How to Begin Bikram Yoga

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Bikram yoga is typically taught in a studio between 104 and 106 degrees. Begin with Bikram yoga with help from a health and fitness professional in this free video clip.

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Hello, I'm Denise Druce, a Registered Yoga Teacher from South Lake City Utah. Let's talk about how to begin Bikram Yoga. Bikram Yoga is Hot Yoga. It's typically taught in the studio between a 104 and a 106 degrees and the classes are 90 minutes long. In every class you'll do the same 26 Yoga poses. So, the first thing you'll want to do is dress in light clothing. It's better to wear shorts and a tank top so that your skin can breath. You're going to sweat a lot in these classes. Make sure if you eat Bikram Yoga class that you eat light, not a heavy meal and plan to hydrate your body before, during and after a Bikram Yoga class, you want plenty of water. When you show up at the studio, most Bikram studios offer free or very inexpensive classes to brand new students. So, tell them that you're new and you're probably going to get a great deal. Also, when you show up for a class, bring your Yoga mat, also bring a beach towel to put on top of your mat because you'll get really sweaty and then, bring a sweat towel as well; so those things will help you feel a lot more comfortable. I think it's a good idea to give yourself 10 to 14 days to become climatize, to get use to that working out in that heat. The first class you take your only goal is to stay there; stay in the room and finish the class. A lot of teachers will encourage you just to lay on your back or come into child's pose whenever you need to, but the goal is just to finish the class so that you know how the class unfolds. Bikram Yoga is a great way to detox, a great way to work on strength and flexibility. I highly recommend it, but just take your time easing in. I'm Denise Druce, for more Yoga tips, please see my website.

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