Are there beginner classes?
All classes are appropriate for all levels from beginners to advanced students. As a beginner, you simply do each posture to your comfort level. As your knowledge and understanding of the postures increase, you will learn to decipher what your body needs in each.
What is Bikram Yoga?
Bikram Yoga is a series of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises done in a specific order, designed for our cultural problems of stress, overeating, bad posture, and aggressive lifestyles. This exact technique and series of fixed poses brings better health to anyone willing to try it. It is the most accessible and inclusive yoga in the world.
What is hatha Yoga?
The type of Hatha Yoga we teach is based on the Ghosh lineage, the same tradition of yoga that gave us Bikram Yoga. Hatha Yoga uses simple therapeutic exercises to mobilize and strengthen every are of the body, from the eyes down to the toes, including the internal organs and systems. It uses postures (asanas) to bring grace and control to the body and stillness to the mind. It uses breathing exercises (pranayama) and meditation to reduce stress and anxiety. It is characterized by its use of stillness during and immediately following yoga postures. This system of tension and release emphasizes relaxation between periods of effort. This is different from many modern styles of yoga that incorporate Sun Salutes between postures and link postures together.
Am I too old to do Bikram Yoga? I heard it was intense.
People of any age and condition can do this yoga. It reduces the symptoms of many chronic diseases and is the world’s best preventative medicine for the whole body. This series was created to eliminate chronic pain in your body and to reverse the signs of aging. All you have to do is show up and do the best you can with the condition you're in today.
What if I have no tolerance for the heat?
If the heat creates extreme discomfort for you, be assured that 4 consecutive days of yoga is all you need to increase your tolerance for the heat.
What if I am not flexible?
Our students come in all shapes, sizes, age groups , and physical conditions. The purpose of this yoga physically is to increase flexibility and strength and create a balance between the two. We will help you develop your strength and use it to increase flexibility. The ultimate goal is to recover your natural range of motion and maintain it so that you can enjoy a better quality of life outside of the yoga room.
I've heard that some people feel nauseous or dizzy during their first class. Is this normal?
Yes, it is common to experience feelings of nausea and diziness at the start of your practice. It is important to remember that you are asking your body to do something new and it takes time to adjust. If these feelings come up sit down for a few minutes, let your heart rate slow and your breathing return to normal. Remember, all you have to do is breathe, everthing else is optional.
How often should I practice?
Yoga is a lifelong practice that requires commitment and dedication. For new students, a regular and consistent practice is recommended for the first few weeks. Most people start to see real benefits in their first 10 classes. It can take a few classes to get used to the heat but in a short time you will love how you feel. After you have established a solid foundation, practicing 3 times per week is recommended for continued maintenance of benefits.
How much water should I drink before coming to class?
Due to the extreme sweating experienced during a hot yoga class, proper hydration is important and requires forethought. It is recommended that you drink at least 1-1.5 liters of water throughout the day of each class. It's important to keep in mind that it takes at least 45 minutes for your body to process water, so chugging a few glasses right before or during class won't help. If you find yourself extremely thirsty during class that's usually a sign that you're not hydrating enough beforehand. Make sure to hydrate well after class. If you find that you are very tired or get a headache after class you might not be drinking enough water. Keep in mind, proper hydration is not just about water consumption. Please see the next question.
What are electrolytes and why are they important?
Electrolytes are minerals such as sodium, potassium, magnesium, and calcium that are crucial to the body for proper muscle function as well as proper absorption of water. If your electrolyte levels are off, your body will not be able to absorb water effectively no matter how much you drink. Symptoms of electrolyte deficiency include dizziness, headaches, cramping after class, and fatigue. The best indicator of electrolyte levels is the color of your urine. If your urine is clear, that is a good sign that the water you are drinking is passing through your system without being absorbed. Sources of electrolytes include coconut water, pickle juice, tomatoes and tomato juice, bananas, figs, oranges, and lemons.
Is it okay to practice if I have current or past injuries?
Yes, This is a practice for everyone who thinks they can't do yoga because they use a wheelchair or walker, have arthritis, high blood pressure, diabetes, a bad back, injured knees, are overweight, or have limited mobility. Don't let anything or anyone stand in the way of improving your quality of life. Healing requires increased circulation to the injured area and both the heat and the postures promote that circulation. It is important to remember that when you are working with an injury; patience is essential! The healing benefits of each posture come from proper form, not from depth, so pay close attention to the alignment of your body and listen carefully to the instructions. Although you might be uncomfortable at times during class you should never be in pain.
Is it okay to practice while I am pregnant?
As with any form of exercise, women should not begin practicing for the first time during a pregnancy. Women who have maintained a regular practice can, and should continue practicing while pregnant. A break during the first trimester is recommended. There are specific pregnancy modifications so make sure to let your instructor know if you are expecting.
Will hot yoga really have an effect on my emotions?
Yes, hot yoga can help to balance emotions in several ways. First, a regular practice improves the function of the endocrine system which, in turn, stabilizes hormone production in the body greatly impacting your sense of emotional well-being. A consistent hot yoga practice also strengthens the mind promoting the abilities of faith, self-control, concentration, determination, and patience. As you become more aware of your inner thought patterns, reactions, and habits, you learn to better exercise your choice in response. The hot yoga room is an artificially stressful but safe environment where you learn to control your body and your mind so that you are better equipped to do so out in the real world.
Can hot yoga create maximum fitness?
Yes. Maximum fitness occurs when each and every organ and system of the body functions optimally. Maximum fitness is not a superficial cosmetic phrase, but rather peak performance of the organ systems within the body, affecting everything from metabolism and digestion to circulation, hormone production, and immunity. When practiced consistently, hot yoga improves the functioning of all body systems while at the same time increasing flexibility and building strength, thereby creating maximum fitness.