How should I prepare for my first session?

  • Please arrive at least 15 minutes before class. This will give you enough time to register, change, and become used to your surroundings.
  • Dress as if you were going to the beach – light, fitted exercise clothing work fine. Avoid baggy T-shirts and pants. A sleeveless top and shorts are best. Don’t worry about shoes – you’ll be doing your yoga barefoot.
  • Avoid eating 2-3 hours before class – yoga is always best practiced on an empty stomach. Some people however need to have a little something in their belly (such as a piece of fruit or an energy bar). You’ll soon work out what works for you and what your body needs.
  • Be well-hydrated! Drink lots of water before coming to class. We should be drinking 2 liters a day anyway, but on the days you do Bikram yoga you should drink 3-4 liters!
  • Come with an open mind. Be ready to laugh a little, maybe cry a bit, and to sweat a lot!

How much water should I drink?
LOTS! You can lose up to 1.5 litres of water during class.

You should be drinking 3-4 liters per day, every day. On the days you practice Bikram Yoga, you’ll need up to 6+ liters.

Most of your water intake should be at least 2 hours before and after class. Don’t fill up on the way to class, or during class.

How often should I practice?
As often as you can.

“For great results, practice three times per week. For life changing results, practice six days per week,” says Bikram. One class is better than nothing. Six classes per week (with one day rest) is amazing.

Do I need to supplement my diet?
Everyone is different – it is a matter of listening to your body. If you’re feeling sluggish, dizzy or even nauseous during or after the class you may be dehydrated or mineral deficient.

Make sure you are drinking plenty of water.

You might also like to try some electrolytes for a perfect ratio of sodium and potassium. Apple and celery juice work great, too.

Can I lose weight?
YES! Whenever you are moving your body, you are burning calories. In a 90 minute Bikram yoga class you can burn between 350-500 calories. You’ll find as you feel better about your body, you’ll begin to make better food choices. Meanwhile, your cravings for sugar, salt and caffeine will decrease, and you’ll eat less junk – good news for your waistline!

Can I start right away?
YES! See our schedule.

What is happening in the body during Bikram yoga?
Muscles are contracted and stretched at a cellular, biochemical level. Lipids and proteins reorganize optimally in such stretching, allowing for better circulation. Joint mobility and range of motion is increased, and strength is built by the use of gravity. Muscles and joints are balanced.

Blood and calcium are brought to the bones. Working against gravity strengthens the bones. The organs of the immune system within the bones (red marrow) are boosted.

The lymph nodes are massaged, lymph is pumped throughout the body, and white blood cells are distributed throughout the body as the lymphatic system works more efficiently.

There is compression and extension to the thymus, spleen, appendix and intestines; lungs are stretched and flushed out by increased blood circulation. The endocrine glands are encouraged to secrete appropriate hormones, and the communication between hormones and various glands and systems of the body is perfected. Toxins and waste are eliminated through the organs of elimination.

The nerves are stimulated by compression and extension, improving communication within the systems of the body and supplying fresh blood, oxygen and nutrients throughout. The brain is stimulated by improved circulation and by varying blood pressure.

What will a regular Bikram yoga practice do for me?
A regular yoga practice:

  • Regulates cholesterol in the blood
  • Supplies oxygen and nutrients to parts of the body that have been blocked or stagnant
  • Eliminates toxins
  • Flushes the lymphatic system
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Balances the endocrine glands
  • Improves the spine’s flexibility and health
  • Expands lung capacity and strengthens the heart
  • Lubricates joints
  • Strengthens bones, and stretches and tones the muscles

As we age our muscles tend to get stiffer, creating more pressure on the joints. By regular stretching we prevent this gradual stiffening and joint deterioration and that is why yoga has a rejuvenating effect. Through a regular workout we liberate a vast amount of energy which we can use in our daily life to feel more alive and self fulfilled. We look, move and feel younger. In a three year research project at the Tokyo University Hospital, Bikram helped doctors prove that yoga regenerates tissues and thus helps cure chronic aliments. The routine is dynamic and exhilarating. . The series works equally well for beginning as well as advanced students. Some days you won’t feel like coming at all – these are the days that yoga will benefit you the most. Yoga “house cleans” your body, mind and habits. Expect a change.

What are the benefits of the heat?

  • Improves Circuation
  • Flushes toxins from the body
  • Helps achieve a deeper stretch
  • Builds endurance
  • Warms the muscles for greater flexibility
  • Burns calories

What should I wear to class / what should I bring to class?
Wear light stretch clothing, shorts, tank top or swimsuit. Bring a yoga mat, a large towel and water (all are available for purchase or rental at the studio).