WHAT IS BIKRAM YOGA?

Bikram Yoga is an intelligently designed sequence of 26 postures (asanas), practiced for 90 minutes in a heated room of 35 to 42 degree celcius with a humidity of 40%.


The increased room temperature aids in warming the muscles and increasing the flexibility of the body tissues, allowing for deeper stretching and helping to prevent injury. Toxins are released through the breath and skin by sweating. The end result is an unparalleled feeling of mental and physical well-being and relaxation.


Bikram Yoga is the best way to lose weight and get in shape for people of all ages and abilities, especially beginners. You can burn 600 to 1,000 calories per class at Bikram Yoga Middle East, depending on your work rate. Bikram Yoga works 100% of your entire body, from the inside out. 


The series of stretches and compressions exercise your muscles, joints, ligaments, tendons, organs, nerves and glands. Upon release of a  posture, fresh oxygenated blood travels through and rejuvenates the  vessels and tissues that were being compressed.


Bikram Yoga is an effective lifestyle component for losing weight and increasing your overall health and well-being. Bikram Yoga is also effective in rehabilitating old injuries and complementing peak performance training.


The poses work synergistically to  return the body to a balanced state. Yoga assists to build energy and  flexibility. These postures have a tourniquet effect which effectively  stretches, squeezes and massages the internal organs, hence flushing out  the cardiovascular system. The well-maintained body is self- regulating  and self –adjusting.

As we are,  our muscles tend to stiffen, creating more pressure on the joints.  Regular stretching prevents this gradual stiffening and joint  deterioration, which is why yoga has such a rejuvenating effect.



ENJOY THE BENEFITS OF BIKRAM YOGA:


  • Detoxification & boost the immune system
  • Reduction of stress
  • Improved flexibility
  • Increased muscle tone, joint strength & range of motion
  • Improved posture
  • Increased energy levels
  • Improved metabolic function
  • Healthy digestion
  • Relief from chronic headaches and migraines
  • Improved respiratory function
  • Relief of joint, back and neck pain resulting from trauma, injuries, arthritis and other chronic conditions
  • Improve concentration
  • Regulate blood pressure & metabolism
  • Weight loss and muscle tone
  • Heal chronic back pain
  • Regulate sleep wake cycle 


NEW TO BIKRAM YOGA?


YOGA STUDIO POLICY 


  • ONLINE BOOKING IS MANDATORY.
  • If you need to cancel a reservation, please do so at least 3 hours before class in order to avoid a cancellation fee.
  • Please be well hydrated. Avoid drinking caffeinated drinks as it can dehydrate you.
  • Please do not eat any food at least 2.5 hours before class. Be on an empty stomach or have a very small snack.
  • Arrive early. First timers are required to arrive 15-20 minutes before class to register.
  • Women wear comfortable, light, form fitting clothes. (cropped tights, shorts, tank tops, sports bras)
  • Men should wear shorts (no boxer shorts/briefs or underwear). Women, please no bikini bathing suits or underwear. 
  • No shoes or socks in yoga class.
  • Bring plastic water bottles inside the class. Bottled waters are available for purchase. Yoga mats are also available for rent or for purchase.
  • Please refrain from coming to class if you are sick. 
  • No perfume (As some students are highly sensitive and/or allergic to strong scents which is intensified in the hot room).
  • Please clean up after yourself. Laundry baskets are located throughout the studio. Please use recycle bin for all bottles.
  • Please keep body and feet clean when attending class. 



During Class


All classes are 90 minutes. Please allow for the full 90 minutes, and do  not leave the room before the end of the class. If you absolutely must  leave your mat, leave and return quietly, between postures. Place your mat so that you can stand and see yourself in the mirror, and spread your towel on top of the mat. Avoid standing directly in front of  another student who was here before you. No talking allowed in class and  constant wiping.


Water


Generally, no water is taken until after the third posture (Eagle Pose – Garurasana). After this you may drink if necessary. Sip only a small amount, and please only drink between postures to avoid distraction. To avoid becoming dehydrated in class, consume adequate water daily. An adult human requires at least 64 ounces of drinking water a day.


Overwhelmed?


If you feel overwhelmed by the heat or too tired to go on, please pause  for a while. Calm your breath and heart rate at first by standing still,  and breathing in and out though your nose. Deliberately slow your  breathing down. If you really have to sit down, then be careful to rise  slowly when you are ready to rejoin the class. Even if the posture has  started, rest if you need… we’ve all spent time on the floor at some  stage.


Tips for your Yoga Practice


Throughout  the class, we do a posture, rest again, and then move on to another  posture. Just take it one posture at a time. Every posture is different, and each requires different aspects of strength, flexibility and  balance. You will find some postures easier than others, but you will  get the benefits by doing the best you can in each posture: listen to  the instruction, concentrate on alignment, work to the point of  discomfort but never pain.

Do not hurry to push yourself: strength, balance, flexibility and focus come much easier when the mind is relaxed.

Your body doesn’t lie. Don’t judge or criticize. Let your body be your teacher, and learn from it.

Minimize  your movement between postures – just breathe and be still. Extra  movement wastes energy, and can be distracting for others. 


AFTER YOGA CLASS


After The Class


Stay in the room in the final relaxation pose (Savasana) & leave the room in silence


The Next Few Days


New students usually respond in various ways. You may feel energized, or perhaps feel the need to rest. It is normal to feel a little sore and  stiff because of the deep stretching. In each case, the best thing you  can do is to get back into the yoga room. We suggest you take at least  three classes in your first week – you’ll find that you will adapt  quickly to the heated room, and you’ll soon get to know the postures. You’ll start noticing the benefits of the yoga within days.

Over the next 10 days you’ll begin to see changes in your strength and  flexibility – and probably your attitude as well. People you know will  start to notice and comment on the ‘yoga glow’.

Remember,  this is your first class; the heat may feel unbearable, and the  postures uncomfortable. Please stick with it. Yoga is a practice… the benefits come from frequency and persistence.


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