About Your First Class
Welcome to Bikram Williamsburg!
We are so happy you’ve decided to join us. We guarantee that a regular Bikram Yoga practice will change your life in the most wonderful ways. Expect to sweat, work hard and feel great! We will support you in every way possible to reach your personal goals.
When most people think of yoga, images of chanting and people maneuvering into seemingly impossible positions come to mind. Yoga is NOT just for the fantastically flexible. In fact, if you are not flexible, can’t touch your toes or even see your toes, you are a perfect candidate for the benefits of yoga.
As a beginner, it is normal to feel a little intimidated. With a consistent practice and some patience you will improve. Remember to focus on and take care of yourself in class. You will always feel challenged by the yoga, everyone does.
The teacher will guide you and help you to discover your edge. Expect your body to change and be different every day. Stay positive, it helps. Bikram always says: “try the right way” to achieve 100 percent benefit from every posture.
Take your second class within 24 hours of your first class. You have awakened and stimulated every system in your body with your first class. With your second class, your organs, respiratory, circulatory, digestive and nervous systems receive 2-3 times the nourishment and healing than they did in the first class. And by taking your second class within this time frame you will bypass much of the soreness you would otherwise experience.
Make up your mind to take 10 classes as close together as possible! You will feel like a new person physically, emotionally and mentally. You will feel some of the benefits of this yoga with just a class or two but to really soar – you need the cumulative effect of at least ten classes, so come as often as you possibly can.
After your introduction we encourage you to practice a minimum of 3 times a week.
You will be required to fill out a registration/waiver form. This form will be filled out in person at the studio.
Arrive 15 – 20 minutes early for your first class. This gives us time for registration and orientation. New students will not be allowed into class late. No reservation is required for your first class.
You may bring a mat and a towel, though we will offer you a mat and a towel for every class during your Intro Week. Bring a medium bottle of water. They are available at the studio for $2 (and up).
Wear light, fitted exercise clothing such as sports bra/tank top, shorts or swimwear. Avoid sweat pants, long pants and heavy t-shirts.
Avoid eating 2 – 3 hours before class.
Drink plenty of water throughout the day so that you will be well hydrated before coming to class. Good hydration supports the healthy function of all of your body’s systems, and it makes the heat feel comfortable rather than overwhelming.
Bring a positive attitude! If you feel nervous, scared or a little intimidated, no problem. Many people feel that way initially. Don’t let it stop you from coming to class. Bikram designed this class for beginners, so know that with a little practice and experience you’ll quickly feel right at home.
Come back! Take your second class within 24 hours, and you will bypass much of the soreness you’d experience otherwise. Make up your mind to take 10 classes, and you will feel why no one has to tell you how good this yoga is for you. You will experience it for yourself.