First Timers

Although no reservations are necessary, you may book a class online through our Mind & Body service.

What to Expect

Each class lasts 90 minutes and is practiced in a heated room. It’s a challenging class for everyone and at many points during your first several classes you may feel a little dizzy, lightheaded or nauseated. This is normal. It takes several classes to become acclimated to the heat. If you have any of those sensations, just sit or lie down. These feelings will disappear as you become acclimated and your body detoxes. It’s perfectly okay to do only one set of a posture or to skip a posture entirely. Listen to your body, breathe and relax, and you will be fine.

We start classes on time. Please arrive at least 20 minutes before your first class for registration and orientation. Arriving early ensures a stress-free and relaxed first class. The studio is always open 30 minutes before class starts and many students like to come a little early to have quiet time in the yoga room before class begins. Once the teacher steps into the yoga room and class begins, latecomers will be turned away. This is for your benefit and the consideration of your fellow students.

Yoga is a Practice

It’s not about doing the postures perfectly. No one is going to judge you 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 will receive the same therapeutic benefits as someone who is able to do a posture with a high degree of flexibility, balance and strength. Your instructor may occasionally offer suggestions or adjustments 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 your yoga practice.

How Often Should You Practice

Bikram designed this yoga as a daily practice. The more often you come to class, the quicker you will see results and benefits. We recommend at least 3-4 times per week; Bikram devotees typically practice at least 5 times per week. Bikram says if you practice every day for 60 days, you will have a new body, new mind and a new life! And we’ve seen proof of this first-hand. Ask us about taking the Bikram 60-Day Challenge!

Etiquette

  • Water only in the yoga room. No other beverages allowed.
  • Arrive at least 10 minutes before class begins; 20 minutes if it’s your first class. Once the teacher enters the yoga room and class begins, you will not be allowed in the room.
  • No shoes, socks, bags or purses in the yoga room. We lock the studio before class so your personal belongings will be secure in the locker rooms or the lobby. All you need in the yoga room is your mat, towel and water.
  • Please be silent when you enter the yoga room. Many students use the time before and after class for quiet meditation. Ask questions before or after class, but not during class.
  • Refrain from wearing perfume, cologne or strong scents of any kind.
  • Turn off cell phones and pagers and leave them in the lobby or locker rooms. Never bring them into the yoga room.
  • Do your best to stay in the room once class begins. If you need to take a break, stay in the room and just stand, sit or lie down. If you have a real emergency—please leave and re-enter the room between postures.
  • Practice stillness between postures. Your movements, no matter how small, affect everyone else in the room.
  • Focus only on yourself in the front mirror.
  • When you leave class after final savasana, please do so as quietly as you can, mindful of the other students still in savasana.
  • Hang rented mats on the ballet bar at the back of the room; towels go in the laundry bins in the locker rooms.