As with any time you try something new, It's normal to feel nervous, please don't. It's never too late, you're never too old, you're never to sick to start from scratch again. Everyone can do Bikram Yoga, from the biggest couch potato to the most accomplished professional athlete.
Drink plenty of water throughout the day so that you're well-hydrated before coming to class. Good hydration supports the healthy function of all of your body's systems, and this will help you enjoy your first class more.
Avoid eating a large meal for 3 hours before class. At the same time, be sure to eat something, especially if you are coming in the evening. You need your strength! A good before class snack might be a banana, piece of toast, or some other simple, plain energy source.
Wear something you will be comfortable sweating in and that you will be able to see your body working in. Running or biking shorts work well, and women should wear a sports bra or tank top. Do avoid pants, as they prohibit you from being able to see your muscles working. Please do be sure your clothes will stay in place to keep you covered as you stretch - no bikinis or baggy shorts to keep range of motion free.
You will need a yoga mat, large bath/beach towel to go on your mat, and plenty of water. We have all these items for rent or sale at the studio if you don't have your own.
We do have showers for after class, so bring an extra towel to dry off with.
A lot of people say, "I can't do yoga - I'm not flexible." or, "I need to get in better shape before I go to that hot yoga." Don't be silly! That's like saying, "I have to get rid of this pneumonia before I go to the doctor." The yoga is therapy - no matter your condition, come try every posture to the best of your ability, and you will see the benefits.
Remember to take it slow your first day. Take breaks and watch your fellow yogis and you will discover different levels of every class you are in. Then you will experience the progress in a few weeks and it will grow through the months and the years.
Very important: Return to the studio and practice as soon as you are able. For best results come for your second class within 24 to 48 hours. This way, you quickly see the cumulative benefits of the yoga. Your body acclimates as you do the yoga more. The benefits become evident in your day to day life. Take advantage of our Introductory 10 days and come every day if you can! This way, you don't have to trust us to tell you how much the yoga can do for you. You will see for yourself. Keep a passing grade in mind. 60-70% attendance during your Intro 10 days and you will feel the cumulative benefit of Bikram Yoga as you acclimate to the sequence and the hot room.
All you have to do is show up. Today is the day. Don't put it off any longer.