Frequently Asked Questions
I'm new to Bikram's Yoga. Do I need to bring anything to class or prepare in some way?
Yes! New students and yoga practioners of all levels are welcome. If this is your first class at our studio, please arrive at least 15 minutes early. We start checking people in for class one half hour before class starts. Heed the following tips for the best experience…
- Drink plenty of water before, during and after class.
- Refrain from eating 1 – 3 hours before class.
- Wear light, comfortable clothes – similar to what you would wear to go running in July!
- Bring a yoga mat, large towel and bottle of water. Rental mats ($1) and towels ($2) are also available
Can I come to any class?
Yes. You may drop in for any class. No reservations are required. All classes in our class schedule are the same level.
Do you have showers?
We have changing rooms, but due to water restrictions in Santa Fe at this location we don’t have showers.
Can I take a Bikram's class if I've never taken yoga before?
Yes! It is a beginning class; anybody can do it – any age, size, shape, condition, or background. We do only beginning Yoga postures — nothing that can hurt or injure you.
Why the heat?
Bikram’s Yoga is practiced in a heated room to promote cellular metabolism, detoxification, and suppleness of the muscular system. The heat helps you be more flexible and allows you to stretch more deeply without injury.
Will I get a good cardio-vascular workout?
You will get a great cardio-vascular workout. The Bikram’s series works your heart and lungs in two ways. The first half of class is designed to gradually take your heart rate up, building your endurance. Postures in the second half of class quickly take your heart rate up, and then bring it down, several times. This approach builds your cardio-vascular strength. Most others exercises and sports challenge your cardio-vascular system one way or the other… not both!
Is Bikram's Yoga challenging?
The Bikram’s series is very challenging. While accessible to beginners, Bikram’s Yoga requires that every student, no matter their level, make demands on him or herself. A Bikram’s class requires tremendous concentration, careful listening to the teacher’s precise instructions, patience, determination, trust, and discipline. As these are required of you, they also develop within you.
Does Bikram's Yoga build strength?
Yes, consistent practice of Bikram’s Yoga helps build core strength and lean muscle tone. Unlike practices such as weight lifting, Bikram’s Yoga lengthens and makes your muscle mass denser. Without using props, Bikram’s Yoga helps your body find the perfect combination of strength, flexibility and balance.
What are the health benefits of Bikram's Yoga?
The therapeutic, curative, preventive, and overall health benefits of Bikram’s system of Yoga are legendary. Since Bikram’s 3 year Research Project with doctors at the Tokyo University Medical School (Japan, 1970-73), studying the effects of Yoga, countless people have practiced Bikram’s Yoga to overcome chronic problems of all types. Click here for articles and testimonials. It takes practice, consistency, and the determination not to give up and to “try the right way,” to gain the full life-enhancing effects of the Yoga practice. With Bikram’s Yoga, you develop the foundation for anything you want to achieve and maintain in life — athletically, professionally, physically, mentally, intellectually, emotionally, spiritually.