What is Yoga?

Simply put, yoga, in any of its forms, is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind (“chitta” or “mind-stuff“).

What is commonly called yoga in the West is technically Hatha Yoga. Hatha Yoga (“Discipline of Force”) is the active form of yoga incorporating a set of physical exercises, observances, and restraints. When you do yoga postures, you put the body, mind, and breath all in one rhythm. At that moment, you are with yourself, and fluctuations of the mind cease to exist.

chitta
Bikram Choudhury

What is Bikram Yoga?

Bikram Yoga is a specific style of Hatha Yoga created in the early 1970s by Bikram Choudhury and his guru, Bishnu Ghosh. It is a set sequence of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises. Bikram Yoga is HOT yoga, performed at 105 degrees and 50% humidity. It is a complete system of health, exercising every part of the body.

Since its inception, Bikram Yoga has helped millions of people around the world maintain and regain natural health and vitality. Stress, insomnia, chronic pain, depression, and many other ailments can be eased or erased with a proper, systematic hot yoga practice.

This is a beginner’s class; people of all ages, sizes, shapes, and abilities are welcome!

It’s never too late, you’re never too old, never too bad, to start all over again from scratch.”
Bishnu Ghosh

Benefits of the Heat

Heat allows muscles to stretch more safely and joints to move more freely.

Heat increases metabolism, assisting with weight loss and maintenance.

Elevated core temperatures help immune cells work better at fighting viral and bacterial infections before they take hold.

Vasodilation allows arteries to relax and widen resulting in less vascular resistance; particularly powerful in treating hypertension. It also increases plasma volume and triggers the body to produce more oxygen-carrying red blood cells. This makes normal activities seem easier and gives athletes a competitive edge.

Working in the heat sparks determination, willpower, and focus!

woman sweating while doing Bikram Yoga
Medical personnel in lotus pose

Medical Advisory

Diabetes: Those managing diabetes can realize amazing benefits from this class. We recommend the use of a continuous glucose monitor.

Pregnancy: If you are not already fully acclimated to hot yoga, this is not be the right time to begin. Please call us for more information about hot yoga during pregnancy.

This class is not suitable for kids under 14. Please call us in advance to make arrangements to attend class with teenagers aged 14-17.

If  you have any of the following conditions, please obtain clearance from your doctor before beginning or resuming a hot yoga practice:

• Any musculoskeletal injury in the acute phase of healing where pain and swelling are still present

• Heart problems and/or irregular heartbeat (such as Afib)

• Seizure disorder

• Stage 3 hypertension (180/110 or above)

• Severe anxiety or claustrophobia