New Students & BIKRAM YOGA FAQ

Bikram Yoga, is the Original Hot Yoga, developed by Bikram Choudhury and which consists of a series of 26 postures (asanas) carried out in a heated room.

A very warm welcome to Bikram Yoga Northern Beaches and our website– we hope you enjoy our studio. All new students start on our introductory offer of $30 for 2 Weeks. Make sure your arrive at least 10 minutes before your first class. Sorry, if you arrive late you may not be allowed into class as this disturbs others. Please read our Studio Etiquette and of course if you have any burning questions then just email us.


What is Bikram Yoga?

Bikram Yoga is a style of yoga developed by Bikram Choudhury and which
 consists of a series of 26 postures (asanas) carried out in a heated room. Bikram yoga is a traditional style of yoga which is considered yoga therapy. Bikram yoga is suitable for everyone.


Why the 30 day intro pass rather than a drop-in for first class?

All new students start on our introductory pass which entitles you to attend an unlimited number of classes in 30 consecutive days. This is because one class will not give you an understanding of what Bikram Yoga is all about. It takes a while to get used to the heat and to start focusing on the sequence of postures. We strongly recommend coming at least 2-3 times a week to give yourself a chance to get used to it although some people come every day which is great! If you only did one class, you will not experience just how wonderful this yoga can be! The intro offer is the cheapest way to do this. With a little determination and commitment you will reap all the benefits.

The pass starts on the date you first take class and not the date of purchase. Sorry, but the intro offer is only available before you buy your first class. The intro offer also entitles you to special discounts on your first pass after the intro offer expires. You can buy the intro offer here.


Are there any studio rules I should be aware of?


Good question! Make sure you read our Studio Etiquette before your first visit.


Do you have showers?


Yes, we have brand new showers and changing rooms. Ladies we also have hairdryers!


Why the heat?


The studio is kept at approximately 105°F (40°C) and 60% humidity. The heat warms up your body allowing you to stretch into the postures (asanas) in a safer environment. The combined heat and humidity also promote sweating which in turn flushes toxins from the body.


Will it keep me fit, is it cardiovascular and will i lose weight?


Yes, yes, yes! Whatever your fitness level you will find Bikram Yoga challenging
 (that’s why so many people come back for more). The posture combine 
strength, flexibility and balance to give you a total body workout. As with other
forms of cardiovascular exercise, regular practice will also aid weight loss.


What are the main benefits of Bikram Yoga?


  • Provides total body workout
  • Helps sport (and other) injuries
  • Improves posture
  • Eases back pain
  • Increases flexibility and strength
  • Reduces stiffening of joints
  • Boosts energy levels
  • Detoxes and cleanses
  • Relieves tension
  • Relaxes the body and opens the mind


What if I’ve never tried yoga before?


Bikram Yoga is for everyone. Each class is open to beginners and follows the
same format whether it is your first class or whether you have been practising
for many years. It does not matter how well you do each posture, only that you 
try the right way.


What if I’m not flexible?


All the more reason to come to Bikram Yoga! You will be amazed how quickly 
your flexibility can improve and the heated room provides a safe environment
to do this.


Do I have to be fit?


Bikram Yoga is designed for all levels of fitness, but if you have special medical 
conditions or injuries, please consult your doctor first and inform your teacher 
before class.


Am I too old?


No! “Never too old, never too late, to start from scratch and begin again” - Bikram


Can I practice if I am pregnant?


We do not recommend practicing Bikram Yoga in your first trimester. If you are a regular Student you can practice the modified pregnancy serious, which is a great way to stay strong and flexible during your pregnancy. For more information please contact Katie.


Do I need to book a class?


You do not need to book. However please ensure that arrive at least 15 minuets to avoid disappointment.


How long do the classes last?


Each class lasts 90 minutes but do not worry! All classes are suitable for 
absolute beginners and more advanced students alike, so just make sure you take
your first few classes nice and easy and you will start enjoying all the amazing
benefits this wonderful yoga has to offer in no time at all.


Do I need to stay in the room for the full 90 minutes (Bikram Yoga)?


Try and stay in the room. This is really important. The heat can be a big challenge 
for a lot of people at the start of their practice. Get your body acclimatised to the 
heat; don’t run away from it. This might mean not pushing yourself too hard to 
start with or even sitting a few postures out. You have a lifetime of yoga ahead of 
you so don’t try and squeeze all your ambition into one class. Pace yourself and 
you will do just fine.


Do I need to drink water before class?


Yes, you are going to sweat a lot so it’s important to keep the water flowing. We 
should all try and drink a lease 2 or more litres of water every day. We recommend you 
drink 1/2 litre of water an hour before class – enough to keep you hydrated during 
class but not so much that you feel bloated during the postures. In the class itself,
after the initial warm-up postures, you should sip water between postures whenever
you need to. After class, it’s also really important to get those lost electrolytes
back into your system as well. We sell a variety of isotonic tablets and sachets
at our reception as well as refreshing coconut water which is a fantastic and
completely natural isotonic drink.


Should I eat before class?


Not directly before class. It is recommended that you eat no heavy food 1 to 3
hours before class as all the compression postures aren’t much fun while your
body’s still digesting!


What should I wear?


You are going to sweat so try and avoid loose clothing. Women normally wear
 sports tops and bottoms. Men normally wear shorts with a T-shirt or sports top 
being optional.


What do I need for class?


  • Towels x 2 (1 for class and 1 to shower)
  • Bottle of water (1 litre)


For your first class we provide a complimentary yoga mat. After that you are able to rent a mat so you may wish to buy your own mat. We rent towels and sell water. We also have a filter water so you can fill up your own bottle!


Is it important to learn from a Bikram certified instructor?


Yes, all of our instructors have undertaken an intensive training in Bikram Yoga and 
have been personally trained by Bikram Choudhury. Bikram certified instructors
provide a safe and enjoyable class. Check out our teachers here.




I just wanted to send through a thank you message to you and all the teachers at Bikram Yoga Northern Beaches. 365 days after my first class and I can say with 100% certainty that my life wouldn’t be what it is today without this yoga. At the time of my first class life had just handed me, or rather slapped me, with some challenging cards and I cannot say I was dealing with them particularly well.
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