I LOVE Bikram yoga. It changed my life. I used to practice at the Sellwood studio but then I moved to NE so I moved studios to Fremont. Now, keep in mind, there is common thread of some snobbery amongst Bikram studios (it's part of the attitude of the big Bikram guy), but for the most part, people warm up and it does feel like a community after a while, especially if you go as often as i used to. But the Fremont studio is a major disappointment. It is the hottest studio in town, which is a major bonus, but the ownership is seriously lacking. The husband/wife pair don't really seem like they know what they are doing, are interpersonally odd, are not good teachers at all, and, whereas this might not be any of my business, they are very out of shape and can be seen eating on any given day, plates of fried food at one of the sidewalk cafes nearby. It would make a difference if they looked or appeared healthy. Not very good role models for the yoga lifestyle they preach. I don't go there anymore because its bad vibes. I live too far away from the John's Landing or Sellwood studio to get in very often. So now I go to regular yoga classes at a gym nearby and I must say I miss Bikram yoga a lot. Once you try it, you love it. By the way, getting a headache or feeling sick in your first few classes is a good sign because it means you have a lot to detox. You have to stick it out and know you're body can handle. Must learn discipline. If you have to use the restroom, leave but know they'll call you on it. We lack discipline in our culture and you gotta get the ego out of the way to receive the beneftis. It's really just about the ownership and the quality of it's operation.
Pros: Hot, hot, hot - Some really great instructors
Cons: Ownership, cleanliness, non-welcoming