What should I bring?
– 2 large towels
– Large bottle of water
– Yoga mat if you have one
(All of the above are available for rent and/or purchase at the studio)
– An open mind
-If you wear your yoga gear to the studio, don’t forget a change of clothes. Your yoga clothes will be soaked with sweat after; you won’t want to wear them home.
What should I wear?
Wear what you will be most comfortable sweating in. Most women prefer shorts and a jog bra or tank top. Guys, be sure you can move and stretch in the shorts you wear! Think; dress like you’re going to the beach! No long sleeves or pants please.
What if I’ve never done yoga?
Bikram Yoga is designed for beginners. It is simple but challenging, no experience necessary.
What should I do to prepare to take my first class?
Drink plenty of water throughout the day.
Avoid eating a large meal 2-3 hours before class.
Bring: 2 towels, a large bottle of water and a mat if you have them (also available at the studio), and an open mind.
Come 15-20 minutes early to register.
What should I expect?
Expect to work hard and sweat. You will feel challenged by the yoga during class, everyone does. Always work to your edge, but listen to your body and your inner wisdom. While you may not be able to perform the postures as well as you feel others in the class are, don’t be discouraged! A successful practice requires persistence and determination. And remember it’s not about how beautifully you perform the postures, but how perfectly you try, simply approach every posture to the best of your ability with the correct form and you will receive 100% benefit.
What if I’m inflexible? Can I still take class?
YES! This is the most common misconception about yoga, one that prevents many people from ever starting. If you are not flexible, this is the perfect place for you! The heat will help a lot to open your body, and flexibility will come with time and honest effort. As long as you are feeling the stretch, no matter how inflexible, you are receiving the intended benefit of the posture.
You will be able to attempt all the postures in class no matter how inflexible you are.
Why the heat?
The most obvious answer is that it warms muscles, which allows you to safely work deeper in a shorter period of time, therefore seeing results faster. Yoga changes the construction of the body from the inside out, before you change it; you have to heat it up to soften it, because a warm body is a flexible body. Then you can reshape the body any way you want.
In the Heat:
-Your body burns fat more effectively; fat may be redistributed and burned as energy during the class. It is common to lose centimeters of shape in a very short time.
-The heat produces a fluid-like stretch allowing for greater range of movement in joints, muscles, ligaments and other supporting structures of the body.
-Capillaries dilate in the heat; more effectively oxygenating the tissues, muscles, glands and organs and helping in the removal of waste products.
-Your heart rate is increased, giving your cardiovascular system a thorough workout.
-Mental determination, self control and concentration is cultivated and willpower is strengthened.
-Sweating promotes detoxification and elimination through the skin, which is the body’s largest elimination organ.
What are the benefits of this practice?
Each posture has a specific medical, physiological and emotional benefit, but as a whole this class will help you slim and shape your body, create balance, strength, and flexibility, as well as cardiovascular health, alleviate chronic pain, reduce stress, improve your mental focus, generally make you a happier and healthier person. Come discover how much your life can change when you commit to a regular practice.
Is Bikram Yoga for me?
Ask yourself the following questions:
Do I need to lose weight?
Am I stressed out?
Do I get tension headaches?
Is my cholesterol level too high?
Do I have an injury that just won’t seem to heal?
Has my doctor told me I need to get some form of exercise?
Do I have lower back pain? Or any back pain?
Would I like to improve my running, golf game, marathon or triathlon?
Do I need a boost in energy?
Am I tired easily?
Am I depressed?
Do I sit at a computer for long period of time?
Do I have carpal tunnel syndrome?
Do I have arthritis?
Do I want to live a longer, happier life?
If you answered “yes” to any of these, then Bikram Yoga is for you.
Basically Bikram Yoga is for everyone. Bikram designed this sequence to improve overall health, and reverse the aging process.
How does Bikram Yoga Work?
The body is naturally self-regulating and self-healing. It just needs to be boosted when it is out of balance. Bikram yoga provides this boost by gently stretching, squeezing, and massaging the internal organs, spine, muscles, tendons, and joints. It flushes out the cardiovascular system, and stimulates the endocrine, nervous, and reproductive systems. Toxins are eliminated. The central nervous system is both energized and soothed. The lymphatic system is flushed out and the immune system is built up. The posture sequence ensures this is done in a logical order, every posture preparing the body for the next and the heat allows for a safe and deep practice, accelerating the benefits.
Is Bikram Yoga Hard?
Bikram yoga is challenging, but it is you who chooses the intensity you work at. In this class you are always in control.
It’s hard, but it works!
Did you think healing your body and your life would be easy?
I am self-conscious about my body; will I feel uncomfortable in a class setting with other students?
During class, nobody will look at you or judge you. The teacher will guide you and instruct you, always with compassion and respect. NO need to be self-conscious. It’s helpful to realize that people’s focus is on themselves; they are working too hard to even notice you. Everyone comes here to improve and make a change in themselves. Many of us are shy about the areas where we seek improvement, and may worry that others will judge us. Remember, we’re all in this together, rooting for each other. Flaws are normal; as are the insecurities we carry with them. No one comes here to display their perfection; we all come to practice and to grow.
I’m not in great shape, what if I can’t complete the class?
No problem. You are in the right place. We will encourage you to stay in the class and take as many breaks as you need, this will mean sitting or laying down to recover when you feel overwhelmed. When you feel better rejoin the class. This will change quickly, if you come regularly and give an honest effort. Congratulations on the first step.
Why is it always the same 26 postures?
Bikram designed this sequence of postures to work through the entire body systematically stretching and strengthening every muscle, ligament and joint squeezing and massaging every internal organ, tissue and joint flushing out the cardiovascular, and lymphatic systems, stimulating the nervous and reproductive systems, regulating the endocrine system and biochemistry in the body effectively restoring all of the body’s systems to healthy working order.
So if you are looking for total body health this is the prescription, same every time.
You may think if it’s always the same, will I get sick of it? Even though the posture sequence is always the same, it’s never the same because you are always being changed by it. Discovering new things every class.
Why do I feel dizzy/nauseated sometimes during class?
It is not unusual to feel nauseous or dizzy during your first few classes. Practicing yoga in a heated room reveals to us our present condition, and inspires us take much better care of ourselves.
Usually the problem is that we do not drink enough water for daily living, let alone for exercising in a heated room. Nutritionists tell us that we need 64-80 ounces of water a day to help the body function properly. In the heated yoga room, your body needs adequate fund of water to allow perspiration to release heat from the body as you practice. So we estimate you need another 64-80 ounces (sometime during the day) to allow for your 90 minutes in the hot room. Once you are drinking enough water your body will tolerate the heat better and you will actually enjoy the heat.
If you feel disoriented or like you need a good nap after your first few classes, this is likely because your body has begun to cleanse itself as a result of the yoga practice. Don’t be scared. As your body acclimates and detoxifies, these sensations will disappear. Again make sure you are drinking enough water to replenish water lost during class, and possibly including minerals such as sodium, potassium and magnesium to replace electrolytes lost in sweat as well.
How often should I practice?
Bikram recommends that you should practice every day for your first two months to learn the yoga. In general, practice at least three times a week to see consistent progress. For life-changing results, 4 or more times per week is a must. Unlike some other forms of exercise, this is completely restorative and can be practiced daily. Can only come once or twice a week? That’s ok too, every little bit helps, and progress will just be slower.
How good is this Yoga habit? Look at someone who has been doing this yoga for over twenty or thirty years. Don’t ask their ages. They have become timeless.
Is it a cardiovascular workout?
Yes! This class will elevate your heart rate and have it in its target zone. I know you’re thinking… yeah right its just yoga, come experience it for yourself, try to prove us wrong.
Bikram’s Yoga System is as good or better than any other aerobic workout you will find! It raises your heart rate for 90 minutes, moving fresh, oxygenated blood to every cell in your body.
The word aerobic literally means “with oxygen” or “in the presence of oxygen, involving or improving oxygen consumption by the body.” Aerobic activity trains the heart, lungs and cardiovascular system to process and deliver oxygen more quickly and efficiently to every part of the body by elevating the heart rate during exercise to its target level. As the heart muscle becomes stronger and more efficient, a larger amount of blood can be pumped with each stroke. Fewer strokes are then required to rapidly transport oxygen to all parts of the body.
You can derive these benefits from practicing Bikram yoga. Due to the nature of the asanas, your heart rate and respiration become elevated to your target level.
What if I have health issues?
It depends what these issues are.
Generally the yoga will support healing of any imbalance in body and mind. And is excellent for things such as arthritis, high blood pressure, thyroid problems, bad knees, bad back etc. If you are concerned check with your doctor before coming, or contact us!
Does Bikram Yoga help with balancing emotions?
Bikram Yoga helps balance the emotions in several ways. Physiologically, regular practice harmonizes the nervous and endocrine systems, two systems that figure heavily in emotional well-being.
In addition, practicing Bikram Yoga cultivates the mental faculties of faith, self-control, concentration, determination, and patience. As we become more aware of our inner life, we notice how events, and interactions affect us. When we are aware, we can exercise choice in our response. This helps us balance our emotional life.
Emotions during your practice are normal. You may feel angry or happy and even laugh or cry in class sometimes. Through yoga you will discover that the body, mind and emotions are connected. By entering the body through yoga you may find that you stir up strong emotions. Tears may flow, laughter may come, or anger may swell. This is normal, and the emotions will soon release from the body. Yoga is cleansing on many levels.
What should I expect after my first class?
-You might feel very tired after class. This is absolutely normal and a good sign that your body is cleansing. Your energy levels should be restored to normal within several classes.
-You might find yourself feeling extremely energetic and experience difficulty sleeping. Don’t worry–this is a good sign that the yoga is truly filling you up with energy. You don’t have insomnia. You just have more time to do the things you enjoy.
-You might feel sore or stiff the day after your first class. Come back to class as soon as possible! Your body is waking up and coming alive and you want to keep the process going!
-You might feel nauseous, dizzy or have a headache after class. This could be a sign that you are dehydrated. Please drink lots of water before returning to class, and replace your electrolytes. Or it could be a sign that you were trying so hard that you weren’t breathing normally. Please breathe normally during every posture.
-You might experience some skin irritation. This too is normal. It means that the skin is releasing toxins. Showering directly after class will wash the toxins away. It will also help normalize the body temperature.
-You might feel very hungry after class for a while, or you might lose your appetite completely. Both reactions are normal. If you are concerned about your weight, don’t worry too much either way. Once you get into a regular practice pattern, your appetite and your weight will normalize. You’ll find yourself feeling and looking leaner and younger.
Doesn’t yoga involve chanting and meditation?
No, chanting and seated meditation are not a part of this practice. The meditation in this class comes from 90 minutes focused on yourself, on your body and your breath – away from your computer and your cell phone! Amazing!
Is Bikram Yoga good for weight loss?
A minimum of 10 classes per month is recommended to get the benefits of Bikram Yoga, among which is weight normalization. As a beginner, it takes three classes for your body to understand the proper approach to the posture, and ten classes for your body to begin to work with postures. You will realize optimization of all your body systems.
Digestion and respiration, as well as endocrine, lymphatic and elimination systems will begin to work harmoniously. Your appetite will normalize, and your unhealthy cravings will diminish. All of these results will help to normalize your weight if you devote yourself to regular practice, at least, but preferably more than 3 times per week.
Will it hurt?
Please inform your teacher of any existing injuries before class starts. This will give the instructor an opportunity to give appropriate corrections. Pain is an important signal from your body and should never be ignored. Sometimes it is a sign of positive change, sometimes is means corrections need to be made. If you are not sure how to interpret your pain, ask any of our teachers.
What are electrolytes? Do I need to replace them?
Electrolytes are minerals in your blood and other body fluids that carry an electric charge. Such as sodium, potassium, chloride, magnesium and other trace minerals It is important for the balance of electrolytes in your body to be maintained, because they affect the amount of water in your body, blood pH, muscle action, and other important processes.
The sweating you do in the heated room will cause small amounts of these electrolytes to be lost from the body along with water. As we age our ability to balance electrolytes wanes. If you notice that you are feeling over-tired or getting a headache during or after class then try taking a natural source of electrolytes such as coconut water or a banana; or an electrolyte supplement such as Emergen-C.