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Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is Bikram Yoga?

Bikram Yoga is a style of Hatha Yoga developed by Bikram Choudhury which consists of a series of 26 postures (asanas) and two breathing exercises (pranayamas), carried out in a heated room. Also see: Bikram Yoga

 

Why the heat?

The studio is kept at a minimum temperature of approximately 105F (40C). The heat warms up your body allowing you to stretch into the postures (asanas) in a safer environment that is similar to India's. Also see: Why The Heat?

 

Can I lose weight?

Yes. With regular practice you can lose inches and develop muscle tone, strength and stamina. Your appetite and hormones will normalise and unhealthy cravings diminish. Between 350 to 1200 calories are burned in one Bikram Yoga class.


What if I am not flexible?

Perfect! This Yoga is for you! Yoga is not about how flexible you are, but about stretching 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% benefit! With the heat and regular practice your flexibility (and strength) will increase dramatically.


What if I have never done yoga before?

Bikram Yoga is for everyone. Each class is open to beginners and follows the same format whether it is your first class or if you have been practising for many years. It does not matter how well you do each posture, only that you try the right way.


Do I have to be fit?

Bikram Yoga is designed for all levels of fitness, but if you have special medical conditions or injuries, please consult your doctor first and inform your teacher before class.

 

Is yoga a religion?

No. In the west, there is a common misconception about yoga in itself being a spiritual practice. In India, Hatha Yoga (hatha means physical) is taught as a preparatory stage for more advanced spiritual practices. The end result of self-realisation is non-sectarian, and is compatible with all religions.

 

What are the benefits?

  • Provides total body workout
  • Reduces stress
  • Increases blood circulation
  • Encourages detoxification.
  • Excellent for healing and preventing back and knee pain, sports injuries and bad posture
  • Strengthens your immune system and increases cell renewal
  • Helps relieve arthritis
  • Balances mood, improving mental clarity, learning patience and determination
  • Regulates weight
  • Revitalises skin and reduces the effects of aging
  • Promotes relaxation and correct breathing
  • Builds overall strength, flexibility, health and vitality

Also see: Postures

 

How often to I go?

The more you practice, the better and faster the results, unlike going to the gym you do not need a 'rest day' in between classes. Once, twice....7 days a week, as many times as you can! As a beginner, Bikram recommends practicing everyday for 60 days to change your body and experience the benefits of his series. After the 60 days you should still not feel complacent about doing your yoga. Doing this yoga class every day is like everything else you do in your life that is good for maintaining life. You don't give up doing those things, because of the daily benefit you receive from them. If however, 60 days is not conducive to your schedule, Bikram recommends 3 classes per week minimum to begin to heal your body. The more you are able to come, the more benefits you will receive.
 

Why is it important to learn from a Certified Bikram Yoga Instructor?

It takes more than a hot room and a list of postures to make your Bikram Yoga practice a safe, rewarding experience. Bikram Yoga is a specialized form of yoga, requiring appropriate training and knowledge to teach it effectively. Bikram Choudhury, the creator of Bikram Yoga, personally trains and certifies his instructors to ensure that his methods and philosophy are preserved and properly taught. To be certified as an instructor in the Bikram method of Yoga, an instructor must complete an intensive nine-week training course requiring over 500 hours of study. A studio guided by a Certified Instructor provides the best possible instruction in Bikram Yoga. Certified Instructors have a continuing connection to Bikram Choudhury and his staff, allowing the Certified Studio to draw from all of the resources Bikram's training center has to offer. This includes special seminars, posture clinics, guest instructors and answers to questions which may arise in a particular practitioner's Bikram Yoga practice. Many can claim that they teach "Bikram Yoga" but unless there is a Certified Instructor supervising how and what is taught at that studio, you are not getting true Bikram Yoga.

Is Bikram Yoga expensive? 

You might notice that that the price per class drops when you buy a class card or unlimited membership. The Monthly Subscription means that you can practice 3 times per week for only £5.00 per class; practice 6 times or more per week and each class is under £2.50 The more you do, the cheaper it is! Bikram Yoga does require a very specific environment with highly trained instructors. We will never scrimp on the quality of your yoga experience as we know how valuable your time on the mat is to you. We want to ensure that you have the time to breathe!

 

How will I advance in my practice if the poses are always the same?

There will always be deeper places to experience through yoga asanas. Not only will you start opening up your body in ways you never thought possible, you will realize giving 100 percent and achieving stillness in every pose is a lifelong journey. Finding the focus, discipline and one point of concentration through the duration of the class are other ways to advance your practice. After several classes you will begin to experience the magic of Bikram's yoga. Each class is like trying it for the first time all over again.