Who should do Bikram Yoga?
Regardless of your fitness level, if you want to improve your health or simply feel good in your body, Bikram yoga is for you. The series is designed for beginners as well as experienced practitioners so previous knowledge of yoga is not a requirement. As you continue to do Bikram yoga and deepen your practice you will notice how it evolves, adapting to your new level and needs. Although every class may feel different, you will always leave balanced and refreshed.
Is it a cardiovascular workout and can I lose weight?
You will not only work your heart but also strengthen and nourish your entire cardiovascular system because of the "tourniquet effect" created by the postures. This effect works by cutting off the blood supply in arteries and veins, creating pressure that, when released, causes blood to rough through the veins and arteries, flushing them out. Also, pressure is applied to the heart by its position relative to the rest of the body. No matter what your level of fitness, you will find a Bikram Yoga class very challenging. With persistence, patience, and dedication, you can lose inches, and develop muscle tone and strength that might never come from other forms of exercises.
How often should I come to class?
For best results, you should practice at least 3 times a week, optimally 5 times a week, so the different body parts and systems keep the benefits and continue to evolve and correct themselves. We encourage you to come as often as you can with an unlimited yoga card. Bikram yoga requires your dedication for you to feel its total benefits.
What if I cannot stand the heat?
The room is intentionally heated to keep the body from overheating (contrary to popular belief). It warms your muscles, which allows you to work deeper and yet safer. The heat also helps heal and prevent injuries, and it promotes sweating which flushes toxins from your body. In the beginning you may find that the heat, combined with intense exercise, is too much for you. You can always sit through a pose if necessary during class, and then start again. Avoid leaving the room during class so you can become acclimated to the heat. You will get used to it quickly and soon will learn to love it. It will help your practice progress quickly.
Why always the same routine?
The series was designed to work your entire body in every class. The postures complement each other, enhancing the progress in the practice and changes in the body. It takes about three classes for your body to begin to work with the postures. By practicing the same series, you are able to work deeper in the postures and ensure more benefits over time.
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. It is about stretching your body and spine in all directions. All that matters is that you try the right way, go to your personal "edge", and you will get 100% of the benefits.