Frequently Asked Questions
I've done "hot yoga" or "power yoga" before – is this the same thing?
This may be a little different. There are many different styles of yoga done in a heated room. Bikram yoga is a specific series of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises, designed specifically for beginners. Unlike most power yoga classes, where you tend to move quickly through the poses to raise your heart rate, we work on one posture at a time, focusing on technique and alignment. If you’ve done other yoga before, you may find that some of our postures are the same, some are slightly different, and some are brand new for you – so keep an open mind!
I'm brand new – which class should I come to?
Beginners are welcome in every single class!! Just pick the time and day that works best for you.
When you say "hot" – just how hot is it?
Our room is heated to 100-105 degrees, with 30 – 50% humidity.
What if I can't take the heat?
It takes practice! Most students find that after 3-5 classes the heat becomes much more tolerable – maybe even enjoyable. Take it easy in the beginning and give yourself a chance to get used to the heat. Make sure you are well hydrated before class – this makes a huge difference. We encourage you to pace yourself in class, take breaks whenever you need to, and breathe!
What if I'm not flexible?
We can help you with that! Bikram yoga will help you stretch out those tight muscles and improve your range of motion. The hot room makes it easier to loosen up and stretch without hurting yourself. Try to come at least 3 times a week and you’ll be touching your toes in no time.
What if I feel dizzy or nauseous?
It’s very normal to get a little dizzy or light-headed during the first few classes, when you are still getting used to the heat. Pace yourself! Sit down and rest if you get dizzy. Take this time to figure out how to prepare for the class and take care of yourself – some people need a little more food to eat, some people need more water to drink, and ALL beginners need to breathe more.
What does it mean if I get a headache after class?
A headache after class can be a sign of dehydration. It can also mean that you were accidentally holding your breath during class, which is actually VERY normal as a beginner. Next time, come to class fully hydrated and keep an eye on your breathing! You may also need to replenish your electrolytes. We sell coconut water and Ultima replenisher at the studio, and you can find various electrolyte replacement drinks at the supermarket or health food store.
Will this help me if I have a bad back or another injury?
Bikram yoga is GREAT for healing back pain and many other chronic issues (arthritis, sciatica, bulging discs, knee pain, etc). Please let us know if you are dealing with any of these chronic conditions so that we can guide you properly through the class and point out any modifications that you may need. If you have an acute injury or you had surgery recently, please just check with your doctor to make sure it’s ok to come to yoga!
How old do you have to be to do Bikram yoga?
Kids under the age of 12 can join us for the floor series when accompanied by an adult. (They can’t take as much heat, but they also don’t need as much warm-up.) Children and teenagers over the age of 12 are welcome to try the entire class!
What if I'm pregnant?
Congratulations! If you’ve practiced Bikram yoga regularly leading up to your pregnancy, you are more than welcome to continue (with your doctor’s approval). We recommend that you take a break during your first trimester, and then when you restart your practice we can teach you the pregnancy modifications. Please let us know if you’d like more information!
Do I need to pre-register?
Pre-registration is required for the 6am classes. For the other classes it is optional – feel free to just walk in.
Does your studio pay any franchise fees or licensing fees?
There is a common misconception that all Bikram yoga studios pay franchise fees to Bikram Inc. THIS IS NOT THE CASE. The courts have ruled (several times) that Bikram Inc. cannot control who teaches Bikram yoga. All of our teachers have been certified to teach Bikram yoga and meet with the highest standards, but you can rest assured that none of your class fees go to any external organization. We are very happy and proud to be a completely independent small business.
Before Bikram yoga, my back was a mess! It became normal for me to throw my back out 3-4 times a year, which would keep me from exercise and trigger depression and weight gain. My doctor said that my back was so crooked it looked like I had scoliosis. Every time I would get back into an exercise routine, I would either hurt my back again or by favoring my back, injure some other part of my body.
I went to my first Bikram class with Juliana last summer. After a year of yoga, I’m leaner, my spine is straight, I have great energy, increasing flexibility and no back pain! The East Bay area is very lucky to have Bikram yoga and Juliana.–Steve Teixeira (member since August 2014)