What if I have never done yoga before?
There is no prior yoga experience needed to take our classes or be a part of our school and community. All of our classes here are beginner level. You will be able to do some form of the postures with your current body as it is.
What if I have an illness, injury or I am on medication?
Please be sure to let the instructor know of whatever you may have going on. If you have a physical injury or limitation the teacher can help you during class based on their assessment. If you have limited range of motion we can help you feel comfortable during class. Always please keep in mind we focus on just letting the body sweat and feel good rather than physically contorting our bodies. If the teacher encourages you to just take it easy know that you are on your way and you may just have to wait a little bit for the body to respond. Yoga also teaches us as many emotional and mental things as it does physical.
What if I am nervous about being in a heated room?
Our heat is specially designed to heat surface area rather than air temperature. We take out the factor of creating certain air and weather conditions in the room. Our air actual air temperature is only capable of being heated to around 85-90 degrees. The rest of the heat comes from the ceiling in a technology similar to what is used in incubators in the NICU. It is a healing warming wavelength that gently heats the body and allows you to sweat. If you want it warmer sit directly under a heating panel. If you want it cooler, sit by the door and make sure you are not under a panel. Remember we are heating the body not the air. Every person will feel it differently based on his or her own personal situations. Give it a few classes and your body will adjust to the heat.
Why the Heat???
The heat is used as a tool. It is not to make class hard or to make you more flexible. It is here to help move blood flow and promote circulation. It is meant to mimic the weather conditions in India where this yoga originated. All we want is for you to sweat to help move blood so it brings oxygen to your internal systems and starts stimulating the body to regenerate itself.
What do I wear?
We suggest wearing something you feel comfortable sweating in. You will come out of class feeling as wet as if you were in a swimming pool. Wear as little or as much as you feel comfortable. We don’t notice what you are wearing its more important to us that you are there and feel comfortable.
What should I bring?
We encourage you to bring a mat, towel and water. We do have all of these items here for purchase or rent if you forget or need new equipment. A larger bath or beach towel may be handy to help you not slip on your mat during some postures. Again, do what you are comfortable with.
How many times a week is recommended to see benefits?
You will notice benefits no matter your level of commitment. We suggest to start with the introductory week to allow your body to get used to being here and to also see how many classes you can realistically fit into your schedule. After your week in up we also have the introductory month special to allow you to see how much you can realistically work into your schedule over a months time.
Our teachers and many students practice daily. This is not something you need to let your body “rest” from. This is a healing, regenerating series designed to move blood flow, circulation, and stimulate the internal systems of the body. The more you commit to yourself and the more time you give to yourself the more benefits you will receive.
The point is you can practice everyday, 3 times a week or once a week, to feel good. Once a week you will always leave feeling good and gain more energy. Anything more than 2 times a week you will see dramatic shifts in your emotional and physical state.
I just bought a Groupon what should I do next?
It is not necessary to preregister for class. Come to any class on the schedule that works for you. We do ask you arrive 15-20 minutes early to fill out a simple registration form. This registration form can also be filled out electronically with our online scheduler. Simply click the Book Online tab, make an account and it will prompt you to fill out necessary paper work. Please note it will not allow to you register or schedule a class with a Groupon until after your first class here. We can easily sort this for you at our front desk when you arrive.
What should I eat before?
This is the well-debated question…. Our experience tells us to suggest to you something light and be well hydrated. If you come in the morning, be mindful of your morning coffee as any caffeine before class can significantly raise your heart rate to an uncomfortable level in the room. If you need your coffee to rise and shine each day maybe just a light small cup to start with until you are experienced with the yoga enough to know how your body reacts in the room.
Same with food, start with something small until you know and feel comfortable with your body in the room. Over the years we have seen people be able to eat before class, others cannot. It can go either way, but until you know which way it is best for you to start small. Too much food in our stomach to close to class times means your body is digesting. If your body is digesting while you are trying to stretch it in a heated room it can make for an uncomfortable situation. Be logical about it and use your judgment until you know specifically how your body is going to respond.
What about drinking water?
We recommend coming to class well hydrated. It takes approximately 45 minutes for the body to absorb any water you drink. Do not rely on the water you drink in the room to hydrate you. If you come in the morning be sure to hydrate before you go to bed. If you come in the afternoon be sure you drink through out the day with the bulk of your water at your lunchtime.
How is this different than exercise? What makes this Yoga?
Many activities that we do in our daily life that involve exercise, fitness and body movement are some forms of sports. Running is a sport. Cycling is a sport etc… This form of yoga combines multiple healing modalities of breath work, i.e. specific deep breathing exercises, compression of major organs, sweating in heat, mediation techniques and energy movement.
The combination of all of these alternative-healing modalities (along with many other things) is what starts to make this different than most body movement activities we may be accustom to. Yoga is a traditional form of healing used for countless years.
Specifically at this school we study Hatha Yoga. Hatha Yoga is the study of the art of the asana. We use physical asana specifically form and technique based instruction, to get to know our bodies. We start the process of getting to know ourselves better or deepen our mind body connect by observing our bodies while we move them. It is never about physically being able to move our bodies or how well we do an asana but rather the self-exploration of observing our own bodies while doing these movements. This will be completely different to anything you have experienced.
Will this help with my stress level and or illness and injury?
Hippocrates Institute in West Palm Beach Florida http://hippocratesinst.org talks about stress being the #1 cause of illness, disease & injury. Regular body movement combination with breath work & sweating (specifically this series, not sport) significantly reduces stress, which starts the body on a path of self-healing.
There are many alternative forms of healing. Many healing methods include (but are not limited to) meditation, deep breathing (breath work), sweating in heat, & energy work. ALL of those things happen in a Bikram yoga class. It is the start to a path of health and wellness. All you have to do is show up. Please do not be concerned with what you feel like you can or cannot do in the room. Just learning about yourself and feeling your body as you move it is the most important thing. You are the most important thing in the room not your ability to perform a yoga pose.