For those of you who are new to Bikram Yoga we've put together this short list of frequently asked questions to give you an idea of what to expect and how this wonderful yoga practice can help your overall health and wellbeing.
What if I'm not flexible?
Yoga is not about how flexible you are. This is the most common misconception that prevents people from coming to a yoga class. Yoga is about stretching your body and spine in all directions to your own personal capability; it is about breathing and staying present in the moment. If you maintain the correct form of the asana (posture) and work with effort, energy, and enthusiasm, you are guaranteed to receive 100% of the benefits.
Why is the room heated?
Bikram's Yoga is practiced in a heated room to safely warm the muscles, prevent injury, allow a deeper workout, and facilitate the flushing of toxins from the body.
Is it a cardiovascular workout and can I lose weight?
No matter what your fitness level is, you will find Bikram yoga very challenging. Each posture combines strength, flexibility, and balance to work your whole body from the inside out, from your bones to the skin. With persistence, patience, and dedication, you can lose inches, and develop muscle tone and strength that might never come with other forms of exercise. Many people find that Bikram Yoga is an excellent complement to their regular fitness activity (e.g golf, tennis, weight training, running, etc.).
One of the primary benefits of Bikram Yoga is the regulation of metabolism. What you will see is a general slimming all over; your clothes will fit better, your posture will improve, and your skin will GLOW!
Do you feel any of the following?
- Stress at work and/or home
- Tension in my back, neck, shoulders
- Trouble sleeping
- Lacking energy, always tired or tire easily
- Cholesterol is too high - Back pain
- Injury(s) that just won't heal
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Difficulty with digestion
- Respiratory problems
- Bad circulation
- Sometimes feel depressed
- Unhappy with my body
- Trouble concentrating
What do I bring to my first class?
- Bottled water
- Large towel (also an extra towel if you wish to use our shower facilities)
- Yoga mat
(all of these items can be purchased or rented from us)
How do I prepare for the class?
- Drink a lot of water throughout the day before class! Being well hydrated will help you.
- Avoid eating for 2-3 hours before class; a small snack (i.e. a piece of fruit) is okay.
- Arrive 15 minutes before the start of any class.
What should I wear?
- Men: shorts or swim trunks
- Women: shorts or breathable work out leggings with a tank top or fitted t-shirt