We strive to provide all of our students a peaceful and concentrated atmosphere in the hot yoga room to learn and practice Bikram Yoga. In order to achieve this we ask that all those attending class adhere to the following yoga etiquette.
Maintain Silence in Yoga Room:
Please be silent in the yoga room. Walk in and out of the yoga room quietly and close the door quietly behind you. Please turn off all cell phones, pagers, and all watches that beep hourly in the yoga room. The class is practiced in silence. Breathing, concentration, focus, and silence are core skills of a strong yoga practice.
Place your mat mindfully, maintain a line with other students and make sure you see yourself in the mirror. Using the mirrors will help you build the connection between mind and body, focus, balance, and posture. Please do not block the person behind you.
Stay in the Yoga Room:
Stay in the yoga room for the duration of the class unless it is an emergency. Feel free to take a break if you need. Leaving class is very disruptive to other students in the class. This yoga class is not a competition! Because of the structure of the class - we do a posture and then we rest and then do another posture - most people find it challenging yet easy to go through the class by taking it one posture at a time. Everyone's ability in each posture may be different. You are guaranteed to get the benefits of Bikram Yoga by doing the best that you can in each posture.
Remember to BREATHE! Breathing continuously will make the class easier for you. If you need to, please feel free to stop for a moment. Calm your breath and heart rate at first by standing still, looking at yourself in the mirror and inhaling/exhaling through your nose. If you really need to, you can sit down or lie down. Always breathe through your nose, mouth closed.
No water is taken until after the Eagle Posture to help you warm up the body. After this you may drink water throughout the class. Avoid gulping and drink only small amounts to help you maintain posture comfort. Please drink only between the postures to minimize distraction.
You are likely to sweat during your yoga class. Let the sweat run off and try not to continually wipe the sweat off yourself. It is a cooling mechanism.
Try to practice stillness between each posture.