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The evolution of Bikram®
26-2 Hot Yoga
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Masterlab is the winner of the Star Metro’s and play107’s Community Choice Awards for Edmonton’s favourite yoga studio. Formerly Studio X Bikram Yoga, we doubled down in 2020 on our work with athletes and performers. To reflect this, we changed our name, launched online programs with world champions, doctors, and athletes teaching yoga around the world, and opened an eatery with a menu specifically designed to enhance performance and athletic recovery.
26-2 original hot yoga
Sport is defined by one’s physical performance
within the boundaries of a game.
Score a point. Cross a line.
Yoga contradicts sport because
everything about yoga is designed to
undermine what you know of boundary.
Yoga is defined by one’s mental performance
within the boundary of the body.
However, as the body changes, so, too, does
the concept and experience of “boundaries.”
On the mat, boundary, itself, is the game.
Good luck. We’re here for you,
Get the mental edge
Many coaches exclaim, “The will to win is worthless if you do not have the will to prepare,” yet sport and physical education continues to focus almost exclusively on the accomplishments of the body. It’s no surprise then that it’s often those who have focused solely on their body who tend to quite yoga after the first class. When it comes to performance, a vehicle performs only as well as its driver… just as National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Lou Brock observed, “Show me a guy who’s afraid to look bad, and I’ll show you a guy you can beat every time.”
In contrast to other sports and activities, yoga develops mental toughness. Practitioners ease in to its forms, in turn opening up new experiences of the body. It might sound simple, but in a world that monetizes distraction and rewards a sedentary lifestyle, awareness of one’s own body is not only challenging but, in its own way, a revolutionary act. “You cannot do yoga,” choreographer and yogi Sharon Gannon put it best, “Yoga is your natural state. What you can do are yoga exercises, which may reveal to you where you are resisting your natural state.”
Those “resistances,” or boundaries, come to you by way of the outside world. They aren’t your boundaries; they have been imposed on you.
Peyton Manning said of his NFL career, “I never left the field saying I could have done more to get ready and that gives me peace of mind.” The will to win is universal. It got you into the game. It’s the will to prepare, both mind and body—to be ready for anything—that sets you free to do anything.
26-2 original hot yoga is designed to take advantage of the relationship between heat and humidity
This temperature and humidity combination is designed to provide benefits like helping to improve flexibility so the body can move into poses, helping release toxins from the body and increasing the heart rate to provide a cardiovascular workout.
The room is regulated to 40° Celsius.
This extreme temperature puts the body into a pliable state that avoids micro-tears in the muscles. The heat allows you to stretch farther and achieve a greater range of motion.
On top of the heat is the 40% humidity.
The humidity is a passive means to keep the body active. Combined with the heat and yoga practise, extraordinary results are enjoyed by practitioners.
Classes are 90 minutes.
Sweaty bodies aside, most hot yoga fans also praise the activity’s mental and psychological benefits. Results are cumulative: make it through your first day and the second one will be better, and so on.
26-two original hot yoga, or simply “26-2,” is an accessible system of hatha yoga, devised by Bikram Choudhury in the 1970s. The Sanskrit word हठ hatha literally means force and thus alludes to a system of physical techniques. In its own way, hatha yoga is similar to jujutsu in its use of minimum physical force to achieve extraordinary physical effect.
Millennia ago, yoga was taught one-on-one. However, to accommodate its relatively recent explosion in global popularity, Choudhury refined a selection 26 postures based on his upbringing in India. Postures suited for group learning rather than individually. The postures consist of 26 asanas (poses as exercise), and two breathing exercises.
Not only has this selection of postures been deemed by many as the world’s most effective practise of hatha yoga, it is also among the most elegant. When combined with heat and humidity, two more characteristics of 26-2, research shows the postures yield health benefits not enjoyed by traditional yoga. Further, research also shows 26-2 also offers some of the benefits of high-impact sport but in a low-impact practise.
Scientific investigations into the benefits of 26-2 original hot yoga are ongoing and growing by the year, conducted by the likes of the American Council on Exercise, the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, the Bone Density Clinic at the Los Angeles Orthopedic Hospital, the University of Texas at Austin, and many more. They are verfiying the health benefits of a regular practise, benefits that address anxiety and depression, osteoperosis, and diabetes, to name a few. However, we always recommend safety first: Please consult with your physician about your yoga practise if you suffer any health conditions, and always be well prepared for class, which means lots of water, electrolytes, and avoiding heavy meals ahead of time.
After thousands of years, the science is in
Delicious, delicious preparation
While pure water can help keep you hydrated, it won’t help correct electrolyte imbalances. Instead, choose an electrolyte-enhanced water or sports beverage—just watch the calorie count and sugar content. The American Council on Exercise recommends a sports drink containing electrolytes and carbohydrates if you’ll be exercising for longer than 60 minutes—and since a 26-2 class is 90 minutes, you’ll want to have one handy.
Your diet is also a good source of electrolytes. Fresh fruits and veggies, pickles, yogourt, and potatoes are all excellent sources of the electrolytes lost in sweat.
Plan to come twice
Prime your body for a great second class
You’re doing this for you, so if you are going to make it as far as our front doors, we want you to get the best result possible. That means knowing what you are in for. The heat and postures of 26-2 are new and alien to the sedentary lifestyles most of us are now encouraged to live. But because of the heat and postures of your first class, returning immediately the following day for your follow-up class is guaranteed to be a much better experience.
If you don’t feel 26-2 is for you after that second class, once your body knows what it can do, we will be happy to accommodate you with other, less intense, classes.
Founders & Siblings
Eva Chipiuk &
Dr Adam Chipiuk
Dr Adam Chipiuk
Graduated with honours in Neuroscience at the University of Alberta, and has a degree in Dental from NYU. In 2010, he started an Orofascial Pain and Sleep Residency at UCLA, where he trated pain-related symptoms like migraines, headaches, TMJ, and nerve and muscle disorders.
It was there that Dr Chipiuk realized that the system he was now a part of was not focused on the curing people. It was designed to mask symptoms, generally via pharmaceuticals.
“I became frustrated,” he said, “as my actions as a doctor were not having the positive health effect my patients needed.”
On his thirtieth birthday, Dr Chipiuk was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. That’s when he started practising yoga, and it was instrumental in his recovery.
He has since gone on to teach yoga all over the world and has personally helped train thousands of yoga teachers.
“I am ready to share this priceless gift with you.”
Nine years into her graduate degree, devoted to become an environmental lawyer, Eva was diagnosed with an extremely rare form of pancreatic cancer.
A year after her diagnosis, she decided to take ownership of her physical and mental wellbeing. Eva quit her job to become a yoga teacher and travel the world.
“It was the best decision I made in my life,” she’s said.
She spent years travelling to in order to learn from the world’s most esteemed teachers of 26-2 original hot yoga, before returning to her home, Edmonton, to found a yoga studio of her own.
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Masterlab offers yoga mats, towels, and water bottles for rent and sale at the studio
Arrive at least 15 minutes early so you can get familiar with the studio.
It is best to practise on an empty stomach. Try not to eat a heavy meal at least two hours before class.
It is very important to drink plenty of water before and after class to stay hydrated. Hydrate throughout the day and bring water with you. If you forget it, we sell water here and have a filtered water station.
Wear clothes you can easily move in, and keep in mind you will be in a heated room. Think light shorts, airy tops, sports bras or whatever you will be comfortable in.
If you are driving, City parking is free after 6:00p. There is plenty of street parking and a paid heated underground lot.
If you are taking public transit (good job!), there is a bus stop direclty in front of the studio, on the north side of Jasper Ave, in Oliver.
- Arrive 15 minutes early and be ready to start on time.
- Be clean. Showers available.
- No cologne or perfume.
- No shoes and cell phones in the practise room.
- Respect the silence of your neighbors.
- Keep pace with the class, rest when needed.
- Wipe up any sweat from your area before you leave.