First Timers

What to Bring

Yoga Mat - All students are required to use a yoga mat. You can bring your own or purchase/rent one at the studio.

Large Towel - Come prepared to sweat! A bath-size towel will keep you from slipping and also absorb perspiration.

Water - You can bring water to class, but drinking too much water in class can make your stomach feel full and uncomfortable. The best advice is to stay hydrated throughout the day so that you need little or no water in class.

All of the above items can be purchased or rented at the studio.

What to Expect

Bikram Yoga works every part of your body. It is a challenging discipline, so please, especially during your first few classes, take it easy and try not to get overwhelmed. Remember, everyone at one time had their first Bikram Yoga class.

The room will be hot and you will sweat a lot. As you begin to sweat, your body releases toxins. As toxic substances leave the body, you may feel dizzy, nauseous, or uncomfortable. This is normal; do not worry.

Take a break whenever you feel the need. Sit or lie down on your back, and just relax and breathe. Join back in whenever you feel better. Just do your best you will reap the benefits.

How To Prepare

  1. Come to class well-hydrated. Always drink plenty of water throughout the day. Quantities vary from person to person depending upon weight, size, amount of activity, etc. A good rule of thumb is to drink at least eight 8oz. glasses of water or approximately 2 liters. If you are practicing Bikram Yoga daily or twice a day and going to the gym, you should drink more. Through consistent yoga practice, you will raise awareness of your body and its hydration needs.
  2. Do not eat or drink anything heavy 2-3 hours before practice. If your stomach is full, you will get sick or nauseous and will not be able to move freely in your body.
  3. Arrive 15-20 minutes before the class starts to allow time for registration and orientation. This will also give you time to set up and look around the studio a bit.
  4. Dress in comfortable, flexible clothing, but not loose fitting or long. The less clothing the better. Long sleeves or pants are not recommended. For men shorts are ideal and for women shorts and sleeveless top or sports bra. Our retail store offers stylish yoga wear for men and women.
  5. When you first enter the room set your yoga mat toward the back of the room (the wall that is not mirrored) and make sure you are facing the front mirror. By being in the back of the room for your first few classes you will be able to watch the students in front of you until you become more familiar with the postures.
  6. During class, beginners should drink water whenever needed. As you become more accustomed to the practice, try to hold off drinking water during the warm up series (the first breathing exercise and the first three postures). Always drink water in between the postures and never during them as it can be a distraction for the rest of the class.
  7. Come with an open mind. This class was designed by Bikram for beginners, so don't feel intimidated or self conscious. Just listen carefully and try to follow along the best that you can. Everybody in the class is at different levels. The idea is to do as much of each posture as you can without changing or modifying it. As Bikram says, "99% right is 100% wrong." Just do as much of each posture you can the right way and you are gold!

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