1. What should I bring with me to class?
You should bring a towel and a yoga mat with you. If you cannot, we rent mats and towels for $2. Also bring plenty of bottled water. We sell water for $3 and vitamin water for $2. We also sell coconut juice to help you replenish after practice for $3.
2. How long are classes?
Classes are 90 minutes.
3. What should I wear to class?
You will sweat, so dress accordingly. Clothing that is close-fitting, breathable, and lightweight is more comfortable. Men: bathing suits or shorts. Women: shorts with tank tops or sports bras, leotards, or bathing suits.
4. Why is the room hot?
The heat combined with the sequence of the postures is what makes Bikram yoga so special. The room is heated to warm the muscles, which allows you to work deeper in a shorter amount of time and see results faster. Heat takes the trauma out of stretching, heals, and helps prevent injuries. Yoga is not just about working muscles: you are massaging deep tissues, glands, and organs. As you work deep within your body, you may start to release “poisons” or “toxins” that have been stored there for a long time. Your skin is the largest elimination organ in your body. Sweating helps flush toxins from your body, giving you a wonderful glow from head to toe.
5. I felt nauseated and dizzy during class, and very tired afterwards. Is this normal? What should I do about it?
It is not unusual to feel nauseated or dizzy during your first class. Practicing yoga in a heated room reveals our present condition and inspires us to 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. 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. After the first few classes, this sensation will pass. The more you can relax as you give your full effort during class, the more energized you will feel throughout the class and throughout the rest of your day.
6. What if I’m not flexible?
This is the most common misconception that prevents people from coming to a yoga class; however, yoga is not about how flexible you are. All that matters is that you try the right way and find your personal “edge,” and you will get 100% of the benefit!
7. How many times a week should I practice?
It is recommended to practice no less than 10 times a month to get the most benefit from Bikram yoga. Unlike weightlifting or other forms of exercise, it is not necessary to take a “resting” day from Bikram yoga. The more you practice, the more benefit you get. You should consider your yoga practice as internal hygiene: you have to clean out the insides to have good health. Bikram tells many new students, “Come every day for the next 3 months and I will give you a new body, a new life!”
8. What are some of the benefits?
There are unlimited benefits to Bikram yoga, from exuberant health and mental clarity to lasting joy. Yoga is a means of manifesting your highest potential: physical, mental, and spiritual. With regular practice (at least three times a week), you become more fully alive — more yourself.
- Reduces stress
- Increases vitality
- Increases blood circulation, increasing oxygen in the blood
- Increase lung capacity
- Keeps joints lubricated, increase muscle strength around joints
- Improves strength and flexibility which reduces the risk of injury or re-injury
- Relieves back pain
- Improves immune system
- Improves concentration and improves patience
- Creates a sense of will being that spreads into all areas of your life.
For more benefits and testimonies please visit www.bikramyoga.com
9. Is it a cardiovascular workout, and can I lose weight?
No matter what your level of fitness, you will find Bikram yoga very challenging. With persistence, patience and dedication, you can lose inches and develop muscle tone and strength that might never come from other forms of exercise. More importantly, yoga gives you the body you were meant to have.
10. Is it safe to do Bikram yoga when menstruating?
It is perfectly safe to do Bikram’s yoga when menstruating. Inverted postures are normally the postures contraindicated for menstruation, but there are no inverted postures in Bikram’s yoga. In fact, Bikram’s yoga is very good for toning the reproductive system as it directly affects the reproductive organs and the endocrine glands — particularly the pituitary, pineal, and thyroid glands. The woman’s cycle becomes regular; complaints of irregularity and PMS decrease.
11. 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 which 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, interactions, and even the atmospheric pressure effect us. When we are aware, we can exercise choice in our response. This helps us balance our emotional life.
12. Can I practice Bikram yoga with asthma?
Without knowing the cause of your asthma, we can tell you that Bikram Yoga will be good for you in several ways. It is done in a warm room that promotes relaxation of the muscles and nerves, and is the type of exercise that you can do with as little or as much intensity as appropriate for your needs.
In other words, you can do each posture with less effort if you’re concerned about overexertion triggering an attack, or you can sit down and rest as needed during the class.
It will relax your mind and help let go of tensions, toxins, and negativity. It also strengthens your heart and lungs, improving your lung function. You will breathe easier and deeper than you ever have before.
13. What else should I know about practicing at your studio?
In order to create a still and focused environment for your yoga practice, we ask that you respect the following policies:
- Please refrain from use of cell phones inside the studio.
- If you are on call and need to use a pager during class, please see an instructor.
- The yoga room is a talk free space. Please keep conversations outside the door.
- Please do not wear cologne or perfume to class.
- Do your best to remain in the room during your practice. Leaving the room is distracting to those around you, and unless absolutely necessary, is not encouraged.
- If you need to leave, please do so and return between postures rather than during them. Enter the back door, wait for the instructor to finish the posture, and then return to your mat.
- Accommodate those around you by moving your mat when necessary to make room for all.
- Please be conscientious about moving with the class into and out of each posture when you are able. This builds a collective energy in the room.
- Drink water only between different postures, and not during a time in which other people are working.
- Please do not use hand towels to secure your grip in postures. Wearing no body lotion or moisturizer makes it easier.
- Do not chew gum while you are practicing yoga.
- Bring only your mat, towel, and water in the studio with you. Bags, keys, wallets, etc. can all be left in the changing room. The entry door to the studio is locked during practice.
- Please adhere to the Bikram Yoga series while taking a Bikram Yoga class. If you have special limitations or believe you are unable to do a posture the way it is intended, please see an instructor before creating your own form of modification.
We ask these things of you because we realize this practice to be so much more than a series of exercises. In our experience, practicing in this style and discipline allows us to get much deeper into our practice. The Bikram Yoga series is a 90-minute moving meditation, and as Bikram teaches, this series is an opportunity for us to build our faith, self-discipline, determination, concentration, and patience. The studio policies above all are aimed at building these aspects in your mind.
They are the qualities which transfer off our mats and into our daily lives along with healthier, stronger, and more flexible bodies.
Attitude is key, try to keep an open mind we will help you smile.