Welcome to the Original Bikram’s School

in San Diego!

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Bikram Yoga is Hot Yoga, but ‘Hot Yoga’ is not Bikram Yoga!”

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Jim Kallett, director of Bikram’s Yoga College of India, San Diego
Hosted an Internet Talk Radio Show  for 13 weeks
on The 7th Wave Channel of  VoiceAmerica
Internet Talk Radio Network
from July to October, 2014

Includes interviews with Emmy Cleaves, Rajashree Choudhury, the researchers at Harvard Medical School (effects of Bikram Yoga as treatment for Depression), the filmmakers of Awake:  The Life of Yogananda, and others….

You can listen to the shows On Demand (podcast) at the following link:

YogaIsLifeRadio with Jim Kallett

is Life

  “Happily, as Yoga has become so increasingly more accessible and practiced by more and more people around the world, I am excited to be able to contribute to the redirection of the discussion of Yoga (especially Bikram Yoga), back to it’s primary principles, to the practice of Hatha Yoga Asana done safely, effectively, and properly.  It’s more important than ever….”  –Jim Kallett

About the Host, About the Show.pdf

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June was our 17th Year Anniversary Month!
as the first Bikram “Hot” Yoga in San Diego

   June 20th was our 17th Anniversary to the day that we opened the very first Bikram Yoga school in San Diego (June 20-21, 1998), over at 2188 San Diego Ave., across the freeway from where we are now….

I continue to Thank from my heart, the over 44,000 people who have practiced (many thousands of you introduced to) Bikram Yoga, (and even Yoga of any kind) at our school these 17 years.  It’s been, and continues to be, an incredible journey, with the privilege to participate in so many of you making the effort, with the most scientific, safe, intelligent, and effect system of health maintenance – Bikram Yoga – to make your lives better in every way.  What’s happened here at our school, and as you can see, all over San Diego, is truly quite remarkable, extraordinary.  My greatest thanks will always go to Bikram Choudhury (and the wisdom he relays from his guru Bishnu Charan Ghosh), who has given over 50 years of his life (over 42 here in the US) to make Yoga this accessible, and simplified, for everyone to be able to do (try!), and for the support, guidance, inspiration, and mirror he has always provided us.

–Jim Kallett, director, BYCI, San Diego

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You’ve GOT to watch this 30 minute documentary!!
Take the time and watch….

Hi Bikram family!

My name is Aliyah and I am a fellow Bikram instructor. I just wanted to share an amazing documentary that was filmed for our studio in Boise, Idaho. This video follows a student through the 60 day challenge and answers many questions students may have about the challenge or about Bikram yoga in general.  This film has inspired many of our students to do their own 60 day challenge and has been a great resource for our studio.


I invite all of you watch and be inspired. Feel free to use this as an educational tool. Share with your teachers, students or in any way you see fit. More proof that Bikram yoga is amazing, Enjoy!

Aliyah Jennings,  Bikram Boise

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Lesli Lounsbury Interview

Michael Harris radio talk show from Oregon.  Lesli was the first International Yoga Champion – Bishnu Ghosh Cup (2003).  She talks about the Championships, how she started Bikram’s Yoga, practicing, training, and teaching at our school, etc.  Lesli taught here since 2001.

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coming to practice at our school

Please read message at the bottom of this page….


check out these articles:

Harvard Medical Center Research – Bikram Yoga
(additional article – Harvard)
Funded Projects / Pure Action
The Original Hot Yoga – Australia Yoga Journal, Oct. 2013
Sandra Bullock, George Clooney did Bikram Yoga for “Gravity”
Andy Murray – Bikram Yoga
JPAH May, 2013 (Yoga – cognition)
UT July 2, 2013 Health (Yoga – cognition)
“Can Bikram Yoga Reverse Cancer Processes?”

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check out this link:
Emmy Cleaves in N. Vancouver
(Emmy is the most Senior Bikram Teacher, she’s been with Bikram since 1973).

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About Our Yoga School

The first, largest, original, and Authentic Bikram Yoga school in San Diego (established in 1998), we offer Bikram’s Beginning Hatha Yoga Class with a full schedule of classes daily. The Class is for beginners through advanced. We encourage beginners to come to this class (even if you’ve never done Yoga or any exercise at all).

We have a beautiful 7,000 sq. ft. facility with large Change Rooms (showers, lockers, etc.), a steam room, and a large Classroom with state of the art controlled heat, humidification, air purification, and full spectrum lighting.  Towels and mats are required, and available for rental.


NOTICE:     We are always trying to make improvements and additions at our school….

Last Spring we painted the interior walls of the school a new color!:  lobby, hallways, and Yoga Classroom.  Thanks to all who came and helped!!  And now the building exterior has been painted.

Last Spring, we replaced all of our lighting in the Yoga Classroom to Full Spectrum color temperature bulbs, with high 85 color rendition index (colors appear more true). It’s a more white, clearer light that a lot of research has suggested is easier on the eyes and nervous system, allows you to see yourself in the mirror more clearly and with more definition, enhances calmness and relaxation as you stretch !! It may or may not take a couple of classes to get used to but you’ll love it when you do!!

Like our consistent, controlled heating,  humidification, and ventilation systems, our antimicrobial, ultralok-backing carpet, our air purification and natural and non-chemical carpet cleaning and sterilization systems, we always work to keep it all simple, clean, healthy, and hygienic, to go with the safest, most scientifically/medically based system of health maintenance — Bikram’s Beginning Yoga Class, offered here uncompromised, undiluted, original, authentic, and taught by the most experienced and qualified teachers in San Diego….

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About Bikram’s Beginning Hatha Yoga Class

Bikram’s Beginning Hatha Yoga Class is a comprehensive 90-minute class consisting of a series of 26 Asanas (postures) and 2 breathing exercises, developed by Yogiraj Bikram Choudhury in the 1960’s, brought to the USA by Bikram in 1973, and taught and practiced around the world, more and more, ever since.  Each posture is done twice with a Savasana (rest pose) between each, holding to the 3 primary principles of Hatha Yoga as explained in the introduction to Bikram’s book. (Click here for more about Bikram’s Beginning Yoga Class).

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The class is practiced in a heated room, to promote cellular metabolism, detoxification, and suppleness of the muscular system, providing a greater level of safety when doing the poses.  It is a beginning class, anybody can do it — any age, size, shape, condition, background, problem.  It’s accessible and non-exclusive.  We do only beginning Yoga postures — nothing that can hurt or injure you. The postures are held still at maximum effort, not continuous movement, again a primary principle of Hatha Yoga (Asanas).  Although the first emphasis is on the correctness and safety of the postures, the Class is very challenging and you will have to make demands of yourself.  It requires tremendous concentration, careful listening to the teacher’s dialogue (precise instructions), patience, determination, trust, and discipline.  As these are required of you, they also develop within you.

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The Therapeutic, Curative, Preventive, and overall Health Benefits of Bikram’s system of Yoga are legendary.  Since Bikram’s 3 year Research Project with Doctors at the Tokyo University Medical School (Japan, 1970-73), studying the effects of Yoga, countless people have practiced Bikram’s Yoga to overcome chronic problems of all kinds.  (Please click here for Testimonials) It takes practice, consistency, and a determination not to give up and to “try the right way,” to gain the full life-enchancing effects of the Yoga practice.  With Bikram’s Yoga, you develop the foundation for anything you want to achieve and maintain in life — athletically, professionally, physically, mentally, intellectually, emotionally, spiritually.

At Bikram’s Yoga College of India, San Diego, as at all the Schools that teach Bikram’s with the integrity and consistency that Bikram insists his teachers hold to, you will discover the “Key to the Kingdom of Health.”  You will be encouraged to challenge yourself to improve, make better, and maintain your health, your spine, and your life. Bikram’s guru, Bishnu Ghosh, said “Never too late, never too old, never too bad” and Bikram added “never too sick…to start from the scratch once again.”  Please visit Bikram’s website for more about Bikram and his Yoga system: www.bikramyoga.com.

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Visiting Bikram Certified Teachers:   Our policy has always been to allow any actively Certified and Re-certified Bikram’s Teacher to be able to take classes for free at our school.  Now, with the ever increasing number of people who have gone through Bikram’s Teacher Training Program, and the large number of Bikram teachers who come to practice at our school, beginning January 1, 2013, we are charging $5 per class, or $50 monthly unlimited for active Bikram Certified Teachers.  To get this rate, we are requiring proof of valid and updated Certification.  To practice for that rate at our school, we ask that you make a wallet-sized reduction copy of your most recent (within the last 3 years) Bikram Yoga Teaching Certification (or Re-Certification), and show it with a valid picture ID at our reception desk when you come for a Yoga Class at our school, otherwise you will be asked to pay the regular drop-in fee.  A scanned copy on iPhone or other device will also work.