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. So 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" (BikramYoga.com)
Is pre-registration necessary?
No pre-registration or appointments are necessary. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before your first class to sign our waiver, meet the instructor, and get setup in the hot room. If you want to get a jump-start on the process print our waiver form here and have it completed when you arrive at the school.
Who is Bikram?
Yogiraj Bikram Choudhury is the magnanimous founder and boss of the worldwide Yoga College of India. "Born in Calcutta in 1946, Bikram began Yoga at the age of 4 with India's most renown physical culturist of that time, Bishnu Ghosh, younger brother of Parmahansa Yoganana (author of the Seminole The Autobiography of a Yogi). Bikram practiced Yoga at least four to six hours a day at Ghosh's College of Physical Education in Calcutta. At the age of thirteen, Bikram won the National India Yoga Championship. He was undefeated the following three years and retired as the undisputed All-India National Yoga Champion.
At seventeen, an injury to his knee during a weight-lifting accident brought the prediction from leading European doctors that he would never walk again. Not accepting their pronouncement, he had himself carried back to Bishnu Ghosh's school, for he knew that if anyone could help to heal his knee, it was his teacher. Six months later, his knee had totally recovered. Ghosh was a celebrated physical culturist and the first to scientifically document Yoga's ability to cure chronic physical ailments and heal the body.Bikram later on devised the 26 postures sequence, which work irrespective of age groups. These 26 postures series has a profound healing power on your body and mind. He founded Bikram’s Yoga College of India. Bikram has shown the light of healthy life to millions of people around the world.
Bikram is the most respected living Yoga Guru in the world. He has written books on Bikram Yoga. These books are wonderful work for the entire yoga world. Bikram conducts workshops, lectures and seminars throughout the world. It’s a wonder and lifetime experience to do his class. He will tell you where is your weak point while doing Bikram Yoga Posture. He will not stop until you come out your best."