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Our class is designed for beginners of all shapes & sizes & varying levels of fitness. The heat is for safety & health reasons. The series of postures chosen by masters to best help you improve & feel better faster.
To start - we have a one-time only introduction pass at $39 for 2 straight weeks of the yoga. You don't have to come everyday, but you certainly are encouraged to.
On your first day we will supply your mat & towels. After that, they are available for rent or purchase. Bring along some water if you think of it, and just show up in exercise clothes, preferably shorts & we will take care of you.
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We are so happy that you've decided to start… and we guarantee that an ongoing Bikram Yoga practice will enhance your life in the most wonderful ways.
If you're feeling nervous, scared or even a little intimidated… that's no problem... many people feel that way initially. Just don't let it stop you from coming to class. This class was designed for beginners… just know that with a little practice and experience, you'll feel right at home.
This series is for everyone… "it's never too late, you're never too bad, you're never too old, and you're never too sick to start again from scratch with yoga". Come to lots of classes during your intro and pace yourself. Taking breaks is normal. Ease your way gently into the beginning part of the moves and give yourself time to learn! It's likely you will feel the benefits right away. Have some fun with it.
And don't think you have to get in shapebefore coming to your first class… just take your first class… then make a commitment to yourself to come as often as possible… you'll lose weight if needed, redistribute or tighten up - you will get in great shape, and feel terrific.
Drink plenty of water throughout the day… so that you're well hydrated before coming to class. Good hydration supports the healthy function of your body's systems and makes class all exercise easier.
Arrive at least ten minutes early for your first class. This gives us time for registration and orientation. Arriving early ensures relaxed beginning to your lifelong Bikram Yoga practice..
Nobody is going to look at you or judge you during class. There will be no need to be self conscious. This is an autonomous opportunity to do your own work, under the guidance of a qualified instructor.
Take your second class within 24 hours. If you do, the second class will have the equivalent effect of between 3 and 4 classes… and, you will bypass much of the muscle stiffness you may have experienced otherwise.
Before your two weeks is up, check out the Rolling Monthly Membership - this is a super convenient and the most commonly chosen way to give the yoga and yourself a real chance. Details are on the Prices page.
Remember that millions of people had their first Bikram Yoga class at some point… even those occasional students who make it look easy… they make it look easy because they persevered and they are now enjoying the benefits in every area of their lives… You can too!
Now is the time to be healthier and happier. With 23 classes a week to choose from, and by being open every day of the year we are readily available to help you make taking care of yourself a way of life.
In health & yoga,
Wendy Debeck - Owner
Nine Benefits of Hot Yoga
Your breathing patterns are directly related to your state of mind. Breathing normally and developing awareness of your breath in challenging situations will help you manage your stress levels. Bikram Yoga places a lot of emphasis on the breath, and we encourage you to explore and pay attention to the breathing cues given by your instructor. Embracing the time you spend in savassana (the last posture of class) is a great way to focus your mind on complete relaxation, and to help you cope when you are feeling stressed in everyday life.
Set your intention every class to focus on the dialogue and your breath. As soon as you notice your mind has drifted off, simply bring it back to the present moment by focusing on your breathing and listening to the step-by-step instructions. The more you practice this, the more your focus will improve in everyday life. The asanas that place your head below your heart, ie Half Tortoise and separate leg stretching, increase blood circulation to the brain and helps bring your brain cells ‘out of the cold storage'.
The heat helps blood flow throughout the body, strengthening the heart and bringing your body ‘out of cold storage' as Bikram says. It also aids in a process called vasodilation, which expands the blood vessels, flushing circulation to the body and helping with low blood pressure, sexual vitality, slowing the aging process, and overall health.
As Bikram says "Yoga class is a gas station, it gives you energy". Even though it's not unusual in the beginning to feel the odd dip in your energy level as your body begins to flush the toxins out of your system, this is actually a good sign that the systems of your body are coming back online and doing their job. After a few more classes you'll begin to feel the unlimited energy potential that is possible with a regular practice. Do your best to focus on your breathing. Increased oxygen intake equals increased energy. Yoga is known to balance the systems of your body, which will also result in increased energy. This is what happens when you tap into the incredible potential of yoga!
This class stretches and strengthens every single muscle in your body, even ones you didn't know you have! Work hard! In each posture, just try your best to listen carefully to the step-by-step instructions. They are brilliantly crafted to allow any beginner to get the maximum benefit possible at every stage in the practice. Increased flexibility and strength will naturally follow with your continuing attention and practice.
Bikram Yoga uses a method called ‘the tourniquet effect'. Blood flow to certain points of the body is temporarily blocked off and upon release, healing, oxygenated blood flows through the body, nurturing the development of healthy cells and irrigating scar tissue and calcification of the joints. Old injuries naturally begin to feel better than ever, and chronic pain is diminished as you increase your flexibility and strength. As this oxygen-rich blood flows more and more regularly through all areas of the body, your need for painkillers will eventually disappear, and you will restore your body to its natural condition, as nature intended.
Bikram Yoga ensures healthy and balanced functioning of the skeletal, muscular, circulatory, nervous, digestive, elimination, respiratory, endocrine, and mental systems of the body.
Warms the muscles for greater flexibility; Helps achieve a deeper stretch; Flushes toxins from the body; Improves efficiency of the immune system; Creates a cardiovascular workout; Burns calories; Builds endurance. There are lots of other benefits that can come with a regular practice. Check out our Student Reviews section for the experiences of students at our studio.