I believe the room used to be used for indoor tennis. If I were to guess, I'd say the space would hold 4 tennis courts. When you walk in to the building, you're immediately hit with hot wet air, but that's nothing compared to the actual studio. When you walk inside the glass doors, it gets even hotter. And everything I said about being prepared is a load of baloney. It's just friggin hot and humid in this place.
Bikram or another instructor stands up on a HUGE dais so that all of us can be seen. Bikram always has a big orange towel draped on the chair he has installed on the podium. I think he loves the color orange because it's like saffron.
When class begins, the sound is truly amazing. I already mentioned the beautiful sound of 300 pranayama breaths, but even during other poses the collective effort helps a LOT. Except when you can hear someone barfing in the back. That kind of ruins the meditation. But we're even learning to concentrate beyond that.