Bikram Yoga was introduced to the United States in the early 1970’s by Bikram Choudhury, founder of the internationally renowned Yoga College of India. Bikram is a life-long yogi who began practicing yoga at the age of 4 and won the first of his three National India Yoga Championships at the age of 13. When Bikram was just 17 years old he suffered an accident while weightlifting that severely damaged his knees – so much so that doctors predicted he would never walk again. Undaunted by the prognosis Bikram was convinced that he would be able to heal himself through yoga. With the support of his first teacher and founder of the College of Physical Education in Calcutta, Bishnu Ghosh, Bikram began an intense daily practice of Hatha Yoga. He was completely healed after 6 months of consistent practice.
The experience of re-building and healing his own body inspired Bikram to develop a sequence of Hatha Yoga postures that would allow other practitioners to experience the same physical and mental benefits that he gained from his own practice. Almost four decades have passed since Bikram first introduced this unique form of yoga to the United States and the world. It is one of the fastest growing yoga disciplines with over 1,200 studios operating around the globe. Millions have flocked to this practice seeking respite from the hustle and bustle of daily life and a departure from other forms of exercises, which tear down the body rather than build it up.
Bikram Yoga classes are 90 minutes in length and done in a room that is heated to 105°F with a humidity level of 40-50%. The heat helps to improve your flexibility and your lung capacity. It also provides you with an anaerobic workout that gets your heart pumping. The class consists of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises. The classes are not easy. And it does take time to adjust to the heat and the postures. However, the physical and mental benefits that come with consistent practice are well worth the effort. If you set an intention to bring your personal best to the hot room there is no limit to what you can accomplish!
A consistent Bikram Yoga practice can do amazing things for your body including:
- Weight Loss
- Increased Lung Capacity
- Toned Muscles
- Increased Flexibility
- Improved Sleep Patterns
The benefits also extend beyond the hot room including:
- Peace of mind
- A greater sense of balance
- Increased confidence
- Drink plenty of water before class! Being properly hydrated before class will help regulate your body temperature.
- Avoid eating a heavy meal within 2 hours before your class.
- Avoid over indulging in alcohol, caffeinated drinks and overly processed foods the night before your class.
- Arrive to the studio at least 20 minutes before your first class so that we can sign you in and get you settled.
Please note that all of our classes start on time. To support students in maintaining their focus and the integrity of their practice, latecomers are not permitted to enter the studio once class has begun.
It is best to wear loose and comfortable clothing. Most women wear yoga tops with yoga shorts or yoga pants. Most men wear yoga shorts, bikers, or basketball shorts with no tops. As we mentioned above, the room does get hot so you will want to wear breathable fabrics that don’t constrict your movements. But please, no bikinis or underwear in the hot room!
No worries! Coming to the hot room with an open mind is the only flexibility you need. Your physical flexibility doesn’t matter. And neither does your level of fitness. As long as you bring 100% of YOUR best to the room you will get 100% of the benefits of practicing Bikram Yoga!
- Yoga mat
- 1 towel (2 if you plan to shower after class)
- Water bottle
Our introductory packages include the cost of 2 towels and a yoga mat for your first class. We also have yoga mats, towels, and water available for rent/purchase if you need them.
- Drink plenty of water! The average person burns approximately 700 calories per class. Rehydrating your body after class will help regulate your body temperature.
- Eat a light, clean meal avoiding heavy processed food, alcohol and caffeine.
- Come back to the hot room as soon as you can! We encourage you to take full advantage of the introductory package and take at least 4 consecutive classes immediately following your first class. This will allow your body and mind to get use to the heat and the postures.
- Tell us about it! Send us an email or fill out one of our guest cards to let us know about your experience. We’d love to hear from you!