Longtime yoga studio celebrating 15 years in Bend

Bend Hot Yoga, formerly Bikram Yoga Bend, is offering a week of free yoga classes from Feb. 3 to Feb. 10 to ring in its 15th year of business.

“We wanted to send out a huge thanks to (everyone) that’s supported our success over the past 15 years,” studio a owner Susie McLagan says.

Bend Hot Yoga will host an open house at its studio on 805 SW Industrial Way, Suite 7 – it’s next to Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe – on Saturday, Feb. 2 from 5 to 7 p.m. to celebrate its new name, new offerings and free week of yoga. Light snacks and kombucha will be available at this family-friendly event.

To take Bend Hot Yoga’s free classes, check out their schedule here and simply show up for the sessions you’re interested in.

Located on the banks of the Deschutes River near the Old Mill District, Bend Hot Yoga is adding wellness education and other yoga practices to their services that go beyond just Bikram yoga.

At the core of Bend Hot Yoga is the original 90-minute, 26 and 2 sequence setup that is the traditional style of Bikram Yoga.  There are also 60- and 75-minute classes based on the same sequences. The studio now offers more yoga classes: Hot Intermediate and Advanced Flow are offered as well as Kundalini (Tuesdays 7 am), Yin Yoga (Thursdays 7am). A monthly Yoga Nidra and Crystal Bowl Sound Baths is now available, as well as community gatherings and retreats. And starting January 20, Bend Hot Yoga will host a monthly women’s circle.

Private yoga sessions and small group sessions upon request and special classes on Ayurveda, nutrition, rolfing, mental health, body image and addiction are now featured regularly to support a truly holistic healthy lifestyle.

“I am seeing real connections between the students, from networking to friendships,” studio owner Susie McLagan says. “The creation of community here is beyond my dreams. We have a staff with so much talent, education, drive and passion far beyond just what we specialize in teaching, (the Bikram Yoga Method). Watching them come up with ideas, implementing and sharing what they know is like watching flowers bloom.”

The original Bikram Yoga studio in Central Oregon, Bend Hot Yoga is extending an invitation to all those who have ever walked in the door, to those who are curious and just want to ask questions, and to those who have been here since the get-go to attend the celebration to launch all the new classes and offerings available at our studio.

“Personally, I believe all yoga is good,” McLagan says. “While at Bend Hot Yoga our foundation is built around a set sequence of postures in the heat, from our Ghosh lineage, we of course know that all bodies are different, therefore alignment of each specific body has become paramount in teaching. Our staff works together to educate and engage with how we can help students discover their best alignment to feel well, not just look a certain way in asana.”

“We work with each individual to promote further healing,” McLagan adds. “As the body finds this balance, a deep mental shift occurs towards more awareness and connection to our true self.”