We are so glad you’re here.
Every class is open to beginners and follows the same format whether it is your first class or your fifth year
practicing. Everyone benefits. It doesn't matter how well you do each posture, only that you try the right
way. Even if you can only do part of the posture you will receive 100 percent of the benefit medically if
you try the right way.
For your first few classes try not to expect too much of yourself, allow your body to acclimate to the heat. Yoga is not a means to an end; it is a practice. Students are asked to practice to the best of their ability. New students practice alongside more advanced students. Yoga is an excellent practice to strengthen the body's natural range of motion, empowering you to take good care of your own health and well being.
We would like to offer some tips to help you make the most of your first few classes, as well as your yoga practice in general. Our professional teaching staff is always available to answer your questions or address concerns.
- Take your 2nd class within 24 hours of your first class. You have awakened and stimulated every system in your body with your first class, even if it seems like all you did was struggle and sweat! With your second class, your organs, respiratory, circulatory, digestive, and nervous system receive 2-3 times the nourishment and healing that they did in the first class. Each class builds exponentially on the next.
- Take at least 10 classes as close together as possible. You will feel like a new person, physically, emotionally and mentally if you take this step. You will feel some of the benefits of this yoga with just a class or two, but to really soar, you need the cumulative effect of at least 10 classes, so come as often as you possibly can. (Ask us about taking the “Bikram Challenge”)
- Do try to stay in the hot room. While it’s tempting to think about the cool lobby on the other side of the door, it’s better for you if you stay in the yoga room. Feel free to sit down if you feel a little dizzy or nauseated. You must honor, listen to and take care of your body. It’s perfectly okay to do only one set of a posture, or to skip a posture entirely. If you absolutely must leave the room, then make sure the teacher knows you’ve left, and come back in as quickly as possible.
- Focus on yourself entirely and be as still as possible between postures. As you build your ability to focus your mind and still your body, the heat and struggle will soon disappear. Keep your mind focused on yourself in the mirror, and keep your inner voice speaking in a positive, supportive, and encouraging fashion. In this way you’ll have an exuberant class.
- Come to class fully hydrated. There are pauses in the class where you’ll be able to drink water, but you need to drink a lot of water throughout the day in order to ensure that you’re properly hydrated for class. If you experience a headache or feel over-tired during or after class, you may need to take an electrolyte supplement.
Believe in yourself, trust the process, and don’t forget to laugh!
- Come to class on an empty stomach. Most people find they need to allow 2-3 hours between eating and taking class. However, some people need to eat just a little “something” (piece of fruit, yogurt, energy bar, etc.) an hour or so before class. As you practice this yoga, your own innate wisdom will emerge and guide you to what is right for you.
- Every class is different. Let go of preconceived notions and experience each class like it’s your first class. Your body is different every day, and it’s normal for the class or certain postures to be easy one day and difficult the next. Please don’t become discouraged and think that something is wrong if you have a difficult class. It’s part of the process, and very soon the miserable class will be followed by one of the best classes you’ve ever had.
- Yoga is a practice as well as a process, it’s not about doing the poses perfectly. No one is going to judge or criticize you. Your fellow students are working much too hard to notice you. As long as you give your best effort, and attempt all of the postures correctly, you receive as much therapeutic benefit as someone who is able to do a posture with a high degree of flexibility, balance and strength. Your instructor may, from time to time, and always in a respectful and supportive manner, offer a suggestion or an adjustment that will carry you deeper into a pose. As you continue to come to class, you will become more and more comfortable with yourself and with your yoga practice.
Congratulations on this major step you’ve taken in your life. We’ll see you in the gold room soon!