Frequently Asked Questions
What are some of the benefits of Bikram Yoga?
Bikram Yoga is a powerful cardiovascular fitness and works every system of the body, increases muscle mass and facilitates weight loss. The sequence promotes relaxation, reduces stress, increases energy and blood circulation and improves strength, flexibility, balance, concentration, determination, willpower, patience and self-esteem. Regular practice (at least three times per week) can reduce or eliminate the symptoms of many chronic diseases such as depression, diabetes, arthritis ect. Bikram Yoga also helps people who suffer from insomnia, hypertension, knee, shoulder and back injuries.
I've never done Bikram Yoga before. Is there a class for beginners?
We only teach the Bikram Beginner’s Yoga Class! The beginner’s class consists of 26 postures, performed in the same sequence each time. Our yoga classes will have students of all levels of experience, especially beginners. Your balance, strength, and flexibility will come with practice.
Why is the room heated?
Bikram Yoga is practiced in a room heated to 105 degrees Fahrenheit with 40% humidity. A heated room will warm your muscles and allow you to work deeper and safer. The elevated temperature also helps the body to metabolize fat, eliminate toxins (including organic chemicals, solvents, drugs, pharmaceuticals and heavy metals) and release negative emotions accumulated in the mind through relaxation of the central nervous system. The combination of heat with the sequence of postures is what makes Bikram Yoga so special.
How often should I come to class?
Practice everyday if possible. A minimum is three times a week with no long lapses between sessions. Be consistent.
What if I'm not flexible?
This is the most common misconception that prevents people from coming to a yoga class. Yoga is not just about flexibility. By taking Bikram Yoga in a heated room you will begin to re-gain flexibility. All that matters to get 100% of the benefits is that you try the right way, to the best of your ability. You do not need to be flexible to practice Bikram Yoga. The benefits come with intent, as long as you try your best you will start to build flexibility.
What if I can't complete the class or need to take breaks?
No problem. You’ll be instructed on how to relax on your towel in a quiet and still manner not to disturb the other students’ practice. Keep in mind that your body will gradually acclimate over a number of classes. The first class is always an experience - just take it as it comes, and see where it leads.
I feel nauseous, dizzy during class. Is this normal?
Practicing yoga in a heated room reveals to us our present condition, and inspires us to take much better care of ourselves. It is not unusual to feel nauseous or dizzy during class. Usually the problem is that we do not drink enough water. People need 64 - 96 ounces of water a day to help the body function properly. In the heated yoga room, you need to be adequately hydrated to allow perspiration to release heat from the body as you practice. So we estimate you need another 64 - 96 ounces (throughout the day). Once you are drinking enough water your body will tolerate the heat better and you will gradually learn to enjoy the heat.
What if I feel sore after yoga?
Muscle soreness is built up of lactic acid. The best way to get rid of the lactic acid is stretching. It may seem hard to believe that coming back for more will help, but it is really the best way to relieve the soreness. If you wait too long to come back you will be starting all over again.
Can I do other physical activities if I practice Bikram Yoga?
Yes, of course! Bikram Yoga is the perfect compliment to any exercise or athletic program. As a matter of fact, if you participate in sports, it is highly advisable to have a regular yoga practice to lessen chance of injury or improve recovery from an injury. Many professional sports teams practice Bikram Yoga as part of their formal season training.
Can I practice Bikram Yoga with asthma?
As Bikram Yoga promotes relaxation of the nerves system and muscles, it is the type of exercise that you can do with as little or as much intensity as appropriate for your needs. In other words, you can do each posture with less effort if you're concerned about overexertion triggering an attack, so sit down, rest, and breathe deeply whenever you need to during class. The practice will relax your mind and help let go of toxins, tension and negativity. It strengthens your heart and lungs, improving efficiency and function. You will breathe easier and deeper than you ever have before.
Can I practice Bikram Yoga while menstruating? The Bikram Yoga helps with the symptoms of menopause?
It is perfectly safe to practice Bikram Yoga during a woman's monthly cycle. Inverted postures are not recommended during the cycle, but there are no inversions in the Bikram Yoga sequence. As hormones are balanced with a regular yoga practice, uncomfortable symptoms of all women's stages are lessened, including hot flashes and night sweats.
Can I practice Bikram Yoga when pregnant?
With a physician's authorization, regular practitioners can continue to practice without modification from the sequence during the first trimester. During the last two trimesters, a specific pregnancy routine is practiced, as outlined in "Rajashree's Yoga for Pregnancy" DVD.
For pregnancies that are not high risk, practicing yoga during pregnancy and postpartum decreases lower back pain, stabilizes joints, helps digestion, improves breathing, fluid and hormone balance, prevents varicose veins, ensures skin elasticity, strengthens the mind, reduces anxiety and promotes calmness.
Can I practice Bikram Yoga if I have an injury or illness?
You can always perform the postures of Bikram Yoga independent of any injury or illness, talk to the instructor and he will teach you small modifications of the postures, if necessary.
I survived my first Bikram Yoga class. And now?
We recommend that you return to your second class as soon as possible, preferably within 48 hours. The ideal is to return the following day. If you found your first class too intense, remember that yoga awakens and stimulates every system of your body. With some classes you improve strength, flexibility and agility. The basic recipe of Bikram Yoga is simple: Be patient with yourself. Yoga is a lifelong commitment. How quickly you progress will depend entirely on you and your natural ability to a small extent, but mostly upon the honest time and effort you give to your practice. Never judge your own practice, the great yoga journey starts with the first few steps!