Beginners are welcome in all classes, and all levels practice together.
Bikram Yoga is done in a heated room. A Bikram style beginning Yoga class is a challenging 26 pose series, each posture repeated twice. Every pose is meant to be performed in the given order, to the best of one's ability. A principle of the class is that one can learn to steadily make new demands of oneself, to work harder, deeper, yet calmer. Of equal importance is the principle that physical exertion and relaxation operate most effectively in a simultaneous manner. The control of breathing (Pranayama) and the centering of concentration accomplishes this. As you advance, you apply yourself ever deeper into the pose; beyond the physical discipline and into the mastery of self. By doing so, we reach the true meaning of Hatha Yoga. "Ha"- sun, "ha" - moon, "Yoga" means union. A union; a meeting of body, mind and spirit.
Be prepared to work hard, to make demands of yourself and to sweat. The room temperature is intentionally warmer to induce injury free exercise, as the skin acts as a "third Kidney" to eliminate body wastes through perspiration.
These 26 postures go through the whole body, relieving stress, balancing and strengthening the glands, circulation, digestion, nervous system, rejuvenating tissue, reversing the aging process, reshaping muscles, tendons, weight and building willpower, self control, and patience. Fresh blood is brought to areas not normally affected. You leave refreshed, rejuvenated and ready for the day.
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In order to be truly effective, Yoga should be practiced regularly with no long lapses of time in between. We recommend a minimum of 10 classes per month if the student is to derive optimum benefit from this program.
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