Frequently Asked Questions
What is the recommended room temperature for Bikram Yoga?
The recommended room temperature for Bikram Yoga is 105°F with 40% humidity. The room is kept at this temperature for several reasons. It allows for deeper stretching, detoxifies the body through sweating, thins the blood to clear the circulatory system, increases heart rate for better cardiovascular workout, and reorganizes lipids (fats) in the muscular structure.
What if I am not flexible?
This is the most common misconception that prevents people from coming to class. Yoga is not about flexibility, it is about stretching your body and spine in all directions. All that matters is that you try the right way and you will get 100% of the benefits.
Is Bikram Yoga a cardiovascular workout and can I lose weight?
No matter what your level of fitness you will find Bikram Yoga very challenging. Each posture combines flexibility, strength and balance to work your whole body. With persistence, patience and dedication, you can lose inches and develop muscle tone and strength.
What are some of the benefits of Bikram Yoga?
There are unlimited benefits to Bikram Yoga. It reduces stress, increases blood circulation and improves strength and flexibility. Regular practice (at least three times a week) can reduce the symptoms of many chronic diseases (i.e. arthritis, diabetes, and thyroid disorders.) It also promotes relaxation.
Who is Bikram?
Bikram Choudhury founded the Yoga College of India in Beverly Hills in 1974. He is one of the pre-eminent Hatha Yoga Masters living today. His physical fitness Guru was Bishnu Charan Ghosh, brother of Yogananda, founder of the Self-Realization Fellowship. Bikram is an India National Yoga Champion.