Bikram Yoga by Bikram Choudhury, has an almost cult following throughout the world. Whether you’re in California or New York every Bikram class is the same, 26 postures in 90 minutes in a room heated to 105 degrees. If you’re thinking about trying Bikram Yoga be sure to arrive 20-30 minutes early.
Bring a few towels, a yoga mat and plenty of cold water to prevent dehydration. As with any Power Yoga be prepared to sweat, and try and sit near the back of the class near windows if possible where you may be lucky enough to catch an occasional breeze. As a beginner it is normal to feel overwhelmed, overheated. If you get tired or feel to hot it is alright to rest and take water breaks. The most important thing to do is stay in the room for the entire 90 minutes.
In addition to hydrating during the class be sure to drink plenty of fluids before class. In Bikram Hot Yoga, there is only one official water break at the beginning of class, however if you feel the need to drink some water you can, but you should do it after completing the second set of the posture so you don’t disturb the flow of the class.
If you are doing Bikram Yoga for the first time, arrive early, bring the proper gear with you: yoga mat, towels, and water. Leave your cell phone in your bag in the locker room, refrain from talking.socializing during the class try and stick it out for the entire 90 minutes. If you have to leave, only do so after the current set of postures is completed.
Since it’s 105 degrees in the room you will want to wear something comfortable. For men, swimming shorts or yoga shorts are the norm. For women, work out attire and Yoga outfits, tank tops etc. will work. Try and avoid baggy clothing as this will restrict your ability to move in and out of the various postures.
In Bikram Yoga there are 26 postures. The class starts with a breathing posture, followed by the standing series and a floor series. A Majority of the postures are done in sets of two. As a beginner you may not be able to do all of the postures. Don’t worry about it, just try your best and you will receive the benefits.
Many Bikram Yoga devotees tout it’s benefits. Improved circulation, increased flexibility, better sleep patterns, improved mood, improved digestion, weight loss are just some of the potential benefits of practicing Bikram Yoga.
With the rise in popularity of Bikram Yoga chances are that you will be able to find a licensed studio near you. as a beginner most studios have special offers for new students which will allow you to try Bikram Yoga for seven to ten days and see if it’s right for you. So, if you want to try something new and your up for a challenge, consider Bikram Yoga.