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Bikram's Yoga New Westminster is one of the largest and most luxurious studios in the world. Complete with an infrared sauna, body vibe machine and a massage treatment room it is sure to serve everyone's health and spa needs.
Joined Bikram Yoga thinking it will help me kill stress and would make me feel better, but it did not turn out that way. Lockers are very small and no proper change rooms.
You have to pay $0.25 for the change room, so if you are credit card user like me, you would have to get change from the front desk. Change room is super small, so if you are planning to practice yoga after work, it's not the right place. After class everyone comes out and the small locker place gets packed, either change there or take your belongings to the wash room and get ready to leave.
Took the 2 weeks unlimited intro pass on Thursday, Harminder showed me the place and registered me, got a welcome email from Harminder in 10 minutes after leaving the studio. Showed up for my class on Monday, Harminder said fill out the form and we will register you, No smile on the face, I said I got a 2 weeks pass few days ago, she said then scan it and I did, she said you are good to go, No Smile at all. I think it was kind of rude for the person who is just getting started with yoga. I saw Harminder couple of times, no smile at all. She has very poor customer service skills. Yoga class was mediocre. You will never feel welcomed in the studio. She has done a great job by learning yoga and opening the studio, but I think she is caught in the wrong job!
The staff would not take any steps to help you or smile at you or welcome you.
Joz (Yoga Instructor or a joke) - Enters the class and asks everyone how is my hair today babe?
She will pick up on you, make you feel embarrassed for not following.
Frequent use of words like- babe, honey, gentleman, my boyfriend do it this way.
Is there a reason why you are not bending your knees?
Do you understand English?
I felt like I was in a military camp where I have been paid to attend this training.
If you are looking to relax your mind and let go of your stress- Please go elsewhere, this is not the place to go for yoga, as it will worsen your stress levels, specially after seeing Harminder with her sad face and then after yoga class with Joz. (If you are unlucky like me)
Someone even said on yelp that Joz should be a Dominatrix! *Laugh*
Dan is a good instructor, my first class was him and he tried to make me feel comfortable with the yoga poses.
Pamlea is great! She is the best instructor. She will correct you, she is calm and patient and knows that not all poses are same for everyone.
Marcus, Alexa, and Keiko are nice. Very professional!!
If you are wondering that you will lose some special amount of calories by joining Bikram yoga, read this before you join:
Well leave calories, I went there to burn down my stress level, but I think it's time to look for a place where people have happy faces, you feel welcomed, and are appreciated for learning the great practice of Yoga.
Good Luck Bikram Yoga New Westminster!!