What if I have injuries or illnesses?
Please let the teacher know if you are or could be pregnant. Practicing Bikram's Hot Yoga is not recommended during pregnancy. If you've had surgery or have any injuries, illnesses, or special conditions, such as high blood pressure or low blood sugar, please ensure the teacher is aware of these conditions before your first class. You can still do most yoga postures, with a few modifications that the teacher will show you. Each student of Bikram Yoga must approach this class at a pace that works for your individual well-being. Please go to the Bikram Yoga testimonials page to read about how people just like you with aches, pains and severe illness have improved their lives through Bikram Yoga.
How often should I come?
How do I get started?
Drop-in any time to any class on the schedule and arrive 15 minutes before class time. DON'T BE INTIMIDATED. Young/old, fat/thin - the best thing you can do for yourself is just come to your first class. The hardest part of the class is walking through the front door! Everyone is timid and nervous before their first class. Many of the Yogis at BYML are brand new today and will in only a few weeks look back with confidence remembering their first class as scary and intimidating but the best decision of their lives. All classes are open to all levels of ability. When you arrive for your first class, you will talk briefly with the teacher before class. Let the teacher know that it is your first class and tell him/her if you have any aches or pains. You will fill out a brief form and the teacher will talk to you about exactly what to expect during class. In class, the teacher will guide you step by step through the entire class! Your first class will be a challenge, but 98% of BYML Yogis come back for a second class. 90% of BYML students continue the Yoga beyond the first week! Bikram Yoga is so popular because it works. Your body and your life will change.
What if I can’t handle the heat?
How hydrated should I be?
Can I eat before class?
You should come to class on an empty stomach. You should not have food for 1-3 hours before class. If you need to, you can drink juice or eat an energy bar or some fruit up to 1 hour before class for fuel and energy. It is most comfortable to practice this yoga on an empty stomach, but you must also remember that you need nutritious fuel to get you through the 90 minutes and avoid fatigue.
What should I wear and bring to class?
Since the room is heated and the class is a vigorous 90 minutes, it is best to wear clothing that allows your skin to breathe. Women should wear tight fitting shorts, (wicking, breathable material is best) and a jog bra or athletic top. No Pants! You should be able to see your knees in the balancing postures. Avoid loose fitting clothes, you need to be able to see your body in the mirror as you practice to check your alignment. Men should wear athletic shorts or bathing suit bottoms. T-shirts are optional. You will not be comfortable in sweat pants. Remember – it's hot and you will be sweating!
If you own a yoga mat, please bring your mat and a large size bath towel. If you do not own a mat you can rent or buy one at the studio. Towels are available for rent and Yogitoes towels and water are available for purchase.
Most important things to bring to class: An open mind and a positive attitude.
Do you have separate classes for beginners?
No. All levels and abilities take the class together. Having experienced students in the class with brand new beginners is a great way to illustrate to beginners the potential of the poses. Eventually, as you do the yoga enough, you will be able to achieve the same fullness of the poses. The Yoga manifests itself in your body, so be careful not to focus too much on others. Focus on yourself and the Yoga will bloom within you, and you will open up like a lotus flower. No one is advanced in Bikram's Yoga. Some students are only more experienced because they have practiced longer. Remember, they too had a very first class!
What if I’m not flexible?
Can I lose weight?
Will I get a cardiovascular workout?