What is Bikram Yoga?
Bikram’s Beginning Yoga Class is a 26 posture series designed to scientifically warm and stretch muscles, ligaments and tendons, in the order in which they should be stretched. Each class lasts 90 minutes.
Why do it in a heated room?
The heat protects the muscles by allowing for a deeper stretch; detoxifies the body by opening the skin’s pores to let out the toxins in sweat; thins the blood to clear the circulatory system; increases the heart rate for a better cardiovascular workout. There are more reasons but unless you’re a Cellular Biologist they’re hard to follow.
I’ve never tried hot yoga before, will I be able to do it?
Bikram’s Beginning Yoga class is just that – a place to begin your Yoga practice. Every class follows the same format whether it’s your first class or whether you have been practicing for years. How quickly you progress will depend on the time and effort you give to Yoga. It will have little to do with how “perfectly” you can do the poses.
Do I need to book in advance?
No. You can come to any class and generally space is available. Very popular classes may reach their limit so come early. If you are a new student please arrive at least 30 minutes before class so that you can register and don’t forget your photo ID if you would like the introductory 21 day trial. Existing members with packages other than the introductory trial offer may reserve a space online, but we release these spots five minutes before the start of class.
What do I need to bring?
Your yoga clothes, two towels, water, £1 coin for the lockers and your photo ID. Water and towels are available from the studio for £1.50 each. Mats are provided but you are welcome to bring your own.
What should I wear?
Women wear sports tops and bottoms. Men wear shorts. Light fabrics such as Lycra are ideal – cotton is bulky and restricts movement when wet. Remember that whatever you wear it will need to preserve your modesty. Wearing skimpy swimming costumes, semi-transparent fabric, and thongs under tights is not advisable.
Can I eat or drink before class?
Drink plenty of water. Doctors estimate you need at least 2 litres per day for normal body maintenance. On the days you practice Bikram Yoga you should try to drink twice that. The more hydrated you are the easier it will be for you to sweat. As with all exercise it is not recommended on a full stomach so try to leave 2 to 3 hours between eating and class.
Will it help me to get buff? Can it help me lose weight?
Yes absolutely. Whatever your fitness level you will find Bikram Yoga challenging. The postures combine strength, flexibility and balance to give you a total body workout. As with other forms of cardiovascular exercise, regular practice will aid weight loss.
Do I have to be fit?
Bikram’s Beginning Yoga is designed for all levels of fitness, but if you have special medical conditions or injuries, please consult your doctor first and inform your teacher before class.
I’m a shrinking violet and I’m afraid of being shown up in class. Will everyone point at me and laugh at my pathetic body?
There are no cliques in Bikram Yoga. People don’t come to hang out and show off their sexy bodies. Don’t worry, all shapes and sizes come to Bikram Yoga, including yours.
Is it important to learn from a Bikram certified instructor?
Yes, all instructors are trained by Bikram Choudhury himself. The training is intensive and extremely demanding, ensuring that Bikram certified instructors provide a safe and enjoyable class.
What else do I need to know?
Read through our Policies & Etiquette page for all the Dos and Don’ts