Thats pretty nasty when you think about it.
I can't agree more. I went through yoga teacher certification about 5 years ago and my guru had nothing but bad things to say about Bikram...
When you're all hot and steamy, you can push farther, but also get injured easily without realizing it.
Mate, I love the heated room but I'm a heat nut, so I'll keep doing it - especially in winter. Hell I wish it was hotter! As for being in an enclosed room, it's not really that much different to being in most aerobics classes or rpm, thats the worst as peoples butts are always facing someone :)
And from my experience, gym peeps tend to be more smelly than yoga peeps.
But of course, exercising outside in clean non city air is always best.
I love the grouping and order of the poses as well. And I have found the heat to be very relaxing, it feels like moving a warm bath :)
However, I've never been in a really crowded room when I've attended class. Mostly my experience has been in much smaller workshop settings. I don't think I'd like the towel next to towel experience very much!
Like you, Zoe, I primarily practice at home ( I have various dvds and a couple of taped sessions to listen to) and I never get the heat anywhere near the heat in an official Bikram class. I just make sure to turn off the air conditioning and maybe run a small portable heater to take the chill off the room.
At certain times of the year I practice outside and if the temp is right I get that warm bath feeling as well as the fresh air.
When I practice consistently, my body is the most fit and toned it gets. I look leaner, taller, and nothing makes my legs look longer than Bikram!
Go to a studio that isn't overcrowded and has solid (not carpeted) floors. You don't have to be in someone else's air-space. Perfumes are discouraged and I've never smelled farts.
I think Bikram yoga is one of the best things I've ever done for my body. I love the heat!