Frequently Asked Questions
What is Bikram Yoga?
Developed by Bikram Choudhury, Bikram Yoga is a beginner Hatha yoga series suitable for all ages and abilities. Practiced in a room ideally heated to 105°F with a humidity of 40%, the 90 minute class is comprised of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises. The class systematically works every part of the body allowing one to gain and/or maintain optimum health and maximum function of all systems of the body.
Why the Heat?
The room is heated to help you, not to make it hard! It ensures safety and increases the effectiveness of the postures. Warm muscles are naturally more flexible allowing for a deeper stretch with less risk of injury. The heat also promotes sweating which helps detoxify the body by flushing out impurities through the skin.
Why is it important to learn from a Certified Bikram Yoga Instructor?
Bikram Yoga is a specialized form of yoga, requiring appropriate training and knowledge to teach it effectively. To be certified as an instructor, one must complete an intensive nine-week training course requiring over 500 hours of study. Bikram Choudhury, the creator of Bikram Yoga, personally trains and certifies all of his instructors to ensure that his methods and philosophy are preserved and properly taught.
What are the benefits of practicing Bikram Yoga?
- Increases physical strength, flexibility, and balance
- Reduces stress and promotes relaxation
- Improves circulation
- Balances metabolism
- Promotes weight loss
- Builds endurance
- Increases energy level
- Improves quality of sleep
- Improves posture
- Helps heal existing injuries and reduce the risk of new injuries
- Improves the function of the circulatory, digestive, endocrine, immune, lymphatic, muscular, nervous, reproductive, respiratory, skeletal, and elimination systems of the body
- Helps develop self-control, determination, concentration, and patience
- May reduce the symptoms of many chronic diseases such as, asthma, arthritis, diabetes, thyroid disorders, high blood pressure, sciatica, neck and back pain, herniated disc, scoliosis, insomnia, migraines, TMJ, anxiety, and depression
How should I prepare for class? what should I wear/bring?
Come to class well hydrated and refrain from eating a heavy meal 2 – 3 hours before class. Wear lightweight clothing that you will feel comfortable sweating in. Please refrain from wearing perfume, cologne, or strongly scented products in class. Bring a yoga mat, towel (to cover your mat) and water, these all can be either rented or bought at the studio.
How often should I practice?
You can practice this yoga every day!
What if I’m not flexible, out of shape, or have never practiced yoga before?
These are all great reasons to start practicing Bikram yoga! Bikram yoga is a beginners yoga series suitable and beneficial for ALL levels of ability. You will gain more flexibility, obtain better health, and experience many other benefits right after your very first class!
Judgment and criticism have no place at our studio! Every class will comprise of students with varying ranges of experience and abilities. Each student follows the instructions of the teacher while focusing on their own individual practice. Practicing this yoga with others in a group setting cultivates a strong, positive, and motivating group energy. You will discover that the classes with more students in attendance the better your experience will be.
What if I can’t do the postures being done in the class?
The postures done in class are all normal ranges of motion for the human body. Many people however have decreased ranges of motion due to old injuries, lack of physical activity, or simply because of participating in everyday activities that have become part of our culture i.e, driving a car, sitting at a desk, using a computer for extended periods of time. You will not need to modify the form of any postures to make them “easier” or more “advanced”, you will modify the depth according to your own individual ability level. It does not matter whether you do 1% or 99% of the posture, as long as you execute the form of the posture correctly according the teachers instructions to the best of your ability, you will be gaining 100% of the benefits!
How much water do I need?
If you come to class well hydrated (drinking at least half your bodyweight in ounces of water per day) you will not need water at all during class. There will be a designated water break during class. If you choose to drink water during this or any other time in class please take small sips never big gulps as this may cause nausea and an unpleasant yoga experience. You will never be told not to drink water in class, though with a consistent practice and proper hydration outside of class, you will discover that drinking water during class is an unnecessary distraction.
What if I’m sick or injured?
Bikram Yoga can assist in the recovery and healing of many different illnesses and injuries. The increased circulation of oxygenated blood throughout the body during class helps boost the immune system and also assists in breaking down scar tissue allowing for greater mobility and the healing of various injuries.
*If you are suffering from a contagious illness and/or are extremely dehydrated please refrain from practicing; rest and obtain sufficient fluids then return to your yoga practice. If you have further questions or concerns please talk to our staff prior to practicing.
Can I practice when menstruating?
Practicing Bikram yoga when menstruating is perfectly safe and may help decrease menstrual cramps and other menstrual symptoms. It may also decrease cycle irregularity and PMS symptoms.
There are no inverted postures in Bikram yoga which are normally the postures contraindicated for menstruation.
Can pregnant women practice Bikram yoga?
It is perfectly safe to practice Bikram yoga while pregnant as long as the student has been practicing regularly prior to their pregnancy. There are several modifications and postures to avoid while pregnant so please talk to your teacher prior to practicing.
-Avoid postures that cause compression on the diaphragm or heart.
-Do not do head to knee pose, separate leg forehead to knee, rabbit, cobra, locust, full locust, or bow.
-During backbends, do not push hips forward of knees. When coming out of a backbend, bend the knees to relieve back pressure.
-Separate feet slightly in standing poses.
-Rest on side in between postures during savasanah rather than on the back.