"Blessed are the flexible
for they will not be bent out of shape"
Nothing about Bikram's Beginning Yoga Class is haphazard. It is a twenty-six asana series designed to scientifically warm and stretch muscles, ligaments, and tendons in the order in which they should be stretched. To hop into pose fifteen, for instance, without having prepared the necessary muscles, could have the same unhappy results as doing an over-hasty back flip. So follow the poses in order, exactly as your instructor directs, and you will not go wrong. Bikram's twenty-six poses 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 will automatically follow.
How quickly you progress will depend entirely on you—upon your natural ability to a small extent, but mostly upon the honest time and effort you give to Yoga. It will have little to do with how "perfectly" you can do the poses (few of us ever do the poses "perfectly"). Instead, it will have to do with how well you understand what you are trying to accomplish in each pose, how honestly you try to accomplish your goal, and how supple your muscles and joints have become in comparison to the point at which you began. In Yoga there is no standard of comparison except yourself. Perfect is the best you can do that day.
Bikram's method teaches you not only the ideal pose—how you will eventually be able to do it—but also the reality—telling you what problems you will have as you try to do the pose, what clues will help you make rapid progress, and where you might be tempted to "cheat," thus depriving yourself of the benefit of doing the pose properly. Bikram's method is a scientifically designed series of twenty-six poses that will enhance mind and body, relax, strengthen, reshape, and heal all of you in ninety minutes.
It is a great workout, created for maintaining excellent health and fitness, reducing stress, losing weight, limiting the effects of aging, preventing illness and injury, and reducing the symptoms of long term and recently occurring injuries. Bikram’s research has proven that yoga regenerates tissues, thus helping to cure chronic ailments, and to allow for a greater sense of well-being. Through regular practice we look, move, and feel younger.
The room is heated to warm your muscles, which allows for deeper and safer stretching. The heat also increases the heart rate, giving you a better cardiovascular workout, and promotes sweating, which flushes toxins from the body, leaving you with a wonderful glow.
If you answer "YES" to any of the following, then Bikram Yoga is for you:
Am I stressed out?
Do I have shoulder, back, or neck pain?
Do I need to lose weight?
Do I have regular aches and pains?
Am I inflexible?
Do I lack energy?
Is my cholesterol level too high?
Do I tire easily?
Do I sit at a computer for long periods?
Do I have an injury that will not heal?
Do I travel frequently?
Do I get tension headaches?
Do I have trouble sleeping?
After I play sports, am I in pain?
Increases vitality, energy, relaxation, concentration, and patience
Increases your metabolism
Improves the spine?s strength and flexibility
Strengthens, stretches, and tones the muscles
Promotes weight loss
Strengthens the immune system (i.e., getting sick less often, if at all)
Expands lung capacity
Regulates cholesterol levels in the blood
Can reduce the symptoms of many chronic diseases (e.g., arthritis, thyroid disorders, etc.)
Arrive 15 minutes early for class. Come on an empty stomach and be prepared to sweat and have fun!
For additional information visit www.bikramyoga.com