I don't think so.
Here in Thailand, Bikram Yoga has been struggling to gain a foothold. Studios using the Bikram business model have closed. I believe the problem is two-fold: yoga classes are too expensive and the classes are in English.
Modern Hot Yoga teaches the Bikram method in a small studio keeping costs down. Two impressive women are now developing the hot yoga curriculum in their own language. Bua Khao (darker hair) is leading the effort to bring postural yoga back to Thai people. Tak is our newest dedicated trainee learning the postures. Bua Khao and Tak are also beginning classes for kids in Thai. These two hard working women are the future of Modern Hot Yoga in Thailand.
Did I say bring postural yoga "back"?
This image of a Thai lady in Lotus Pose was sculpted in the mid 1400s. The sculpture was created by the Lana people and can be found in Chaing Mai, Thailand at Wat Chet Yat.
Economic growth in Southeast Asia has created a rising middle class and a market for yoga classes. But there are many people here in Thailand that need work too. Modern Hot Yoga's mission is to bring inexpensive Hot Yoga classes to Thailand and create employment and business opportunities for Bua Khao, Tak, their family, friends and countrymen.
Come to class, you'll experience world class Bikram Yoga for sure. A 200 Baht ($6.00 USD) donation per class supports our trainees. No money? No Problem. Come anyway. If you can, donate.