Do I have to be flexible to practice yoga?

DSC_0646Yoga is not about how flexible you are; it is about stretching and strengthening your spine as well as the rest of your body. The gains in flexibility you attain as you establish a regular Bikram practice will amaze you!

What if I’ve never done yoga?

Everyone starts as a beginner, and it is normal to feel a little nervous or intimidated when trying something new. The good news is that this class is designed for beginners, and beginners are welcome in every class on the schedule!

What makes Bikram Yoga different than other forms of exercise?

Bikram yoga is a beginner’s yoga series of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises practiced in a heated room. The class is designed to be challenging enough for athletic individuals and yet appropriate for those who have never done yoga, have injuries or are out of shape. The class addresses 100% of the body targeting the muscles, joints, internal organs and systems while increasing flexibility, strength, focus and balance. It also helps counter both the physical and mental reactions to stress, so you can live better and more productively. Unlike most other forms of exercise, Bikram Yoga gives you energy and can be practiced every day.

Why the heat?

faq3You are changing the construction of your body as you perform these postures. The heat makes your body malleable, as warm muscles are more elastic and less susceptible to injury. The heat also increases circulation, accelerates perspiration for detoxification, and increases calories burned.

What are some of the benefits of practicing Bikram Yoga?

Yoga has a rejuvenating effect with both physical and mental benefits. Here are just a few of the benefits of a regular Bikram Yoga Practice:

  • Burns fat and increases metabolism
  • Reduces back and neck pain by improving spinal integrity
  • Increases muscle tone and flexibility
  • Builds strength and endurance, thereby increasing energy levels
  • Improves the functioning of the digestive, endocrine, immune, and nervous systems
  • Expands lung capacity
  • Promotes better sleep patterns
  • Relieves stress, anxiety, tension, and depression

Can I lose weight?

Yes. The series is a great way to burn calories, tone muscles and boost your metabolism. Consistency is key; the more you come the more results you will see. As you develop a regular practice you will notice that often your cravings for sugar and caffeine decrease, and as you feel better you will naturally start to make better food choices.

Is it normal to feel dizzy, nauseous, or lightheaded in class?

In your first few classes it is normal to feel a little dizzy or nauseous at some point in class. If you feel these sensations don’t try to push through it, just take it easy and rest as you need to. As your body gets acclimated, these sensations will disappear.

How often should I practice?

Yoga is cumulative, the more you come, the better you will feel. Bikram recommends daily practice for one or two months for a new you. As a minimum, however, he recommends at least 10 classes per month. Regular practitioners average 3-5 times a week.

Is the yoga room carpeted?

No.  The yoga room has state-of-the art Flotex Flooring. Flotex has the texture similar to carpet but it’s more like vinyl. The fibers in the weave are packed super tight, over 80 million to a square meter, which means there is no room for moisture to be absorbed, making it waterproof.

 Flotex is also treated with an anti-microbial treatment called “Sanitized” offering protection against bacteria, mold and odor. It’s also stain resistant and slip-resistant. We switched to Flotex for hygienic reasons in January 2014 and love it!

How do you keep the yoga room clean?

The Flotex flooring in the yoga room is naturally anti-microbial. We vacuum it regularly, and we use a Tennant R3 Hot Water Extractor to clean it at least twice per week! We also run an Odorox Boss XL3 Hydroxyl Processor between classes to purify the air of any viruses, bacteria, or odors.

Why is the room so bright?DSC_0730

The lighting lets students easily see themselves in the mirror and allows the instructor to easily see the students.

What should I wear?

It’s hot in the room and you will be sweating. You will also be bending forward and moving your body into both seated and standing postures. With these factors in mind, choose clothes that will keep you cool while allowing you to move freely. Long pants or long sleeve shirts, especially baggy ones, are not recommended.

Men generally wear shorts or swim trunks (shirts are optional for men). If you wear loose shorts, please keep in mind to wear appropriate undergarments so that there is no accidental exposure.

Women generally wear shorts and a sports bra and/or tank top. However, women with double mastectomy are not required to wear a top. You will sweat and your clothes will become wet, so keep this in mind when choosing your outfit.

Is all hot yoga the same?

It was Bikram Choudhury, the creator of the Bikram Yoga series, who first introduced the concept of heated yoga to the USA in the 1970’s. As the benefits of practicing yoga in a heated room have become known, more and more styles of yoga have begun offering hot versions of their classes. Taking class at a “Hot Yoga” studio means that you will have access to heated yoga classes but those classes will vary with the individual Hot Yoga studio. Some of these classes will be based off of the original 26 posture Bikram yoga sequence. Other classes will be entirely different from it.

When you take class at our affiliated Bikram Studio, you will be taught the original 26 posture sequence in a heated room via the instruction of a certified Bikram instructor. Bikram instructors complete a 9-week intensive training and Bikram himself helps train and personally certifies them to ensure that his methods and philosophy are preserved and properly taught. We only hire certified Bikram instructors to provide you the best and most authentic instruction in the Bikram Method.

How qualified are the Instructors?

Instructors who teach Bikram yoga must go through an intensive nine week training course personally led by Bikram Choudhury, the creator of the Bikram Yoga series. Only those candidates who successfully pass Bikram’s qualifications go on to graduate.