We are so excited to meet you and help you get started with the most transformational yoga practice in the world!
What’s *NOT* required for your first class:
Prior Yoga Experience
A beginner’s mind is worth a million times more than a fancy posture.
Strength or flexibility
You will develop these things here – more than you imagined possible.
Yes, this will improve too, even if you are already an athlete!
A “fit” or slim body
We are a very welcoming community of all sizes, ages, and shapes. Trust us, no one is even looking at your body except you and the teacher, and your negative thoughts towards your body will go away when you are focusing 100% on the breathing and postures.
The ability to walk
We safely and effectively assist those who need chairs at first, who have broken bones, less than four limbs, and recent surgeries.
Expensive or cute yoga clothes
Wear something that does not restrict your movement and which does not absorb a lot of moisture – no heavy cottons, long pants, or baggy clothing, please. The more skin exposed, the more efficiently you will cool down.
Here is what you will need:
Willingness to leave your technology and jewelry behind. Phones, smart watches, and all other notification devices detract from the yoga practice. It is best to remove all jewelry from the body during practice.
Be a minimalist. A yoga mat is helpful, but please don’t get attached to hand towels or other props unless prescribed. It is best to leave the sweat on your body rather than be wiping and fidgeting during your practice!
Good attitude and open mind. Bring your own if possible, but our regular students and teachers have plenty to share!
Early arrival. For In-Person classes, make sure you are in the building *before* 5 minutes prior to class. The door is locked at that time. For livestream classes, please be logged on and ready to practice 5 minutes before the listed time of any beginners’ class (click here for schedule). Completion of the Deep Breathing Exercise and Half Moon Pose are a prerequisite to continue the class.
Hydration with plain water. Please drink 1-2 glasses of water in the 1-2 hours before class, so you have minimal need for drinking water during class.
Ability and commitment to stay for the entire 90-minute class, even if you “sit out” or rest on your mat for parts of it. As the completion of the entire posture sequence is very important, you may access our Members’ Library for shorter classes when you cannot do the full practice.
Empty stomach. It is best not to eat during the 3 hours before class.
Sufficient food intake in general. Self-starving or extreme dieting do not work with this practice.
Bikram Yoga is the Original Hot Yoga. However, unlike many current “hot yoga” trends, we retain and strengthen the traditional elements of 20th century hatha yoga: a prescribed sequence, stillness in postures and between postures, one-on-one teacher attention, constant alignment cues, and mental focus. We do not distract you with soundtracks or playlists; rather, we address the thoughts and the body directly with top quality instruction, mirrors for adjustments, and a time-tested, transformational system. Rather than the sequence changing, YOU change! As you learn to pay attention and steady your focus, you will experience that every single class is different. You will laugh, you might sometimes cry, and you will feel AMAZING.
Bikram Yoga has been found to be most beneficial when practiced at a room temperature slightly above body temperature (105º F) with moderate humidity (40-45%) and well-regulated O2/CO2 levels. Over the years, the heated environment has been added to other yoga classes and exercise forms with the idea that the hot room is what made the yoga effective. However, the deepest healing benefits are rooted in the specific sequence and teaching method. The lineage system of training and our unique apprenticeship system ensures that the yoga does not get diluted or less effective.
All of our classes follow the traditional yoga method and system of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises (26&2), and nearly all retain the 90-minute format. We highly recommend that you commit to attend at least 10 classes within a month before deciding whether this yoga is going to work for you, as there are dozens of factors which influence a single class.
We ask that all students should be on their mats and ready to practice TWO MINUTES before the listed class time. The first breathing exercise is a prerequisite for the class.