FAQ & Policies

Policies

  • All classes are 90 minutes. Students are encouraged to stay in the room the entire class. If you must leave because of an emergency, please leave and re-enter between postures.
  • Be on time! Latecomers will not be admitted. Leave your shoes at the front door when you enter the studio.
  • Let the teacher know of any injuries or medical conditions.
  • Students are encouraged to refrain from drinking water or wiping until “Party Time,” which occurs after the third posture, Eagle Pose.
  • Honor the silence of the room by moving quietly and refrain from talking.
  • Only water is allowed in the yoga room. No glass bottles please.
  • No cell phones or pagers allowed in the yoga room. You can leave them at the front dest or in the locker rooms.
  • No food or chewing gum in the yoga room.
  • Keep your body and feet clean when attending class. Refrain from wearing perfumes, colognes or other strong scents.

Can kids practice Bikram Yoga?

YES! Yoga is excellent for kids! Kids under 18 must have waiver signed by an adult. Kids under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Kids 12 and under practice free! Please take the class first before bringing your kid and you can decide it the class is right for them. For questions, contact us.

Can I practice Bikram yoga when I’m pregnant?

Practicing yoga while pregnant can be a wonderful experiece. At Bikram Yoga Richmond, we are not certified to teach pregnancy yoga, however pregnant women are welcome to continue their practice, as long as they get approval from their doctor. The teachers need to be aware of the pregnancy and a doctor's note approving the practice must be provided. Also, we strongly recommend pregnant women purchase Rashashree’s pregnancy video for the pregnancy modifications to the Bikram series, and practice these modifications in the back of class in a cooler spot in the room.

Do you have a separate class for beginners?

Bikram’s yoga class is designed for beginners. Classes are open to all levels, whether you are a beginner or an advanced student, and it is guaranteed to challenge everyone.

Can I lose weight doing Bikram yoga?

Absolutely! Overall Bikram yoga is intended to make your body healthier and more efficient, which means helping your body achieve its optimal weight. A regular and consistent practice is required to produce and maintain weight loss. You are building muscle, so the scale may not always reflect the changes or the loss of fat in your body. What you will see is a general slimming all over: your clothes will fit better, your posture will improve and your skin will glow! Remember, weight loss is only one of the benefits. The goal is to improve the functioning of all the body’s systems and to feel better and happier. When that happens, the weight loss will follow automatically, guaranteed.

Do I need to continue with other types of exercise, such as cardio or weights?

Only if that is something you want to do or something your doctor recommends. A 90- minute Bikram yoga class is equal to 90 minutes of jogging (for your cardiovascular system). Your muscles are strengthened and toned as well. A regular practice of Bikram’s class is all you need for a total body workout.

How often should I practice Bikram yoga?

Yoga should be practiced daily, however we realize that might not be realistic for everyone. We recommend a practice of a minimum of 10 times a month in order to receive benefit from the series. Remember, anytime you do yoga, you are going to feel better and thank yourself, so come whenever you can!

What if I have back pain?

This is the place for you. Bikram says if you have a healthy spine you have a happy life. The class moves the spine in all directions, as it was designed to do, and increases circulation to all the muscles, organs and nerves. The heat allows the body to go deeper in to the postures, healing old injuries, arthritis, tendonitis and disc problems. Millions of people have been cured from a lifetime of back pain by practicing Bikram yoga. To read their testimonials click here.

I have bad knees. Will I be able to do Bikram yoga?

Bikram developed his series with the help of his guru after his knee was crushed by a 300-pound weight. Bikram was told he would not walk again, but through the yoga he completely healed his knee. If you have arthritis or an injury in your knees, movement is important to increase circulation. By increasing circulation and flexibility through careful movement, the knees can begin to heal. Listen carefully to the instructions in each posture. Pay special attention to your alignment. When you are told to keep your feet parallel in standing postures, please do so. A half inch in either direction away from parallel has its effects all the way up the knees and into the hips. In standing balancing postures, it is also important to keep the standing foot straight and the standing knee pointing straight ahead. If your knee bows back (hyperextension) you should bring the weight forward toward the toes to engage the quadriceps muscle (“lock the knee”) and lift the kneecap up. This action brings the leg into one line and brings true strength to the knees. When you are bending your knees in any of the standing postures, keep the knees pointed over the toes. This will ensure that the knees and hips are strengthened evenly inside and out. In the Triangle pose, when you are told to push your hips forward as you bend your front knee, this will keep your hip in line with your knee in line with your foot. This is also good for even strengthening of hip and knee joints. In some of the standing postures, it might be difficult to bend your knee to a 90-degree angle. So do the best you can without creating pain. Be careful and go slowly. In the floor poses, notably Fixed Firm, Half Tortoise and Rabbit, you may find it difficult to bend your knees enough to be able to sit on your heels. To test your knee flexibility, keep lots of weight in your hands and bend the knees gradually. You must be able to relax and breathe in the posture, holding it steady, to receive the benefit. As you start feeling more comfortable, you can gradually take the weight out of your hands and allow more pressure on the knees. Eventually you'll be able to go all the way into the posture, and you won't even remember the time when you couldn't even sit down! You'll find that, little by little, your knee pain will go away. Soon you'll find yourself walking, going up and down stairs, even running without pain!

What if I'm not flexible?

Flexibility is achieved through hatha yoga practice. Being flexible before you begin is not a requirement. Some people have strength; others have flexibility. This class will challenge both. The goal is to use what you already have and to find a balance between strength and flexibility. Don’t worry if you are inflexible. Bikram says strong people have the advantage in the yoga room. This is because you can use your strength to build flexibility. This will make more sense to you once you start practicing regularly.

What if I have injuries or illnesses?

Yoga is one of the few forms of exercise that you can practice and benefit from while dealing with injury or illness. Please let the teacher know if you are pregnant, have had surgery or have any injuries, illnesses or special conditions. More information about this yoga and specific illnesses is available on the main Bikram yoga website, www.bikramyoga.com

Am I too old to do Bikram yoga? I’ve heard it’s very intense.

Bikram says, “Never too old, never too sick, never too bad.” People of any age and condition can do this yoga. It reduces the symptoms of many chronic diseases and is good preventive medicine for the whole body. It also helps to reverse the signs of aging. Your body will feel better than it ever has once you begin practicing Bikram yoga. Yes, the postures stay the same, what changes is your body. If you stick with the series and a regular practice your body will change in ways that you never imagined possible. Bikram scientifically designed the series so that one posture opens a specific area of the body in preparation for the next posture. The class is always the same, but your mind and body are different every day. By doing the same sequence of postures in each class you are able to mark your improvements and learn more about your body and its overall functioning. Remember, this is a lifetime practice that can always improve, deepen and advance!