What if I'm not flexible?
This is the most common misconception that prevents people from coming to a yoga class. However, yoga is not about flexibility alone at all. All that matters is that you try the right way and find your personal "edge", and you will get 100% of the benefits.
How many times per week should I practice?
It is recommended to practice no less than 10 times a month to get the most benefit from Bikram Yoga. Unlike weight training and other forms of exercise, it is not necessary to take a "resting" day from Bikram Yoga. The more you practice, the more benefits, and you can consider you yoga practice as your "internal" hygiene: you have to clean out the insides to have good health
Is it a cardiovascular workout, and can I lose weight?
No matter what your level of fitness you will find Bikram Yoga very challenging. With persistence, patience and dedication, you can lose inches and develop muscle strength that might never come from other forms of exercise. Aerobic activity trains the heart, lungs and cardiovascular system to process oxygen more quickly and efficiently to every part of the body by elevating the heart rate to its target level. As the heart muscle becomes stronger and more efficient, a lot of blood van be pumped with each stroke. Additionally, the digestive, endocrine, lymphatic and elimination systems will begin to work harmoniously, with unhealthy craving and sluggish metabolism diminishing. Remember: the more you put into your yoga practice, the more benefits you will receive!
I felt nauseous and a bit dizzy during class and very tired after. Is this normal?
It is not unusual to feel nauseous or dizzy during your first class. Practicing yoga in a heated room reveals to us our present level of health and inspires us to take much better care of ourselves. Usually the problem is that we do not drink enough water for daily living let alone for exercising in a heated room. Nutritionists tell us that we need 64-80 ounces of water a day to help the body stay hydrated. If you feel disoriented or like you need a good nap after your first few classes, this is likely because your body has begun to heal itself as a result of the yoga practice. Don't be scared. After the first few classes this sensation will pass. The more you practice and the more you give your best effort during class, the more energized you will feel throughout the class and throughout the rest of the day.