What can I expect for my first time?
Expect the room to be heated to about 105 degrees with some added humidity. Expect to sweat and detox intensely. Expect to be challenged and have fun at the same time. Expect to feel great after class.
What precautions should I take?
Please notify the instructor of any pre-existing medical conditions or injuries you may have before class begins.
In the beginning, it is completely normal to feel dizzy or nauseous during class. This is usually just a symptom of detoxification. The body detoxes through the skin, the breath, and the excretory system. You will literally purge the body of toxins through all these systems. Take it easy. Breathe more and try less. It is your job to listen to your body on any given day. You do not have to be good at this yoga! Through frequency of practice, you will improve your strength, stamina, and flexibility. Never be embarrassed about your level of practice.
How often should I come?
In the beginning, you should come as much as possible. Bikram recommends practicing 6 days a week in the beginning! This is not always possible, but at least 3-4 days per week for the first year will promote the most digestive, muscular, nervous, metabolic, lymphatic, skeletal system benefits. Once you are familiar with the postures, and you become used to the heat, you will enjoy watching and experiencing the results of all your hard work. It actually becomes fun!
How should I prepare?
Arrive for your first class 15 minutes early so you can register and meet your instructor. Come hydrated and on an empty stomach. We generally recommend that students practice yoga on an empty stomach. Depending on the strength of your digestion, this might mean waiting up to 2-3 hours after a large meal. It is however, extremely important to be properly nourished so you can perform at your maximum in the hot room. Consume at least 1-2 liters of water either before you practice, or if you come early in the morning, be sure to drink water before you go to bed. Wear fitted workout clothes that will allow you to move freely and sweat a lot. Bring a change of clothing. We have showers and changing rooms. You will need a towel and a yoga mat, which we offer for rent at the studio, but feel free to bring your own.