I have been practicing Bikram since 2000 and going to this studio on and off since 2005 until last year. Simply put, the hygiene in this place isn't very good. The carpet is disgusting, it always smells of strong body odor, the changing rooms are way too cramped, there are no sinks for cleaning up or repairing your sweaty self after class much less showers. The teachers are hit and miss; some are excellent, some are bitchy and one of the owners doesn't look like she's actually done any yoga herself in years. This studio has kind of jury-rigged heating and it simply gets too hot. Oddly, some of the teachers appear to get some kind of perverse pleasure from this. One cranked it so high that people literally started passing out mid-pose during class, and afterward I was nauseous for two days. When people inquired about it, she snorted, ""It's supposed to be hot."" That same teacher told our class that ""unless your recovering from knee surgery,"" everyone in the class should do an advanced version of a pose. When half the class didn't do it, she snidely commented ""I guess a LOT of people are recovering from knee surgery.""
What really made me leave them was that they sold my mat. They offer to let students leave their mats in the changing room but then randomly clear them out without informing anyone. I had my name and student number on mine, and yet they just sold mine with a whole group of others - no phone call, no email, no warning. I had been gone for three weeks due to a death in the family. I come back, no mat. ""Sorry, it's been sold. Do you want to rent one, then?"" Uh, no I'll go to another studio, thanks.
I've now practiced at about 14 different studios in various cities. I think this place started out with all the right intentions but it's really gone downhill. There are several terrific options for hot yoga in Seattle, this isn't one of them.