What To Expect
Expect to change your life. Yes, we really mean that! Practicing yoga is transformative, and is proven through millions of practitioners worldwide. For first time yogis, review the tried-and-true tips below to make your first experience even better:
- Bring to class a yoga mat, beach-size towel, and a water bottle. If you don’t have those things, you can rent towels and a studio yoga mat for a small fee.
- Wear lightweight, form-fitting clothes. Women typically wear shorts, a sports bra, and/or a tank top. Men usually wear shorts and a tank top or go shirtless.
- Leave car keys, purses, bags, cell phones, etc., in the changing room. No personal belongings are allowed in the studio.
- Drink plenty of water, including an extra liter on the day of class. (We have a free Brita purified-water filling station in the lobby!)
- Avoid eating heavy foods in the two hours prior to your class. It is best to come on an empty stomach.
- Arrive 20-30 minutes early to class the first day so our staff can get you registered for class, show you around, and give you any guidance you might need for your class.
- Remember yoga is a discipline. Our classes start exactly on time; in order to respect the meditation of the other students, no late arrivals will be admitted.
- Prepare to sweat –A LOT.
Do you have separate classes for beginners?
All classes are for beginners and experienced practitioners alike. The sequence of postures we practice is designed for anyone from couch-potato to professional athlete. You will see a diverse crowd at our studio! We are confident that all ages, shapes, and sizes can begin a yoga practice with us. All the postures are normal range of motion, and you start wherever you are– all that matters is that you start!
Why the heated room?
Our room is intentionally heated to approximately 104 degrees to protect the muscles for safe, deep stretches. Here’s why:
- your body burns fat more effectively
- increases suppleness and elasticity of muscles, ligaments and other supporting structures of the body, allowing for greater flexibility with less chance of injury (think of trying to transform a cold, metal sword without the heat of an oven)
- dilates capillaries more effectively, oxygenating tissues, muscles, glands, organs and increasing the removal of waste products
- increases metabolism, accelerating the breakdown of glucose and fatty acids
- facilitates an intense and challenging cardiovascular workout
- leads to sweating which promotes detoxification
- strengthens the immune system naturally
- creates new neuromuscular connections as messages are carried from your brain, through the nervous system, to your muscles
- strengthens willpower, self control, and concentration
As a beginner, whether you perform all the postures or simply stay in the room and sweat…you still gain benefit!
Is it a cardiovascular workout and can I lose weight?
Bikram yoga is excellent for weight loss. All the systems of your body will be brought, (safely and gradually) into optimal state. For those curious about weight loss, yes, your digestive system and metabolism will improve, normalizing your appetite and diminishing unhealthy cravings. Your fat will burn off, as you develop muscle tone and strength. Warm muscles burn fat more easily as the heat flushes and detoxifies the body. Bikram yoga is known for burning anywhere from 500 to 1000 calories a session. The harder you work in class the more calories you will burn. Your cardiovascular system is worked and strengthened therefore, the more weight loss benefits you will receive. You may see and feel immediate results. Naturally and almost effortlessly, you’ll start eating less and making better food choices.
What if I’m not flexible?
This is the most common misconception that prevents people from coming to a yoga class. Yoga is not about how flexible you are already, but about strengthening your body, spine, and mind in all directions and, gradually, improving flexibility. Through consistent Bikram yoga practice, your flexibility will improve, but it is not necessary to be flexible before coming to class.
Can I do Bikram yoga if I’m pregnant?
Yes. If you’ve been practicing the Bikram yoga you may continue to attend class throughout your pregnancy. If you have never practiced Bikram yoga and you are not acclimated to the heat, we would suggest waiting until after you have the baby to come in and try! When you fill out the medical form please let the instructor know that you are pregnant so she/he can help you moderate and modify the postures accordingly. This yoga has helped many women deliver beautiful, healthy babies. After you have had your baby you may resume class when you are ready. Please consult your doctor as necessary.
Is hot yoga for children?
Currently, we offer beginners’ classes, not specifically designed for children. However, children are permitted in these classes, with permission from a parent or guardian. Depending upon age and experience, we may ask that minors only practice the second half of the class (known as the floor series.) Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org in advance of his or her visit, and we will gladly provide more information.
Expedite The Registration Process
To expedite your first visit’s registration, please print, fill out, and bring our New Student Waiver with you to the yoga studio.
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