What is the class like?
The class is 90 minutes long, and the room is heated circa 105˚ F. In class the teacher leads the students through a proven series of exercises designed to provide maximum therapeutic and health benefits for all people. We do not practice advanced inversions such as headstand or shoulderstand. For more information see New To Bikram.
Why practice in heat?
There are many reasons to practice in the heat. Most importantly, the heat helps to maximize oxygen uptake and gas exchange in the lungs. It takes the edge off of muscular stiffness and tension, helping to develop mobility in unused frozen joints. The heat also promotes sweat, and sweat is great for you.
Do I have to arrive early?
If you are new, it is very important that you arrive early to class, so you can complete our registration. We also recommend that students take at least a few minutes before class to acclimate inside the classroom; this is especially true of those who have a lower tolerance for the heat.
What should I eat?
Everybody has a different constitution and varried dietary needs, depending on the day, the hour, the season, or health reasons. However there are a few simple ground rules that might save you some discomfort:
1. Come to class hydrated. This is a must because you will sweat, and any fluid lost will need to be replaced.
2. Try not to come to class after eating a large meal. Everybody’s needs are different, but if you practice with food in your stomach it will make you slower and potentially cause abdominal upset.
3. A light snack is often recommended to be eaten 90 minutes to 3 hours before class for those who need extra energy during class.
4. Again, please do not forget to come hydrated for class.
How often should I practice?
If you practice one or two times per week, you can familiarize yourself with the poses and help to jumpstart your body’s natural therapeutic processes. Practicing three, four, or five times each week will give you a strong, flexible mind and body and tangible health benefits within a few weeks. For those who practice dilligently while coming six, seven or more times each week, you can safely expect a wholesale revolution in your body, mind, and spirit in 3-6 months.
It feels so gross to Sweat!
It is true, people have mixed feelings about sweat. But sweating is one of the best cleansing agents for the body, purifying the blood supply while taking a load off of the kidneys and bladder. Still in modern society, toxiciyt can exist at alarming levels across broad swathes of the population, and sweating, especially in combintation with yoga exercises which move blood and lymph through the whole body, is a fantastic weapon in the fight against toxic buildup.