Frequently Asked Questions


As a beginner it's natural to have lots of questions. Detroit Bikram has a Yoga Advisor Team in place to support you every step of the way, so you get the most out your experience with Bikram Yoga. Our Yoga Advisors are experienced certified Bikram Yoga teachers, and are happy to talk by phone, or email, or in person to answer any questions and concerns. Please contact us at our Troy or Farmington Hills locations, and a Yoga Advisor will get back with you quickly. We look forward seeing you in class! 
 
All of the postures taught in this class are beginning postures, no prior experience is neccesary. However, Bikram Yoga challenges everyone - beginners, intermediates, and experts.
This is the most common misconception that prevents people from coming to a yoga class. Yoga is not about how flexible you are, it is about stretching your body and spine in all directions. If you simply try the right way, your balance, endurance and flexibility will naturally increase. You will be receiving 100% of the benefits.
Please bring a yoga mat, large towel and a water bottle. It is required that every yoga student stand on a towel over a yoga mat during class. If you use the showers after class, you can bring a second towel. We rent yoga mats for $1 and sell basic towles for $3, if you don't have your own. It is useful to bring a re-usable plastic bag to place your sweaty items in after class.
The room is heated intentionally to warm muscles, which allows you to work deeper and safer, seeing results faster. Heat takes the trauma out of stretching, heals and helps prevent injuries. It also promotes sweating which helps flush toxins from your body, giving you a wonderful glow from head to toe. The heat combined with the sequence of the postures is what makes Bikram Yoga so special.
Bikram's Beginning Hatha Yoga class is 90 minutes in length.
Please wear clothing that fits close to the skin and dress as lightly as possible. Avoid loose fitting clothes, we need to see your knees.
Come as often as you can. A daily practice from the beginning can relax into a regimen of 3 or 4 times per week. You'll find you want to do this practice. It's fun! it works! You will start organizing your schedule to fit it in. In fact, the harder this yoga is for you initially, the more you need to do it and the more you are going to benefit from it. The time and effort you put into Bikram Yoga will be returned to you tenfold.
Practicing Bikram Yoga requires energy, and food is energy for the body. However if you come to class with a full stomach, it could be very uncomfortable. Here are some general guidelines on eating before clas: if you attend afternoon or evening yoga class, leave about 2 to 3 hours of time between your last large meal and your class. If you attend a morning yoga class, it can be very helpful to have some food-calories in your body, so don't skip breakfast completely! Try having some fruit or toast (something that digests easily) an hour or so before class. These are general guidelines only, please talk to your Bikram teacher in the lobby if you have specific questions on this topic.
You should drink plenty of water everyday so you arrive to class ALREAY well-hydrated, this is much better than trying to hydrate immediately before or during class. With Bikram Yoga, you are simultaneously cleansing all the systems of your body from the inside out. It is important to stay hydrated so your elimination systems (bowel, urinary, and skin) can support your efforts.
This is going to vary on a person by person basis. Typically a good formula is take your body weight and divide by 2. This is how many ounces of water you should consume daily. Here's an example: 140 lb/2 = 70 oz. 64 oz is a half gallon. Seem like a lot? Remember our bodies are mostly water. Being fully hydrated helps take pressure off of organs to do their jobs and helps flush the body and keep it running smoothly.

As a new yoga student it takes a little while to understand and appreciate good hydration, that is why it's important to pace yourself and rest whenever you need to during class.
Please let the teacher know if you are pregnant, had surgery, or have any injuries, illnesses, or special conditions. You can still do most yoga postures, with a few modifications that the teacher will show you.
Yes, if you have it to lose. Bikram says you will have a new body with 60 days of daily practice. Each posture combines flexibility, strength and balance to work your whole body from bone to skin. With a regular practice you can lose inches and develop muscle tone, strength and stamina. The postures help to release bound-fat cells and work the endocrine glands to fire up your metabolism. Warm muscles burn fat more effectively. When we stretch, the fat has no room to sit so it redistributes to the blood stream which we then use as energy. For those who wish to lose weight, Bikram recommends coming to classes earlier in the day.

No matter what your fitness level, you will find Bikram Yoga very challenging. Each posture combines flexibility, strength and balance to work your whole body from your bones to your skin. With persistence, patience, and dedication, you can lose inches and develop muscle tone and strength that might never come from other forms of exercise.

Most people do not experience dramatic weight loss according to a scale because as you are losing fat, your are building muscle mass. What you will see is a general slimming all over: your clothes fit better, your posture is better, your skin will GLOW!
Bikram yoga is most definitely a cardiovascular workout. One posture in particular doubles your heart rate even though it is only 10 seconds long. In certain postures you stretch out your heart muscles in either direction increasing your heart rate substantially before releasing the posture.
Didn't know you had a muscle there? Congratulations, you have utilized 100% of your body. You are on the way to regaining your birthright: using your body in the full range of motion that it was designed for. Muscle soreness is a buildup of lactic acid. What's the best way to get rid of the lactic acid? Stretching. It may seem impossible to imagine that coming back for more will help, but it is THE BEST way to relieve the soreness.

The room is heated so when you return, you will be able to stretch your muscles without the feeling of soreness. It is recommended that you drink lots of water before and after class. Come back to yoga the next day; if you wait too long to come back, then you will be starting all over again.
We do not recommend you practice Bikram yoga in your first trimester. If you had a regular practice before you became pregnant then we recommend you come back in your second and third trimester. The teacher will be able to help with modifications for the poses.
The heat does the following 6 things:

-Enhances vasodilatation* so that more blood is delivered to the muscles.
-Allows oxygen In the blood to detach from the hemoglobin more easily.**
-Speeds up the breakdown of glucose and fatty acids.
-Makes muscles more elastic, less susceptible to injury.
-levates your metabolism and burns fat more easily.
-Increases perspiration and therefore detoxification.

You are changing the construction of your body as you perform these postures. Think of it as a piece of steel. When the steel is hot it becomes soft. When the steel is cool, it is easier to break and does not bend as easily. The heat makes your body more malleable. Warm muscles are more elastic and less susceptible to injury. Warmer temperatures produce a fluid-like stretch that allows greater range of motion. Cold muscles don't absorb shock or impact as well and aren't stretched as well so they get injured more readily.


Additionally, the oxygen and blood exchange rate is more rapid so you are getting more oxygen to your tissues, and your heart is more efficient. It is clearing out the valves of the heart chambers. It helps to flush out the arteries. Sweating is important because it takes the majority of the workload off the kidneys and the liver allowing the skin, which is the largest organ of the body, to excrete toxins. It exfoliates the skin by ridding the dead skin cells, so your skin will become clearer.
The capillaries that weave around the muscles respond to the heat by dilating. This brings more oxygen to the muscles and helps in the removal of waste products such as carbon dioxide and lactic acid.


* When blood passes through warm muscles oxygen releases more easily from the hemoglobin. Blood passing through cold muscles releases less oxygen.

** Warm muscles burn fat more easily than cold ones. Fat is released during stress. The stress of intense exercise causes a deluge of fatty acids into the blood stream. If you exercise with cold muscles, the muscles cannot use the fatty acids, and the fatty acids end up in places where they aren't wanted, such as the lining of the arteries.

NOTE: Muscles aren't the only beneficiaries of heat. Higher temperatures improve the function of the nervous system, meaning that messages are carried more rapidly to and from the brain and spinal cord.
It’s my first time. What do I do?
Sign up and register online for your first class. This simplifies things and lets us know you’re coming. We encourage all newbies to start with the Intro Special "30 Days for $49". It's not a contract, you don't sign your life away. We just want you to get the benefits from this yoga in your life, and it takes most people a few sessions to get used to the class. Arrive 15 minutes before the class time. Tell our friendly front desk staff it’s your first time, and they’ll take good care of you!

What should I wear to class?
Wear comfortable clothing: tank tops, sports bra, breathable tees, yoga shorts, or running shorts are ideal. Avoid pants, sweats and long-sleeve shirts. Undergarments or see-through garments are not permitted (as your only clothes) in the yoga room.

What do I need to bring?
A yoga mat, large towel, and bottle of water. Most people bring 2 towels, one to stand on in class over the yoga mat, and 1 to use for showers after class. Please do not bring your cell phone, wallet, car keys, bag, etc. into the hot room. There are cubbies in the changing rooms, which are members-only areas, to store your personal belongings. If you are a medical professional on call, please alert the instructor before class.

Are mats and towels provided?
If you forget or don't have your own, we rent yoga mats for $1, and sell new white towels for $3.

Will I lose weight? 
Yes, and you have to actually do the yoga on a regular basis, minimum 3x a week, ideally 5x a week. We have many yoga students who lose weight with Bikram Yoga and feel in the best shape of their life. The students who are successful with this take a look at their entire lifestyle, including eating, nutrition, stress, daily activity, etc. For additional support on weight loss and healthy living, our studio now has a Certified Holistic Health Coach who runs special seminars and wellness programs for Clean Eating and detoxing the body. Keep an eye on our upcoming events and blog for more information.

Where are your studios located?
Our Farmington Hills studio is conveniently located on the northwest corner of Orchard Lake Road and 12 Mile in the Orchard 12 Center, behind the new Starbucks. Our studio entrance faces east, and we have a large parking lot in front with entrances on Orchard Lake Road and on 12 Mile. View map and get driving direction here.

Our Troy studio is conveniently located on Livernois between 15 Mile and 16 Mile roads. We are on the West side of Livernois in a stripmall. The studio is located in between the Powerhouse Gym and CJ Mahoneys. Our entrance faces East and we have a large parking lot in front which is accessed by Livernois or by Kirts Blvd. View map and get driving direction here.

When should I NOT attend yoga class?
We believe that Bikram Yoga strengthens your immune system. However, if you are sick or have a cold, flu-like symptoms, or fever, please stay home. Students with fever are not permitted in the hot room.

What if I’m late for class?
Each class begins promptly. We expect everyone to be in the yoga room before class starts. If you are late to class, you might be allowed into class if you are only a few minutes late. Its for your health and safety, it's very important that everyone do the first breathing exercise to warm up for class. Sometimes the door is locked when we don't have desk reception, and therefore you will not be able to take class. Please take responsibility for your own time management, it's up to YOU to get to the studio before class starts and not be in a rush. Thank you for being on time and respecting our guidelines.

What should I eat and/or drink before, during, and after class?
Come to class on an empty stomach – but don’t starve yourself all day! You burn an insane amount of calories in class, so your body needs fuel to go!  Most people find they need to allow 2 hours between eating and taking class. However, some people with high metabolism need to eat a little “something” (like a piece of fruit, yogurt, nuts, etc.) an hour or so before class.  As you practice this yoga, your own innate wisdom will emerge and guide you as to what is right for you. Please come to class well hydrated. You need to drink a lot of water throughout the day to ensure you’re properly hydrated for class (half your body weight in ounces). Once class begins, hold off on drinking water until “party time” to allow your body to heat up and for your mind to stay focused. We advise all students to take an electrolyte supplement, and we offer a wide variety for purchase at the studio.

How often should I practice?
Aim to practice 3 -5 times a week. The more often you practice, the quicker you will see results. Sometimes it takes a few classes for your body to get acclimated to exercising in a heated environment. We encourage new students to practice at least 10 times in the first 30 days to give this yoga a fair chance and to really see the benefits in daily life. 

What are your prices?
Get started with the Unlimited Intro Month – it’s an entire month of unlimited yoga for only $49 (single class is $18). This special offer is available to new students and returning students who have not practiced with us in the past six months. For more information about our pricing, see our Pricing page.

I purchased an intro month, but I won’t be able to take my first class until next week.
The Intro Month activates on the day you take your first class on this membership series. Once you purchase the Intro Month, you have 30 days to take your first class.

What if I need to leave early?
Each class is 90 minutes. We suggest you select a class time when you can stay to practice the entire class. We do not permit students to leave early. Practicing Bikram Yoga is like taking a prescription: if you change it, take something out, or stop early, it will not have the same effect. Even though you start to feel better, the medication is not fully effective until you finish the entire dose. The 90 minute class works the same way!

Am I allowed to leave the yoga room?
We encourage all students to stay in the yoga room for the entire 90 minutes. Before leaving the room, we suggest sitting down and taking as many breaks as needed. Moving between the high heat and the cool lobby actually puts stress on your body. The class is a “meditation” and part of the practice is building your concentration, determination, and self control. You will be amazed at how quickly your body acclimates to the heat and your mind is strengthened and disciplined. But not if you keep leaving the yoga room! You do not need permission to leave the room, but it improves your practice and the benefits for your body to stay in the room for the entire 90 minutes. If you absolutely must leave the room, make sure the teacher knows you’ve left and come back as quickly as possible.

Can I practice yoga with an old/new injury?
Yes!  Bikram yoga helps heal old injuries and prevent new ones. The heat is therapeutic for your muscles, joints, and tissue. For existing injuries and medical conditions, the healing process can be supported with the continued practice of Bikram Yoga. We ask students to notify the instructor so they can help you during class and make sure we have an alert in your file. The general guide when practicing with an injury is: take it easy, listen to your body, and perform postures to your tolerance level. You do not need to “modify” the postures because this yoga is a therapeutic practice of beginner postures. All you have to do is try the right way and focus on what you can do – form over depth.

Can I practice if I am pregnant?
Maybe. If you have been practicing consistently for at least 6 months and you have permission from your doctor, then yes you may continue to practice. You will be required to bring a release from your doctor in order to continue to practice in the hot room. Please notify our friendly staff as soon as you find out, and they will have our Pregnancy Teacher Advisor contact you about practicing while pregnant. She will connect with you and discuss the Pregnancy Series or schedule a private lesson to get started if you prefer.

I run or do other forms of exercise. Should I do Bikram yoga too?
Yes! Bikram yoga is excellent for helping align and strengthen your body and is a great compliment to all other forms of exercise. Many athletes practice Bikram yoga to heal and recover from stress their bodies experience performing high-impact sports or other workouts. We’ve had many runners say once they start practicing Bikram yoga, they are able to achieve their “personal best” in races!

I’ve never practiced yoga and I’m a little nervous. Do you have a special class for me?
All of our classes are designed for beginners. Everyone from the novice to the experienced yogi is welcome to our classes. 

During practice, focus on doing the posture correctly and to the best of your ability. With time, you will find that you're able to go deeper into the postures.

If you are concerned that doing a posture might aggravate an injury or illness, talk to an instructor first. They are there to help you get the most out of your practice in a safe manner.
If you are starting yoga for the first time, it is important to know your boundaries. If you were not a runner, yet decided to run a marathon, you would train and build up to it. Look at yoga the same way. While it's important to try and get better, it's equally important to recognize that yoga is a process. You build at the pace that suits you. Don't run the marathon on your first try!
Muscles contracted and stretched on a cellular, biochemical level.
Lipids and proteins reorganized optimally in stretching, allowing for better circulation.
Nerves stimulated by compression & extension, supplying fresh blood, oxygen and nutrients to the body.
Wastes pumped out.
Blood and calcium brought to the bones.
Bones strengthened with additional weight and stress on them.
Brain stimulated by improved circulation and by varying blood pressure.
Improved communication to nervous system.
Lymph nodes massaged.
Lymph pumped into body, helping lymphatic system work more efficiently.
White blood cells sent out to body.
Organs of immune system boosted (red marrow in bone).
Thymus, spleen, appendix and intestines compressed and extended.
Lungs stretched, flushed out by increased blood circulation.
Toxins flushed out and waste excreted.
Endocrine glands encouraged to secrete appropriate hormones.
Communication of hormones among various glands and systems of body perfected.
Fat eliminated and tissue reorganized into most efficient state.
Joints greased and range of motion increased.
Strength built by use of gravity.
Muscles, joints and energies of the body balanced.
Classes are open to everyone regardless of your age or fitness level. The beauty of Bikram yoga is that there is no competition amongst students and there are no judgements made about your performance. Simply, the class is time that you have chosen to devote to yourself.
  
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