1. Is Bikram Yoga for me?
Ask yourself the following questions:
- Do I need to lose weight?
- Am I stressed out?
- Do I get tension headaches?
- Is my cholesterol level too high?
- Do I have an injury that just doesn’t seem to heal?
- Do I have trouble sleeping?
- Has my doctor told me I need to get some form of exercise?
- Do I have back pain?
- Would I like to improve my golf game, running, biking or skiing ability?
- Do I lack energy?
- Do I tire easily?
- Would I like to be able to play with my kids/grandkids more?
- Do I travel frequently?
- Do I sit at a computer for long periods of time?
- Do I have carpal tunnel syndrome?
- Do I have arthritis?
- My current fitness program does not deliver the results I want.
If you answered “YES” to any of the above, then Bikram Yoga is for you.
2. Is it a cardiovascular work out and can I lose weight?
No matter what your fitness level is, you will find Bikram yoga challenging. Each posture combines strength, flexibility, and balance to work your whole body from the inside out, from your bones to the skin. With persistence, patience, and dedication, you can lose inches, and develop muscle tone and strength that might never come with other forms of exercise. Many people find that Bikram Yoga is an excellent complement to their regular fitness activity (e.g golf, tennis, weight training, running, etc.)
One of the primary benefits of Bikram Yoga is the regulation of metabolism. What you will see is a general slimming all over; your clothes will fit better, your posture will improve, and your skin will GLOW!
3. Why the heated room?
The heat combined with the sequence of the postures is what makes Bikram Yoga so special. The room is heated intentionally to warm muscles, which allows you to work deeper in a shorter amount of time, seeing results faster. Heat takes the trauma out of stretching, heals and helps prevent injuries. Also, your skin is the largest elimination organ in you body. Yoga is not just about working muscles. You are massaging deep tissues, glands, and organs as well. As you work deep within your body, you may start to release “poisons” or “toxins” that have been stored there for a long time. Sweating helps flush toxins from your body, giving you a wonderful glow from head to toe.
4. What if I’m not flexible?
Yoga is not about how flexible you are. This is the most common misconception that prevents people from coming to a yoga class. Yoga is about stretching your body and spine in all directions to your own personal capability; it is about breathing and staying present in the moment. If you maintain the correct form of the asana (posture) and work with effort, energy, and enthusiasm, you are guaranteed to receive 100% of the benefits.
5. How often should I attend class?
For good results, we encourage a regular practice of 3 times per week minimum. For life changing results, 4 or more times per week.
6. What if I feel sore after class?
Didn’t know you had a muscle there? Congratulations! You have utilized 100% of your body. You are on your way to regaining your birthright: using your body in the full range of motion that it was designed for. Muscle soreness is a buildup of lactic acid. What’s the best way to get rid of lactic acid? Stretching. It may seem impossible to imagine that coming back for more will help, but it is THE BEST way to relieve the soreness. If you wait too long to come back, then you will be starting all over again.
7. Is the routine the same every time?
Yes. Bikram scientifically designed the series so that one posture opens a specific area of the body in preparation for the next posture. The class is always the same, but your mind and body are different every day. By doing the same sequence of postures in each class you are able to mark your improvements and learn more about your body and its overall functioning. Remember, this is a lifetime practice that can always improve, deepen and advance!
8. Why do I feel dizzy, nauseous and lightheaded during the class?
The most common cause is dehydration; too much of tea, coffee and alcohol will further dehydrate your body. Drinking plenty of fluid throughout the day will help make your class easier. Sometimes, toxins that built up in your system will contribute to the uneasy feeling during the class. Sweating helps flush toxins from your body.
9. Do I need to drink water before class?
Drink plenty of water. You can lose up to three to five pounds of water weight during a class. This is NOT good weight to lose. It is easy to get dehydrated, so make sure you are drinking plenty of water after class and the entire day before you come to class. You are less likely to feel lightheaded or dizzy during class if you’ve had enough to drink in the hours preceding class.
How much is enough? This is going to vary on a person by person basis. Typically a good formula is to take your body weight in pounds and divide by two. This is how many ounces of water you should consume daily. Here’s an example: 140 lb/2 = 70 oz. 64 oz is a half gallon. Seem like a lot? Remember our bodies are mostly water. Being fully hydrated helps take pressure off of organs to do their jobs and helps flush the body and keep it running smoothly. You may also find benefits of decreased body odor, smoother skin, and shinier hair.
10. Does Bikram Yoga help with balancing the emotions?
Bikram Yoga helps balance the emotions in several ways. Physiologically, regular practice harmonizes the nervous and endocrine systems, two systems which figure heavily in emotional well-being. In addition, practicing Bikram Yoga cultivates the mental faculties of faith, self-control, concentration, determination, and patience. As we become more aware of our inner life, we notice how events, interactions, and even the atmospheric pressure effect us. When we are aware, we can exercise choice in our response. This helps us balance our emotional life.