FAQ

Welcome to Bikram Yoga Kingston! If you feel nervous, scared or a little intimidated at the thought of your first class, you wouldn't be the only one. The hardest part is walking through the doors. Within a few classes those feelings will start to fade and will often be replaced by feelings of relaxation, peace and confidence. Read what some of our students have to say about their first classes in their testimonials in the Library section of the website.
  • Bikram's yoga series is a beginner's sequence of hatha (physical) yoga and is suitable for people of all exerpience levels, ages and ranges of abilities, including those working with injuries
  • Don't worry about whether you don't feel flexible or strong or have good balance - these are all great reasons to try yoga. The point at which you are starting is just that and we will help you progress from there. By coming in with no pressure on yourself, trying what you can of the postures, with your body as it is today, you can start to get benefit from your first class.
  • As with any form of new exercise, if you are unsure about whether or not you should be doing Bikram yoga due to a specific medical condition please consult with your physicican.
  • A yoga mat (hire is $2)
  • A bath or beach towel to put over your mat (hire is $3)
  • A water bottle (buy for $5)
  • Most importantly, please arrive hydrated for class. For most of us, this means drinking a bit more water than we normally would during the day before your class
  • It's best not to eat a large meal within a few hours of class
  • Arrive 10-15 minutes early for your first class
  • Most importanly, we want you to be comfortable both physically and mentally when you practice
  • Please wear something comfortable that you won't overheat in (we advise women wear 3/4 length pants or shorts and a singlet top or crop top, and men wear shorts and a singlet or just shorts)
  • You will figure out after a few classes what you are most comfortable in and this may change over the course of your practice
  • It's normal to be nervous about a different and new environment and the heated room can be a physical and mental challenge
  • Within several classes you will begin to acclimate to the environment. This takes some time for all people coming into the environment for the first time
  • Pace yourself! Allow yourself to adapt to the room and take breaks from the postures when you need to
  • Check that you are breathing calmly to calm your nerves
  • Yes, our studio is fully accessible via the service lift that goes from ground level up to us on Level 2
  • The lift entrance is located outside in Highgate Lane (service vehicle throroughfare underneath the Cusack Centre) through the double glass doors
  • Whether to continue your practice is dependent upon your medical professional's advice as well as your history of Bikram yoga practice
  • If you have never done Bikram yoga before, we recommend that you wait until post-partum to come in and try your first class with us
  • For further information about practicing safely during pregnancy and/or to schedule a private class with one of our experienced teachers to learn the pregnancy modifications, please inquire via phone or email
  • We believe that yoga is beneficial for people of all ages, including children. We 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 differes from an adult and includes the following:
    • Pre-pubertal children produce more body 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, please call or email us to discuss further. More information is also available in our "Guidelines for children"
  • Also, depending on your child's age, stay tuned for our kids classes starting up in 2018