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WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER YOUR FIRST CLass
- You might feel tired after class; this is very normal and a good sign that the body is cleansing itself. Your energy levels should be restored to normal within two weeks, with a consistent practice.
- You might feel sore or stiff the day after your first class, so come back to class as soon as possible! Your body is waking up and coming alive and you want to keep the process going.
- You might feel nauseous, dizzy, or have a headache after class. This could be a sign you are dehydrated or it could be a sign you were trying so hard that you weren't breathing normally. Please drink lots of water and replenish your electrolytes before returning to class. It's very common to hold your breath, so please try to focus on breathing normally during every posture.
- You might experience some skin irritation. This too is normal; it means the skin is releasing toxins. Showering directly after class will wash the toxins away. It will also help to normalize the body temperature.
- You might feel very hungry or completely lose your appetite. Both reactions are normal. If you're concerned about your weight, don't worry. Once you get into a regular practice pattern, your appetite and weight will normalize. You may find yourself feeling and looking younger.
- The worst class is the one you do not come to. Come and practice often, every day if possible, so you can experience the wonderful healing benefits that await you!
- All classes at BYMH & BYG are for beginners and advanced students alike.
- Please arrive at the studio at least 20 minutes before class time for registration and orientation.
- Please inform your instructor of any existing injuries or health problems you may have before the start of class.
- News students under the age of 18 need written parental permission or should be accompanied by an adult.
- Late admittance is strictly prohibited.
- Lost and found items will be held for two weeks before being donated.
WORDS OF WISDOM:
Leave your preconceived notions, judgements, expectations, egos and insecurities at the front door. Whether you’re inflexible, unfit, a beginner, male, female, any age ... yoga is for EVERYbody. As our founder says “Yoga is the only exercise in the world you can do at any age. There is always some posture that will improve your health, mind or soul.” Keep an open mind and heart, and your body will follow. Yoga gives you what you need, not what you want. The posture you like the least is usually the one that your body needs the most. Be patient and trust the process!
What to Drink:
- Yoga is best done on an empty stomach. Make sure to start hydrating 24 hours before class.
- Do not eat 2 hours prior to class. If you need to eat close to class time, choose light foods such as fruit or yogurt.
- Drink plenty of water; 16-32 ounces in addition to what you normally drink. Start hydrating 24-hours in advance. Minimize water intake 30 minutes prior to class so your bladder isn't full when class begins. Attempting to hydrate during class is too little, too late & creates distraction. Feel free to take little sips of water in between the postures, as needed.
- Replace your electrolytes: sodium, potassium, calcium, and magnesium. If you notice you’re feeling over-tired or getting a headache during or after class, then try ingesting a natural source of electrolytes such as coconut water, a banana, or fresh-squeezed lemon juice in your water.
What to Bring:
- A full-size bath or beach towel over your yoga mat to catch your sweat.
- A yoga mat that fits your body.
- A water canteen. We have free filtered water for refills or we sell Smart Water/Vitamin Water for $3/each. Glass is not permitted in our studios.
- A second towel if you plan to shower after class or we rent towels for $3/each.
What to Wear:
The room is hot and you’ll sweat a lot! It's best to wear clothes designed for this type of environment, avoiding cotton or fabrics that become heavy when wet. Wear the least amount of clothing you are comfortable in. Clothes that offer a snug fit are best as they allow for optimal movement while also maintaining coverage.
- Women: Yoga shorts or crop pants, yoga bra or sports top.
- Men: Snug-fitting shorts made with Lycra to stretch.
- We offer a small supply of high-quality hot yoga clothes for sale at the studio.,
- Please remove your shoes immediately, upon entering the studio & place them on or near the shoe rack near the front door.
- Note: Deodorant is great, but please refrain from wearing scented lotions, perfume or cologne to class, as they can be irritating or cause allergic reactions in others.
What to Expect During Class:
- Feeling nauseous, dizzy or light-headed are perfectly normal sensations; it takes time for your body to acclimate to the heat. If you feel any of these sensations, take a knee or lie down, it will pass. Just breathe, recover & rejoin the class when you’re ready. Your goal is to stay in the room for the full 90 minutes.
- Old injuries may also re-emerge as aches or dull pain as you work through injured areas. You’ll learn to distinguish between appropriate, healing discomfort & pain that signifies injury. If you’re not sure how to interpret your pain or discomfort, speak to your instructor or a medical professional.
- Try not to itch, wipe, scratch or fidget during class. Learn to practice stillness and breathe slowly & deeply in between the postures. Any extra movement is not only a distraction to others, it only makes you hotter. Learn to be comfortable with your sweat. It’s your body’s mechanism to cool itself down. Wiping your sweat defeats the purpose. Yoga is a group practice and the group moves as one... try to be one with the class.
- After your 1st class, try to return the next day and every day for the first two weeks. If you can't come every day, try to come at least every other day within those first 14 days. Bikram recommends you practice 6 days a week for 60 days. After that, maintaining a 5-6 day/week practice is optimal. Refrain from judgement about the yoga until you’ve had at least 20 classes. As you become more familiar with the postures you’ll be much more relaxed in your practice. Try not to leave too many days in between your practices; missed days make the yoga so much harder. You’ll be amazed at how much your body opens up & changes after only 30 days of consistent, daily practice. Don’t quit before the miracle happens!
- Don’t worry that others will judge you. We’re all flawed and we all have insecurities. Remember, we’re all in this together, rooting for each other. We practice our yoga to heal, grow, strengthen, de-stress and connect so we can all live happier, healthier, more productive lives!
- Relax at the end of class. Final relaxation is a critical part of your practice. You’ve stretched muscles, compressed organs and sent massive amounts of information through the central nervous system. Allow the body to recover and the nervous system to integrate the information it has received. Stillness can often be one of the most challenging parts of your practice.
- The 4 Ps of Bikram Yoga: Practice, Patience, Persistence and Precision
Beyond Yoga Studios
775 Cochrane Rd. Morgan Hill, CA 95037
60 4th Street Gilroy, CA 95020