About Bikram Yoga
Bikram Yoga is a 26 posture sequence developed by Bikram Choudhury practiced in a heated room. Bikram Yoga is a form of Hatha Yoga.
The heated room allows for deeper stretching, injury prevention, stress relief, and detoxification. Bikram yoga emphasizes asana and pranayama, like many types of yoga, but incorporates heat. It focuses on expanding lung capacity and causing the heart to pump extra, reoxygenated blood to the muscles and organs. The influx of this freshly charged blood is thought to eliminate bacteria, virus and toxins in the blood.
Hatha yoga itself, and the process of using asana, causes a natural detoxification of the organs and cells, and Bikram added the principle of heat to encourage sweating, thus flushing the impurities out through the skin.
Why 105 degrees?
The heated room provides a unique environment that enables enhanced flexibility and reduces the risk of injury. Your body will get warm very quickly so it is safe to stretch to your maximum potential. The heated room will help you progress quickly as you develop your yoga practice.
The heat will help you release toxins and make your skin look absolutely beautiful.
The Bikram 26 posture sequence is a beginners series. However, every class is multi level and experienced practitioners practice alongside first timers. Your progress in the series depends entirely on your effort and how many times you come to class. We recommend that beginners try to come every day to build their foundation in the practice.
Benefits however are realized in every class. The benefits include weight loss, enhanced strength, more flexibility, clarity of mind, improved posture, and the healing of many injuries.
Preparing for Your First Class
* Since the studio is heated to 105º, you will sweat a lot. Bring 2 large towels, a yoga mat, and a water bottle for class.
* We sell mats and water as well as rent mats and towels if you forget yours
* Dress as light as possible. Men wear shorts or bathing suit. Women wear exercise top and shorts or a swimsuit.
* Come on an empty stomach. Avoid eating 1-3 hours before class. A small quantity of simple, easily digestible food is recommended for the meal prior to class.
* Drink lots of water throughout the day before your first class. Avoid heavy foods before class.
What to Expect After Your First Class
* After your first class you might feel very energized, very tired, dizzy, or just feel great. These are all symptoms that your body is acclimating to the experience. Drink lots of water and get a good nights sleep.
* You might feel sore or stiff the day after your first class. This is a good sign. Come back to class as soon as possible! Your body is getting stronger and more flexible.
* You might experience some skin irritation. This too is normal, it means that the skin is releasing toxins. Showering directly after class will wash the toxins away. It will also help normalize the body temperature.
* After class, you might get really hungry or you might lose your appetite altogether. Both reactions are known to happen. Once you get into a regular practice pattern, your appetite will normalize. Soon you’ll find yourself feeling and looking leaner and younger.