Why is the yoga room heated?
The heat, when combined with the humidity, allows you to stretch more deeply, reinforce the building of muscles, and improve endurance, as well as work on the inside of the body by massaging the organs. The heat also helps burn calories – up to 1000 per class!
Can I do Bikram hot yoga?
Bikram yoga is suitable for beginners – the postures are adaptable to all. The instructor does not perform the postures, but rather talks the class through them, and is able to correct you and show you how to do each posture if needed. Each student practices at their own pace; we have students ranging from 8 to 80 years old. There is no competition, everyone learns at their own rhythm
What is the difference between Bikram hot yoga and regular hot yoga?
Bikram hot yoga is the original hot yoga. It was conceived as a prescription to improve both body and mind.
Bikram hot yoga is composed of 26 postures that are each repeated twice, and 2 breathing exercises. During the class, you work out every part of your body: muscles, organs, glands, etc.
The postures are made for a hot room, so the practice is safe.
Additionally, Bikram yoga is therapeutic as repeating the same postures allows the body and mind to heal.
Other types of hot yoga are in fact traditional types of yoga such as Hatha, Vinyasa, or Yin that were transposed into a hot room, and the postures are chosen by the teacher, which causes a risk of serious injury.
The heating system is also very different. Other types of so-called hot yoga use a radiator system that only heats the body, and often include music and dim lighting.
Bikram yoga uses a ventilating apparatus with an important impact: the constant renewal of fresh air to avoid high CO2 rates, and the 40% humidity for better respiratory performance. It is practiced at a temperature of 40 degrees. This complex heating system ensures a safe and beneficial practice. There is no music or dim lighting to avoid any distractions. We want each student to focus on themselves.
Can I practice every day?
Yes! You can practice Bikram hot yoga every day as it is an aerobic exercise (emphasis and concentration on breathing).
What should I bring?
You will need a yoga mat, preferably not too thick, as well as a large towel to put over your mat, and lots of water The most important thing to bring is yourself! Dress lightly, either in leggings or shorts, with either a long or short top.
How can I prepare for my first class?
Drink 3 large glasses of water at least one hour before the class to ensure you are properly hydrated – you will sweat! 🙂
Eat 3 hours before the class or have a protein shake 2 hours before. You will quickly see what works best for you and be able to adjust your habits accordingly.
Am I allowed to leave the class?
Of course – if the need arises, you can leave the room – but we encourage students to stay even if they have a hard time, by taking a break. You can lie down, and most of the time discomfort disappears quickly. It’s normal to feel a little dizzy the first time. By not leaving, you give your body the opportunity to adapt to the heat for future classes. You also gain a feeling of accomplishment, a small victory, and move one step closer to good health, well-being, fitness, and zenitude. 🙂
Why are we told not to wipe off our sweat?
The body sweats to fight against the heat. If you wipe away the sweat, it stops your body from calming itself – your body will therefore produce even more sweat which will tire you more quickly. Sweating is your gift to yourself, and means you are working hard to better your body. With time, you will learn to appreciate it! Everything your instructor asks of you is intended to help enhance your experience and help you take good care of your body.
I am not flexible - should I still come to yoga?
Saying you aren’t flexible enough for yoga is like saying you’re too dirty to bathe. Doing yoga will help increase your flexibility.
Do you have lockers?
Yes, we have small lockers for your personal items. You can bring your own lock, or borrow one from us. We also have changing rooms where our students store their coats, gym bags, etc.
What are the rules to follow?
Please do not wear perfume or speak in the yoga classrooms. No cell phones or bags in the classrooms; please leave them in your locker or in the changing room. Proper hygiene is required – we have showers, in case you’ve had a long day. Always be respectful towards the teachers, students, school, and the practice. Follow the recommendations of your teachers, and lastly, please refrain from bringing your cellphones into the changing rooms.
How much does it cost ?
We offer a wide variety of memberships, either by month or by number of classes. There is something for everyone! Take advantage of our promotions when possible ! Click here to check out our prices.
What can I do if I don’t have a yoga mat or towel?
We have both yoga mats and towels for rent for only $2 – we also sell both on location for $25.