Bikram Yoga Capital Area (BYCA) – the Original Hot Yoga

Bikram Yoga Capital Area is an independently-owned school of yoga and human potential in the Bikram Yoga tradition, a 45-year-old therapeutic hatha yoga practice in the Ghosh lineage.  The practice of Bikram Yoga improves athletic performance and has been proven to cure many chronic diseases, relieve chronic pain, improve cardiovascular & respiratory health, and restore mobility, flexibility, circulation, strength, and energy.

Yoga Shapeshifting

with Mary Jarvis

February 14-17, 2020

ALL LEVELS are invited for four amazing days of Bikram Yoga and Yoga Shapeshifting with the world’s leading expert on the healing and therapeutic uses of this yoga system.

We are so lucky to have Mary visit us!!!

Mary Jarvis Yoga Shapeshifting Bikram Yoga Capital Area

The Bikram Method is for the Willing

Bikram Yoga is an amazing technology used to explore and expand human potential, and to facilitate optimum physical, mental, and interpersonal wellness.

It is a 45-year-old method specifically designed for the unfit and the fit.

At Bikram Yoga Capital Area, we have regular students of all ages, from 6-80+. We have students who have gone from the couch directly to Bikram Yoga, and professional athletes who incorporate Bikram Yoga as their cross-training program of choice.  Bikram Yoga is also especially accessible to and effective for bigger bodies, with all modifications suggested as necessary for each individual.

At BYCA, you will be encouraged, challenged, and supported.

Benefits of the Bikram Method

When attempted with precision, consistency, frequency, and focus, the 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises of Bikram Yoga use the tourniquet effect to move fresh, oxygenated blood throughout every tissue in the body.  Typical results include:

What about the heat?

Bikram Yoga is the Original Hot Yoga! The heat is your friend, and it helps make this unique method of yoga the most effective in the world.

We find that those with heat intolerance and even menopausal symptoms adjust with regular practice (at least 3 classes per week for one month). Students are invited to acclimate by attending our warm classes or sitting still in the room for a few classes before trying the postures.  It is extremely important that you do not try to do everything in your first few classes and then blame the heat for the difficulty!  You may miss out on the most important and transformative experiences of your life.

Bikram Yoga has been found to be most beneficial when practiced at a room temperature slightly above body temperature (105ºF), 40-45% relative humidity, and well-regulated oxygen/CO2 ratios. We keep our yoga room environment at this ideal range, with constant monitoring by instructors and computer sensors.

Owner and Lead Yoga Instructor

Ann R. Chrapkiewicz

I would like to personally welcome you to the school and community at Bikram Yoga Capital Area.  Since 2003, I have used this yoga system to heal from broken vertebrae, seasonal depression, imbalanced blood sugar, sciatic pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, an eating disorder, joint pain in pregnancy, and many other issues.

In over two decades of searching for ways to feel better, I have not experienced any other yoga or movement modality that addresses so many health issues at once, and which is accessible and effective during times of injury, pain, and immobility.

I know all students by name and work with each one personally to guide them to their optimum state of health and wellness.  I look forward to working with you!


Get started with an introductory month for $49.

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  • Angela @hot_yoga_cure_kansas_city is in the hot room for the next 6 weeks!  Angela started practicing in 2000, did Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in 2003...and has been teaching ever since.  She has a birth defect called hip dysplasia and has used this practice for the past 20 years to keep her pain and her limp at bay.
We are old-school soul sisters, even though we just met through Mary Jarvis in 2018!! Angela is inspired and inspiring in every class!  I can't wait for you to meet her!!!! Stay tuned for a blog post and lots of fun photos!! Yayyyy!!!
  • Have you seen our BYCA "Comment Box" yet?  You are invited to participate in this one of many interactive art and education projects happening in the Halls of Inspiration at Bikram Yoga Capital Area.

The realizations, discoveries, questions, healing, ponderings, wonderings, struggles, and breakthroughs that happen in the hot room everyday exceed all efforts at representation.  But we can TRY!! Keep in mind the project guidelines: 1) all comments are to be anonymous, 2) all comments may at some point be shared or posted in some fashion (always for learning or inspirational purposes, of course), and 3) submit comments as often as you wish!! We are already benefitting from this most excellent exchange of energy!  Group efforts towards learning and healing are powerful....and SO VERY NEEDED in this world.  Let's take our already-existing efforts in these directions, and multiply them a bit more!! #bikramyoga is the #originalhotyoga and #welovebikramyoga so much!! #originalhotyogaassociation #hotyoga  #healing #inspiration #puremichigan #yoga #nevergiveup #nevertoolatetostart #interactiveart #performanceart #art

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