Why is the room heated?
The room is intentionally heated to an average temperature of 38C to help loosen your joints and improve the elasticity of your muscles, allowing for safer and deeper stretching, which minimizes the risk of injuries. Sweating assists the detoxification process using the body’s largest eliminating organ (the skin). The heat ensures a better cardiovascular workout, thinning the blood to clear the circulatory system, promotes better metabolism, accelerating the breakdown of glucose and fatty acids. The heat also provides a challenging environment which strengthens your will power, concentration, endurance and stamina.
What are the benefits?
With a consistent practice, you will enjoy improved posture and mobility, better concentration, boosted energy, toned muscles, increased strength and flexibility, decreased stress, alleviation of pain, regulated blood pressure, improved circulatory and immune system, relaxation and a sense of well being.
What if I am not flexible?
Perfect! You’ve come to the right place :-) Yoga is not about how flexible you are. This is probably the most common misconception about yoga. Bikram Yoga combines strength, flexibility, balance, concentration and breath. As long as you are trying the postures the right way in your own “edge”, you are getting all the benefits. With a consistent practice, your flexibility will be improved over time.
Can I lose weight?
Yes, if you have it to lose. Bikram Yoga is an intense cardiovascular workout. It promotes weight normalization. With a consistent and regular practice, you will tone muscle mass and lose inches, resulting in an overall slimming of the body. It also helps to diminish unhealthy cravings and normalize appetite.
Are there different class levels?
Bikram Yoga is a beginner’s series. It’s accessible and non-exclusive, suitable for all ages and all levels of ability. The sequence consists of 26 basic postures, however, they can be performed at maximum intensity according to one’s ability on any given day. There’s no limits in this practice. It is a basic workout that can be made as simple or advanced according to the individual.