Banged up knees? Back giving you hell? Hips all out of wack!? We've got you covered. This 90-minute class will get you back to feeling like yourself again, so you can do you.
TIPS FOR YOUR FIRST CLASS
COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the start time of your first class. This will allow you time to fill out any paperwork, have a brief orientation with your instructor, and get set up in the practice room. Note, latecomers will not be admitted in to class.
Wear form-fitted clothing so you can see your body in the mirror. Make sure it is something you don't mind sweating in. Most women wear a sports bra and shorts. Men wear compression shorts with or without gym shorts on top.
You will need a yoga mat and a large towel. Class towels and shower towels are provided complimentary at the studio. Bring your own mat or rent one for $3. Water is optional but highly recommended. The studio provides bottled water for $3 a bottle.
You do not need to be flexible to do yoga. The Bikram series is accessible to anyone of any fitness level and any flexibility level. Every class is the same 26 postures; practicing the same postures consistently will allow you to move deeper into your practice over time.
Warm bodies are less prone to injury. The heated environment warms up muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints to allow for a safer and deeper practice. The heat also expands your blood vessels which promotes circulation to even the smallest capillaries in the body. Lastly, your skin is the largest organ in your body, and the quickest way to remove toxins from the body is to sweat them out!
Practicing the same series offers several benefits. Firstly, the sequence offers a sense of consistency so you can find your own level of practice, and chart your progress over time. Second, you have a chance to become proficient in each posture, learning more details every time you come to class. Lastly, the sequence is a 90-minute, moving meditation, like a physical, moving mantra that allows you to get to a state of "flow."
If you have excess weight to lose, you can expect to lose some of it through Bikram Yoga. However, this is not simply just "you expend more than you eat." You will revitalize every system in your body so they work properly to digest your food, excrete the excess, and metabolize what you need. You will naturally crave more nutritious food and liquids. You will feel great in your body, which will make you want to take better care of it. It is a miraculous upward spiral from there!
It is very normal to feel dizzy or lightheaded, especially if you are new to the practice as your body is still adjusting to the heat. If you feel this in class, just take a seat on your mat and take a break! Make sure you are well hydrated before class with enough natural electrolytes. A pinch of sea salt and some honey to taste will suffice.
It is normal to feel sore after taking class. Soreness is caused by lactic acid build up in the muscles and the most effective way to remove lactic acid is to stretch the muscles so come back to the studio right away!
If you have been practicing regularly for at least six months, you can continue your practice through your pregnancy. If you are new to Bikram Yoga, it is advised to wait until after week twelve. Please also consult with your doctor and ask the studio director for modified pregnancy postures.
We ask that minors who will be practicing at the studio without their parent/guardian, be at least 16 years old, with a parent/guardian signature on their liability waiver. Inquire with the studio director about the kids program for minors under 16 years of age.