These are a few frequently asked questions.
Didn’t know you had a muscle there?
You have used 100% of your body. You are on your way to regaining your birthright, using your full range of motion that it was designed for. Muscle soreness is a build-up of lactic acid. What’s a great way to help get rid of lactic acid? Stretching. It may seem impossible to imagine coming back for more the next day, but it will help. It’s THE BEST way to relieve the soreness. The room is heated so when you return, you will be able to stretch your muscles with out the feeling of soreness. It is recommended that you drink lots of water before and after class. Come back the next day, don’t wait too long.
How often should I do Bikram Yoga?
As often as possible, the more you practice the more you will see progress and results.
For good results regularly practice 3 times per week. For life-changing results, 4 or more times per week. Professional/amateur athletes cross train with Bikram Yoga 1-2 weekly. In order to be effective yoga should be practiced on a regular basis with no long lapses of time between lessons. A minimum commitment of 10 classes in 30 days is recommended to maintain benefits from this yoga program.
Can I lose weight?
Yes, if you have it to lose. Bikram says you will have a new body with 60 days of daily practice. Each posture combines flexibility, strength and balance to work your whole body from bone to skin. With regular practice you can lose inches and develop muscle tone, strength and stamina. The postures help to release bound-fat cells and work the endocrine glands to fire up your metabolism. Warm muscles burn fat more effectively. When we stretch the fat has no room to sit so it redistributes to the blood stream which we use as energy. For those who wish to lose weight, Bikram recommends coming to classes earlier in the day.
What if I am not flexible?
This is the most common misconception that prevents people from coming to a yoga class. Yoga is not about how flexible you are , it is about stretching your body and spine in all directions. If you simply try the right way, your balance, endurance and flexibility will naturally increase. You will be receiving 100% of the benefits. In fact, if you are not flexible, can’t touch your toes, or maybe can’t even see your toes, you are an excellent candidate for yoga.
Do you travel a lot?
Find Authentic Bikram Yoga in locations all over the world. Don’t be fooled by copy cat hot yoga. To find an official Bikram Yoga Studio go to www.bikramyoga.com. Bikram’s trademark sequence has been proven safe and effective for over 50 years and practiced now by millions of people. Bikram invented the use of heat in the practice room and is “the original hot yoga”. Simply check the official or affiliated studio’s offer Bikram classes exclusively then you are assured their authenticity, so you will have peace of mind teachers are qualified and have the most current Bikram certifications.