Frequently Asked Questions

What are benefits for Bikram Yoga? Why should I do yoga?

There are unlimited benefits to Bikram Yoga. Regular practice (at least 3-5 times a week) can alleviate symptoms of many chronic diseases (i.e. arthritis, diabetes and thyroid disorders), as well as the following benefits:
  • Alleviates back, neck, shoulder and knee pain
  • Burns body fat and elevates your metabolism
  • Builds strength and endurance
  • Improves balance, coordination, focus and discipline
  • Improves healthy and balanced functioning of the body’s skeletal, muscular, circulatory, digestive, respiratory, endocrine and nervous systems
  • Improves posture
  • Improves quality of sleep
  • Increases energy level
  • Increases flexibility
  • Increases muscle tone
  • Reduces risk of injury
  • Reduces stress; promotes relaxation
  • Strengthens immune system

Why choose Bikram’s yoga?

 Bikram’s Yoga is a series of 26 beginner’s postures performed in sequence in a heated room for 90 minutes. Bikram’s Yoga is suitable for all ages and levels of ability. Each posture stretches, strengthens, and prepares the body to work every muscle, organ, gland, and cell in the perfect order. The result is 100% exercise! Bikram scientifically designed the series to bring your body back to a healthy working order, to promote weight loss, prevent illness, 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 Yoga is done in a heated room to warm your muscles, prevent injury, and cleanse the body by flushing out all 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 or soul.” The 26 postures, much like the alphabet, cannot be changed in any manner, or the series simply does not work. Please make sure to attend schools labeled Bikram’s Yoga College of India for authenticity.

What if I'm not flexible?
This is the most common misconception that prevents people from coming to a yoga class. Yoga is not about how flexible you are, but about strengthening your body and spine in all directions. All that matters is that you try the right way, go to your personal “edge” and you will get 100% of the benefit!

Why the heated room?
The room is intentionally heated to warm your muscles, joints, ligaments and tendons, which allows greater flexibility, safely, and to reach deeper into posture, achieving more quickly the intended benefits of the posture. The heat increases your heart-rate and simulates an aerobic workout to burn fat effectively, causes pores and capillaries to dilate which helps oxygenate the body inside-out, promotes sweating to de-tox impurities from the body, and increases your body’s metabolism which breaks down glucose and fatty acids to improve the digestive system.

What if I have some health concerns?
Consult with your doctor if you are on any medications or have any known health issues. Pay attention to your body during class, and if necessary, consult your doctor when your symptoms change.

Do you have first-time or beginners class?
Bikram Yoga classes are for all levels of experience. However, we find that students new who may have some anxiety in taking yoga class can benefit from smaller classes, especially when first starting out.

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) are amazing.

What if I feel nauseous or dizzy during class? Is this normal?
Feeling a bit nauseous or dizzy during your first class is normal. Practicing yoga in a heated room reveals to us our present condition, and inspires us to take much better care of ourselves. Usually the problem is that we do not breathe properly and do not drink enough water for our daily living, let alone for exercising in a heated room. Dysfunctional breathing patterns, such as upper chest, shallow breathing, is the single most important contributor to stress and disease in the Western world. Doing Bikram’s postures in the heated room will ‘force’ you to learn to breathe properly. When this happens, the practice becomes less of a struggle.

How will I feel after class?
Generally you can expect to feel warm, loose and invigorated…. “like a million bucks!” Sometimes people feel tired after their first class. As you acclimate after just a few classes, you will start to feel more energized.

What if I feel sore after yoga?
Muscle soreness is a build-up of lactic acid. The best way to get rid of lactic acid is stretching. It may seem hard to believe that coming back for more will help, but it is the best way to relieve the soreness.

Will yoga help improve my sports performance?
Yoga is a great cross training tool for virtually all sports. It is a total fitness package encompassing many different exercises, both aerobic and non-aerobic. Yet yoga goes well beyond athletics. Through its controlled and precise breathing, and through its strengthening, stretching, and endurance building exercises, your entire body is toned. Circulation is stimulated and the mind relaxes.

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 extra sodium and potassium that is lost via sweating.

How qualified are the Instructors?
Bikram instructors must go through an intensive 500-hour training program. Only those candidates who successfully pass Bikram’s stringent qualifications go on to graduate and receive permission from Bikram to teach his form of yoga in a Bikram studio.