Let's Get Started ! Anyone can !But I'm not very FLEXIBLE ... Of all the comments we hear from first-timers, this one wins hands down! Yoga suffers from the misconception that it is best only performed by lean bendy gymnasts, super-strong buff military guys or 90 year old beard-sporting men in loin cloths. 99% of our students are regular people like you who first turned up to class and didn’t think they were very flexible.
Bikram Yoga is really truly suitable for EVERYBODY. It’s not about the postures, it’s about you.....
As a first timer, you’ll be standing in the back row of the yoga room. In front of you will be students of all levels of experience. You can watch these students and follow along. The teacher will guide you, but there are no expectations upon you at all. You simply do what you can do. Your first class is primarily to get an idea of Bikram Yoga. At any point you can rest till you feel able to start again. Every class has all levels of students, as a beginner you will certainly not be alone!
We’ve been teaching Bikram Yoga to the people of the Northern Beaches since 1998. We’ve seen literally tens of thousands people come up our stairs to their first ever Bikram class. Every one of them started where you are now, wondering whether Bikram is for them.
We’d like to encourage you to come along and decide for yourself.
To make your first experience a little less “scary”, read through the Beginners’ FAQs below. Hopefully we’ve covered everything you’re wondering about. If we haven’t, please give us a call on 9907 4960 and we will be happy to chat!
What is Bikram Yoga?
Bikram Yoga is an intelligently designed sequence of 26 postures (asanas), practiced for 90 minutes in a room heated to 40 degrees Celsius, just a few degrees higher than body temperature. Each posture is done twice. The increased room temperature aids in warming the muscles and increasing the flexibility of the body tissues, allowing for deeper stretching and helping to prevent injury.
Bikram Yoga works 100% of your entire body, from the inside out. The series of stretches and compressions exercise your muscles, joints, ligaments, tendons, organs, nerves and glands. Upon release of a posture, fresh oxygenated blood travels through and rejuvenates the vessels and tissues that were being compressed.
The end result is an unparalleled feeling of mental and physical well-being and relaxation.
Can anybody do Bikram Yoga?
Bikram’s Beginning Yoga class is just that – a place to begin your Yoga practice. In your class there will be levels of experience, all ages, sizes and shapes. It’s not about doing the poses perfectly and it’s not about how you look, it’s about trying the right way. All you have to do is try and you will get results.
You might practice next to people who are recovering from hip or knee replacements, chronic back pain, new mothers, professional athletes, carpenters, bankers, teachers, firefighters, retired couples or high school/college students.
Can I go to any class?
Yes. All Bikram classes are 90 minutes with 26 postures wrapped up in 2 breathing exercises. We know 90 minutes sounds like a long time, but it goes very quickly. Every class has all levels of students, as a beginner you will certainly not be alone!
Do I need to book?
You’ve got 2 choices. You can book online or you can just turn up. Please arrive at least 20 minutes before your first class (especially if you choose a 6am class) to register, meet your teacher and so that we can make you feel comfortable and answer any questions.
What should I expect in my first class?
As a first timer, you’ll be standing in the back row of the yoga room. In front of you will be students of all levels of experience. The front and second row will generally have the most experienced students. You can watch these students and follow along.
The teacher will guide you, but there are no expectations upon you at all. You simply do what you can do. Your first class is primarily to get an idea of Bikram Yoga.
At any point in class, you can rest and perhaps watch till you feel able to start again. It’s up to you to proceed at your own pace. It’s OK to sit down at any point. Please don’t talk though out of respect for your fellow students.
Expect to feel hot, but know that you will become used to this and eventually not even notice the heat.
Expect that this may be one of the hardest things you will ever do, but know that you can sit down when you need to, drink water and rest.
It is very common to feel overwhelmed or a bit odd during your first visit. Please take it easy
And don’t expect too much of yourself.
I’m not very flexible
Of all the comments we hear from first-timers, this one wins hands down! Yoga suffers from the misconception that it is best only performed by lean bendy gymnastic type girls, super-strong buff military guys or 90 year old beard-sporting men in loin cloths.
99% of our students are regular people like you who first turned up to class and didn’t think they were very flexible. Yoga is really truly for EVERYBODY. It’s not about the postures, it’s about you.
So why should I do Bikram Yoga?
The surprise about Bikram Yoga that you realise after you’ve taken a few classes is that flexibility is not the main thing, in fact it’s simply one of the benefits you will receive when you start coming to class regularly. You’ll probably get the best cardio workout you’ve had for quite a while, you’ll be stronger, you’ll have better posture, toned muscles, a calmer outlook, better sleep patterns, and yes definitely more flexible!!
What do I wear?
Wear comfortable close fitting clothes suitable for hot conditions.
Loose clothing is harder to move in and can show a little more than you (or your fellow yogis) might like. First class, we’d suggest a singlet and knee length leggings for girls and for boys, boardies are the most popular option. You’ll get an idea of what other students like to wear as you come to class over your month.
Yoga is hugely popular now and there is a wide range of clothes available. We have a shop at our studio to help you out. And we sell boys’ gear too!
Will it get me fit?
Undoubtedly, yes. If you feel time-poor and fitting in exercise can be a struggle, Bikram Yoga is a great option for you because Bikram Yoga is the single best form of yoga to achieve and maintain optimal health, a sharp mind and your ideal body.
Will I lose weight?
Bikram Yoga is a very effective way to lose weight and get in shape. Because it is low impact, it’s perfect for all ages and abilities. You can burn 600 to 1,000 calories per class, depending upon your work rate. Yoga helps to balance your metabolism, so whether you need to lose some weight or put on some healthy muscle mass, Bikram yoga will help you tone and strengthen your body in all the right places. A Bikram body is a healthy body!
Bikram Yoga is also effective in rehabilitating old injuries and complementing peak performance training.
I’m 58 years old. Am I too old for Bikram Yoga?
Many of our students are in their 50s, 60s and 70s. This goes for several of our teachers too.
Bikram Yoga is specifically designed to be accessible to all ages. It is not a contortion exhibition, it is beginners’ yoga. It will give you a non-impact cardiovascular workout at the same time as it improves the functioning of your joints and the strength of your spine. It builds up strength, helps with balance and maintains bone density. Many of our students first come to yoga in their middle years nursing chronic ailments. Bikram Yoga has been developed to help rehabilitate the body, whatever your age.
As Bikram says, “You're never too old, never too bad, never too late and never too sick to start from scratch once again.”
What should I bring?
- A BIG water bottle (min 500mls) – we have a water filter station to refill.
- A Yoga mat –or you can rent one for $3 (we’ll give you free rental for your first class on your 30 Day Intro Pass)
- A beach towel or similar sized (we rent them if you forget or prefer not to wash your own! $3)
- A second towel if you want to have a shower in our studio afterwards
- Change of clothes for after class
How much water should I drink before class?
We always say “be well hydrated” and we’re often asked – how much is that?
For a morning class we recommend you drink between half a litre and a litre from when you wake. Practising an afternoon class make sure you’ve had a couple of litres of water through the day.
Of course these are general guidelines and will vary depending upon environmental conditions, metabolism, weight, activity.
Can I drink water in the class?
Of course, you can drink any time during your class. Your body takes around 30 minutes to absorb water into your system, so it is best to arrive well hydrated and not rely on sips in class for hydration.
Also, filling yourself up with liquid then moving your body backwards, forwards, upside down etc, not unsurprisingly, can make you feel a little bit sick.
Be prepared and come into class with a full bottle. If on the rare occasion you need to refill, please try to do so between postures, not during.
I just want to try one class to see how I go
The first time you come to our studio, it’s your decision whether you pay for a single class or chose the Intro 30 Day Unlimited Pass.
The 30 Day Intro means you can do a number of classes in a short period of time and so make an informed decision as to what Bikram Yoga is.
After just one class, trust us, you have no idea what Bikram Yoga is. Generally we find that new students experience completely different things as they start their yoga journey. We can guarantee you that your second class will be completely different to your first class, and your third class different to your second and so on.
Should I eat before class?
Don’t eat a big meal less than 3 hours before class. A small snack, (piece of fruit or handful of nuts) an hour or so before is fine.
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