• Bikram Yoga - Beginner's Class
     

    The Beginner's Class. Most of our classes are the Bikram Beginner's Class. The class consists of twenty-four postures and two breathing exercises, most of them performed twice. The classes are 90 minutes long. The temperature in the room is maintained at 105 degrees Fahrenheit and the humidity at 50%. The exercises systematically move fresh, oxygenated blood to one hundred percent of your body, to each organ and fiber, restoring all systems to healthy working order, just as nature intended. Proper weight, muscle tone, vibrant good health and a sense of well being automatically follow.

     

    What to Expect. Every student has a unique first class experience that will never be forgotten, and we encourage you to be patient with your practice. It takes about 3 to 5 classes to get acclimated to the heat and 10 to 15 classes within 30 days to reap maximum benefits.

     

    Arrive at Least 15 Minutes Early. Don’t come into the studio in a rushed panic. Come to yoga to relax and quiet the mind. Come early for your first class to allow time to meet your teacher and get registered. First timers will not be admitted into class late. It is important to meet with your teacher before your first class.

     

    Practice on an Empty Stomach. You should not eat for at least 2 hours before practice. If a special condition prevents this, eat easily digestible foods, for example fruit or yogurt one hour before class.

     

    Be Well Hydrated. Proper hydration is like the oil in your car – it’s what keeps things flowing. Dizziness, nausea, headaches, stiffness, sore throat are all signs of dehydration. Bring a large bottle of cold water with you to class. Every day - all day - drink plenty of water and other healthy fluids.

     

    Abandon the Competitive Mind-Set. Yoga is absolutely non-competitive. It is not just a “work-out.” It is a practice that makes the body stronger, more flexible and healthier, but at the same time the aim is to calm the mind, open the heart and replenish your spirit.

     

    Accept Who You Are. Rest sometimes. Do what you can, with what you have, with where you are today. Remember: Wherever, whenever, in our life we begin yoga, is perfect. No experience or flexibility is required.

     

    Be Courteous to Others. The yoga room is a sanctuary. Please be aware of how your behavior may affect others. Be clean, perfume free, and quiet.

     

    Keep Your Eyes on Yourself. We practice from the inside out. When you can finish your practice without knowing what the person next to you was wearing or even who else was in the room, you’ll know you were truly focused.

     

    No Shoes in the Room. In yoga, people put their hands, and sometimes their face on the floor. You are going to take your shoes off anyway, so please remove them at the door.

     

    No Cell Phones or Pagers in the Room. This does not mean turn off the ringer, because sooner or later you will forget. Leave it in your car. Remember 90% of stress is self-induced.

    The 24 Postures and 2 Breathing Exercises

    1. Standing Deep Breathing

    • Helps transfer as much oxygen to your muscles and organs as possible, expands lungs, and increases focus.
    • Improves blood circulation.

    2. Half Moon

    • Half Moon Pose strengthens every muscle in the body’s core, especially in the abdomen, and flexes and strengthens the latissimus dorsi, oblique, deltoid and trapezius muscles.
    • It increases the flexibility of the spine comprehensively, from coccyx to neck; promotes proper kidney function; and helps to cure enlargement of the liver and spleen.
    • Half Moon also firms and trims the waistline, hips, abdomen, buttocks and thighs.

    3. Awkward Pose

    • Awkward Pose will tone and shape your legs.
    • It heals chronically cold feet.
    • It also helps relieve rheumatism and arthritis in the legs, and helps to cure slipped discs and other problems in the lower spine.

     

    4. Eagle Pose

    • Eagle opens up the 14 largest joints in the skeletal system.
    • Beyond improving flexibility in the hips, knees, ankles and the rest, Eagle Pose also supplies fresh blood to the reproductive system and sex organs, plus the kidneys, which increases sexual vitality and helps clear up reproductive problems.

    5. Standing head to Knee Pose

    • This posture improves the flexibility of the sciatic nerves and strengthens the hamstrings and leg muscles.
    • It also works the muscles of the back, the biceps and the triceps.
    • It helps to squeeze and flush out the internal abdominal organs, such as the gall bladder, pancreas and spleen, as well as the uterus and ovaries.

    6. Standing Bow Pulling Pose

    • Standing Bow moves all the blood from one side of the body to the other, then back again.
    • It develops balance, increases the size and elasticity of the rib cage, firms the abdominal wall and upper thighs.
    • It improves the flexibility and strength of the lower spine.
    • Standing Bow builds patience, determination and concentration.

    7. Balancing Stick Pose

    • The forward tilt of your torso sends high-speed blood pouring into the heart, especially the neglected region, cleaning out the veins and all the arteries, strengthening the heart muscle.
    • The same rejuvenating flood rushes into the brain as well.
    • It strengthens your powers of concentration.

    8. Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose

    • This posture is like kryptonite for sciatica! That’s because it stretches and strengthens those poor crushed and shriveled sciatic nerves, as well as all the tendons in the legs.
    • It also massages the internal abdominal organs and the small and large intestines, and gives you added flexibility in the pelvis, ankles, hip joints and especially in the last five vertebrae of the spine.

    9. Triangle Pose

    • It improves every single bone, muscle, joint, tendon and internal organ, and it revitalizes nerves, veins and tissues.
    • Flexing and strengthening the last five vertebrae in this posture can alleviate crooked spines, as well as rheumatism and lower back pain.
    • Triangle Pose also benefits the heart and lungs, forcing them to work together.

    10. Standing Separate Leg Head to Knee Pose

    • Standing Separate Leg Head to Knee Pose trims the abdomen, waistline, hips, buttocks and thighs.
    • It messages and compresses the thyroid gland, which helps to regulate the metabolism and the immune system.

    11. Tree Pose

    • The Tree Pose improves posture and balance and increases the flexibility of the ankles and knees as well as the hip joints.
    • By strengthening the internal oblique muscles, it prevents hernia.

    12. Toe Stand

    • Toe Stand strengthens the knees and is therapeutic for rheumatism of the knees, ankles, and feet.
    • It opens up the knee and hip joints, and helps cure hemorrhoid problems.
    • It also develops mental strength.

    13. Dead Body Pose

    • Dead Body Pose facilitates powerful blood flow, then lets circulation return to normal, creating internal cleansing and greatly magnifying the benefits of the postures that precede it.
    • We begin to learn relaxation.

    14. Wind Removing Pose

    • Wind Removing Pose compresses and massages the ascending colon and descending colon.
    • It also messages the transverse colon and compresses the entire digestive system.
    • It strengthens the arms, prevents flatulence, improves hip flexibility, and firms the abdomen and thighs.

    15. Sit-up

    • The Sit Up Pose stretches the spine and increases flexibility, as does Half Moon.
    • Both poses firm and trim the lower body, where many problem areas, especially for women, reside.
    • It works the muscles, ligaments and tendons of the legs and improves circulation there as well.

    16. Cobra Pose

    • Cobra Pose strengthens the lumber spine, relieving pain and combating slipped or herniated discs, scoliosis and arthritis in that region.
    • Other important benefits include improved digestion, relief from menstrual disorders, improved appetite, and raising low blood pressure.
    • Cobra Pose also improves the functioning of the liver and spleen.

    17. Locust Pose

    • Locust Pose has many of the same benefits as Cobra, but it is even better for slipped discs and sciatica.
    • It strengthens the upper spine, and the uncomfortable stretching of the arms can actually relieve tennis elbow.
    • Locust can also help with varicose veins in the legs.

    18. Full Locust Pose

    • Full Locust increases strength in the middle spine; it is good for scoliosis, kyphosis, spondylosis and slipped discs.
    • It opens up the rib cage and increases elasticity there.
    • It also firms the abdominal muscles, upper arms, hips and thighs.

    19. Bow Pose

    • Bow Pose opens up the rib cage, which allows the lungs to expand more fully.
    • This 360-degree flexion of the spine revitalizes all the spinal nerves by increasing circulation, and strengthens the spine along its entire length.
    • Besides helping with all manner of back problems, Bow Pose aids digestion, fights constipation, and combats bronchitis and diabetes while improving the functioning of the large and small intestines, the liver, kidneys and spleen.

    20. Fixed Firm Pose

    • Fixed Firm Pose strengthens and improves the flexibility of the lower spine, hips, knees and ankle joints.
    • It increases circulation to the lower limbs, and is therapeutic for lower back pain, sciatica, rheumatism and varicose veins.
    • It helps prevent hernias.

     

     

    21. Half Tortoise Pose

    • Half Tortoise Pose can actually help us to live longer.
    • Tortoise is great for tense necks and shoulders.
    • It also increases blood flow to the brain, which enhances memory and mental clarity.
    • This posture also stretches the lower part of the lungs, which is therapeutic for asthma, and counter indigestion, flatulence, constipation and irritable bowel syndrome.
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    22. Camel Pose

    • Camel Pose creates maximum compression of the spine, which stimulates the nervous system.
    • It also improves flexibility of the neck and spine, relieves backache, and helps degenerative spinal problems such as kyphoscoliotic deformities and cervical spondylosis.
    • By stretching the abdominal organs, Camel helps constipation, and it also stretches the throat and thyroid and parathyroid glands.

    23. Rabbit Pose

    • Maximum extension of the spine increases its mobility and elasticity, and does the same for the back muscles.
    • Spines stretching also expedites the feeding of the nervous system with fresh blood and oxygen.
    • Rabbit Pose relieves tension in the neck, shoulders and back.
    • It helps alleviate colds, sinus problems, and chronic tonsillitis and, through compression of thyroid and parathyroid, rejuvenates those glands as well.
    • Rabbit Pose can also be therapeutic for insomnia, diabetes and depression.

    24. Head to Knee Pose and Stretching Pose

    • It is excellent for the immune and lymphatic systems, increases circulation to the liver, pancreas, thyroid, thymus and intestines.
    • It improves digestion and is good for allergies and arthritis.
    • It also relieves chronic diarrhea by improving the circulation in the bowels.

    25. Spine Twisting Pose

    • This is the only posture that twists the spine from top to bottom, which increases circulation to all the spinal nerves, veins, and tissues, and improves the elasticity of the spine.
    • Spine Twisting relieves lower back pain and helps prevent slipped discs, rheumatism of the spine, kyphosis, scoliosis, cervical spondylosis and arthritis.
    • It also calms the nervous system.

     

    26. Blowing in Firm

    • It improves digestion and circulation, and increases the elasticity of the lungs with every forceful exhale.
    • You generate prana, and push out every ounce of carbon dioxide, replacing it with life-giving oxygen.
    • It also strengthens the abdominal organs and increases circulation to them.
    • Blowing in Firm stimulates the digestive system as well.