Be well prepared
What is Bikram Yoga?
Bikram Yoga is a form of yoga, which consists of a series of 26 poses (Asanas) and 2 breathing exercises carried out in a heated room. Bikram Yoga was developed by Bikram Choudhury.
Why the heat?
During Bikram Yoga classes the studio is kept at a temperature of 40 ° C and 40% humidity. In the Yin and Core Basic classes, the temperature will be between 30 and 35 degrees. This has many advantages:
- Increases the flexibility of the body, so you can safely get in and out of the poses
- Increases your heart rate, so that your heart is working efficiently
- Helps the body to release toxins from the organs, muscles and tissues
- Thins the blood, increases blood circulation and improves metabolism
I am new in the studio, what do I need to know?
First of all a warm welcome to Hot Yoga Hellerup – we hope you enjoy our studio. All new students start at our introductory offer of 21 days for 400 kr. Make sure to come at least 20 minutes before the first class. If you come after the class has started, you can not participate, as this will disrupt the rest of the class. Be sure to check out the FAQ below and worth knowing and – of course if you have any questions, please drop us an email or contact us in the studio.
Do I need to complete the 90 minutes of the Bikram Classes?
We strongly recommend that you remain in the yoga room for the full 90 minutes of each class! This is important as the sequence is performed in such a way that each part of your body is worked through the 90 minutes, and we want to ensure that you get the full workout. Commit to stay in the room during the entire class, even during the final Savasana (relaxation). This is where all the benefits of your hard work is found. The heat may be a big challenge in the beginning. Set your own pace and you will do fine!
If you have to leave the room, then it’s fine, but try not to disturb the other yoga practitioners and let the instructor know. Accustom your body to the heat – do not run away from it! Precisely this may be one of the hardest things to master, but when you can, it will transform your practice.
Recommended 3 weeks of introductory courses over individual classes.
All new members are recommended to start our introductory membership which entitles you to participate in an unlimited number of classes for 21 consecutive days. Trying a single class is good but it will not give you a true experience of what Bikram Yoga is all about. It takes a while to get used to the heat. Then you can begin to focus on the poses. We highly recommend coming 6-8 times during the first 21 days to give yourself a chance to get used to this form of training. Some choose to come every day, which is great! The introduction offer is the cheapest way to become a member. And with a little determination and dedication you will soon reap the benefits.
The membership begins on the same day as you take your first class and not the date of purchase. The introductory offer also entitles you to special discounts on your next membership when your introductory offer expires. You can see more about introductory offer here.
Can I get in shape with Bikram Yoga, and can I lose weight?
Yes, and yes! Regardless of your fitness level, you will find Bikram Yoga challenging. That’s why so many people come back for more. The poses (Asanas) combines strength, flexibility and balance to give your whole body a total workout. As with other forms of cardiovascular exercise, regular practice also mean weight loss. Read more about the benefits of Bikram Yoga here.
What do I get from Bikram Yoga?
Bikram Yoga has many benefits:
- It is fat burning and increases metabolism
- Provides total workout for the entire body
- Provides increased muscle mass
- Reduces stress
- Helps sports injuries and other injuries
- Gives a better posture
- Reduces back pain
- Improves sleep
- Improves flexibility, strength, endurance and balance
- Reduces the stiffness in the joints
- Increases energy levels
- Re-energizes and flushes out the toxins
- Relieves tension in the body
- Relaxes the body and mind
- Good for your digestive system, immune and nervous system
- Read more about the benefits of Bikram Yoga here.
Is it normal to be uncomfortable during class?
It’s normal to feel uncomfortable at some point throughout the class. If you experience it, take it easy. Remember to breathe through the nose, listen to your body and take care of yourself during class. Eventually your body will become acclimatized and any discomfort will disappear. A headache is a symptom of dehydration. Please make sure you are well hydrated before class.
What if I never tried yoga before?
Bikram Yoga is for everyone. Each class is suitable for both beginners and experienced. It does not matter how flexible or strong you are as long as you keep trying. Many who try Bikram Yoga for the first time, have never done any other forms of yoga before.
Are there special rules I should know about?
Good question! Read our worth knowing section before your first visit.
Do the studio have lockers?
Yes, there are plenty of lockers in the changing room for you to enter your digital code into.
Should I book in advance?
You do not have to, but it is recommend to book online to guarantee your spot.
What if I’m not flexible?
All the more reason for coming to Bikram Yoga! You will be amazed how quickly you become flexible and at the same time feel how the heated room improves your flexibility throughout all the poses.
Should I be in good shape in advance?
Bikram Yoga is designed for all fitness levels. But if you have specific physical conditions or injuries, contact your doctor first and inform the instructor before class begins.
Am I too old?
No! As Bikram says: “You’re never too old, never too bad, never too late and never too sick to start from the scratch once again.”
Can I practice Bikram Yoga, if I am pregnant?
We do not allow any members to practice Bikram Yoga while pregnant without prior consent from the studio. Please e-mail us for more information.
How long are the classes?
Each class lasts between 60 and 90 minutes, but do not worry! All classes are suitable for both beginners and more experienced members. As long as you make sure you take your first classes slowly, you will soon start to notice all the amazing benefits of what the classes have to offer.
Do I have to drink all that water?
You are going to sweat a lot, so it’s important to maintain a good fluid balance. We recommend that you drink half a liter of water an hour before class – enough to keep you hydrated during class, but not so much that you feel bloated during the poses. During the class, following the initial heating poses, you can drink small sips of water between the poses when you feel the need for it. After the class, it is also very important to re-establish the electrolytes (salts and minerals) that you sweat out. We sell various accredited minerals in the studio as well as ordinary water and refreshing coconut water, which is an amazing and natural mineral-rich beverage.
Some add a mixture of Himalayan pink salt and 2-3 splashes of lemon juice in their water. They find that it helps to maintain fluid balance.
Can I eat before class?
No, not right before class. It is recommended that you do not eat any heavy food 2-3 hours before the class begins. Compression poses are not fun, when your stomach is still digesting!
What should I wear?
You are going to sweat a lot, so try to avoid loose clothing as it will impede your movements.
What should I bring to class?
- 1 yoga mat
- 2 towels (1 to put on top of the yoga mat and 1 for your shower after class)
- Water bottle (0.5 to 1 liter is recommended)
- You can buy bottled water in the studio, and we rent and sell towels and yoga mats for your convenience