FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Sleep better, sit better, think better, feel better.... The benefits of Bikram are endless! But wtf is Bikram anyway??? Here are a few frequently asked questions about bikram, hydration, best practices and more....
WHAT IS BIKRAM YOGA?
Bikram is a practice of yoga that includes 26 of the 84 basic Hatha Yoga postures and two breathing exercises in a 105 degree room. The sequence was selected and developed by famed yogi Bikram Choudhury to heal himself after a tragic weight lifting accident almost left him completely crippled from the waist down. The temperature was selected by Choudhury to “mimic the climate of India”.
Bikram systematically works every part of the body in a one and a half hour session and gives internal organs, veins, ligaments and muscles strength to maintain optimum health and maximum function. This includes injured or undeveloped tissue. This system can be used to accelerate internal involuntary functions (i.e. heart, lungs etc..) without over exertion that is typical in mechanical forms of exercise. It helps the body resist disease and enjoy even more mental vitality.
“Proficient students of Yoga exercises can feel themselves to be in the heyday of youth, every day.” -Bikram Choudhury
HOW DO I PREPARE FOR CLASS?
Be sure to properly hydrate (the body regularly needs 2 litres of water a day, but double that for doing Bikram yoga)
Come on an empty stomach. No food 1-3 hours before class, but a small amount of simple, easily digestible food is recommended for the meal prior to class.
Dress as light as possible (short or bathing suits are great for men, and women typically wear an exercise top and shorts or swimsuit bottoms).
Bring a towel, mat and water bottle (we have mat and towel rentals available at the studio for your convenience), and be sure to arrive 20 minutes before class begins.
*Doors close at class time, so don't be late!
TELL ME MORE ABOUT HYDRATION...
To properly hydrate, consume lots of water and most importantly: ELECTROLYTES! Electrolytes conduct electricity in the body and regulate, among other things: muscle contraction, heart rate, balance of body fluid, and pH levels. They affect all organs and systems in the body. Dehydration occurs when your body is depleted of electrolytes so stock up!
Things with water and electrolytes in em:
Watermelon, cantaloupe, grapes, cucumbers, celery, coconut water
Stay away from:
caffeine, fast sugars, dairy, alcohol, fried foods...you get the idea ;)
^ These things dehydrate you and become toxins in your body. The more of these things you eliminate or cut down from your daily diet, the more you will improve and receive from your yoga practice!
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT AFTER CLASS?
...to feel amazing! But if you feel a lil light headed or have a lil headache coming along, don't be afraid...this is normal! You might just be a lil dehydrated. Hydrate, eat something, and come back for more. The more you come, the sooner you will feel the benefits of Bikram.
And don't forget...Many people need to take a few classes for their bodies to acclimate to the heat, so don’t sweat it!
WHEN SHOULD I TAKE MY NEXT CLASS?
ASAP! Try to come back as soon as possible...10 classes in ten days is highly recommended. The more you come the better you feel. Remember change starts now!