How do I get started?
Just show up about 10 minutes early! The classes are open to all levels and are filled on a first come, first serve basis. When you arrive to take your first class, you will be greeted and asked to fill out a brief form. After that, please sign the attendance sheet and get ready to begin.
How hydrated should I be before class?
VERY hydrated. Drink, drink, drink!! You will find that class will be much easier if you drink water throughout the day. Hydration levels vary for every body type, so err on the side of caution and drink lots of water (3 Liters+) all day long!
What about eating before class?
Try to not eat at least 2 hours before class.you may feel nauseous or tired.
What should I wear/bring to class?
The room is heated and the class is a vigorous 90-minutes. It is best to wear clothing that allows your skin to breathe. Women: tight fitting shorts/ pants and a t-shirt. Men: close fitting shorts/ pant and t-shirts are optional. Please bring a mat, towel and big water bottle. For your convenience we do provide mat and towel at the studio on a first come, first serve basis.
Do you have separate classes for beginners?
No. All classes are open to all levels, beginners and advanced students alike. Having advanced students in class with you is helpful. Use them as resources. Remember, they, too, had their first class once and look at how far they've come!
Why the heated room?
The studio is heated to an average temperature of 105+ degrees to help each student achieve their goals of increased flexibility, detoxification and mental clarity. Cold, stiff muscles have limited range of motion. When the room is warm.so are your muscles. Warm muscles are more receptive to transformation enabling you to get a deeper stretch. Other benefits of the heat include: body detoxification (a full body facial), blood thinning to clear the circulatory system, increased heart rate for a better cardiovascular workout, and improved strength by putting muscle tissue in optimal state for reorganization.
Warm bodies are much more flexible which dramatically decreases the chance of injury. Using heat enables students to maximize each class by getting deeper into each posture. The result for each student is breakthrough levels of flexibility, strength, and balance.
What if I hate the heat?
If the heat creates extreme discomfort for you, don't get discouraged; all you need is the strength and determination to take four (4) classes in one week. This will dramatically increase your tolerance. If you are not a fan of the heat now within four classes you will be. You will be amazed at how quickly the body adapts to the high temperature.
Is the routine the same every time?
Yes. However, the body and mind are always different so the postures, and their order, don't ever get boring. Bikram scientifically designed the series so that one posture opens a specific area of the body in preparation for the next posture. By practicing the same order every class you will be able to mark your improvement. Remember, this is a lifetime practice that can always improve, deepen and advance!
Can I lose weight?
Absolutely! However, consistency is the key to success. Losing weight is easy but maintaining the results can provide a challenge. If you practice this Bikram yoga with dedication and patience you WILL absolutely LOSE WEIGHT and KEEP IT OFF! You will also gain muscle tone and strength to give your body definition and beauty.
Is it a cardiovascular workout?
You'll be amazed at the cardiovascular workout you get in a short 90-minute class! No matter what level of fitness you are this yoga will be a challenge you never outgrow. To get the most cardiovascular work you must HOLD the posture for the full count and work with an honest 100% effort.
How often should I come to class?
How quickly do you want good things to happen to you? It's simple. The more you attend class, the faster the body will blossom. For good results, students are encouraged to attend at least 3 classes per week. For life changing results, students should strive for 5-7 classes a week. There is no such thing as too many classes a week.
What if I can only come once or twice a week?
Coming only one or two days a week will provide you with all the wonderful benefits only you won't see the results as quickly. You will, however, feel the benefits after every class, no matter how infrequently you practice. Come when you can and make each class your escape to a world of wellness.
What if I'm not flexible?
Have no fear. Most first time students share the same concern and that's why we are here! Flexibility is your birthright. you've just got to get it back. Don't let your inflexibility keep you away! You don't have to be flexible to do yoga. Just come, try, and see your flexibility improve!
Can I do this yoga if I'm pregnant?
Yes. If you've been practicing the Bikram yoga you may continue to attend class throughout your pregnancy. If you have never practiced Bikram yoga and you are not acclimated to the heat, we would suggest waiting until after you have the baby to come in and try! When you fill out the medical form please let the instructor know that you are pregnant so she/he can help you modify the postures accordingly. This yoga has helped many women deliver beautiful, healthy babies. After you have had your baby you may resume class when you are ready.
During my first class I felt dizzy, nauseous, overwhelmed and after class I had the worst headache and felt nauseous all day! Why?
During your first class, it is not unusual to feel nauseous, dizzy or headachy. Practicing yoga in a heated room reveals to us our present condition, and inspires us take much better care of ourselves.
It might be that you are working too hard and not listening to your body during class. You MUST respect your body and take breaks throughout your class on an as needed basis. Approach this yoga carefully, respectfully and with a smile.
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 room. Once you are drinking enough water your body will tolerate the heat better and you will actually enjoy the heat.
A headache and/or dizziness can be a sign of dehydration. DRINK PLENTY OF WATER and make sure you keep up on your electrolytes (electrolyte powders, coconut water or kelp tablets) before, during and after class. Stay hydrated.
If after your class, 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 as you work deep into your internal organ system this sensation will pass.
What can I do to alleviate those side effects?
Keep coming. The worse you feel the more you need this yoga, remember, this yoga reveals to us the present condition of our bodies. Take care of yourself, stay well hydrated and take your electrolytes. Remember the four (4) class goal. The body will adapt and quickly begin to equalize.
Have no fear. we've been there! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
***Myths of hair loss, getting tanned or hot yoga should be done only once a week is all rumours - personally we been doing Bikram Hot Yoga more than a decade for almost every day and haven't come across any of this stories. Please don't get carried away of what others say and get the information first hand from us directly"