condition disappeared within the first 60 days of my practice. I wish more people knew about this benefit of Bikram yoga. \r\r
Posted on Citysearch on: 9/17/2007
Bikram Yoga Bellevue used to be my favorite Bikram Yoga studio but it seems that their gain in popularity has made them go downhill. \rThe biggest concern is that it is no longer true Bikram's ""hot"" yoga and more like ""balmy"" yoga.\r(Bikram yoga should be done in a room at 103 to 105 degrees with 40% humidity.)\rAfter myself and several students complained to the teacher, they are still keeping the studio cool enough to give me chills (even worse, in the middle of class, when you reach 100degrees, they open the side door and let a draft run over you so you catch cold.) \rThey do not provide what they sell and after my package is over I will not be renewing here. \rSome of the teachers are great, but there is a few teachers that are very rude to students and I have seen them nag and lecture about every minute detail ""can't leave the room"" ""don't drink water until its a water break"" ""use your towel in this posture"" ""don't use your towel in this posture"". Instruction is good but 5 minute speeches about the importance of x-y-z while they can't even keep the most basic thing - the temperature - correct??!\rA side complaint is that they are also very crowded on the weekends. I don't personally enjoy stranger's flinging and dripping sweat on me and my mat and stepping on my mat (the teachers will even announce ""touch your neighbor, they don't mind"" when... in fact... some of us do mind). \rI highly recommend saving your money and visiting a different studio. Going to Bikram Yoga Bellevue will only be a frustrating experience. I have practiced in two other Bikram Yoga studios in the area and plan on going there for my next package.