Welcome to Bikram Yoga Richmond Hill. When you come here you can expect to work hard, and you can expect fast results. Bikram yoga is designed for everyone (including beginners). All of the postures only require the body’s natural range of motion. More experienced practitioners are able to go further into the postures, but the yoga accommodates people of all ages, sizes, and levels of ability. When you do the posture correctly, you receive 100% medical benefit. The real importance is in the form of the posture, it’s not only about how far you can bend your body. Depth in a posture comes later. Be prepared to sweat, work hard, and to feel better than ever!
What do I wear?
Wear any light, comfortable clothing. Women typically wear tank tops or bra tops, and shorts or pants. Men typically wear shorts, with a tank top or T-shirt, or no shirt at all. Avoid wearing sweat-pants or large baggy t-shirts. Less is more, because it is hot in there. It’s ideal to wear sports clothing that has a light material and can absorb sweat well.
How do I prepare for class?
For your first class, arrive at least 15 minutes before class, the studio is open 30 minutes before each class. It is best to come early enough so you can get signed up for class, have a look around the studio, meet your teacher, ask any questions you may have, and so on. Please note that class starts on time. Latecomers will not be allowed in, as it disturbs the class and the front doors are locked when the class starts.
Do NOT eat 2-3 hours before class. For your first class, you may feel dizzy or nauseated, and if you eat before class it will make these feelings intensify.
Drink at least 1 to 1.5 litres of water (this is in addition to your normal intake of water). It is extremely important to be properly hydrated for class as you are sweating a lot.
Do not drink coffee, tea, or other caffeinated drinks before class (they are diuretics and will not keep you hydrated).
What do I need to bring?
Bring your yoga mat, two large towels (one to put on your mat in class, one to use for a shower afterwards), a large bottle of water, and a change of clothes.
What if I don’t have a yoga mat?
Yoga mats are available to rent at the studio.
What if I forget something?
You can rent towels at the studio if you forget your towel, there is a water fountain to refill your water bottle, and water bottles are available to purchase.
What do I bring in the yoga room?
The only items you need in the yoga room include your yoga mat, your towel, and water. Please leave all other items in the change room.
Are my belongings safe in the change room?
Yes, the studio door is locked when the class starts, so no one can enter from outside while the class is in session. Please note that we are not responsible for lost or stolen valuables. There are also lockers available but you must provide your own lock.
What if I’ve never done yoga before?
This yoga class is designed for everyone. Come try it with an open mind and a willingness to learn. Have patience with your yoga practice, keep at it, and you will soon discover the amazing benefits this yoga has to offer.
I’m worried that I will be the only one that can’t do the postures. What if people stare at me?
Each person’s yoga practice is their own. Try not to compare yourself to others; there are students at all different levels. The yoga class is done as a group, everyone working together as a whole. Everyone is working on their own individual practice, maintaining their focus on themselves. There are brand new people every day, there are some who have been practicing Bikram yoga for 5+ years and many in between. You will soon notice when you come in for class that no one is looking around at others, everyone is focused on their own eyes in the mirror, and the teachers encourage students to do so.
How come it is 90 minutes? What if I only want to stay for 60 minutes?
The class is 90 minutes. There are 26 postures which are each done twice, and the class is designed to work 100% of your body. Each posture is important. Bikram yoga is like a prescription, if followed the correct way you will see results fast. If at any point you feel overwhelmed by the class, we encourage students to sit down or lie down on your mat and simply focus on breathing. Slow your breathing down; allow your body to relax. As a beginner: Just Breathe. Everything else is optional.
What should I do after class?
You will want to cool down after class. Make sure you continue to properly hydrate, drinking plenty of fresh water, and replenish your electrolytes because your body is sweating out a lot during class. Have some good food to eat, have some rest, and come back within 24 hours of your first class and try it again!
If you have any questions or concerns after your class, speak to your teacher. They are always willing to help in any way they can.