B/HOT26 is Bikram’s 26 posture series designed to scientifically warm and stretch muscles, ligaments, and tendons in the order in which they should be stretched. While the yoga gently guides the body into correct alignment, strengthens and tones the muscles, lubricates the joints, and promotes flexibility, it provides tremendous benefits on the organs, glands, and fluids of the body by aiding in the release of toxins.
In 90 minutes, Bikram yoga’s 26 posture sequence systematically moves fresh, oxygenated blood to one hundred percent of your body, building core strength while 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. The focus and intensity of the class help to build mental clarity and determination.
We practice in a room heated to about 105-110 degrees and 40% humidity. Practitioners will sweat a lot! Don’t let this scare you though, Bikram yoga is meant to be done by all. The heat is your friend and will promote flexibility and aid in detoxification.
HOT26 is a subtle and slightly different approach to the classic Bikram series. It’s the same 26 postures and sequence you love, with the option of a neutral stance, grip and balanced movement. In this class students are move slowly and to put their attention on correct alignment and allow the body to open up through the breath.
HOTXpress is a slightly truncated, faster paced, 60-75 minute version of the traditional 26 posture Bikram sequence. For experienced practitioners only as there are fewer instructions and some one set postures. The pace can lead to a more aerobic and meditative experience. Fun stuff!
Frequently Asked Questions ???
Why the Heat?
Yoga changes the construction of the body from the inside out, from bones to skin and from fingertips to toes. Before you change it, you have to heat it up to soften it, because a warm body is a flexible body. Then you can reshape the body any way you want.
Hatha Yoga flushes away the waste products, the toxins of all the glands and organs of your body. It provides a natural irrigation of the body through the circulatory system, with the help of the respiratory system. It brings nourishment to every cell of your body so that each one can perform its function and keep your body healthy. Bikram Yoga also employs heat to further that cleaning process: When you sweat, impurities are flushed out of the body through the skin.
Practicing yoga not only increases our supplies of oxygen, but it also teaches us how to use that oxygen properly – we learn to control the breath through pranayama.
—excerpt from www.bikramyoga.com
Should I Eat or Drink Before a Session?
It is often said it is best to practice on an empty stomach. Try not to eat a meal for at least two hours before class, but you will use a lot of energy, so a banana or energy bar generally will not hurt…. I generally tell people to play around with it and discover what is most comfortable. I’ve discovered everyone is different where this is concerned. Come prepared to sweat, so be well-hydrated as well. Drink lots of water! Now!
What Should I Wear?
Clothing should be appropriate for the temperature. Keep in mind that you will sweat! Women typically wear shorts and sports bra or tank. Men wear shorts, and optional shirt. Everyone is barefoot. PLEASE WASH ANY SCENTS OR PERFUMES OFF BEFORE CLASS.
What Will I Need to Bring?
You will need a yoga mat, a large towel (to fit over you mat) and water (all are available for purchase/rent at the studio). We have showers so if you want to shower after class, bring a second towel and change of clothes.
How long are the classes and is there a “beginner” class?
All classes are 90 minutes long. You should plan to arrive 15 minutes early and allow yourself at least 15 minutes after class. So it’s best to allow yourself 2 hours. There is no “beginner’s only” class, we all practice together, so newbies may join any class (except HOTXpress) that fits your schedule.
What if I’m Late?
Keep in mind classes start promptly at their scheduled time. It is important to arrive before class to sign in and get set up. Important information is presented for first-timers at the beginning of class, so if you are new to Bikram Yoga make sure to arrive at least 15 minutes before class. Beginners will not be allowed in the class after it has started! Our doors are locked once class has started. This ensures class can start on time so we can finish on time as well as limit distractions once the moving meditation has begun. After the first set of breathing exercise no one can enter the room.
The yoga room is our sanctuary, please respect it and others using it. No talking in the yoga room and please keep voices at a whisper and conversation to a minimum in the hallway outside of the yoga room. While class is in session do your best to not be distracting. Please avoid leaving the room and limit movements to between postures. No SHOES, BAGS, COATS, CELLULAR PHONES or PAGERS are allowed on the yoga room.
Do we have showers?
Yes! And we keep them stocked with body wash, shampoo and conditioner.
Check out our Survival Guide for more info as well as studio etiquette