The original, as it was intended, mega, sweaty session.
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 20 - 30 minutes before class please to fill out the sign-up form and get organised.
The exact same sequence, nothing missed out, no dialogue.
WHAT IS A SILENT CLASS AT THE BODYMIND STUDIO?
The BodyMind Studio is very loyal to the Bikram Yoga sequence. We know it works. So we don't mess about with it. Students attend regular 90-minute classes to receive corrections and become stronger, mentally and physically. Everything in the sequence has been carefully chosen, with each posture preparing the body for the next one. We believe wholeheartedly in Bikram's 90-minute series.
A DIFFERENT CHALLENGE
We also believe that silent classes provide an additional learning curve. Students often report having increased focus and better concentration during a non-dialogue class. The dialogue acts as a soundtrack that we can tune in and out of - it's always there to guide us through. In a silent class, other senses are heightened. There is also a deeper sense of moving together and relying upon a shared energy.
WON'T I GET LOST?
This shared energy means that we are more aware; listening for creaks in the floor, and other signs of movement to know when to come out of the posture. We use the mirror more to know when to begin the posture. It becomes our own practice. The standing series is fast and intense. The student needs to find their edge quickly. Or not.
WHAT IF MY ENERGY IS LOW?
A silent class can also be used as a gentler class, if that's what the body wants that day. But we do two sets of everything. We have a full two-minute savasana in the middle, 20 second savasanas throughout the floor series, and a full two-minute savasana at the end. Not a word is spoken. It can be a very peaceful, yet powerful experience.
DO I HAVE TO COME TO TAUGHT CLASSES TOO?
Yes! It is important to not to swap one for the other other. You still need corrections in your practice and to be able to work hard and build your stamina over one and a half hours. Silent classes are perfect for when you have less time. Silent classes have their purpose. Build it into your pre-work routine on a Wednesday 7-8am. £10 drop-in for non members. If you're a beginner, ask the teacher if you're ready.
WHEN CAN I LEAVE THE CLASS?
The teacher will be silently counting down final savassana and will sit up to signal that the final two minutes has passed and that the class is over. Students are then free to leave the class, observing the usual Bikram Yoga etiquette of allowing the teacher to leave the room first.
AT WHAT POINT DOES THE SILENCE START?
The moment the teacher enters the room, We will maintain silence until the end of the final breathing exercise.