Beginner’s Guide and FAQs

Come as you are. Bring an open mind and a positive attitude

Do I need to book?

No. You show up any time you want to practice. If you’re new, please arrive at least 15 minutes before class to get set up and complete your registration form.

I’ve never done yoga before, will I be able to do it?

The class is designed to be suitable for practitioners of all levels of experience including complete beginners. Every class follows the same format so you’ll get the hang of it quicker than you think. Remember, it’s about the journey, not the destination. Don’t worry about how ‘perfectly’ you do the postures. It’s the transformations that you create in your body and mind through your practice that count.

Can I eat or drink before class?

Drink plenty of water. You should always drink around 2 liters of water a day. On the days you practice Bikram, try to drink twice that amount. Exercising on a full stomach is not recommended, so try to leave 2 to 3 hours between eating and class.

What do I need to bring?

Your yoga clothes, two towels, water and a plastic bag to put your wet things in afterwards. Mats and towels are available to hire from the studio for £1 each or to purchase. We also sell bottles of water for £1.50.

Is it aerobic?

Yes

But I'm really unfit!

Don’t worry we will get you fit. To begin, just take it really easy. Sit down when you need to, and take plenty of breaks. Our friendly staff will talk you through everything that you need to do, keep you motivated and give you lots of encouragement.

What should I wear?

Women wear sports tops and either leggings or shorts. Men wear shorts, tops are optional. Light fabrics such as Lycra are ideal – cotton is bulky and restricts movement when wet. Avoid big baggy clothing as well.

Is it cardiovascular?

Yes

Stress Relief and emotional well-being

  • The endorphin release you get after a session has to be experienced to be understood. Walk home buzzing with positive energy and feeling on top of the world.
  • Yoga balances hormones and emotions. It actually physically changes the electrical activity in your brain- Link a
  • Many studies have now shown yoga to be as powerful as ProZak for combating depression and highly effective for treating, panic attacks, anxiety and PTSD. Click here to read more
  • Tennis star Andy Murray has used Bikram Yoga to get his temper into control as well increasing his focus and self-belief. He credits his success to his Bikram practice. Click here to read more
  • An recent article in the New Scientist Click here to read more

Chronic Health Conditions

  • Bikram Yoga can help to control – and in some cases completely eliminate the symptoms of many common medical issues.
  • Bikram Yoga has been particularly effective for students affected by: Diabetes, Heart- Disease, High-Blood-Pressure, Cholesterol, Migraines, Allergies, Hypertension and Sciatica
  • Read our own students stories of how yoga has helped them manage conditions like arthritis, asthma, hiatus hernia and chronic pain. Click here to read more
  • Some have been able to completely stop strong prescription pain killers.
  • Studies have also shown that Bikram Yoga helps prevent osteoporosis, acting as a counter measure for bone density loss in women. Click here to read more

Injury Rehabilitation, Knee and Back Problems

  • Bikam Yoga reduces injury and corrects the damage caused by high impact sports. Increasingly doctors and chiropractors recommend Bikram to patients.
  • Poor posture often resulting from sitting hunched over desk all day, can cause or aggravate back and neck pain. Our yoga works the spine in every direction with many beneficial back-bends, helping realign, re-balance and restore.
  • We’ve seen it work wonders for students with headaches, scoliosis, herniated disks and many other back problems.
  • Check out Lindsay’s story of how yoga helped her rehabilitate after a car accident left her with a broken neck and back. Click here to read more
  • Bikram is also powerful for healing knee injuries. Our student Debbie has meniscus tears in both knees. Here she is talking about how much the practice helped her knees. Link 7 Click here to read more

Weight-loss, health and beauty

  • During a 90 minute Bikram Yoga session you can burn up to 1000 calories. Click here to read more
  • Bikram Yoga has been one of Hollywood’s beauty secrets for years. Celebrities like Jennifer Anniston, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Demi Moore and Gwyneth Parltrow have found that Bikram Yoga helps them stay looking young and beautiful.
  • Our student, Aileen lost a stone in weight and 3 inches off her waist 3 weeks after joining Bikram Southside her story in the Eastwood Extra. Click here to read more
  • As you sweat, your pores are opened and cleaned allowing natural lanolin to release through the pores, softening and preserving your skin’s elasticity.
  • Increased circulation to skins cells helps keep skin looking youthful, clear and vibrant Watch your face develop “the Bikram glow”.
  • Check out our blog for more info and tips on keeping your skin looking great. Click here to read more
Stress Relief and emotional well-being
  • The endorphin release you get after a session has to be experienced to be understood. Walk home buzzing with positive energy and feeling on top of the world.
  • Yoga balances hormones and emotions. It actually physically changes the electrical activity in your brain- Link a
  • Many studies have now shown yoga to be as powerful as ProZak for combating depression and highly effective for treating, panic attacks, anxiety and PTSD. Click here to read more
  • Tennis star Andy Murray has used Bikram Yoga to get his temper into control as well increasing his focus and self-belief. He credits his success to his Bikram practice. Click here to read more
  • An recent article in the New Scientist Click here to read more
Chronic Health Conditions
  • Bikram Yoga can help to control – and in some cases completely eliminate the symptoms of many common medical issues.
  • Bikram Yoga has been particularly effective for students affected by: Diabetes, Heart- Disease, High-Blood-Pressure, Cholesterol, Migraines, Allergies, Hypertension and Sciatica
  • Read our own students stories of how yoga has helped them manage conditions like arthritis, asthma, hiatus hernia and chronic pain. Click here to read more
  • Some have been able to completely stop strong prescription pain killers.
  • Studies have also shown that Bikram Yoga helps prevent osteoporosis, acting as a counter measure for bone density loss in women. Click here to read more
Injury Rehabilitation, Knee and Back Problems
  • Bikam Yoga reduces injury and corrects the damage caused by high impact sports. Increasingly doctors and chiropractors recommend Bikram to patients.
  • Poor posture often resulting from sitting hunched over desk all day, can cause or aggravate back and neck pain. Our yoga works the spine in every direction with many beneficial back-bends, helping realign, re-balance and restore.
  • We’ve seen it work wonders for students with headaches, scoliosis, herniated disks and many other back problems.
  • Check out Lindsay’s story of how yoga helped her rehabilitate after a car accident left her with a broken neck and back. Click here to read more
  • Bikram is also powerful for healing knee injuries. Our student Debbie has meniscus tears in both knees. Here she is talking about how much the practice helped her knees. Link 7 Click here to read more
Weight-loss, health and beauty
  • During a 90 minute Bikram Yoga session you can burn up to 1000 calories. Click here to read more
  • Bikram Yoga has been one of Hollywood’s beauty secrets for years. Celebrities like Jennifer Anniston, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Demi Moore and Gwyneth Parltrow have found that Bikram Yoga helps them stay looking young and beautiful.
  • Our student, Aileen lost a stone in weight and 3 inches off her waist 3 weeks after joining Bikram Southside her story in the Eastwood Extra. Click here to read more
  • As you sweat, your pores are opened and cleaned allowing natural lanolin to release through the pores, softening and preserving your skin’s elasticity.
  • Increased circulation to skins cells helps keep skin looking youthful, clear and vibrant Watch your face develop “the Bikram glow”.
  • Check out our blog for more info and tips on keeping your skin looking great. Click here to read more

Find out more about what to expect during your first class Click here
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