Bikram’s Beginning Yoga Class is a 26 posture series designed to scientifically warm and stretch muscles, ligaments and tendons, in the order in which they should be stretched. It improves respiration and circulation throughout the entire body. Each class lasts 90 minutes.
Yoga changes the construction of the body from the inside out, from bones to skin and from fingertips to toes. So before you change it, you have to heat it up to soften it, because a warm body is a flexible body. Then you can reshape the body any way you want.
Hatha Yoga flushes away the waste products, the toxins of all the glands and organs of your body. It provides a natural irrigation of the body through the circulatory system, with the help of the respiratory system. It brings nourishments to every cell of your body so that each one can perform its function and keep your body healthy. Bikram Yoga also employs heat to further that cleaning process: When you sweat, impurities are flushed out of the body through the skin.
It also thins the blood to clear the circulatory system; increases the heart rate for a better cardiovascular workout. Practicing yoga not only increases our supplies of oxygen, but it also teaches us how to use that oxygen properly – we learn to control the breath through pranayama.
Bikram’s Beginning Yoga class is just that – a place to begin your Yoga practice. Every class follows the same format whether it’s your first class or whether you have been practicing for years. How quickly you progress will depend on the time and effort you give to Yoga. It will have little to do with how “perfectly” you can do the poses.
If you are a new student please register and complete the liability waiver ONLINE before attending class. Existing members may reserve a space online but we release the spots five minutes before the start of class.
Your yoga clothes, two towels, water, your Photo ID for registration (Under 25 or Over 65). Mats and towels are available for rent at the studio. Water can be purchased at the studio.
Women wear sports tops and bottoms. Men can wear vests and running or cycling shorts. The lighter the clothing the better as the skin needs to breath and through perspiration the body stays cool. Light fabrics such as Lycra are ideal – cotton is bulky and restricts movement when wet. It is also very important to be able to see your ankles and knees in the mirror so shorts are ideal. Keep in mind you are going to sweat a lot, the less clothing the better. However, remember that whatever you wear it will need to preserve your modesty. Wearing skimpy swimming costumes, semi-transparent fabric and thongs under tights is not advisable.
Drink plenty of water. Doctors estimate you need at least 2 liters per day for normal body maintenance. On the days you practice Bikram Yoga you should try to drink twice that. The more hydrated you are the easier it will be for you to sweat. As with all exercise it is not recommended on a full stomach so try to leave 2 to 3 hours between eating and class.
Yes absolutely. Whatever your fitness level you will find Bikram Yoga challenging. The postures combine strength, flexibility and balance to give you a total body workout. As with other forms of cardiovascular exercise, regular practice will aid weight loss.
Bikram’s Beginning Yoga is designed for all levels of fitness, but if you have special medical conditions or injuries, please consult your doctor first and inform your teacher before class.
There are no cliques in Bikram Yoga. Besides everyone is too busy focusing on themselves in the mirror. People don’t come to hang out and show off their sexy bodies. Don’t worry, all shapes and sizes come to Bikram Yoga, including yours.
There will always be deeper places to experience through yoga asanas. Your body will begin opening up in different way and the more you practice, you will realize giving 100 percent and achieving stillness in every pose is a lifelong journey. Finding the focus, discipline and one point of concentration through the duration of the class are other ways to advance your practice. After several classes you will begin to experience the magic of Bikram’s yoga. Each class is like trying it for the first time all over again as you will experience something new in every class.
As a beginner, Bikram recommends practicing as often as you can for the first month to change your body and experience the benefits of the series. After this period he recommends a minimum of 3 classes a week. This is different for each person and some people may need 5 or even 7 days a week! The more you practice, the more benefits you are able to receive.
Mats: It is best to use mat spray or natural oil (e.g. Tea tree Oil) with antiseptic and disinfectant properties. Spray the mat down, wipe dry and put the mat outside to air dry.
Clothes: Sport Wash detergent or few drops of tea tree oil in a bucket of water (then wash as usual) to ensure that perspiration smell is removed. This can also be used for yoga mats that are machine washable.
Yes, all instructors are trained by Bikram Choudhury himself. The teachers undergo a demanding 9 week intensive training course that covers yoga therapy and philosophy, ensuring that Bikram certified instructors provides a safe and enjoyable class.
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