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Bikram Yoga Natick: A Place to Heal

An affiliated Bikram Yoga studio is conveniently located in Natick, giving locals a place to try the original Hot Yoga for a healthy body and mind.

Do you have any aches and pains that just won't go away? Have you gone back to the doctor time and time again and nothing seems to work?

Bikram Yoga may be the answer for you, and you can give it a try right here in Natick at Bikram Yoga Natick, which was opened in September, 2010 by Maria McBride.

Bikram Yoga is a series of 26 postures and two breathing exercises done in a room that's heated to 115 degrees. The purpose of Bikram Yoga is healing and it's restorative.

"People come in to heal," Joanne Zimmerman, one of eight teachers at the studio, said. "Just anything is going to help you."

The 26 postures are each a series of stretches (see videos for part of two of them). A teacher instructs outloud everything the people in the class do, and a unique thing about Bikram Yoga is that every class is exactly the same in terms of the order in which things are done and how they are done. McBride refers to all classes as beginner classes.

"Beginner doesn't mean easy," she said. "It means it's designed for everyone."

The heat helps you work up more of a sweat, which helps you come out of postures more easily, according to Zimmerman.

"It also helps with circulation," McBride added. "Each posture works a different area, and in the end you feel good all over."

The increased circulation helps ease the muscles as the blood flows more freely. This is something that helps many people who are in some sort of pain feel better from Bikram Yoga.

"Everything here is to help you," McBride said. "It's a great investment in health and well-being."

Classes last 90 minutes, and they're hard work as you use all your muscles.

"It's hard when you're in there, but we as teachers are here to help students" McBride said. "The rest of the day will feel great, so you'll feel great for 22.5 hours."

Robert Rosen March 15, 2013 at 03:56 PM
Joanne also told me that all you have to do is breathe and everything else is optional!
Yoga Love March 15, 2013 at 03:59 PM
Bikram Yoga is getting popularity day by day as it is very effective for losing weight. Regular practice of Bikram Yoga can make us toxin free and energetic. Nayeema Akter www.anamayaresort.com
Maria McBride March 15, 2013 at 11:49 PM
Thanks for visiting the studio Rob! Just to let people know, Bikram temp is right around 105 degrees ... not 115! Those ten degrees make all the difference :)
Robert Rosen March 16, 2013 at 01:03 AM
Oops! My mistake. Have a great weekend!
Yoga B March 19, 2013 at 02:43 PM
I suggest making the correction :-) 115 degrees might scare away people who have never tried.

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