First Timers

Beginners are welcome! You do not need to have previous yoga experience to try a Bikram class. “It’s never too late, it’s never too bad, and you are never too old or too sick to start from scratch once again.” – Bikram Choudhury.

Each class lasts 90 minutes and is practiced in a heated room. It’s a challenging class for everyone, and at many points during your first several classes you may feel a little dizzy, lightheaded or nauseated. This is normal. It takes several classes to become acclimated to the heat. If you have any of those sensations, just sit or lie down. These feelings will disappear as you become acclimated and your body detoxes. Listen to your body, breathe and relax, and you will be fine.

How Often Should You Practice?

Bikram designed this yoga as a daily practice. The more often you come to class, the quicker you will see results and benefits. At least 3-4 times per week is recommended; Bikram devotees typically practice at least 5 times per week.

Before Your First Class

  1. Hydrate! Drink lots of water for several days before your first class if you’re not in the habit of drinking water. Doctors estimate you need at least 2 liters per day for normal body maintenance. Double that for doing Bikram yoga. If you drink large quantities of caffeine drinks, it can affect your body’s ability to tolerate the heat, so please cut down on these items in preparation for class.
  2. Wear cool, comfortable clothing.
  3. Avoid eating 2 hours before class.
  4. Come at least 20 minutes early before your first class for registration.
  5. Don’t be nervous. Most new students feel a little intimidated, but after only a few classes you’ll feel right at home.

Etiquette

  • Arrive at least 10 minutes before class begins; 20 minutes if it’s your first class.
  • No shoes, socks, bags or purses in the yoga room. Your personal belongings will be secure in the locker rooms, but please refrain from bringing valuables. All you need in the yoga room is your mat, towel and water.
  • Please be silent when you enter the yoga room. Many students use the time before and after class for quiet meditation. Ask questions before or after class, but not during class.
  • Refrain from wearing perfume, cologne or strong scents of any kind.
  • Turn off cell phones and leave them in the locker rooms.
  • Do your best to stay in the room once class begins. If you need to take a break, stay in the room and just stand, sit or lie down. If you have a real emergency—please leave and re-enter the room between postures.
  • When you leave class after final Savasana, please do so as quietly as you can, mindful of the other students still in Savasana.
  • Return rented mats and towels to the front desk.

What to expect after your first class

  • You might find yourself feeling extremely energetic and experience difficulty sleeping. Don’t worry–this is a good sign that the yoga is truly filling you up with energy.
  • You might feel very tired after class. This is absolutely normal and a good sign that your body is cleansing. Your energy levels should be restored to normal within several classes.
  • You might feel sore or stiff the day after your first class. Come back to class as soon as possible! Your body is waking up and coming alive and you want to keep the process going!
  • You might feel nauseous, dizzy or have a headache after class. This could be a sign that you are dehydrated. Please drink lots of water before returning to class. Or it could be a sign that you were trying so hard that you weren’t breathing normally. Please breathe normally during every posture.
  • You might experience some skin irritation. This too is normal; it means that the skin is releasing toxins. Showering directly after class will wash the toxins away. It will also help normalize the body temperature.
  • You might feel very hungry after class for a while, or you might lose your appetite completely. Both reactions are normal. If you are concerned about your weight, don’t worry too much either way. Once you get into a regular practice pattern, your appetite and your weight will normalize. You’ll find yourself feeling and looking leaner and younger.
  • Beginners Welcome!

    What to Bring

    • Yoga Mat
    • Beach Towel
    • Bottled Water
    • Comfortable Clothes
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  • Helpful Tips

    Hydrate! Drink plenty of water before class

    Wear cool, comfortable clothing such as biking or running shorts and fitted tank tops or sports bras.

    Don't take class on a full stomach. Eat a light snack, if needed, before class, but nothing too heavy.

    Come at least 20 minutes early before your first class for registration.

    Don't be nervous. Most new students feel a little intimidated, but after only a few classes you'll feel right at home.

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    What to Bring

    • Yoga Mat
    • Beach Towel
    • Bottled Water
    • Comfortable Clothes
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    “It’s never too late, it’s never too bad, and you’re never too old or too sick to start from scratch once again.”
    ~ Bikram Choudhury