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Bikram Yoga Simsbury (BYS) – the Original Hot Yoga
Bikram Yoga Simsbury is an independently-owned wellness center in the Ghosh-Bikram Yoga lineage, a 45-year-old therapeutic hatha yoga tradition that improves athletic performance and has been proven to cure many chronic diseases, relieve chronic pain, and restore mobility, flexibility, circulation, strength, and energy.
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The Bikram Method is for Everyone
Bikram Yoga is an amazing technology used to create and maintain optimum physical, mental, and community wellness.
It is a 45-year-old method specifically designed for the unfit and the fit.
At Bikram Yoga Capital Area, we have regular students of all ages, from 6-80+. We have students who have gone from the couch directly to Bikram Yoga, and professional athletes who incorporate Bikram Yoga as their cross-training program of choice. Bikram Yoga is also especially accessible to and effective for bigger bodies, with all modifications suggested as necessary for each individual.
At BYCA, you will be encouraged, challenged, and cared for.
Benefits of the Bikram Method
When attempted with precision, consistency, frequency, and focus, the 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises of Bikram Yoga use the tourniquet effect to move fresh, oxygenated blood throughout every tissue in the body, resulting in:
- Proper weight, blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol
- Reduction of back pain and/or joint pain
- Improved ability to concentrate
- Reduction of stress, depression, panic attacks, and anxiety
- An overall sense of well-being
- Smiling, happy faces
- And much more
What about the heat?
Bikram Yoga is the Original Hot Yoga! The heat is your friend, and it helps make this unique method of yoga the most effective in the world.
We find that those with heat intolerance and even menopausal symptoms adjust with regular practice (at least 3 classes per week for one month). Students are invited to acclimate by attending our warm classes or sitting still in the room for a few classes before trying the postures. It is extremely important that you do not try to do everything in your first few classes and then blame the heat for the difficulty! You may miss out on the most important and transformative experiences of your life.
Bikram Yoga has been found to be most beneficial when practiced at a room temperature slightly above body temperature (105ºF), 40-45% relative humidity, and well-regulated oxygen/CO2 ratios. We keep our yoga room environment at this ideal range, with constant monitoring by instructors and computer sensors.
Do I need to get in shape before I start?
Absolutely not. 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!
What should I wear?
The less the better. The more skin of your legs and torso that are exposed, the cooler you will be. Please do not bring 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?
Make sure that you have had the equivalent of three glasses of water (24-30 ounces) in the 2 hours before class, and as a beginner, please bring another 30 ounces of water into the room with you. You will learn about your hydration needs as you practice regularly and as you learn how to breathe better.
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.
How often should I practice?
Can I do yoga while I’m pregnant?
Absolutely. 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), but we have to officially recommend that you take the first trimester of pregnancy to take one or two private, non-heated, prenatal classes with us and practice at home until Week 12. You may return to the “hot room” for the 2nd and 3rd trimesters as long as you have established at least 6 months of a regular practice prior to pregnancy.
Our director has been trained by Rajashree Choudhury in her Pregnancy Yoga system, practiced Rajashree’s Pregnancy Yoga throughout her entire pregnancy, and has assisted pregnant women with their yoga practices since 2006. The
Can children do Bikram Yoga?
Absolutely! It is exciting to see and maintain the natural range of motion of the human spine, prior to stress and injury. Youth ages 14+ may practice the entire class. We ask that youth 16 and under practice a class or two with a parent prior to attending on their own.
Prior to puberty and sweat-gland development, most kids do better in a warm class or in the second half of class only. We recommend the Thursday 5:45 pm class, which is free of charge for any child (practicing with a parent who is paid).
What if I have a medical condition?
Why is it always the same?
A consistent, comprehensive system for beginning students is extremely important in order to:
- 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. Once you have created sufficient mastery of stillness and form in the beginning system, we offer intermediate and advanced levels. This usually takes a minimum of 250 classes or 2 years of near-daily practice.
I’m kinda old. Is it going to be all 20-somethings in great shape in the class?
I’m a beginner. Can I take this class?
Why is the room so hot?
I’m not flexible at all. Can I do this?
Will I lose weight?
Bikram Yoga Simsbury Studio
Mitchell Volvo Cars of Simsbury
Cumberland Farms Route 10 / 202
Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.
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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.