Bikram Yoga is a series of Hatha Yoga postures practiced in 40°c heat, suitable for new and advanced practitioners alike. There are unlimited benefits to practicing Bikram Yoga. It has helped countless people with old injuries. It helps improve posture, lose weight, tone up, and achieve better balance and focus. During class you will work every single muscle, gland and organ in your body.
If you are new to Bikram Yoga please read our Beginners Guide.
For further details on the individual postures, visit our Postures Page.
– Arrive 20 minutes before your first class.
– Register at reception or online prior to arriving. Please let your teacher sand BYC staff know if you have any injuries/medical conditions/ are on any medication/ pregnancy etc Please always keep BYC staff and teachers update on your medical information/injuries as and when things change.
– You will need two bath size towels: one for putting on your mat that we provide free of charge & one should you wish to shower afterwards. We hire towels for £1.50/towel.
– Hydration is imperative for a good bikram hot yoga class. This does not mean down a litre of water straight before class, simply try to drink enough thought the day or day before you come to class. Doctors estimate around 2ltrs a day for normal body maintenance. Water is only part of the hydration story, we also need out electrolytes. For more information CLICK HERE.
– Water, you will want to take water into the room with you. We do not have anywhere to fill up water but we do sell 500ml Belu Water (all of Belu’s profits go to Wateraid) for £0.60 or please bring you own water.
– We advice never coming to class on an empty stomach. Your body needs full to power you though class so we would advice eating something 2 to 3hrs before class. Your probably do not want to eat directly before class, as with any form of strenuous exercise eating straight before can lead to nausea. For more information of food & bikram hot yoga CLICK HERE.
– Take a mat from the pills at the back of our studio room and set yourself up in the second or the third row (the front row is the row in front on the mirror). As the class is a dialogue class, everything you need to know is in your teachers words, however it can be helpful to have the visual of someone in front of you.
– Be kind to yourself and listen to your body. Your first class is about acclimatising yourself to the room and feeling out where your body is in the postures. If you need to at any point feel free to sit down. No posture should be painful. If you do feel pain, ease off and let your teacher know.
– Breathe (in and out through your nose, this is one of the keys to having an awesome class! Never hold you breath, especially in postures and apart from the two breathing exercises that bookend the series, always breathe in out and out through your nose, never your mouth.)
– Each class lasts 90 minutes and consists of the same 26 postures, in the same order, therefore you will see your strength and flexibility improve class by class.
– Wear light workout clothing that protects your modesty in an array of different postures. We advice no white – white goes see through when wet and you will be sweating a lot. (For a few more does and don’t CLICK HERE.
– Have fun, its only yoga after all.
Why the heat?
Muscles, fascia and connective tissues become more elastic allowing for greater flexibility with less chance of injury.
It promotes sweating which assists the detoxification process using the body’s largest elimination organ: the skin.
Your blood becomes thinner, which clears the circulatory system.
When the body is between three and five degrees above normal temperature, T-cell output from the thymus gland is multiplied 20 fold. T-cells fight infection which in turn helps to keep the immune system functioning properly.
Warmer temperatures produce a fluid stretch that allows for greater range of motion in the joints.
Heart rate becomes elevated improving the cardiovascular system and fitness.
Warm muscles burn fat more effectively. When we stretch, the fat has no room to sit, so it redistributes to the blood stream. We can then use it as energy.
Capillaries respond to the heat by dilating. This allows more oxygen to muscles, tissues, organs and glands helping to remove waste products from the body.
Higher temperatures improve the function of the nervous system, meaning that messages are carried more rapidly to and from the brain or spinal cord.
The heat improves strength because proteins can be utilised more effectively.
It speeds the breakdown of glucose and fatty acids.
It strengthens willpower, self control and determination through the challenging environment.
All this giving you a wonderful glow from head to toe. The heat combined with the sequence of the postures is what makes Bikram Yoga so special.
“Yoga is for everybody. There is no such thing as ‘old and infirm’. I will tell you the same thing, even if you are one hundred and one. Put on your leotards and get to work!” Bikram Choudhury