If the thought of packing into an extremely hot yoga studio with several strangers for 90 minutes doesn’t give you cold sweats then all the power to you. However, if you’re a little hesitant but have heard nothing but positive things from Bikram and hot yoga classes then why not try a beginner’s sessions at one of the many top studios in Montreal? Whether you’re looking to improve your mood or sweat the weight away, there are 26 postures to help you reach that goal.
Bikram Yoga Montreal
721 Walker Ave
(514) 989 7642
++ Bikram Yoga Montreal currently has three locations, which are also listed. ++
Situated in the downtown area, Bikram Yoga Montreal caters to all skill sets. If you’ve never experienced Bikram before but are looking for something effective then try Choudhury’s Beginning Yoga Class. It’s designed to warm and stretch muscles, ligaments and tendons. This is the perfect way to get a feel for a special type of yoga without killing yourself.
Bikram Yoga Plateau
435 Laurier Est.
(514) 303 6013
Bikram Yoga Plateau is also located in the downtown area and offers a lot of the same amenities as Bikram Yoga Montreal. The 26 pose series is designed to “systematically move fresh, oxygenated blood to one hundred percent of your body, to each organ and fiber, restoring all systems to a healthy working order.” The room is heated to 42 degrees Celsius for the full 90 minutes. So make sure to bring a bucket of water because you’re going to be sweating it all out.
Bikram Yoga West Island
18 Place Triad Suite 203
(514) 428 9595
Following the same procedures as the previously mentioned Bikram Yoga locations, this particular studio is based in the heart of Pointe Claire, near the Fairview Shopping Centre. And if you’re looking for a purely meditative class with minimum effort then Bikram probably isn’t where you want to be. The point of this class is to improve stamina and increase muscle tone so be prepared to really sweat and work extremely hard. While that does sound kind of intimidating, don’t let it. Beginners are always welcome and instructors are always willing to work with you.
Bikram Yoga Laval
4353 Autoroute des Laurentides
(450) 682 6777
If you’ve never tried Bikram before and are a little hesitant then try a free first lesson* at Bikram Yoga Laval to test the waters. The instructors help to promote the development of the human body on all levels – physical, spiritual, mental and emotional – through a high-intensity workout. What’s great about this studio is that you don’t need to book in advance and it’s actually the largest studio on the North Shore (capacity of up to 50 people), so there’s a good chance they’ll always have a spot available for you at.
*If you live in Laval, Laurentides and Lanaudière
Bikram Hot Yoga TMR
233 Dunbar Ave. Suite 300
(514) 824 4285
If you’re a keener that loves getting to a yoga class 40 minutes before it starts then you’ll enjoy the amenities that Bikram Hot Yoga TMR has to offer. The spacious studio is equipped with a Café Area and a Juice Bar in addition to free WI-FI. In reality the former items don’t exactly help since you can’t eat anything three hours before a Bikram class and caffeine seems pretty counterproductive. But hey, at least the option is there. As far as the Hot Yoga Room, there’s no reservation necessary and it can hold up to 80 people at one time.
Moksha Yoga NDG
4260 Avenue Girouard
(514) 544 9642
Moving away from Bikram is the equally awesome Moksha Yoga NDG studio. Again if this is your first time experiencing hot yoga be sure to try an intro week – seven days of unlimited yoga for only $20. Moksha Yoga strives to “stretch and tone the muscles while detoxifying the body and calming the mind.” The studio itself features cork flooring, which is extremely helpful to those that suffer from lower back pain and it also helps to prevent bacteria from entering the floor. Double plus!
2617 rue Notre Dame Ouest
(514) 544 1717
The great thing about Studio Breathe is the fact that it offers a range of fitness classes in addition to hot yoga, including Pilates, kickboxing and sculpt classes. The 5, 200 square-foot center comes equipped with full-service locker and shower amenities, spacious studios, an eco-chic retail shop, and a Zen lounge. The hot yoga all level classes “prepare students of all levels to flow gracefully through postures that both challenge and relax the body and mind.” For something more challenging give Hot Yoga Flow Intermediate a try, it is designed to help “develop endurance, balance and understanding of yoga with deeper poses and faster transitions.”