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FAQs

FAQs

We've put together a list of frequently asked questions to help you understand what to expect from Bikram Yoga in general and from our studio as your place of practice.  If you have any other questions please don't hesitate to contact us directly.

What will I need for my first class?

  • Large bottle of water
  • Two large towels
  • Yoga mat

We also have mat/towel rentals at the studio and sell water.

What should I wear?

Wear something light and comfortable. Dress as if you are going to the beach.

What should I drink/eat before class?

Make sure you hydrate prior to the 90 minutes class. Work your way up to 3 liters a day for optimum hydration. It is most advisable to not eat anything heavy 2 hours prior to practicing.

What if I've never done yoga before?

This is a beginner's class - anyone can do it. You don't need to know anything about yoga to attend class. Instructors give very detailed, easy-to-follow instructions in all classes.

What if I'm not very flexible, or am out of shape?

Come to yoga! Both of these issues lend to the practice of Bikram Yoga. Increased flexibility and a toned, healthy body are both possible with regular practice. Yoga is a process, your flexibility and level of fitness will improve as you continue to come to class.

Why is the heat necessary?

The room is quite hot - typically 105 degrees with 40% humidity. There are several reasons for the heat:

  • This heat is helpful in allowing the body to go deeper into postures safely, minimizing risk of injury by increasing elasticity of the muscles, ligaments and tendons, allowing greater flexibility with a lower risk of injury.
  • The heat also facilitates sweating, detoxifying through the pores and skin - the body's largest eliminating organ.
  • Heat increases cardiovascular workout.
  • The intensity of the heat deepens the need for concentration and focus, strengthening willpower and self-control.

An excerpt from Smart Exercise by Covert Bailey further describes the benefits of heated exercise:

Seven Reasons for the Heat:

  1. Enhances vasodilatation so that more blood is delivered to the muscles. This means that the capillaries that weave around the muscles respond to the heat by dilation. This brings more oxygen to the muscles and helps in the removal of waste products such as carbon dioxide and lactic acid.
  2. Allows oxygen in the blood to detach from the hemoglobin more easily. When blood passes through warm muscles, oxygen releases more easily from the hemoglobin. Blood passing through cold muscles release less oxygen.
  3. Speeds up the breakdown of glucose and fatty acids.
  4. Makes muscles more elastic and less susceptible to injury.
  5. Improves coordination.
  6. Reduces heart irregularities associated with sudden exercise.
  7. Burns fat more easily. Warmed muscles burn fat more easily than cold ones. Fat is released during stress. The stress of intense exercise causes a deluge of fatty acids into the blood stream. If you exercise with cold muscles, they can't use the fatty acids and they end up in places where they aren't wanted, such as in the lining of your arteries.

Note: Muscles aren't the only beneficiaries of the heat. Higher temperatures improve the function of the nervous system, meaning that messages are carried more rapidly to and from the brain or spinal cord. Warm muscles are more elastic and are less susceptible to injury. Warmer temperatures produce a more fluid stretch, allowing for a greater range of motion. Cold muscles don't absorb shock and impact as well and do not stretch as easily, so cold muscles get injured more readily.

What if I dislike heat or am worried about exercising in heat?

The only way to know if Bikram yoga is for you is to come and try it. Our instructors will guide you and help you to work safely within your own personal limits. We believe this is the most effective, life-changing method of yoga - come and take a class and see how it feels to you.

How often should I practice?

Medical benefits are usually evident with 3 practices per week, minimum. The more you practice, the greater the health and well-being benefits. We suggest you practice as often as you can. Many of our students aim for 5-6 classes a week. Every day is not too much!

I'm just starting out, how should I expect to feel?

It is common to feel a variety of impacts when you first start practicing Bikram Yoga as the body takes some time to adjust to a new form of exercise. For some, a feeling of fatigue is normal in the first few weeks, while others report extra energy and exhilaration. Each person is different. For all new practitioners, it is recommended that you increase your daily water intake considerably and be well-hydrated throughout the day. You'll find this easy to accommodate, as you will crave water. Once you've practiced for a while, your hydration will balance out and the heat will be less noticeable. At this point, many practitioners who had difficulty adjusting begin to enjoy the heat.

Depending on your level of fitness when you begin to practice, you may feel especially tired after your first few classes. This is also quite normal. Your body is cleansing itself as a result of the yoga practice - don't be scared of this process. Keep coming, and after a few weeks, you will find this sensation passes, creating a new sense of vitality in your body and mind.

Will Bikram Yoga help me lose weight?

Bikram Yoga will help you regulate your weight and bring your body to a healthy weight. For some it is weight loss, and others it is weight gain. Note that the 90-minute class burns between 650 - 1200 calories, depending on your weight and fitness level.

Why is there no late entry?

The yoga class is a series to be taken in its entirety; late arrival results in missing the critical warming-up postures, thus we lock the door as class begins.

When should I arrive for class?

The door opens 30 minutes prior to class time. Many of our classes are very full, arrive early to get a spot in the room and have time to adjust to the heat. New students must arrive 20 minutes early for their first class.