Yes. This series is specifically designed to be accessible for beginners and yet at the same time still challenging for more experienced students.
Lack of flexibility is one of the main reasons people seek out Hatha Yoga. Bikram Yoga is specifically designed for the safety and benefit of all students, regardless of flexibility.
As a beginner, Bikram recommends practicing everyday for 60 days. From then on a maintenace schedule of a minimum of three days a week is recommended. However, something is better than nothing so most important is to come to class any chance you get!
Maybe you don’t feel like your doing them all, but remember that no one is perfect, we all try yoga, it’s a practice not a performance. Just by attempting the Bikram yoga class the right way you’ll still receive 100 % benefits. Be honest and put 100 % effort into each posture while listening and working within your body’s limitations. Have patience with your limitations. Appreciate the hard work you are doing to begin to restore your health and wellbeing.
Through a consistent Bikram Yoga practice, injured areas will begin to heal, scar tissue will break down and in its place healthy tissue will be regenerated. Bones that have been shifted out of alignment will be moved back to proper position relieving chronic pain.
It is estimated that one class will burn well up to 1,000 calories, depending how hard you work and engage your muscles, but that’s not the only reason students slim down. Bikram Yoga improves the body’s ability to digest and eliminate food efficiently, while stimulating the glands responsible for regulating metabolism. Balancing out all your systems, your body will find it’s ideal weight.
For your safety and to allow you to practice the yoga the way Bikram has intended. The carpet is cushioning for your joints and encourages strengthening of your muscles. Stepping onto the carpet allows you to see your postures in the mirror.
No, However first time students should arrive 30 minutes before class starts, to talk to the teacher and register. You can save time by registering online. Go to our New Students page, read the policies and fill out the registration form. Class space is given on a first-come first-serve basis.
Bring water, a full-length bath towel, a shower towel and a thin yoga mat. If you do not have these items, they are available for sale or rent at the studio. (yoga mat & towel 30 kr.)
Wear clothing that is appropriate for exercising in a hot environment. Make sure that all of your private parts are covered, and please do not wear clothing that is sheer or see through when dry and wet. Underwear only and ladies swimwear are not allowed. Please do not wear long-sleeve shirts or pants that go below the knees. It’s important to see your body working.
There are lockers provided in both the men’s and women’s locker rooms, you are welcome to bring your own lock, but can also rent one from the front desk (please have a ID to exchange, fee 10 kr.)
Yoga changes the construction of the body from the inside out, from bones to skin and from fingertips to toes. So before you change it, you have to heat it up to soften it, because a warm body is a flexible body. Then you can reshape the body any way you want.
Hatha Yoga flushes away the waste products, the toxins of all the glands and organs of your body. It provides a natural irrigation of the body through the circulatory system, with the help of the respiratory system. It brings nourishments to every cell of your body so that each one can perform its function and keep your body healthy. Bikram Yoga also employs heat to further enhance that cleaning process: When you sweat, impurities are flushed out of the body through the skin.
Practicing yoga not only increases our supplies of oxygen, but it also teaches us how to use that oxygen properly – we learn to control the breath through pranayama.
Additional Reasons for the Heat:
- Enhances vasodilation so that more blood is delivered to the muscles. This means that the capillaries that weave around the muscles respond to the heat by dilation. This brings more oxygen to the muscles and helps in the removal of waste products such as carbon dioxide and lactic acid.
- Allows oxygen in the blood to detach from the hemoglobin more easily. When blood passes through warm muscles, oxygen releases more easily from the hemoglobin. Blood passing through cold muscles release less oxygen.
- Speeds up the breakdown of glucose and fatty acids.
- Makes muscles more elastic and less susceptible to injury.
- Improves coordination.
- Reduces heart irregularities associated with sudden exercise.
- Burns fat more easily. Warmed muscles burn fat more easily than cold ones. Fat is released during stress. The stress of intense exercise causes a deluge of fatty acids into the blood stream. If you exercise with cold muscles, they can’t use the fatty acids and they end up in places where they aren’t wanted, such as in the lining of your arteries.