Detroit certainly seems to have a yoga jones of late. There’s a new sign up at 55 Canfield: Bikram Yoga Detroit will be opening on the ground floor of the 55 West Canfield Lofts
Sarah Weckerle is a certified Bikram Yoga instructor and is a partner in this new studio with her sister Sue Weckerle and Sue’s husband Paul Howard (the couple are also partners in Midtown’s Bronx Bar and Cliff Bell’s in Foxtown).
Bikram Yoga is the original hot yoga developed by Bikram Choudhury in the 1970s. It consists of a series of 26 postures that never change. "Any class you go to will be exactly the same," says Weckerle. The repetition and consistency also makes it easier to learn the postures and learn your own body. "You can see your improvement a little faster."
Weckerle has been practicing yoga since 2000 and attended a nine-week teacher training with Choudhury in 2004. She taught in California for four years before moving back to Michigan and attending Eastern Michigan University while teaching yoga in local studios in the western suburbs. "When I finished my graduate degree I realized I really did just want to keep teaching yoga." Because her sister and brother-in-law already had the business background and Midtown footing, the pieces all fit together for her to open her own studio.
Despite the recent surge of yoga studios and yoga pop-ups in Detroit, Bikram Yoga Detroit will be the first Bikram Yoga studio in the city. The room will be kept at 105 degrees with 35 percent humidity. They will offer a variety of packages, from drop-in class pricing to packages to blocks of time up to one year unlimited.
Construction has already started on the space, and they are hoping for a mid-April opening.
Source: Sarah Weckerle, co-owner of Bikram Yoga Detroit
Writer: Nicole Rupersburg
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