We've put together a list of the questions we are most commonly asked. Click on a question to see the response.

  • I’m a beginner. Is Bikram for me?


    There is only one way to find out: do a class. It will cost you just £10 and, like millions of people before you, it may just change your life

  • What do I need to bring?


    Bring a yoga mat if you have one.  We will give you a complimentary mat for your first class if you need one.  After that, you can rent a mat from us for £1 (we also sell mats).  Thick foam mats or camping mats are not suitable for what we do.

    Bring two good-sized towels.  You will need one to practise on and one for a shower afterwards.  You can rent towels from us for £1 each if you’d prefer to travel light and have us do your washing.  No hand towels, please!  Remember, the sweat is your friend.

    Bring a bottle of water.  We sell water for £1.

  • I’m coming to my first class. What should I expect?


    Your first class will cost £15 (cash or cheque only).  As an introduction to the studio this gives you two weeks to practise as many classes as you like.

    This is a 90 minute Hatha Yoga class practised in a heated room.  It’s that simple!

    Men and women of all levels practise together because this series is suitable for everyone, regardless of your age, ability, flexibility, size, shape and physical history.
    You should be prepared to work hard and sweat.

    You should also be prepared to meet wonderful, positive and open-minded people who make up our studio’s community!

  • How do I prepare for a class?


    Arrive at least 15 minutes early for your first class.  Doors open 30 minutes before class and close as class begins.  You will need to complete a brief registration form and have a little chat with your teacher before class.

    Let go of any expectations of yoga and yourself before you walk through our front door.  It is important to come with an open and positive attitude.

    Come hydrated.  Drink at least a litre of water (yes, just water, no need for super-hydro-electro-balanced-whatever sugar drinks) during the hour or two before class.  The more hydrated you are going into class, the stronger your class will be.

    Come on an empty stomach, but not hungry.  Avoid heavy foods during the few hours before your class.

  • What should I wear?


    Women wear sports bra or top and shorts.

    Men wear shorts (t-shirt optional)

  • Do I need to book in advance?


    There is no need to book in advance and we do not reserve spaces.

    Aim to arrive at least 15 minutes before class starts.

  • Is there an age limit?


    There is no upper age limit. We've taught students into their 90s!

    The lower age limit for the studio is 14. 14 and 15 year-olds must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 16 and 17 year-olds must be accompanied for their first visits until they are OK'd to come on their own.

  • Why the heat?


    Practising in the heat allows for a deeper and safer stretch without injury.  It is normal to feel a little achy after your first class, but you will be nowhere near as sore as you would be had you practised in a cold room!

    The heat promotes sweating, assisting the detoxification process by removing toxins through the body’s largest eliminating organ: the skin. 
    This yoga provides a strong cardiovascular workout even though you are standing still. The heat supports and intensifies this effect.

    As a result, capillaries are dilated and freshly-oxygenated and nutrient-rich blood is flushed throughout your body, which promotes healing and strengthening.
    The heat also creates a mental challenge, strengthening concentration, determination and mental willpower.

    We have a great heating system which maintains a room temperature of 40ºC (104ºF) and also provides a minimum of 10lt/s fresh air per student so there is plenty of fresh air and good circulation within the studio.

  • What if I’m inflexible, overweight, unfit, old or injured?


    Then you have come to the right place!  The most common misconception about yoga is that you need to be flexible and in great shape to even attempt it.  It is exceptionally rare that people begin their yoga practice with perfect health and flexibility.  The further you are away from touching your toes (or even seeing your toes), the more benefits you will get from this yoga.

    All classes are suitable for beginners and all levels practise together.  If you try the right way and put in 100% effort, you will receive 100% benefit.

    Over time, you will become more flexible, you will lose weight, tone and strengthen, you will become more youthful and you will heal injuries.

  • What if I have had an injury or surgery, or if I am suffering from a physical condition?


    This yoga will help you to heal more quickly and safely from recent accident, injury or surgery.

    When you have an injury, the worst thing you can do is to stop moving and exercising.

    Our teachers will discuss your history with you before class and work with you to help you safely increase your range of motion and decrease your pain through your yoga practice.

    We have worked with students with a wide range of injuries and physical conditions. They have dramatically improved their lives through this yoga.

    Be inspired! Read about Bikram and yoga healing his knee injury

    Be inspired! Read about Mary Jarvis and yoga healing her spine

  • How often should I practise?


    There is no straight-forward answer to this question.  It depends on what you are looking to get out of the yoga and how much time you have to do your yoga.

    There are students with a weekly practice who get a lot out of this yoga.

    There are students with a daily practice whose lives have been changed by this yoga.

    There are students who started out practising once a week and find themselves making time in their busy lives to practise three, four, five times a week over time.

    Fundamentally, the more you put into your yoga, the more you will get out of it!

  • What are the benefits?


  • What if I still have questions?


    The best way to answer those burning questions is to get in and try a class.  More often than not, simply experiencing the yoga first-hand will answer everything for you.

    Just do your yoga!  No ifs, ands or buts.

“I love BYR because of the wonderful teachers and the very real sense of local community within the studio!”

Lai-Ping Lai

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