What is Bikram Yoga - Hot Yoga?
Bikram Yoga is a Hot yoga derived from the hatha yoga family. It follows a healing sequence that consists of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises lasting 90 minutes to energise and revitalise every bone, joint, ligament and muscle in your body. The Hot Yoga is practiced in a room heated to 40° with 40% humidity.
The Bikram Yoga system is a unique series in which the poses are done in the same sequence, with each posture forming the perfect basis for the next, warming and stretching the appropriate muscles, ligaments and tendons. It’s practiced with precision and intent, combining healing and strength training that works. Read more about Bikram Yoga here.
What to Expect in a Bikram Yoga Class?
How should I prepare for a Bikram Yoga Class?
- Make sure you are well hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day, prior to class.
- Avoid eating a heavy meal at least two hours before class.
- Wear something light and fitted like gym clothes. Do not wear long pants or baggy t-shirts. Remember its going to be hot and you will not be comfortable with loose wet clothing on.
- If it is your first class arrive early (at least 10-15 minutes before class) so you have plenty of time to fill out a registration form and meet the instructor etc.
What are your Hot Pilates Classes?
Our Hot Pilates classes follow the inferno Hot Pilates model incorporating Pilates principles and HIIT (High-intensity interval training) techniques. Every class is different but the classes are specifically designed to bring you maximum health benefits with minimum impact. Expect to work hard but be patient, your first class will challenge you. You can read more about our Hot Pilates classes here.
How should I prepare for class?
- Prepare for class just as you would for any fitness class, make sure you are well hydrated and haven't eaten substantially before class.
- Wear light fitted and flexible clothing that you are comfortable to sweat in.
- Bring a towel, yoga mat and a bottle of water.
What is Yin Yoga?
Yin Yoga is a calm yoga that aids deep tissue stretching. It’s a perfect balance for the more Yang activities like Bikram Yoga and fitness addicts or anyone else looking to improve their well-being and create balance. Practiced in a comfortable temperature, class length varies from 30 to 90 minutes however a normal class runs for 75 minutes.
Yin Yoga calms and provides deep tissue stretching in long, passive holds, healing the body in stillness. It can help give you a sense of calm and create a content state of mind. Read more about Yin Yoga here.
What are your fitness classes?
Our fitness classes are small group fitness classes run by a trained and experienced Personal Trainer. This means that you get individual attention and the benefits and motivation of exercising in a group. Each class is different and responds to the needs of the group targeting areas such as core and cardio. Our fitness instructor is also available for individual bookings if you would like some extra help in achieving your goals.
What do I need to bring?
For Yin Yoga bring a mat and if you need a cousin or bolster.
For Fitness classes bring yourself!
Is it normal to feel sore after class?
In short yes! Feeling sore can be a sign that you have worked muscles or engaged parts of your body that you haven't used before. Generally some muscle soreness is quite usual and does come with physical exercise even basic stretching. This soreness can continue even after a few classes depending on how hard you have been working out. The classes at Adelaide Hills Bikram are all low impact classes but sometimes coming to a class can reveal underlying problems that you may not have noticed before.
When should you be concerned?
If you're worried speak to a teacher or consult with a health practitioner such as a physio - more often than not it can be simply fixed. Simple modifications can also be incorporated into all our classes allowing you recover and gain the benefits of class but it is important to let us know. When engaging in any physical activity there are some important principles; always listen to your body and don't push through pain. If something hurts ask an instructor as sometimes a simple correction can make a significant difference.
How are classes Yoga at Adelaide Hills Bikram different?
Adelaide Hills Bikram is a small family owned studio, meaning that you will always be our number one priority. Our studio is supported by industry leading teaches, facilities and classes.
- For Bikram Yoga and Hot Pilates classes, our studio room is heated using Far Infrared (FIR) heaters, which are gentle and non-invasive and can provide a number of health benefits on their own.
- Air quality in the room is maintained using Energy Recovery Ventilation, which brings in a constant supply of fresh air. The studio room as a result is surprisingly breathable and smell free.
- Our Flotex flooring is naturally antibacterial as are all surfaces in the studio. Additionally our highly regular cleaning keeps our yoga space clean and free of any germs or nasties.
- We have showers, change rooms and dedicated spaces for you.
- Our carbon footprint is also offset by renewably sourced electricity, so you don't have to feel bad about feeling great!
- We're always here with a warm welcoming face, at the studio or in the street. We have compassionate teachers and want you to experience the difference for yourself.
What is some yoga studio etiquette?
Just like any space you share, there are some tips to follow to make sure you and everyone else has a great class.
- Remove your shoes before entering the studio. You can leave them in the change room space provided
- Please don’t bring any personal belongings into the class
- Bring only yourself a mat, a towel and water
- If you are new please position your mat on the second or third row, this will give you the opportunity to learn from experienced students in the front row.
- Be prepared to stay in the yoga room for the entire 90-minute class. If you feel unwell sit down and notify the instructor
- Remain silent in the yoga room. Bikram yoga and Yin Yoga are moving meditation, so please respect others by remaining silent
- Respect others and enjoy your class