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Q: Iím too old, isnít this for young people?

     Yoga is for every age as long as you can crawl into class you’ll be able to do the postures to the best of your ability and you’ll be getting 100% benefit.  Yogis believe that you are only as old as your spine is flexible. As a baby your spine is very flexible. You’ve lost most of that flexibility but you can get some of it back.  All of the postures can be modified to fit your beginning yoga body and after 10 consecutive classes you will start to feel younger and live with less aches and pains.  Which 80 year old do you want to be?

Q: - Iím not flexible, I wonít be good at it, is it worth it for me?

-          This is one of the reasons you need yoga!  Bikram Yoga can increase flexibility and range of motion by up to 30%. Yogis believe that your mind is directly connected to your body. The yogis like to say, “Flexible body, flexible mind. Inflexible body, inflexible mind”.  So along with helping you keep an open happy mind you’ll develop physical flexibility.  A flexible body not only moves more gracefully and is less prone to injury and joint and spine problems as you age.


Q: I am a total beginner, I donít want to feel out of place is there a special class for me?

Bikram yoga is a beginner level series, more specifically; Bikram Yoga is an all-level series, benefitting both the first timer and the advanced practitioner.  Simply, come into the room with no expectation and no comparison and establish your starting point.  The more often you practice, the more benefits you’ll receive and the more changes you’ll see in your body.  No one is watching you except yourself; everyone else is busy focusing on his or her own bodies.

Q: Isnít yoga mostly for women, I am an inflexible, out of shape man. Will I be embarrassed and the only guy in class?

We like to say self-awareness is for everyone, not just for women.  Traditionally, the class is between 30% - 50% men. 

 As a matter of fact, many male athletes and celebrities use Bikram yoga as their fitness secret weapon, some include;  actors George Clooney and Jim Carrey, soccer star David Beckham, , golfers Joe Ogilvy and  Dave Stockton, music producer Quincy Jones,  basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Olympic gymnast Raj Bhavsar.

(Google any of the names above and add the word ‘yoga’ you’ll read all about their experiences)


Q: - Itís not aerobic; will I have to run to get my cardio?

We’ve  heard this over and over again by numerous athletes that have never tried Bikram Yoga. They don’t say it after they’ve tried it. You’ll feel your heart rate get to its target rate if you are doing your best in class.

Q: Can I Lose Weight?

-          Bikram Yoga can burn up to 630 calories per hour which is the same as jogging for one hour!

-          It is well known that to be effective, a workout should make you sweat and increase your heart rate. Bikram yoga well and truly fulfills both of these criteria.

-          Warm muscles burn fat more easily; your muscles also become stronger and suppler from practicing Bikram yoga. Both these factors allow you to exercise your body more effectively and aid the weight loss process.

-          Detoxifying the body and having a healthy circulatory system are known to have a very positive effect on metabolism. This in turn increases the ability of your body to shed weight more effectively.

-          It is widely known that practicing Bikram yoga enables many of your bodily systems and functions - digestion, respiration, endocrine, lymphatic and elimination - to work in harmony. As a result, your appetite will normalize (and likely decrease) and you will more than likely lose all your cravings for unhealthful foods.

-          Increased willpower and mental strength that comes from the challenge of practicing yoga in a heated environment will help you maintain your resolve and resist temptation when trying to lose weight.

Q: How Often Should I Do Bikram Yoga To Gain The Best Weight Loss Benefits?

It is recommended that you attend a minimum of 10 Bikram yoga sessions per month (3 or more sessions per week is optimal) to gain maximum weight loss benefits.

Q: How Long Will It Be Before I See Results?

It is accepted that it takes about 13 sessions for your body to start enjoying maximum benefits from Bikram yoga; three classes to understand and get used to the posture, then ten classes to work optimally with poses.

Q: How Should I Combine Bikram Yoga With Diet And Other Exercise?

Bikram yoga shouldn’t be used exclusively as a weight loss tool; it should be used in tandem with a healthy eating plan and other exercise. Indeed, practicing Bikram yoga can help with other aspects of a weight loss program; the physical benefits allow you to exercise more effectively, and the mind/spirit aspect increases your awareness of what foods your body does and doesn't need.

Q: Itís too hot; does it have to be so hot?

It is warm and humid and you’ll sweat out enough sweat to soak a towel if you’re lucky. Our studio is kept to a comfortable 105 degrees and 40% humidity. (A typical sauna is 150 – 190 degrees).

If you’ve never worked out in a hot room before, you’ll see how much easier you stretch.   Although, we don’t know all of the health benefits of a good sweat, some include increased circulation, amazing exfoliation of the entire body, and increased calorie burning. 

-                   The skin is the largest organ in the body and through the pores it plays a major role in the detoxifying process alongside the lungs, kidneys, bowels, liver and the lymphatic and immune systems. The skin produces cool sweat to regulate the body's elevated temperature. It also has the ability to transform toxins from lipid-soluble or oil-based, into -easier to eliminate- water-soluble forms. Sweat carries toxins out of the body and flushes them through the pores.

-          Sweating is the body's safe and natural way to heal. Scientists and doctors are finally acknowledging what our ancestors (American Indians, Turks, Finnish, Romans, Japanese all had sweat baths) instinctively knew, that regular sweating restores good health through the elimination of toxins.  The heat allows you to stretch safely, decreasing risk of injury.

 The millions of Bikram practitioners will tell you it’s one of the reasons we keep coming back.


Q: What is happening in my body during Bikram's yoga?

Muscles are contracted and stretched at a cellular, biochemical level. Lipids and proteins reorganize optimally in such stretching, allowing for better circulation. Joint mobility and range of motion is increased, and strength is built by the use of gravity. Muscles and joints are balanced.

Blood and calcium are brought to the bones. Working against gravity strengthens the bones. The organs of the immune system within the bones (red marrow) are boosted.

The lymph nodes are massaged, lymph is pumped throughout the body, and white blood cells are distributed throughout the body as the lymphatic system works more efficiently.

There is compression and extension to the thymus, spleen, appendix and intestines; lungs are stretched and flushed out by increased blood circulation. The endocrine glands are encouraged to secrete appropriate hormones, and the communication between hormones and various glands and systems of the body is perfected. Toxins and waste are eliminated through the organs of elimination.

The nerves are stimulated by compression and extension, improving communication within the systems of the body and supplying fresh blood, oxygen and nutrients throughout. The brain is stimulated by improved circulation and by varying blood pressure.

Q: I feel nauseous, dizzy during class and very tired after my first class. Is this normal? What should I do about it?

It is not unusual to feel nauseous or dizzy during your first class. Practicing yoga in a heated room reveals to us our present condition, and inspires us take much better care of ourselves.

Usually the problem is that we do not drink enough water for daily living, let alone for exercising in a heated room. Nutritionists tell us that we need 64-80 ounces of water a day to help the body function properly.

In the heated yoga room, your body needs an adequate fund of water to allow perspiration to release heat from the body as you practice. So we estimate you need another 64-80 ounces (sometime during the day) to allow for your 90 minutes in the room. Once you are drinking enough water your body will tolerate the heat better and you will actually enjoy the heat.

If you feel disoriented or like you need a good nap after your first few classes, this is likely because your body has begun to cleanse itself as a result of the yoga practice. Don't be scared. After the first few classes this sensation will pass. The more you can relax as you give your 110% honest effort during class, the more energized you will feel throughout the class and throughout the rest of your day.


Q: How many times a week is it recommended to practice?

The quick answer is the more the better, doing this yoga is changing your body alignment and joint range of motion like braces change your teeth.  Just imagine if you took your braces off and put them on every few days.  It would take longer to move things and make the deep changes. 


The reality is that most people can only afford the time to come a few times a week and that is definitely better than not coming to class at all.  If that’s all you can do, then great.


Without trying to scare you, ideally, in the beginning, we recommend doing the Full Class religiously each day for two months until you are performing all but the very difficult poses such as the Standing Bow Pulling and Stretching Pose eighty percent correctly. If you are restricted by a medical condition or have any chronic disease that can be cured with yoga, you should continue daily until your condition is resolved. Your progress is measured in fractions of inches, or by length of time that you can hold a pose.  You’ll notice changes in range of motion and stamina every time you come to class.

By coming regularly, you’ll see how your body reacts and you’ll find your own rhythm in attending classes.

Q: How good is this Yoga habit?

 Look at someone who has been doing this yoga for over twenty or thirty years. Don't ask their ages. They have become timeless.

Q: Does Bikram yoga provide maximum fitness?
A: Yes, it does.  Maximum fitness occurs when each organ, system and limb of your body functions optimally. It is the prerequisite of health, productivity and mental peace. Maximum fitness is not a superficial cosmetic condition, but peak performance of the organ systems which metabolize food, ensure immunity, carry and purify blood, regulate hormone production, and control endocrine gland secretions.  For this reason, exercises, which develop maximum fitness, target your organs and organ systems, not just your muscles or waistline.

Q: Is Doing Bikram Yoga safe Ö. When menstruating?

It is perfectly safe to do Bikram's yoga when menstruating. Inverted postures are normally the postures contraindicated for menstruation. But there are no inverted postures in Bikram's yoga.

So in fact, Bikram's yoga is very good for toning the reproductive system as it directly affects the reproductive organs and the endocrine glands--pituitary, pineal and thyroid gland in particular.  Cycle’s become regular; complaints of irregularity and PMS decrease.

Q: When pregnant?

Talk to your teacher.

If you have been doing yoga regularly just prior to your pregnancy, then you may continue with the yoga exercises normally until your third month, or up until the time you are no longer able to lie on your abdomen.  All of the postures can then be modified for a pregnant woman and many women have done yoga up until delivery.

If you are new to yoga or have not been doing Yoga just prior to your pregnancy, you should wait three months into your pregnancy until you start.

Q: With high blood pressure?

Unstable high blood pressure responds so quickly to diligent Yoga practice that doctors sometimes doubt their instruments. (This quick response of the blood pressure is one of the most telling demonstrations of Yoga's ability to regulate and synchronize body systems.) If you are tested about a week after starting Yoga, you may see a slight rise in pressure. Don't be alarmed. By the second week, that pressure will be normal or close to normal and will stay there as long as you maintain your yoga regimen.

Consult your doctor, use common sense, and don't push hard in any of the poses the first three days. The poses in which high blood pressure patients must continue to exercise caution until their blood pressure checks out normally are these: the backward bending portion of Half Moon, the Standing Bow Pulling, Balancing Stick, Cobra, the third part of Locust, Full Locust and the Camel.

Depending on the severity of your condition, the above should be done for a count of no more than five at first, building to ten counts only after two weeks. If you are supple enough to do the Fixed Firm fully the first few days, limit that to five counts as well. Be absolutely sure to rest between each set. It is also essential for heart patients to breathe normally during the postures. As for the Bow Pose, (on the floor) a beginner with high blood pressure must never perform the pose without a qualified teacher present.

It is because these backward bending positions create pressure in the chest, and so on the heart, that high blood pressure patients must use caution. Do not eliminate them though--with the exception of Bow Pose. They are the very friends you need to control your ailment.

Q: With Asthma, Emphysema, Chronic Bronchitis?

Without knowing the cause of your asthma, we can tell you that Bikram yoga will be good for you in several ways. It is done in a warm room, which promotes relaxation of the muscles and nerves, and is the type of exercise that you can do with as little or as much intensity as appropriate for your needs. In other words, you can do each posture with less effort if you're concerned about overexertion triggering an attack, or you can sit down and rest whenever you need to during the class.

It will relax your mind and help let go of tensions, toxins and negativity. It also strengthens your heart and lungs, improving your lung function. You will breathe easier and deeper than you ever have before.


Q: With Arthritis?

Talk to your teacher.

Hopeless-type maladies? Diseases of laziness are all they are according to Bikram. Yoga can "cure" arthritis. That is, it can relieve symptoms. This is not a miracle; it is common sense.

Many people think arthritis occurs because of an overabundance of calcium in the body. But there is really no overabundance. The problem is that the calcium is deposited as a form of calcium phosphate in the joint-tissue, including the spine. At that point, the calcium phosphate deposit begins to build layers in the joint--spiky crystal formations like a cactus--until no room is left for the joint to pivot smoothly in its socket. And these spiny needles irritate the surrounding muscles and nerves, and the agony of arthritis begins.

Rheumatism? It is closely related to arthritis, but is even more exclusively a lazy person's disease. You have only to do your Yoga and you will be free of rheumatism.

Bikram says, “Gout is also a problem that attacks the joints. And again and again in my series of exercises, you find me addressing myself specifically to exercising the joints.  If I seem to be reducing some of the oldest, most painful, and perplexing diseases to lack of exercise, you're right, but that is what they often seem to boil down to.

Sadly, the theory seems to be that with advancing "age" one should ‘slow down,’ ‘take it easy,’ don't exert yourself or do too much exercise. And if you get something like arthritis, take it even easier; don't move, except to open your mouth to swallow the latest pill being offered as a cure. This advice is simply more nails for an earlier coffin. Exercise--meaning daily Yoga--is the cure.”

Q: With Back Problems?

This answer is taken from Bikram’s book….

Picture your spine as a series of ball bearings (vertebrae) one on top of the other, each separated from the next by a cushion (a cartilage disc). When the spine in shiny and new, all the ball bearings are smooth and round, moving freely in all directions, and the cushions are strong and thick. Now picture your daily activities. In one position after another, probably ninety-five percent of the time, that spine is leaning forward.

What is happening, then, is that each vertebra of your back is compressing its cushion in a front wise direction. This goes on year after year until there is no resiliency left in the front of the cushions, while the two sides and back have grown weak and slack from disuse. In addition, lack of movement has made the bearings rusty and barnacles have developed. The result: backache, stiff neck, headache, and countless other complaints.

The cure: exercise! Make the spine work so that resiliency and strength are restored to each cushion, so that the rust and barnacles are worn off the ball bearings, so that an X ray would show them smooth and round, sitting snugly on their fat, renewed cushions.

Beginning with Half Moon, my series of exercises is designed to make your shocked and shriveled spine work to both sides, to the back, and then to the front. Only by exercising in all directions can your spine be healthy; and only with a healthy spine can you have a healthy nervous system.

If your chronic problem is something such as sciatic pain, lumbago, sore back muscles, whiplash, vertebrae out of line, shoulder trouble, radiating pains down the arms, tension headaches, swayback, spinal curvature, pinched nerves, or "something not quite right that the doctor said I ought to watch," stop watching. Act! Get to work on these exercises. Even those who have had spinal surgery should get to work--with their doctor's okay and a qualified teacher who can lead them in my particular series of exercises.

People with slipped disc are often in such pain that Yoga seems further torture. However, in numerous slipped disc cases, determined Yoga can save the day. So endure the pain. But please note that those with slipped disc should also work under the supervision of a qualified instructor using my exact series of exercises and the safety rules laid down in the body of my book.

As you can see, the best thing is to adopt a Yoga regimen before any of these troubles develop--for if you do, they probably won't develop.

Q: Is it a religion?

No, this is a physical experience and has as much religious attachment as a game of golf has (ok, I take that back)…  not that bad.

Mar/Apr 2014 - See "New Class Offering"
Tue April 01,2014

Class Schedule 
M, W, F - 5am, 7am, 9am, 11am, 4pm, 6pm, 8pm
T & TH - 7am ,9am, 4pm, 6pm
SAT - 
7am, 9am, 11am, *1:00pm, 3:30pm
SUN - 7am, 9am, 11am, 3:30pm

* Sat, 1pm, & Mon, Wed, 8pm Karma class $9 drop in, (Saturday 1pm starts on 3/22)
Friday 8pm donation based class

Class schedule and teachers listed here...


Light Yoga is a new hour and 15 minute relaxed format yoga class performed in a room just warm enough (90°) to keep muscles supple, flexible and ready to safely stretch.  This class was designed for those not quite ready for a traditional style Bikram class done in the Hot Room (105°).  If heat is a challenge, you are a beginner, are extremely inflexible, or are a senior, this is a perfect class to begin a yoga practice.  

Beginning March 17, Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10:00am - 11:15.

4pm - Check in
5pm - 6:30 Bikram Yoga Class
7pm - 8pm Potluck
8pm   Sound Bath
For more information and sign up, check with the front desk.