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June 6, 2016

Bikram Yoga Kapolei

Bikram Yoga is run by Bikram-certified teachers who use a standardized dialogue to run the class that consists of a series of 26 postures, including two breathing exercises, in a recommended temperature of a minimum of 105F degrees and about 40% humidity. 

I don't know about the rest of you, but completing the 90 minute bikram yoga session is a freaking accomplishment in my book.  Yes, I'm putting it right up there with mountain summits and half marathons. 

The first time I tried it, my motivation was for the promised brunch at Moena Café with friends.  I did not love it.  I decided to give it a second go at the Mililani location and that time went better although my emotions still yoyo-ed from love to hate to defeat and ending with feeling quite accomplished.  Still, I felt it wasn't for me.  Then the studio closed. 

On a whim, I decided to drop into a new Kapolei studio and third time must be a charm, because I am inspired.  The instructor was excellent and kept the class at a good pace and engaged.  I didn't once wonder, when the heck is this going to be over???  I think bikram yoga will always be challenging for me, but that's why I love it. 

The facilities here are great!  They have showers (and boy are you going to need one) and lockers with keys provided - which is a really nice touch!  If you are new to bikram, all you need is a mat, towel for your mat, and water.  Be prepared to sweat, but don’t let it distract you.  Sweating is your body's way of cooling down.  Arrive to the studio early to secure a space so you can see yourself in the mirror.  I found this really helpful in getting my poses right.   Getting used to the heat was difficult, but I decided it was more of a mental thing that I had to overcome.  Also, there is some yoga etiquette to remember:  no cell phones and no talking in the studio.

Bikram Yoga Kapolei
808-682-YOGA (9642)

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