Frequently asked questions
Q: What do I need to know for my first class?
A: If possible, please register online before attending your first class. Try to arrive 15 minutes before the start of class. Bring a yoga mat, a large towel, and a large water. It is possible to buy water and to rent mats and towels at the studio if needed. We have showers and lockers for your convenience. Please remain quiet inside the classroom, especially during and after class. As a new student, just concentrate on doing the best you can, no more is expected of you! It is fine to sit down and take a break any time you feel the need, but it is best to stay in the room for the entire 90 minute class.
Q: What should I wear for class?
A: Wear comfortable, stretchy, tight-fitting clothes that are easy to move in. No shoes or socks. Less is more in Bikram Yoga! It is ideal, but not required, to wear shorts and to have an exposed midriff. It is helpful for teachers to be able to see your form, and for you to see as much of your body in the mirror as possible. I have found that the belly especially is prone to "cheat" and go slack if you can't keep an eye on it!
Q: Am I too old/fat/out-of-shape to do Bikram Yoga?
A: No! Bikram Yoga is appropriate for everyone! The "magic" of the yoga postures is that they work for everyone no mater how well (or not so well!) you can do them. Bikram always says, "Never too sick, too old, or too bad to start again from scratch". It is always fine to sit down and take a break during class. We ask only that you remain as still and quiet as possible when other students are doing a posture.
Q: What if I am not flexible?
A: Bikram Yoga is especially good for you if you are NOT flexible! The heat increases your flexibility and helps you stretch more deeply and more comfortably (less painfully!) It also decreases the chance of injury in and outside of class, especially if you are involved in other sports. Athletes benefit immensely from adding Bikram Yoga to their workouts. They find that an increase in flexibility leads to a decrease in injuries and also helps rehabilitate them.
Q: How often should I come to class?
A: It is recommended that you come at least 3 times a week to class. That is the official "tipping point" where you start to receive maximum benefit from your yoga practice. Remember that yoga effects not only the body, but the mind and spirit as well. Yoga is more than the sum of its parts: a regular yoga practice creates both physical and mental health, as well as emotional stability. That is the "yoga magic". It creates a comprehensive well-being. Three classes or more a week ensures that you get the most out of your efforts, but many people benefit from coming only once or twice a week. Coming less than once a week is just getting a good workout now and then.