WHAT IS BIKRAM YOGA?
Bikram Yoga is a series of 26 postures and two breathing exercises practiced at temperatures of between 38 and 42 degrees. It is a 90-minute class, delivered by a certified Bikram teacher. The Bikram Yoga ‘dialogue’ is utilised by teachers to guide students through the practice, so that the instruction remains the same, no matter which Bikram Yoga teacher is leading the class.
NOT TOO FIT OR FLEXIBLE?
The series we teach is Bikram’s beginning Yoga series. It’s a therapeutic sequence of asanas (postures) designed for new students and more experienced practitioners alike. Everyone works to their own level and capabilities. As long as you try the right way, you will improve and become stronger and more flexible. The first thing, as a new student is to simply get used to the heat. Take a break whenever you need one.
WHAT IF THE HEAT IS TOO MUCH?
Just sit down and breathe through your nose. The practice becomes cardiovascular and the heart rate increases. New students need to acclimatize to the heat and the best way is to take some time out. Stay in the room and join in with the postures again when you feel ready. Don’t worry; the teacher is here to look after you.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
As little as possible! The room is very warm, so shorts or leggings are best. Women can wear a cropped top or a sports top and men tend to wear shorts only. If you would prefer to dress more modestly, that is fine too. However, bear in mind that your clothes will likely be soaked through with sweat by the time the class is over!
WHEN SHOULD I EAT?
Come on an empty stomach. Don't eat anything heavy 2-3 hours before class. Drink plenty of water before you come and again after class. You lose electrolytes, such as magnesium, sodium and potassium, through your sweat. Replenish these with coconut water, bananas or avocados. Or drink water containing pink Himalayan sea salt with a squeeze of lemon or lime and some honey or maple syrup to sweeten.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
Apart from your yoga kit and dry clothes for after class, you will need water, a mat, a bath-sized towel for your mat and another for your shower, if you want to shower at the studio. If you don't have these or would prefer not to carry them, you can hire mat, towels and water from us at £1 per item.
WHAT TIME SHOULD I ARRIVE?
Come 15 minutes before class please to fill out the sign-up form and get organised.
Bikram Yoga is designed for ALL AGES (16-80+), ALL LEVELS and highly recommended for TOTAL BEGINNERS.
Work out every muscle, tendon, ligament, joint, organ & gland. The heat enables deeper stretching, flushing of toxins & cardiovascular strengthening. It can be amazingly healing, calming and addictive.
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