What you need to know
Commonly Asked Questions:
What time should I arrive at the studio?
The studio opens 30 minutes before each class. First time students should arrive at least 15 minutes in advance. This gives us time for registration and orientation. Please be on time or you may not be admitted to class. Arriving early ensures a stress free and relaxed beginning to your life long Bikram Yoga practice.
I’ve never done yoga before, can I come to any class?
Yes! Bikram Yoga is a beginning class, yet is challenging for even the most advanced practitioner. Anybody can do it. Come to class, and with the guidance of your teacher, simply approach every posture to the best of your ability and you will receive 100% benefit.
Don’t think you have to get in shape before coming to class – that puts the cart before the horse! Come take your first class, and then take class as often as you possibly can and you will quickly lose weight, get in shape, and feel absolutely wonderful.
Is there an age limit? Do I need a parent to sign for me if I am under 18?
Everyone is more than welcome! However, anyone under the age of 18 years old must have a parent’s or legal guardian’s signature to participate before their first class. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to call us!
What should I wear?
You should wear comfortable workout clothing, but remember you will be sweating quite a bit. Women usually wear exercise shorts, tank tops and sports bras. Men usually wear exercise shorts or swim trunks with an optional T-shirt. Avoid loose fitting clothing, baggy pants and socks.
What should I bring to class?
Bring a yoga mat, large towel for your mat, and water. You may also want to bring a smaller towel for after class.
What if I have injuries or illnesses? What if I am pregnant?
Please inform the teacher if you have had surgery or have any conditions or illnesses. You will most likely be able to practice, but the teacher must be aware so that he or she can help you with specific postures. If you are pregnant, please call the studio before coming to class.
What if I’m not flexible?
Perfect! This yoga is for you! This is the most common misconception that prevents people from coming to yoga classes. Yoga is not about how flexible you are. It is about stretching your body and spine to develop and increase your flexibility.
You will feel challenged by the yoga during class – everyone does! Always work to your edge, but listen to your body and your inner wisdom. Never be afraid to sit down if you need to. It’s normal, especially when you first get started, to feel dizzy, nauseated or lightheaded. It’s temporary, and as your body acclimates and detoxes, these sensations will disappear.
During class nobody will look at you or judge you. The teacher will guide you and instruct you, always with compassion and respect. There’s no need or reason to be self conscious. It’s also helpful to realize everyone’s focus is on themselves – they are working too hard to even notice you!
Should I eat before class?
It is recommended to practice Bikram Yoga on an empty stomach. As a general rule, refrain from eating 2 to 3 hours prior to class. Also, be sure to hydrate well before coming to class. Drink plenty of water before your first class especially if you’re not in the habit of drinking water. Doctors estimate you need at least 2 liters per day for normal body maintenance. Double that for doing Bikram yoga.
How long is each class?
Each class is 90 minutes long. Plan on staying in the room the entire time.
How often should I come?
Come as often as you can. To see maximum benefits from Bikram Yoga, a regular practice of 3 to 4 times per week or at least 10 times a month is suggested. The more you do it, the quicker you will see the results!
Can I lose weight doing Bikram Yoga?
Weight normalization is one of many benefits of Bikram Yoga. As a beginner, it takes about 3 classes for your body to understand the proper approach to the postures. During the next 10 classes, digestion and respiration, as well as endocrine, lymphatic and elimination systems will begin to work harmoniously. Your appetite will normalize and unhealthy cravings will diminish. All of these results will help to normalize your weight if you devote yourself to regular practice at least, but preferably more than, 3 times per week.
Remember, everyone had their very first Bikram Yoga class, even the people on the front row who have been coming for years. They make it look easy because they persevered, and you can too.