Anyone of any age and physical condition can do this yoga. Yoga is not a means to an
end; it is a practice. Students are asked to practice to the best of their ability. New
students practice right along side more advanced students. The goal of Bikram Yoga is not
to twist the body into bizarre pretzel shapes, but to strengthen the body’s natural range of
motion. Every day is different and every person is unique. If you are doing the posture
correctly, you are doing it perfectly at that moment.
I HAVE NEVER DONE YOGA BEFORE. CAN I DO THIS?
This is the most common misconception that prevents people from coming to a yoga
class. But yoga is not about how flexible you are. It is about stretching your body and
spine in all directions. If you simply try the right way, your balance, endurance and
flexibility will naturally increase. You will be receiving 100% of the benefits.
WHAT IF I AM NOT FLEXIBLE?
The room is kept between 95 and 105 degrees to keep the body from overheating
(contrary to popular belief), protect muscles and allow for deeper stretching, detoxify the
body (open pores to let toxins out), thin the blood to clear the circulatory system, increase
heart rate for better cardiovascular workout, improve strength by putting muscle tissue in
the optimal state for reorganization, and reorganizing lipids (fat) in the muscular structure.
WHY IS THE ROOM HOT?
A minimum of 10 classes per month is recommended to get the benefits of Bikram yoga,
among which is weight normalization. As a beginner, it takes three classes for your body
to learn the proper approach to the postures, and ten classes for your body to begin to
work with postures. You will realize optimization of all your body systems. Digestion and
respiration, as well as endocrine, lymphatic and elimination systems will begin to work
together. Your appetite will normalize and your unhealthy cravings will diminish. All of
these results will help to normalize your weight if you devote yourself to regular practice.
CAN THIS YOGA HELP ME LOSE WEIGHT?
During practice, focus on doing the posture correctly and to the best of your ability. With
time, you will find that you are able to go deeper into the postures.
If you are afraid that doing a posture might aggravate an injury or illness, talk to an
instructor first. They are there to help you get the most out your practice in a safe manner.
WHAT IF I HAVE A PREVIOUS INJURY OR ILLNESS?
Deep breathing is the key to longer life. Yoga achieves union of body, mind and spirit. It stills
the thought waves of the mind and helps achieve liberation and relief from suffering of all kinds.
WHAT ARE THE HIGHER GOALS OF YOGA?
If this is your first class, you might be a little sore the next day. However, the room is
heated to allow you to stretch your muscles without getting sore. It is recommended that
you drink lots of water both before and after class, take a bath in two pounds of epsom
salts and come back to yoga the next day. The more consistently you can practice, the
more your body becomes used to the workout, and the better you will feel!
WHAT CAN I EXPECT THE NEXT DAY?
Women should wear a leotard or workout shorts and a tank top. Men should wear workout
shorts or a bathing suit.
Long or loose clothing is not recommended. Also, bring a towel, mat and plenty of water
to class. Mats are sold at the studio.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR TO CLASS?
ARE THERE ANY RULES OR “ETIQUETTE” TO FOLLOW AT YOUR STUDIO?
Please take your shoes off at the door
Come on time as an exception. Come early as a rule to sign in at desk
If you are late, please make your entrance as unobtrusive as possible
Deodorant is great; strong perfumes or lotions are not
Be mindful of your neighbor’s space and visibility in the mirror.
Tailor your practice by modifying the depth, not by avoiding postures or changing
them. As Bikram says, “Try the right way.” Form and placement with deep breathing
always trumps depth
Leave your space as you found it
Observe silence while class is in session, whether practicing or not
Be good to yourself
Change your negative language to more positive i.e. (“I can’t” to “I’ll try”). Try this
technique and you’ll be shocked at the results
eedom in your body and mind