Come with an open mind and a positive attitude.
Classes are 90 minutes—please arrive 15 minutes early.
Avoid eating a big meal within 3 hours before class.
Drink plenty of water before class so you remain hydrated.
Be prepared to sweat!
Bring a water bottle, yoga mat, towel and wash cloth.
Towels and yoga mats are available for rent and purchase at the studio.
You may want to bring a change of clothes for the ride home—sweat is great for a hot studio, but not for your car seat!
Breathe normally through your nose.
Listen to the instructors as they guide you step-by-step through each pose.
Do the best you can!
Try to come as often as you can during your intro month.
Women often wear yoga shorts or capri pants and a yoga top.
Men often wear shorts, biking shorts or bathing trunks.
Dress as lightly as possible.
Cologne, perfume, scented oils or residual smoking smells are not recommended.
We welcome beginners! This is a beginner’s yoga series—all classes are 90 minutes and designed for all levels of fitness.
Anyone who is healthy enough, per their doctor, to do a 90-minute exercise class in a hot and humid room (about 105 degrees and 40% humidity) can participate in a Bikram class.
Children over 14 (accompanied by an adult) may attend if they are 100% willing and able.
Do not start Bikram yoga while pregnant. We’ll see you after you have the baby!
Yogiraj Bikram Choudhury is the founder of the worldwide Yoga College of India™. Born in Calcutta in 1946, Bikram began Yoga at the age of four with India's most-renowned physical culturist at that time, Bishnu Ghosh, the younger brother of Paramahansa Yogananda (Author of the most popular book on Yoga, The Autobiography of a Yogi, and founder of the Self-Realization Fellowship in Los Angeles).
Bikram practiced Yoga at least four to six hours every day at Ghosh's College of Physical Education in Calcutta. At the age of thirteen, he won the National India Yoga Championship. He was undefeated for the following three years and retired as the undisputed All-India National Yoga Champion.
At seventeen, an injury to his knee during a weight-lifting accident brought the prediction from leading European doctors that he would never walk again. Not accepting their pronouncement, he had himself carried back to Bishnu Ghosh's school, for he knew that if anyone could help to heal his knee, it was his teacher. Six months later, his knee had totally recovered. Ghosh was a celebrated physical culturist and the first to scientifically document Yoga's ability to cure chronic physical ailments and heal the body.
Bikram later on devised the 26 postures sequence, which work irrespective of age groups. These 26 postures series has a profound healing power on your body and mind. He founded Bikram's Yoga College of India. Bikram has shown the light of healthy life to millions of people around the world.
Bikram has been teaching this method of yoga all around the world for over 30 years, bringing health and happiness to millions.
Bikram's Beginning Yoga Class is a demanding series of 26 postures (asanas) and two breathing exercises (pranayamas), which is suitable for all ages and levels of ability. Each posture stretches and strengthens specific muscles, ligaments and joints needed for the next posture. The Bikram method also stimulates the organs, glands and nerves, moving fresh oxygenated blood to 100 percent of the body, restoring all systems to a healthy working order. Bikram scientifically designed this 90 minute program to deliver total health through the balancing and strengthening of every system in the body in order to prevent illness, injury and limit the effects of aging.
In addition, the series of postures combine skills of concentration, patience, determination and self-control, which lead to increased mental clarity and reduced stress. Bikram's Beginning Yoga Class is done in a heated room to warm your muscles, prevent injury, allow a deeper workout and cleanse the body by flushing toxins. As Bikram says, "Yoga is the only exercise in the world you can do at any age. There is always some posture that will improve your health, mind and soul."
For more information on Bikram refer to: www.BikramYoga.com