In order to maintain harmony and to preserve the environment, we ask that you read and abide by the following studio policies:
- All classes are 90 minutes long; please plan to stay in class the entire time.
- Please print your first and last name on the list at front desk before entering yoga room.
- The studio will be open 30 minutes prior to and close 30 minutes after each class.
- First time students must arrive 15 minutes prior to class in order to fill out registration paperwork.
- Leave shoes outside the yoga room and changing rooms in the space provided in the vestibule at the front doors.
- Please be on time. Yoga is a discipline; latecomers will not be admitted. Once the teacher has entered the room no one else will enter.
- Place bags and extra clothing items in the change room or lockers.
- In consideration for those with sensitivities or allergies, please refrain from wearing perfume, cologne, or strongly scented products in class.
- All students must use a mat and towel.
- Always leave the yoga room quietly and allow your fellow students to enjoy their final relaxation (Savasana) at the end of class.
- Please place all Bikram Yoga towels in the laundry baskets provided and mats on the railings in the hallway.
CLASS CARDS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE, NON-TRANSFERABLE, AND NON-EXTENDABLE. THEY CANNOT BE SHARED.
We offer exclusively Bikram’s Beginning Yoga Class, comprised of twenty six postures and two breathing exercises. This is a 90 minute, heated class (105 degrees, 40% humidity 40 celcius) suitable for ALL LEVELS including beginner. The class is led by a Bikram Choudhury – certified instructor.
Please arrive 15 MINUTES before your first class. Class reservations are not required. Choose any class from our schedule - we look forward to having you practice with us!
Timing: New students MUST arrive 15 minutes before your first class. We will have you fill out a registration form and get you set-up. Reservations are not required. Please be sure to let the teacher know about any injuries or special physical circumstances.
Clothing: Wear something in which you will be comfortable stretching and sweating. If you don't have yoga clothing, shorts/tank tops, running clothes or swim wear also works. Try to avoid cotton t-shirts or sweatpants as they will likely be too warm.
Water: Hydrate well before class by drinking plenty of fluids leading up to class. Bring bottled water with you. At the studio we sell bottled water, coconut water.
Mats and Towels: We rent towels and mats at the studio for $2.
Preparation before class: Come on an empty stomach. Avoid heavy meals before class and try to avoid food up to 2 hours before class time. Yoga is best practiced on an empty stomach but having some light snacks is okay (e.g. fruit).
Recovery after class: The first 15 - 30 minutes after class is the most crucial time to recover. Take it easy and drink plenty of water. Come back to your next class within 24-48 hours.
"Nothing can steal happiness, peace away from you: if anyone does make you angry, you are the loser; if someone can allow you to lose peace, you are the loser."
— Bikram Choudhury
“Discipline is key. 95% of a practice is simply getting to the studio. A consistent practice is the biggest contributor to a deep practice.”
Frequently Asked Questions
How much water should I drink? LOTS! You can lose several pounds of water during class. You should be drinking 1-2 liters per day, every day. On the days you practice Bikram Yoga, you’ll need up to 3-4 liters.
How often should I practice? As often as you can. “For great results, practice three times per week. For life changing results, practice six days per week,” says Bikram. One class is better than nothing. Six classes per week (with one day rest) are amazing.
Do I need to supplement my diet? Everyone is different – it is a matter of listening to your body. If you’re feeling sluggish, dizzy or even nauseous during or after the class you may be dehydrated or mineral deficient. Make sure you are drinking plenty of water. You might also like to try some electrolytes for extra sodium and potassium that is lost via sweating.
Can I lose weight? Yes! Whenever you are moving your body, you are burning calories. In a 90 minute Bikram yoga class you can burn a large number of calories. You’ll find as you feel better about your body, you’ll begin to make better food choices. Meanwhile, your cravings for sugar, salt and caffeine will decrease, and you’ll eat less junk.
Can I start right away? Yes! See our schedule.
What are some of the benefits of Bikram Yoga? Burns body fat and elevates your metabolism - Reduces stress - Increases flexibility - Builds strength and endurance - Increases muscle tone - Helps with back, neck, shoulder and knee pain - Improves quality of sleep - Improves your posture - Improves circulation - Reduces risk of injury - Raises energy level - Increases balance, coordination, focus and discipline - Improves healthy and balanced functioning of the skeletal, muscular, circulatory, digestive, respiratory, endocrine and nervous systems of the body - Strengthens the immune system
What health concerns do I need to look out for? Always follow your doctor’s orders and consult with your doctor if you are on any medications or have any known health issues. Pay attention to your body during class, and if necessary, consult your doctor when your symptoms change. Dizziness or nausea may occur during your class. If this happens, SIT DOWN, it will usually pass in a few minutes. As you progress, these occurrences will disappear as your body adapts to the heat and your fitness improves.
Why the heat? The heat does the following 6 things:
1. Enhances vasodilatation* so that more blood is delivered to the muscles.
2. Allows oxygen In the blood to detach from the hemoglobin more easily.**
3. Speeds up the breakdown of glucose and fatty acids.
4. Makes muscles more elastic, less susceptible to injury.
5. Elevates your metabolism and burns fat more easily.
6. Increases perspiration and therefore detoxification.
changing the construction of your body as you perform these postures. Warmer
temperatures produce a fluid-like stretch that allows greater range of motion.
Cold muscles don’t absorb shock or impact as well and aren’t stretched as well
so they get injured more readily. Additionally, the oxygen and blood exchange
rate is more rapid so you are getting more oxygen to your tissues, and your
heart is more efficient. It is clearing out the valves of the heart chambers.
It helps to flush out the arteries.
Sweating is important because it takes the majority of the workload off the kidneys and the liver allowing the skin, which is the largest organ of the body, to excrete toxins. It exfoliates the skin by ridding the dead skin cells, so your skin will become clearer. The capillaries that weave around the muscles respond to the heat by dilating. This brings more oxygen to the muscles and helps in the removal of waste products such as carbon dioxide and lactic acid. When blood passes through warm muscles oxygen it releases more easily from the hemoglobin. Blood passing through cold muscles releases less oxygen. **
Warm 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, the muscles cannot use the fatty acids, and the fatty acids end up in places where they aren’t wanted, such as the lining of the arteries. NOTE: Muscles aren’t the only beneficiaries of heat. Higher temperatures improve the function of the nervous system, meaning that messages are carried more rapidly to and from the brain and spinal cord.
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