Frequently Asked Questions - BIKRAM YOGA / HOT 26
What if I am not flexible?
This is the most common misconception that prevents people from coming to a yoga class and yet yoga is not about how flexible you are. It is about stretching your body and spine in all directions to your own personal capability, it is about breathing and staying present to the moment. If you maintain the correct form of the asana (posture) and work with effort, energy and enthusiasm you are guaranteed of receiving 100% of the benefits.
Is it a cardiovascular workout and can I lose weight?
No matter what your fitness level you will find Bikram Yoga / Hot 26 very challenging. Each posture combines strength, flexibility and balance to work your whole body from the inside out, from your bones to your skin. With persistence, patience, and dedication, you can lose inches, and develop muscle tone and strength that might never come from other forms of exercise.
Most people do not experience dramatic weight loss according to a scale because as you are losing fat, you are building muscle mass. What you will see is a general slimming all over: your clothes will fit better, your posture will improve, your skin will GLOW!
Why is the room heated?
The heat combined with the sequence of the postures is what makes Bikram Yoga / Hot 26 so special. The room is heated intentionally to warm muscles, which allows you to work deeper in a shorter amount of time, seeing results faster. Heat takes the trauma out of stretching, heals and helps prevent injuries. Also, your skin is the largest elimination organ in your body.
Yoga is not just about working muscles. You are massaging deep tissues, glands and organs as well. As you work deep within your body, you may start to release “poisons” or ‘toxins” that have been stored there a long time. As you work deep into your body, you start to release “toxins” that have been stored there a long time. Sweating helps flush the toxins from your body, giving you a wonderful glow from head to toe.
What if I feel sore after class?
Didn’t know you had a muscle there? Congratulations, you have utilized 100% of your body. You are on the way to regaining your birthright: using your body in the full range of motion that it was designed for. Muscle soreness is a build-up of lactic acid.
What’s the best way to get rid of the lactic acid? Stretching. It may seem impossible to imagine that coming back for more will help, but it is THE BEST way to relieve the soreness. If you wait too long to come back, then you will be starting all over again.
Do I need to drink water before class?
Drink plenty of water before class. It is easy to get dehydrated, so make sure you are drinking plenty of water after class and the entire day before you come to class. You are less likely to feel lightheaded or dizzy during class if you’ve had enough to drink in the hours preceding class. Remember our bodies are mostly water. Being fully hydrated helps take pressure off of organs to do their jobs and helps flush the body and keep it running smoothly.
The most typical excuse for not drinking water is the increased visits to the WC. Your body will adjust to the increased water intake. You may also find benefits of decreased body odour, smoother skin and shinier hair.