When should I arrive?
Arrive at least 15 minutes before class. This will give you enough time to register, change, and become used to your surroundings.
What should I wear?
Dress as if you were going to the beach — light, fitted exercise clothing work fine. Avoid baggy t-shirts and pants. A sleeveless top and shorts are best. Don’t worry about shoes – you’ll be doing your yoga barefoot.
What should I eat?
Avoid eating 2-3 hours before class — yoga is always best practiced on an empty stomach. Some people however need to have a little something in their belly (such as a piece of fruit or an energy bar). You’ll soon figure it out what works for you and what your body needs.
How much water should I drink?
LOTS! You can lose several pounds of water during class. You should be drinking 1-2 liters per day, every day. On the days you practice Bikram Yoga, you’ll need up to 3-4 liters. Most of your water intake should be at least 2 hours before and after class. Don’t fill up on the way to class, or during class.
If you’re feeling sluggish, dizzy or even nauseous during or after the class you may be dehydrated or mineral deficient. Make sure you are drinking plenty of water. You might also like to try some electrolytes.
How often should I practice?
“For great results, practice three times per week. For life changing results, practice six days per week,” says Bikram. One class is better than nothing, but six classes per week (with one day of rest) is amazing.
Can I lose weight?
YES! Whenever you are moving your body, you are burning calories. In a 90 minute Bikram yoga class you can burn between 350-500 calories. You’ll find as you feel better about your body, you’ll begin to make better food choices. Meanwhile, your cravings for sugar, salt and caffeine will decrease, and you’ll eat less junk – good news for your waistline!
Can I start right away?
YES! See our schedule.
What are some of the other benefits of Bikram Yoga?
- Burns body fat and elevates your metabolism
- Reduces stress
- Increases flexibility
- Builds strength and endurance
- Increases muscle tone
- Helps with back, neck, shoulder and knee pain
- Improves quality of sleep
- Improves your posture
- Improves circulation
- Reduces risk of injury
- Raises energy level
- Increases balance, coordination, focus and discipline
- Improves healthy and balanced functioning of the skeletal, muscular, circulatory, digestive, respiratory, endocrine and nervous systems of the body
- Strengthens the immune system
Why the heat?
- Increases the blood circulation, delivering more oxygen to the muscles.
- Allows oxygen in the blood to detach from the hemoglobin more easily. Warm muscles burn fat more easily than cold ones. Fat is released during stress. The stress of intense exercise causes a deluge of fatty acids into the blood stream. If you exercise with cold muscles, the muscles cannot use the fatty acids, and the fatty acids end up in places where they aren’t wanted, such as the lining of the arteries.
- Speeds up the breakdown of glucose and fatty acids.
- Makes muscles more elastic, less susceptible to injury.
- Elevates your metabolism and burns fat more easily.
- Increases perspiration and therefore detoxification.
- Muscles aren’t the only beneficiaries of heat. Higher temperatures improve the function of the nervous system, meaning that messages are carried more rapidly to and from the brain and spinal cord.
For more information on benefits and testimonials from people across the globe practicing Bikram Yoga, please visit the world headquarters online.
Below is a list of other Bikram Yoga studios in Arizona.
Bikram Yoga Avondale, AZ www.bikramyogaavondale.com
Bikram Yoga North Scottsdale, AZ www.bikramyoganorthscottsdale.com
Bikram Yoga Paradise Valley, AZ www.bikramyogapv.com
Bikram Yoga Peoria, AZ www.bikramyogapeoria.com
Bikram Yoga Phoenix, AZ www.bikramyogaphoenix.org
Bikram Yoga Institute Old Town Scottsdale, AZ www.bikramyogainstitute.com
Bikram Yoga Tempe, AZ www.bikramyogatempe.com
Bikram Yoga Tucson, AZ www.bikramyogatucson.com
Bikram Yoga Flagstaff www.bikramyogaflagstaff.com