Why is the room heated?
The yoga room is intentionally heated to 40 Celcius/105 Fahrenheit with 40% humidity. Practicing yoga in the heat facilitates a deeper and safer stretch which minimizes the risk of injuries. The room is kept at this temperature for the following reasons:
• Keeping the body from overheating (contrary to popular misconception).
• Protecting the muscles to allow for deeper stretching.
• Detoxifying the body (open pores to let toxins out).
• Thinning the blood to clear the circulatory system.
Increasing heart rate for better cardiovascular workout.
Improving strength by putting muscle tissue in optimal state for reorganization.
It may take a few classes to get used to the heat, so really give it a good try during your introductory month. The skin is the largest eliminative organ of the body so the more you sweat the more you cleanse your body.
I Have Never Tried Hot Yoga Before:
Bikram Yoga is a beginning class, yet is challenging for even the most advanced practitioner. Anybody can do it - any age, size, shape, condition or background. You may drop in for any class, no reservations are required. Visit our Schedule page for information on class times. Please keep in mind, if you are under 18 years old you will need a parent’s or guardian’s signature to participate. If you are taking your first step in yoga, don’t be scared! Everyone was at the same starting point at one time. Most classes have more than one new student so you are not alone. Don’t compare yourself to anyone else in the room. How quickly you progress will depend on the time and effort you give to Yoga. The aim of Bikram Yoga is to strengthen and stretch the body, returning natural range of motion to the joints and restore energy flow throughout the entire body.
Can I Lose Weight Doing Bikram Yoga?
Results vary depending on your condition. A minimum of 10 classes per month is recommended to get the benefits of Bikram Yoga. As a beginner, it takes about 3 classes for your body to understand the proper approach to the postures and ten classes for your body to begin to work with postures. Digestion and respiration, as well as endocrine, lymphatic and elimination systems will begin to work harmoniously. Your appetite will normalize and 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. With regular and consistent practice, you can simultaneously tone muscle mass and lose inches. The result will be an overall slimming of the body and a proper distribution of body weight.
What If I’m Not Flexible?
Perfect! This yoga is for you! This is the most common misconception that prevents people from coming to yoga classes. Yoga is not about how flexible you are; it’s about stretching your body and spine to develop and increase your flexibility. It is exceptionally rare that people begin their yoga practice with perfect health and flexibility. The further you are away from touching your toes (or even seeing your toes), the more benefits you will get from this yoga. Your flexibility will evolve and improve with your practice. The Bikram series challenges all levels of students, naturally, the more dedicated your practice the quicker your flexibility will improve.
What Are The Benefits?
With regular practice you will enjoy numerous benefits including: improved strength, flexibility and balance, tones muscles, improves immune system, reduces stress, increases lung capacity, increases bone density, aids digestive & circulatory systems, flushes lymphatic system, promotes relaxation and a sense of well being.
What If I Have Injuries, Illnesses Or Suffering From A Physical Condition?
This yoga will help you to heal more quickly and safely from recent accident, injury or surgery. When you have an injury, the worst thing you can do is to stop moving and exercising. Our teachers will discuss your history with you before class and work with you to help you safely increase your range of motion and decrease your pain through your yoga practice. We have worked with students with a wide range of injuries and physical conditions. They have dramatically improved their lives through this yoga.
What If I Am Pregnant?
Please inform the teacher if you are pregnant. If you have never done Bikram Yoga before we do not recommend that you start when you are pregnant. We sell a Pregnancy DVD that you can purchase at the studio. We recommend that you wait until after your first trimester to start the modified sequence. If you have been practicing regularly before you became pregnant, you can practice the yoga during your first trimester and then follow the pregnancy DVD throughout the remainder of your pregnancy. Please consult your doctor before performing Bikram Yoga when pregnant. Keep in mind that Bikram Yoga is an excellent way to get back into shape postpartum.
Can Children Practice Bikram Yoga?
Yes, children are welcome to practice at the studio. However, because their sweat glands are not yet fully developed, it is recommended that they only do half the class. They should stay closer to the door and join the class for the floor series.
What Time Should I Arrive At The Studio?
There is no pre-registration required. Please arrive 20 minutes early and bring 2 large towels, yoga mat, bottle of water, and change of clothes (water, yoga mats and towels are also available at the studio). Wear light, breathable clothes to practice in. Classes are 90-minutes and latecomers are not admitted. Avoid eating 2-3 hours prior to class and be sure you are well hydrated. Be prepared to work, sweat and have fun!
How Often Should I Take Classes?
Come as often as you can. To see maximum benefits from Bikram Yoga, a regular practice of at least 3 to 4 times per week or at least 10 times a month is suggested. The more you do it, the quicker you will see the results! Bikram recommends that in the beginning to do class every day for two months until you are performing all but the very difficult poses such as the Standing Bow Pulling and Stretching Pose eighty percent correctly. If you are restricted by any medical condition or have any chronic disease, you should continue daily until your condition is resolved.
How Long Is Each Class?
Each class is 90 minutes long.
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?
• Do I sit at a computer for long period of time?
• Do I have carpal tunnel syndrome?
• Do I have arthritis?
• My current fitness program does not deliver the result I want.
If you answered “yes” to any of the above, then Bikram Yoga is for you!!