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Frequently Asked Questions

How should I prepare for my first class?

New students please arrive for check in 15 minutes prior to start time. No late entry allowed. Lockers and showers are available and amenities are provided. Please bring your own mat and towel. We do not offer mat or towel rentals. For purchases, you must have a card on file or bring one for us to store. No cash accepted. All sales final

What's the difference between Bikram Yoga and other methods of "hot yoga"?

Bikram Yoga is the original hot yoga developed by Bikram Choudhury and introduced to the US in the 1970s. The postures are performed in a specific 90 min sequence to allow safe and progressive conditioning of the body. All Bikram Yoga teachers must complete a nine week intensive training course in order to teach the Bikram series. The proven effectiveness of Bikram’s copyrighted sequence, combined with the specified 105F temperature and 40% humidity, has enticed many non-Bikram yoga studios to offer “hot classes” with a modified sequence. However, only certified studios may bear the name of our founder and teach the original sequence.

Is yoga just a bunch of stretching? What if I'm not flexible?

You do not need to be flexible to do yoga. The Bikram series is accessible to anyone–stiff or limber, strong or weak, beginners or seasoned practitioners. Every class offered is the same 90 minute series of 26 postures. Performing the same sequence each time offers you a consistent experience, allowing you to move at your own pace and as your personal practice evolves. As you practice more, you will realize that the benefits of yoga go beyond flexibility. You will feel more energized. Your mind gets sharper. Your entire body becomes stronger, you function better and your overall health will improve.

Why is heat good?

The heated environment warms up muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints, which allows for a safer and deeper practice. A warm body is also less prone to injury. Heat expands your blood vessels which promotes blood circulation, and increases energy. Lastly, your skin is the largest organ in your body and the quickest way for you to remove toxins through sweat.

Can I lose weight?

Relative weight loss can be one of the results of a regular practice (minimum three times a week); however, it is not the main purpose of practicing hot yoga. Your yoga practice is a mind-body experience, improving both physical and mental strength and flexibility. Yoga is best implemented as part of a well-balanced lifestyle with proper exercise and diet.

Why is it always the same 90 minute class with 26 postures?

Postures never change. You will change. Practicing the same series offers several benefits. First, there is a sense of consistency. You become familiar with the postures over time and discover your own level of practice. Secondly, although the postures stay the same, your body is constantly changing and evolving. Strength, flexibility and state of mind are always in flux and you will find a different challenge every time you step onto your mat.

Can Bikram Yoga provide a cardiovascular workout?

Depending on your body type, metabolism and with the 100% effort, you should be able to achieve your personal target heart rate during class. Holding various postures will massage the heart, elevate pulse and deliver cardiovascular benefits.

What if I feel dizzy, lightheaded or nauseous during class?

This is common, especially for beginning students who are still adjusting to the heat. Make sure you are well hydrated up to an hour before class (to allow your body to process the fluids). Try practicing at different times of the day to see how your body responds. Also make sure you are getting enough natural electrolytes when you hydrate. Electrolyte-enhanced beverages or simply a pinch of sea salt with honey and lemon in your water bottle should suffice.

What if I feel sore after I practice?

This is normal. Soreness is caused by lactic acid build up in the muscles (meaning your muscles can not extract enough oxygen from your blood). The most effective way to remove lactic acid is to stretch the muscles and as you build more muscle mass, your body will become more efficient at consuming oxygen during exercise. So the answer is, come back to the studio right away!

Can I practice if I am pregnant?

If you are new to Bikram Yoga, it is advised to wait until after you have delivered and you get clearance from your physician. If you have been practicing regularly for at least 6 months, you can continue to practice through your pregnancy. Please consult with studio manager first to set up a private lesson in order to learn the necessary modifications.

Is there a minimum age requirement to practice at Bikram Yoga Irvine?

Yes, you must be at least 13 years old. Students under 18 must have a parent/guardian sign waiver on registration card in studio before practicing. Email to get the PDF of registration card.