bikram yoga longwood, Florida
1. What is Bikram Yoga?
2. Why the heated room?
3. What should I wear/bring to class?
4. I've never done yoga before/I'm just a beginner. Can I do this?
5. Will I get a good workout?
6. Can this yoga help me lose weight?
7. What if I'm not flexible?
8. How often should I attend class?
 
1. What is Bikram Yoga?
Medical science has increasingly shown interest in yoga as a cure for chronic illness and an aid in body maintenance. Bikram's Beginning Yoga Class is an intelligently designed series of 26 postures that works out the entire body for 90 minutes from the inside out, from the macro to the micro level, using every system of the body. It stretches and strengthens every single muscle, ligament, and joint in the body. Performed in a heated room, the sequence is designed so that every posture warms up the muscles and joints needed for the next posture, in addition to working the organs, glands, and nervous system in a systematic and profound way. The Bikram series has the deepest impact on the body's insides and functioning. It is a challenging, exciting, and vigorous series that has proven itself for 30 years.
 
2. Why the heated room?
Yoga was meant to be done in a heated environment. The "womb" temperature of our yoga room allows for deep, safe working of every ligament, tendon, muscle, and tissue in the body. Because of the heat, Bikram yoga is known as the most therapeutic and effective form of hatha yoga and people report experiencing 10 times the results in a fraction of the time. The heated room pumps up the immune system and strengthens glandular function. Heat and stretching are the best way to release fat cells into the system so they can be burned as fuel, and sweating facilitates the cleansing of all organs. It is important to understand that the system of postures was designed with physiologic intelligence. It is not like running, walking, or even sitting in a heated environment. The heart rate and blood pressure rise and fall in a controlled manner throughout a session, and the body's natural cooling mechanisms are strengthened. Once people begin to experience the benefits of this yoga, everyone agrees that the heat works! The effectiveness of this ancient form of hatha yoga, and the warm and welcoming environment in which it is done, has to be experienced to be truly understood.
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What should I wear/bring to class?
Bring yourself and your desire to become strong and radiant. We will provide the rest. After your first session, you may consider purchasing a yoga mat and bringing a towel from home. Mats and towels may also be

 

rented for a nominal fee. Also, be sufficiently hydrated - drink plenty of water 2-3 hours before class. You can lose up to 3-5 pounds of water weight during a class. This is NOT good weight to lose. It is easy to get dehydrated, so make sure you are drinking plenty of water after class and the entire day before you come to class. You are less likely to feel lightheaded or dizzy during class if you've had enough to drink in the hours preceding class.

Wear cool, lightweight clothing that fits close to the body. You need to see the position of key body parts during the practice so that you can make adjustment to your postures. Key body parts include the back, shoulders, hips, elbows, wrists, knees, and ankles. Wear nothing on your feet. Women typically wear shorts or thin cotton leggings and leotard, jog bra or halter top. Men wear shorts and bathing trunks (no bikinis). Since the room is heated, you want to wear something that you feel comfortable sweating in.

 
4. I've never done yoga before/I'm just a beginner. Can I do this?
Anyone of any age and physical condition can do this yoga. All students work at their personal "edge" and beginners work right alongside more experienced students. The aim of this system is not to twist the body into bizarre pretzel shapes, but to strengthen the body's natural range of motion, to restore flow throughout all bodily systems.
 
5. Will I get a good workout?
Bikram hatha yoga is a complete cardiovascular, aerobic, strength, flexibility and fat-burning workout. Bikram hatha yoga is the form of choice for more professional athletes, celebrities, models and medical professionals than any other style of yoga.
 
6. Can this yoga help me lose weight?
Yes! By releasing bound fat cells and working the endocrine glands to "fire up" metabolism, Bikram yoga is an excellent weight loss program. Most people do not experience dramatic weight loss according to a scale because as you are losing fat, you are building muscle mass. What you will see is a general slimming all over: your clothes fit better, your posture is better, your skin will glow.
 
7. What if I'm not flexible?
This is exactly why you should do this yoga. Inflexibility can lead to bound areas of the body that won't get sufficient blood flow. The heated environment ensures a safe stretch as you release and loosen over time.
 
8. How often should I attend class?
For good results, we encourage a regular practice of 3 times per week minimum; for life-changing results, 4 or more times per week.
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