Read below for a list of FAQ's and Bikram Benefits

Trying out Bikram Yoga for the first time and nervous about being in a room heated to 105 deegrees for 90 minutes? It's OK.

We've put together a list of commonly asked questions and answers that will help ease your mind before practicing Bikram.

For additional questions or concnerns feel free to contact us directly using our contact page or by calling us directly!

General Questions

Bikram’s Beginning Yoga class is a predictable series of 26 postures (asanas) and two breathing exercises done in a heated room suited for all levels of ability. The heated room is to warm the body’s muscles for safer and deeper stretching and to stimulate the circulatory system to cleanse and flush the body of toxins. Each posture stretches and strengthens specific muscles, ligaments and joints needed for the next posture. The Bikram method also stimulates the organs, glands, and nervous system by moving fresh oxygenated blood to 100 percent of the body and restoring all systems to a healthy working status. Bikram scientifically designed this 90 minute program to deliver total health through the balancing and strengthening of every system in the body in order to prevent illness and injury, as well as to promote weight loss and limit the effects of aging. As your skills of concentration, patience, determination and self control, increase, so will your mental clarity. Stress will be reduced dramatically. A regular practice of Bikram Yoga also improves body posture and spine alignment. It relieves back pain and headaches, strengthens muscles, reduces symptoms of chronic disease, increases self confidence, improves body image, improves flexibility, balance and strength, and provides wellness and peace. A committed practice of Bikram yoga will result in the true understanding of yoga: a union of the body, mind and spirit.
  • Please remove shoes and leave them in a cubby upon entering the lobby.
  • Please arrive scent free of perfumes, oils, and lotions.
  • Silence is observed in the studio and preserves the honor of a meditative practice and space.
  • Absolutely no cell phones and keys in the studio.
  • New students please arrive 15 minutes before class for registration.
  • Bring a yoga mat, large bath towel, and a bottle of water. Yoga mats are available to rent for $1 and towels are available to rent for $1. We have a filtered water filling station which is donation based.
  • Men wear athletic shorts, spandex shorts, or a bathing suit.
  • Women wear spandex shorts or leggings and a sports bra or tank top.
  • Avoid meals 2 hours before class, it is best to practice on an empty stomach.
  • If you must eat, choose an energy bar, an apple or a banana.
  • Come hydrated; but try to stop drinking 45 minutes before class to avoid leaving the room during practice
  • Drink plenty of water after class.

Bikram Yoga can be practiced every day! It is encouraged to come as much as possible within your first two months. The more you come, the better you will feel and your body will thank you.

Most people believe you need to be flexible to practice yoga. Don't let this misconception fool you; this is why we do the yoga, to GAIN flexibility. The heat of the room will support you to safely stretch and lengthen your muscles. If you're not flexible Bikram Yoga is for you! You'll notice very quickly how Bikram Yoga improves flexibility!

Bikram studios are heated to around 105 degrees and humidity typically hovers around 50%. Sweating is a critical component of Bikram Yoga and is the body's method of regulating temperature. Performing a 90 minute sequence of yoga postures means you need to choose an appropriate outfit that is both comfortable and practical. For women it’s recommended to wear light weight and/or dry-weave active-wear such as: yoga pants (not cotton) or shorts with a tank-top or a yoga top or a sports bra. Most guys will wear loose shorts and some go shirtless. Those who do wear a shirt should strongly consider a light fabric that wicks away perspiration from the body. moisture. Bring a yoga mat, bath towel, water, and an open mind. A change of clothes is also strongly recommended for after class! If you forget something, you can rent a mat or a towel from us. We also have a variety of beverages available for purchase.

If the heat creates discomfort for you in the beginning, don’t be discouraged. All you need is determination and patience. Staying in the room for the entire 90 minutes is the first step. Breathe. You can always sit through a posture and rest on your mat before rejoining the class. You will be amazed how quickly your body adapts to the heat, and soon your body will crave it.
No. All levels and abilities take the class together. This is a “beginning” series and students who have been practicing longer progress through the same postures as each beginning student. Remember, they had a very first class, too!

Bikram Benefits

Both! You will be amazed at the cardiovascular workout you’ll get in a 90 minute class. No matter what level your level of fitness, this type of yoga will be a challenge that you will never outgrow. To get the most cardiovascular and strength building workout, you must hold the postures for the full count and work with an honest 100% effort.

Bikram Yoga Monroe

  • 401 Monroe Turnpike, Monroe CT 06468
  • (203) 880 5080

Business Hours

  • Please see class schedule for hours