FAQs about Bikram Yoga

I have never done yoga before. Is this really for me?
Every class that we instruct here is a beginner class. Everyone is welcome. You may experience a veteran by your mat side or beginners just like you. The most important thing is that you come to class with an open mind and open heart. You accept your body where it is at that day and you join us!

Why is the room so hot?
The yoga came from Calcutta, India where it is regularly very hot and humid. The heat is a tool to increase your circulation throughout the entire body, increase the elasticity of your muscles. The heat enhances vasodilatation, so more blood is delivered to the muscles which brings more oxygen to the muscles and allows for greater removal of waste products like lactic acid and carbon dioxide. The heat allows oxygen to detach from the hemoglobin more easily. Its is oxygen that fuels the process of using stored energy. Heat helps to speed up the breakdown of fatty acid and glucose. Fat burns more easily in the heat. Higher temperature’s improve the function of the nervous system so that messages are carried more rapidly to and from the brain to the spinal cord.

What if I can’t even touch my toes?
That is why you are here! There is no prerequisites to take the is class. No experience necessary and we don’t test you at the end! If increased flexibility is one of your goals, this series will get you there. Be patient with yourself. Progress will be made!

What should I wear?
The room is heated to about 105 degrees. Wear light and comfortable clothing. Men, gym shorts or board shorts. Women can wear shorts and a sports bra.

What should I bring?
Please bring a yoga mat, a large beach towel, hand towel or wash cloth and water. If you forget any of these items, we can furnish them for you at an additional cost!

Why do we only do twenty six postures?
Bikram discovered and developed this scientific series of postures and breathing exercises during years of research The series has been proven to help people with chronic diseases and injuries of all kinds. Each posture prepares your body for the next posture.

What If I feel dizzy and nauseous during class; is that normal?
Dizziness is a common complaint of the new student. First, don’t be scared. There is a lot happening in you first few classes. You have to train your body to sweat efficiently to maintain your normal body temperature in the room. Do not worry, it will come soon. The most common reason is because you are not breathing efficiently.

How much should I drink to prepare for Bikram Yoga?
Many students come to class dehydrated. Be sure to drink a bare minimum of one ounce of water per two pounds of your body weight per day. On the days your are coming to class, drink and additional liter during the day. You may want to supplement your electrolyte supply by drinking coconut water or other electrolyte drinks, taking Emergen-C, Cytomax using Celtic salt over iodized salt(for trace minerals, eating sea a vegetables (seaweed) or taking kelp or electrolyte tablets in addition to eating a healthy, balanced diet.

Is this a good cardiovascular workout?
Yes, the 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises work your heart and lungs by bringing your heart rate up during the first half of the class (and keeping it there) and quickly back down (like interval training) during the second half of the class. These methods of training actually strengthen your cardiovascular system.

What are the benefits of Bikram Yoga?
Increased strength and muscle tone, increased flexibility, increase in energy and vitality, reduction of stress and the ability to handle stress better, reduced blood pressure, better circulation, weight loss or gain (depending on what you need) healthier joints and stronger immune system,, better posture and

I have back problems, knee problems, hip problems… Is Bikram Yoga for me?
Yes. In the beginners class, everyone works to their own ability. You do what you can. It took years of abuse to get your body into the shape it is in. It is going to take years to actually to heal it. The combination of the heat and postures will help to strengthen the muscles around your bones and joints to give you more support.

How often should I practice?
Bikram recommends practicing at least 3 times a week. If you can get here more often, go for it. We do understand how hectic life can be. Do the best you can and you will see changes in your life both physically and mentally.

Are all teachers certified?
All certified Bikram studios only hire Bikram certified teachers. All teachers are certified at Bikram Yoga College of India International Headquarters in Los Angeles, California under the tutelage of Bikram Choudhury

Will yoga help my running?
Yes, Bikram Yoga has many benefits for runners like increase VO2 max, increased flexibility and reductions in incidence of injury. You will feel a difference in your stride, more upper body strength is gained resulting in a more anatomical correct gait. It will make a huge difference!

How many calories am I burning in class?
The average female burns between 450-600 calories per class. The average male burns between 600-800 calories, according to a study published in the L.A. Times in 2003. Calories-counting websites have recently claimed up to 1000-1200 calories per class based on heart rate to body mass calculations. The range depends on your size, amount of muscle mass and effort in class.