What You Need To Know:
Plan to arrive 20 minutes before class to complete a Registration Form. Please let the teacher know about any injuries or medical conditions.
New students under 18 must have a parent/guardian sign their Registration Form.
What To Wear:
Women wear sports tops and bottoms. Men wear shorts. Light fabrics such as Lycra are ideal – cotton becomes very heavy when wet. Remember to bring a change of clothes.
What Do I Need To Bring:
Your yoga clothes, 2 towels, and water. Both mats and towels are available to rent in the studio for £1.00 each or you can bring your own.
Can I Eat Or Drink Before Class?
Drink plenty of water. Doctors estimate you need at least 2 litres per day for normal body maintenan:ce. On the days you practice Bikram Yoga you should try to drink twice that. The more hydrated you are the easier it will be for you to sweat. As with all exercise it is not recommended on a full stomach so try to leave 2 to 3 hours between eating and class.
Arrive on Time:
Classes start promptly so be sure to arrive on time for class. Students will not be allowed into class after the teacher enters, for respect of others in the class. Have a look at our Yoga Etiquette page to learn more about appropriate in-class yoga behaviour.
Stay In The Room:
A focused mind is an important part of Bikram Yoga. The effect of everyone working together provides an amazing group energy that benefits everyone. Leaving the room is very distracting to others and has a negative effect on this energy. A less experienced student, who may be having a challenging class, can be easily distracted. For this reason please ensure you visit the toilet prior to class. If you really feel you must leave, then please do so only in between postures. Similarly when you return, please return to your mat in between postures – not during a posture.
Relaxation Inside Yoga Room:
Stay in the yoga room in the final relaxation pose (Savasana) for as long as you need to cool down and allow your breathing and heart rate to return to normal - this helps to integrate all the great work you have completed in the last 90 minutes.
Relaxation Outside Yoga Room:
We always have time for students. We have a lounge area where you can cool down after class. Time to mingle, pick up tips, meet new yogi friends or just enjoy the rush of endorphins through your body!
Take Your next Class As Soon As Possible:
It is best to come to at least 3 classes in your first week, although you can safely take class every day, even as a beginner. Your mind will quickly overcome the challenge of the heated room and get to know the postures. You’ll also start to notice the benefits almost immediately. Stick with the yoga even though the postures and heat may seem strange in the beginning. As Bikram says, “never too late, never too old, never too sick, never too bad to start from scratch.”
Soreness or Stiffness:
It is normal to feel a little sore or stiff the next day. The best thing to do is to get back into the yoga room with the heat, stretch it out and release lactic acid. It is a good workout and you are using muscles you probably haven’t used in a while. Stretching is THE BEST way to relieve the soreness. If you wait too long to come back, then you will be starting all over again.
Tired or Energetic:
You might feel very tired after class. This is absolutely normal and a good sign that your body is cleansing itself as a result of the yoga. 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.
Nauseous, Dizzy, Headache:
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 and after class. It could also be a sign that you weren’t breathing normally. Please breathe only through your nose during every posture.