New Student FAQ

If you feel nervous, scared or a little intimidated, no problem, many people feel that way initially. Just don’t let it stop you from coming to class. Bikram designed this class for beginners, so know that with a little practice and experience, you’ll quickly feel right at home.

I’m new to yoga, is it for beginners? 
Yes!!!  Bikram Yoga is designed for beginners. All levels practice together, and do the same series of postures. Don’t worry if your not flexible, or strong, or that your in bad shape, just come in. Wherever your starting point is that’s perfect, we’ll help you progress.
Surrender yourself to the experience, keep a good attitude throughout and you will ensure a fantastic experience.  It’s not how much you do in the class it’s how you do it that counts.  As Bikram always says,  ”Little by little, just do the best you can, trying the right way.”   Then you will get 100% benefit from your very first class.   Make sure you dress suitably for the hot room and are well-hydrated before you arrive.

I’m elderly
But you’re not elderly enough to be let off the Bikram yoga hook. You are never too old to practice yoga and begin again. As long as you try the right way, to the best of your ability, you will receive 100% benefit.

I’m not flexible 
Well you’ve come to the right place.  Bikram yoga will help to loosen you up. The point of yoga is not how flexible you are, but rather to gain flexibility over time while enjoying yoga’s health benefits.  The more you do it, the more flexible you will become.

I’m worried about the heat
In the beginning the temperature will be challenging but once you become more acclimated to the conditions you will be able to tolerate the heat more easily.  You are going to turn the heat into your best friend.  It increases circulation and oxygen flow to your muscles, aids in the release of toxins, and promotes flexibility. Before you know it, you’ll be complaining that the room is not hot enough!

Can children practice Bikram Yoga?
At Bikram Yoga Kingston we believe that Yoga is beneficial for people of all ages, including children. We warmly welcome children to practice at the studio however we believe that this should be done in the safest way possible. The way a child’s body responds to exertion in a heated environment differs from an adult includes the following:
- Pre-pubertal children produce more heat relative to body mass during exertion.
- Pre-pubertal children have a lower sweating capacity than adults.
- A child’s body core temperature rises at a higher rate during dehydration.

If your child is interested in trying a class feel free to call the studio to discuss any questions or concerns. More information is also available in our Guidelines for Children.

For more information and detailed answers to a range of questions on bikram yoga please visit www.bikramyoga.com

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