If you walk through both the higher-end (Nob Hill, Russian Hill, Pacific Heights, Marina) and the hip (Mission, Castro) neighborhoods in San Francisco, you’ll find that working out has become more than just about staying fit. It’s a lifestyle. Juice Bars? Check. Organic Groceries? Check. People in their workout garb- more often than not, yoga mats in tow? Yes, plenty. In fact, our city made it to last year’s list of Top Ten Cities for Yoga by Forbes. There’s no arguing the fact that yoga has become such an international sensation; what with the immeasurable benefits and it’s undeniable media exposure by today’s celebrities and bloggers.
There are numerous definitions, goals and methods of yoga. So today we’ll focus on one of the most popular forms of the practice: Bikram. Popularized in the early 1970s, it consists of 90 minutes of the same series of 26 postures including breathing exercises. This is ideally done in a heated room with a maintained temperature of 104 °F with a humidity of 40%. Not to be mistaken with hot yoga but that’s another story. In a nutshell, all Bikram yoga is hot but not all hot yoga is Bikram.
We decided to feature Bikram Yoga Nob Hill- a studio offering solely Bikram. Located in Polk St between Pine and Bush, it was formerly known as Funky Door Yoga. Made up of certified and experienced teachers, we definitely recommend a visit. There is a program that will suit individual needs –whether you’re a pro who’s been practicing for years or a newbie who’s looking for the perfect regimen.
Stay tuned for a transcript of our interview with Director Darius LeGall. For now, the information for the studio is below.
Bikram Yoga Nob Hill
1336 Polk St (Bush and Pine)