When heading North on 101, take the Central San Rafael Exit (452). Then continue onto Irwin Street, and turn left onto 3rd street. Next, you want to take a left onto D Street, and then the first right onto 2nd Street. Make sure that when you turn onto 2nd Street you quickly get into the right-hand lane. The studio is above The Fitness Concept store and there is a parking lot in front. This is usually not full, but in the event that it is, just continue down 2nd Street until you reach the next right, which would be B Street. Then go straight until you can turn right onto 1st Street. Once on 1st Street continue straight until you can turn right onto C Street. There is usually parking on this street, even at the busiest of times.
When one arrives outside of Bikram Yoga San Rafael, they might be a little taken aback by the apparent size of the studio. How could this possibly be enough room for a yoga studio? But you will soon be amazed by the size. As you walk up the dimly lit carpeted stairs, a smell begins to fill your nose, the smell of hard work. This smell becomes more potent as you reach the top of the stairs. In front of you will be a display of yoga gear for sale, to your right the glass door leading into the big yoga studio, and to your left an administration window. At this window, you can find the payment methods. If you are just going to be in town for a day, then I would recommend the drop in rate of $18. But if you are planning on being around for at least two days, you have done Bikram yoga before so you know you’ll want to do it again, and are from out of town, I would encourage you to take advantage of the two for $30 deal. This is also where you can rent a mat and towels for $1 each.
In order to fully enjoy your Bikram experience I would recommend that you bring or rent at least one towel, a mat, two filled water bottles and extra clothes for afterwards. Bikram yoga is a style of yoga where there is a high temperature of around 98 to 100 degrees, which supposedly allows one’s internal environment to be cleansed of toxins. This being said, I would recommend wearing shorts and a tank top that are relatively tight (due to the nature of the poses), and try and attend the earliest class offered. As the day continues on, even only onto the second or third class, the room reeks of sweat, and the extra humidity makes the class harder to get through. It would also be good to plan this endeavor on a day that is extremely low key since you will probably be very tired by the time you get out. The instructors are always looking around to make sure everyone is okay, but if you drink large amounts of water and don’t eat any food two to three hours before the class, it will ease the feelings of dehydration and dizziness you might encounter during the class. Enjoy!