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Why the heat?

In simple terms the heat is there to help augment change in the body. In the first part, it gets our attention and further develops ones power of concentration. As we warm up the body inside and out, we warm up muscles, making them more elastic, forgiving and less susceptible to injury. The heat further stimulates the cardiovascular system, increases circulation and promotes perspiration and detoxification through the skin, while increasing your calorific burn.

What makes Bikram Yoga different than other forms of exercise? 

Bikram yoga is a beginner’s yoga series of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises practiced in a heated room. The class is designed to be challenging enough for athletic individuals and yet appropriate for those who have never done yoga, have injuries or are out of shape. The class addresses 100% of the body targeting the muscles, joints, internal organs and all the systems of the human body while increasing flexibility, strength, focus and balance.

What are some of the benefits of practicing Bikram Yoga?

The practice of Hatha Yoga has a rejuvenating effect with both physical and mental benefits. Here are just a few of the benefits of a regular practice:

  • Burns fat and increases metabolism

  • Reduces back and neck pain by improving spinal integrity

  • Increases muscle tone and flexibility

  • Builds strength and endurance, thereby increasing energy levels

  • Improves the functioning of the cardiovascular, digestive, endocrine, immune/lymphatic, respiratory and nervous systems

  • Expands lung capacity and rejuvenates damaged lung tissue

  • Promotes better sleep patterns

  • Relieves stress, anxiety, tension and depression

Can I lose weight? 

Yes, if you are not at your ideal weight but if you are under weight you may gain weight.  The Bikram series is a great way to burn calories, tone muscles and balance your metabolism. Consistency is key; the more often you come, the quicker you will see results. As you develop and maintain a regular practice you may notice your cravings for sugar/white carbs/caffeine decrease and as you feel better you will naturally start to make better dietary choices.

Is it normal to feel dizzy, nauseous, or lightheaded in class?

In your first few classes it is normal to feel a little dizzy or nauseous at some point in class. If you feel these sensations rather than try to push through it, just take it easy and rest; as your body gets acclimated, these sensations will disappear.

How often should I practice?

Yoga is cumulative, the more you come, the better you will feel. Bikram recommends daily practice for two months for a new you. In the beginning, come as often as you can and once you have established your practice look to maintain this by attending class between 3-4 times a week.

Is the yoga room carpeted?

No. The yoga room has state-of-the art Flotex Flooring.  Flotex has a texture similar to carpet, adding comfort but it’s more like vinyl when it comes to keeping it clean. The fibres are packed super tight, over 80 million to a square meter, which means there is no room for moisture to be absorbed, making it waterproof. Flotex is also treated with an anti-microbial treatment offering protection against bacteria, mould and odour.

How qualified are the Instructors?

All of our teachers go through an intensive nine week training course personally led by Bikram Choudhury, the creator of the Bikram Yoga series. Only those candidates who successfully pass Bikram’s qualifications go on to graduate and become teachers.

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