I heard that Bikram Yoga is extreme - and for the fit and young.
The reality is that our studio– and Bikram Yoga in general – has many students over the age of 70. Many go from the couch directly to Bikram Yoga, and many students adjust to the practice by simply sitting still in the room for a few classes before trying the postures. Some students practice from wheelchairs and others use a chair at first. All of this is possible in every class, with consultation and guidance from our teachers.
And yes, this is also the yoga of choice of many current and former professional and collegiate athletes. It is designed for the unfit and the fit, and effective for everyone in between.
Do I need to get in shape before I start?
This yoga system is the single most powerful way to get yourself into a balanced state of health and wellness – including physical fitness. The most important thing is that you start as soon as possible and that you don’t stop showing up – no matter what the life circumstances, no matter your injury, no matter your stress or emotional state.
Our regular yoga practitioners develop strength and calm that is unlike anything you have seen!
We have a saying:
To say you’re not flexible enough for yoga is like saying you’re too dirty to take a bath.
Why is it hot, not sure I'll be able to handle it.
That’s OK! Many people do not think so at the beginning.
However, heat acclimation is actually very important for your health and can be initially achieved within 3 weeks of 3 classes per week. Over time, as you learn how to breath well, you will hardly notice the heat. This is a sign of good health!
The maximum health benefits have been shown to occur between 105F to 107F and 40% to 50% humidity.
The environment here is extremely well-regulated to promote maximum health benefit and does not exceed normal earth temperatures and humidity levels. This is not movement-based exercise in a hot room and is very different from other things called “hot yoga”. Our method allows for each student to work at her or his own pace and rest in stillness at any point during class. Even those with heat intolerance and menopausal symptoms adjust with a regular practice.
I’m a beginner. Can I take this class?
Bikram Yoga is beginner’s yoga. Everyone takes the same class together and everyone works at their own level. No matter where you are in your practice, just trying to do the postures to the best of your ability will bring you huge benefits(no matter how you look doing them!). Keep in mind that you’ll need to attend several classes before you can really determine if this is for you.
I’m not flexible at all. Can I do this?
Bikram Yoga will help you become flexible, and you’ll find that you improve just a little with each class. Everyone works at their own level, and everyone’s got something going on with their body. Some of us may be working towards getting these postures right for the rest of our natural days! It’s the try that counts.
Why is it always the same?
- build mastery and discipline
- develop subtlety and depth of understanding
- maintain safety before advancing
- improve strength and mobility of every single joint in every class
- train the mind to look for internal differences rather than external stimuli
Rather than the sequence changing, YOU change! As you learn to pay better attention, look for the details, and steady your focus, you will experience that every single class is different.
What should I wear?
The more skin of your legs and torso that are exposed, the cooler you will be. Please try not to use a hand towel for wiping sweat; allowing the sweat to stay on your body and evaporate will help you cool down quicker.
Those who are concerned about how their body looks will find relief in our yoga method and our extremely non-judgmental, supportive, body-positive community. During class, you will be so highly focused on the internal sensations, verbal instructions, and breathing – the negativity about your appearance and the comparisons with other bodies will literally melt away.
How should I hydrate?
Pure water is best – Gatorade and other sugary sports drinks are not recommended during class, as they cause the body to digest and divert blood away from the skin and muscles.
What about eating?
You should have sufficient food intake in general. Self-starving or extreme dieting do not work with this practice.
The general rule is not to eat within 3 hours before class, but if you’re famished, eat something light and bland like Saltine crackers; a couple should curb the hunger pangs. We don’t recommend nuts, chocolate, lattes, heavy or rich foods, or sushi, to be eaten within the 3 hours before you practice. We’ve tried it and regretted it.
How often should I practice?
What if I have a medical condition?
Can children do Bikram Yoga?
It is exciting to see and maintain the natural range of motion of the human spine, prior to stress and injury. If your child is playing rigorous sports and/or they are able to sweat, they are welcome to try the 90-minute class. The issue we find with many children is their ability to focus and be still. That might be a good gauge for you to use to determine if they should continue.
We have also found that it is a good idea to start all children off by doing the floor series, which is the second part of the class.
Can I do yoga while I’m pregnant?
However, there are very specific guidelines for pregnancy. First, although core temperature has been found to remain at a safe temperature in Bikram Yoga, the medical community wants to make sure that core temperature does not rise during the first trimester of pregnancy.
Hundreds of women around the world have practiced Rajashree’s Pregnancy Yoga within the Bikram Yoga classroom during all phases of pregnancy with no adverse effects (and very good birth outcomes). We officially recommend that if you don’t already have a regular practice, you probably should not begin a new practice when you become pregnant.
I heard that Bikram Yoga is competitive.
Rajashree Choudhury and many yoga practitioners in our lineage do support participate in Asana Championships for the purposes of inspiring youth to incorporate yoga into their lives at a young age. The events are incredibly inspiring, and most participants do not have a competitive bone in their body! Read more about those here.
Is Bikram Yoga a chain or franchise?
I have heard negative things about Bikram Choudhury on the Internet. I do not want to support him
However, the yoga and its benefits are much bigger and more profound than all of that. The yoga system – not the creator or his personality – is what we benefit from and share. We ask that you trust your direct experience at our school rather than gossip or sensational journalism.
We apprentice teachers who have practiced and trained in the Bikram Yoga lineage and under the Original Hot Yoga Association guidelines, because we have found that these provide the most rigorous and disciplined foundation for yoga teaching and effective yoga therapy. We are currently retaining the name “Bikram Yoga” in our school name because the yoga itself is so unique and effective; we do not want it to get confused with “hot yoga” or diluted in any way.
Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.
Bikram Yoga Simsbury Studio
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Cumberland Farms Route 10 / 202
Bikram Yoga Simsbury
7 Deer Park Road,
Weatogue, CT 06089
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Bikram Yoga Simsbury is a small business wholly owned by Richard and Laurie. We have never been part of any franchise and have never paid any corporate fees.