Welcome! We are so happy that you've decided to join us. We guarantee that a regular Bikram Yoga practice will change your life in the most wonderful ways.
If you feel nervous, scared or a little intimidated, no problem, many people feel that way initially. Just don't let it stop you from coming to class! Bikram designed this class for beginners, so know that with a little practice and experience, you'll quickly feel right at home.
Bikram's Yoga is for everyone. To quote Bikram's teacher, Bishnu Ghosh, "It's never too late, you're never too old, you're never too sick, to start again from scratch." Come to class, and with the guidance of your teacher, simply approach every posture to the best of your ability and you will receive 100% benefit.
Don't think you have to get in shape before coming to class. That puts the cart before the horse! Come take your first class, and then take class as often as you possibly can and you will quickly lose weight, get in shape, and feel absolutely wonderful.
Before You Arrive
Drink plenty of water throughout the day so that you're well hydrated before coming to class. Good hydration supports the healthy function of all of your body's systems, and it makes the heat feel comfortable rather than overwhelming. For the maximum benefit, do not eat at least two hours before class (depending on your metabolism you can adjust this time).
When You Arrive
Arrive 15 – 20 minutes early for your first class. This gives us time for registration and orientation. Arriving early ensures a stress free and relaxed beginning to your life long Bikram Yoga practice.
What To Wear and Bring
Dress in cool, comfortable clothes. No long sleeves or pants please. Women should wear shorts and tank/bra top. Men should wear workout shorts or swim trunks. You will need a yoga mat, along with a large bath towel, and drinking water. If you don't have these items or forget them, we have these items available at the school.
Feel free to go into the room before class to stretch and warm up. Please review our etiquette. During class nobody will look at you or judge you. The teacher will guide you and instruct you, always with compassion and respect. No need to be self conscious. It's helpful to realize that the other students are focusing on themselves, they are working too hard to even notice you.
You will feel challenged by the yoga during class, everyone does. Always work to your edge, but listen to your body and your inner wisdom. As a beginner, never be afraid to sit down if you need to. It's normal, especially when you first get started, to feel dizzy, nauseated or lightheaded. It's temporary, and as your body acclimates and detoxes, these sensations will disappear.
Cool down and drink plenty of water. Take your second class within 24 hours. The second class is the equivalent of 3 to 4 classes, and you will bypass much of the soreness you'd experience otherwise.
Make up your mind to take 10 classes as quickly as possible. Then no one has to tell you how good this yoga is for you. Your own personal experience will guide you.
Remember, everyone had their very first Bikram Yoga class - even the people on the front row who have been coming for years. They make it look easy because they persevered, and you can too.
Now you're ready for your first class! We look forward to meeting you soon!