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 Ghosh-Bikram Yoga lineage, a 45-year-old therapeutic hatha yoga tradition that 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.
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:
- Proper weight, blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol
- Reduction of back pain, joint pain, and pain from injuries
- Improved ability to concentrate and focus
- Reduction of stress, depression, panic attacks, and anxiety
- An overall sense of well-being
- Improved energy and better sleep
- Smiling, happy faces
- And much more
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 community at Bikram Yoga Capital Area. Since 2003, I have used this yoga system to heal from broken vertebrae, anxiety, imbalanced blood sugar, sciatic pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, an eating disorder, joint pain in pregnancy, and many other issues. I have tried many types of yoga and have enjoyed them all, but I have never found any other method 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.