– The Focus Building Great Crosshall St – Liverpool L3 2AP – (0151 236 1375) –
Today; Bank holiday Monday, I braved the bank holiday public transport and actually arrived on time at Bikram Yoga in Great Crosshall Street. From Lime Street it is just a short walk past Central Library and the Museum and over the road. I’d checked it on Google Street and found it no problem so I was feeling pretty proud of myself before I had even got through the front door!
This is the most spacious yoga centre I have ever been to. In the reception area everything is clear and straightforward. The reception desk runs the entire length of the entrance and it gives the sense of a really nice leisure centre. The changing rooms have the same vibe with showers and lockers and everywhere is exceptionally clean and organized. Estelle Cartlidge was my instructor for the class and she made a point of introducing herself and we chatted about the class before the start. She made me feel relaxed and comfortable which was reassuring as the size of the place had begun to make me feel as though I might have bitten off a bit more than I could chew! Despite the chat, when I entered the studio I definitely was pretty convinced I had bitten off more than I could chew!
The large and stylish yoga centre offers a unique experience on Merseyside. The spacious studio can accommodate up to 120 people but in order to ensure that all clients achieve their maximum stretch each class hosts a maximum of 80 students. Today there were about twenty of us and at least a quarter of the class were men which was refreshing to see. It was my first Bikram experience and under the dynamic instruction of Estelle I was able to really focus on building both strength and flexibility.
A Bikram Yoga class consists of 26 hatha yoga postures and two breathing excercise’s in a heated room, scientifically designed by Bikram himself to work every part of the body in the correct order. Poses work synergistically so each posture prepares for the next, allowing you to receive the optimum benefits.The class runs for ninety minutes and rather than feeling exhausted at the end I felt totally energized and after a quick shower was ready to start my journey back home.
Then something really lovely happened when one of the other students from the class started chatting to me in the changing room, she told me all about the other classes that run in the sister studio Shakti and introduced me to the offers and timetables for both studios. It’s inspiring to meet other yogis that are just super friendly and really living the practice. When I said goodbye to Estelle and the other students I noticed the ‘A’ board at the door … it said ”Push Yourself because Nobody else will do it for You”… I had pushed myself, it was a tough ninety minutes, but the pride I’d felt as I stepped through the front door was nothing compared to how I felt by the time the session was over … what a buzz!
I booked and paid for my class online with this link which is available on the
Bikram Yoga website