I struggled with bad health last year and decided to go the Yoga way. I had done some Yoga before and knew that it was going to be a challenging journey. To begin my journey, I tried Contemporary Hot Yoga at Hom for a week, and then Bikram Yoga.
Many folks asked me questions like, Which one is better .. Which one should I go for .. Which is cheaper etc. Honestly, I liked both of them. I find Bikram hardcore as compared to contemporary at Hom. If you are intimidated by the temperature, try Hom. You will sweat bullets in both!
Hopefully my comparison will help you make a choice.
Hom: The duration for each is is 60 minutes. Bikram: All classes go on for 90 minutes. Heat
Hom: The class room is heated with lights. The heat is manageable so you won't be breathless.
Bikram: A room in Bikram yoga is heated through hot air. The temperature is more than 30 degree Celsius. The room gets really hot and at times, humid. You will take few breaks when you are new to it.
Hom: Participants do different type of postures based on the yoga you are doing that day. Yoga props such as blocks and straps are also provided.
Bikram: Standard 26 postures are performed with two breathing exercises at the end of the class, every day. All the exercises are performed free hand.
Hom: An elegant studio with wooden floors, and minimal, rustic furnishings. The room gets plenty of sunshine. Showers facilities are available. Mats and towels are provided every day. You can buy drinks and water. A water purifier is available if you decide to get your own bottle.
Bikram: A big room with plenty of windows and heavy curtains. The floors are carpeted. The room is heated by the way of vents. Showering facilities are available. Aim for a quick rinse as there is a long queue. Mat and towel are available for free hire if you have purchase a free month trial.
In both the centres, hair dryer, lockers, and long mirrors are available. You can also buy water, coconut water, Yoga mats, and clothes.
Plan for first timers
Hom: I paid 40 AUD for a week.
Bikram: It costs 39 AUD for new comers for unlimited Yoga for a month.
Hom: Hom: There is a diverse range of plans offered by the studio. Hom is more expensive than Bikram Yoga. You can access the complete list here.
Bikram: With the ezydebit facility, you have to pay 99 AUD/ month. You can pay the fee weekly/fortnightly/monthly. The exhaustive list of payment options is listed here.