Bikram Yoga class is for beginners, NO advanced postures.
Making yoga accessible for EVERYONE.
Come as you are & do what you can.
Things to Know
What to Bring
Most important thing to bring to yoga is an open mind. Wear what you're comfortable in... think a hot day at the beach. Tighter fitting clothes will feel better once you're sweating, like bike shorts, capris, sport's bra, tank top, etc. Bring the following with you if you have them:
- yoga mat - large beach or bath towel - water -
We also have these items to rent or purchase at the studio.
YOUR FIRST CLASS
Arrive 15-20 minutes early to get settled, check out the studio and complete some paperwork, or skip the paperwork and click the SIGN UP NOW button.
Be sure to always stay well hydrated before class, drinking plenty of water throughout the day. Heavy foods close to class time may not feel so good on the belly, a light snack 1-2 hours before should be fine but everyone is different. Your only goals for your first class will be to breathe and take care of yourself. Always listen to your body and sit down if you need a break. You have your whole life to do yoga and this is only your first day, during your Intro Month you are sure to notice some positive changes.
You won’t get TOO hot. We keep the room at 105°F with 40% humidity. This combination will help your body to open up and allow your skin to get nice and sweaty, cooling you down naturally. If you ever feel overwhelmed during class, just sit down on your mat with your head above your heart and your chest open. Take a few slow, deep breaths and notice how your heart rate decreases the more still you are. Stand back up and rejoin class when you’re feeling ready. You always have tomorrow to come back!
Shoes should be left by the door, on the floor under the benches or on the shoe rack. This will help keep our studio clean and the cubbies free of dirt. Place all other items either in a cubby outside of the yoga room or in one of the locker rooms. Cell phones should be switched OFF no vibration. If you have extenuating circumstances, please discuss other options with the director in order to have consistency among the teachers.
Timeliness! Please be on time for class. We begin and end classes on schedule. We lock the door right at class start time and if you are late, admittance may be denied. On rare occasion if you know you are running one or two minutes late you can call to request we leave the door unlocked (904)342-2056. Just remember that coming into class once it has started not only disrupts the teacher and the other students, but more importantly being late disrupts your own practice. Please keep it quiet in the yoga room at all times.
What is Bikram Yoga?
Bikram Yoga is a beginner series of 26 hatha yoga postures and two breathing exercises derived from the Ghosh lineage. All of our teachers are certified in this style of yoga.
Why Bikram Yoga?
Here are just a few of the many benefits
Breath – Each class starts with a breathing exercise, Pranayama; the regulation of life-force, breath. Regularly practicing Pranayama deep breathing will expand your lung capacity, decrease stress by activating the parasympathetic nervous system, improve your immune system and your self awareness, as well as help to decrease inflammation by making your body more alkaline.
Focus – Every Bikram Yoga class consists of the same 26 postures and two breathing exercises. This repetition each class helps you to go deeper into your meditation and advance your yoga practice.
Detoxification – The skin is your largest organ. When you get hot, blood moves toward the skin and you sweat. The blood brought to the surface will bring oxygen and nutrients to the skin and your pores will open up releasing excess toxins. No need forBotox.
Strength – Your own body acts as weights. Isometric stretching is contracting the muscles while keeping the joints still. This is extremely safe and low impact, forcing you to remain still while contracting muscles you never knew you had. The series emphasizes spine strength, building the muscles along either side of your spine, and increasing blood flow around the disks in between your vertebrae. A healthy spine is the key to the kingdom of health.
Flexibility – You don’t have to be flexible to do yoga! It’s the other way around; doing yoga will help you become more flexible. Think of your body as a piece of cold steel. You can not forge a steel blade without first putting it into the fire. Once heated, the metal can then be reshaped. Your muscles, ligaments, tendons and facia are the same. The heat makes your body more supple and allows you to SAFELY stretch more than you could if you were cold. Over time you will experience greater mobility and increased range of motion, things that typically decrease with age. Anybody want to get hunched over as they age? Didn’t think so.
Balance – Even those who consider themselves to be strong can find it challenging to stand on one leg. Yoga will strengthen, not only the large mass of your muscles, but also the smaller parts of the muscles where they connect to tendons and then to bones. Better stability in your joints will improve your balance. Putting your pants on without sitting down or leaning on something is a wonderful thing.
“You’re never too old, never too bad, never too late and never too sick, to start from the scratch once again!” – Bikram Choudhury
What Do I Need For Class?
Please Be On Time!
We practice in a heated room in order to warm up muscles and prevent injury.
- Hydrate well
- Wear light clothing
- Be prepared to sweat
- Bring 2 towels (one for class, one for showering)
- You can bring a mat and towels or rent them at the studio