Bikram Yoga is a series of 26 postures with 2 breathing exercises practiced in a hot room heated to 40 degrees Celsius with 40% humidity. It is an intense and physically challenging series where most asanas (postures) are performed twice and held for a prescribed length of time.
The series was designed by Yogiraj Bikram Choudhury to enable students to simultaneously gain maximum health benefits, as well as to establish balance and physical alignment. The asanas are performed sequentially to alleviate pains and illness typically related to the modern lifestyle by promoting better blood circulation through a process of stretching (extension) and contracting (compression).
The combination of extension and compression of muscles and organs while you are holding a posture temporarily blocks blood circulation to specific areas and encourages the heart to increase the supply of blood to the area. Once the asana is complete and you return to a relaxed position, the compressed areas will be rejuvenated by a rush of oxygenated blood. This process can assist in supplying fresh nutrients to relevant body parts and aid in the elimination of toxins.
The sequence of 26 Asanas (postures) and 2 breathing exercises work together in balance to produce a highly efficient cardiovascular workout, to reduce stress and tension, to enable regular practitioners to explore concepts of self-realization and to foster a healthier mind-body relationship.
Bikram Choudhury was born in Calcutta, India, and started practicing yoga at the age of three. At five, he became a pupil of Bishnu Ghosh, the brother of Paramahansa Yagananda, and went on to win the National India Yoga Championship four years in a row as a teenager. At age 20, Bikram suffered a severe weightlifting accident and was informed by doctors that he would never be able to walk again. With the support of his guru, Bikram created his 26 posture series and successfully used it to recover from his injuries and restore his health.
The conditions of a Bikram Yoga studio are not unlike your own body’s temperature. The heat makes your muscles, fascia and connective tissue become more elastic. This enables you to move into postures more effectively and deeply, accelerates the many benefits of your practice and makes you less susceptible to injury. Like various cultures that deliberately use heat therapy to raise the body temperature as an immune defence mechanism against infection, the heat in Bikram Yoga can also be highly therapeutic and detoxify your body through perspiration. Additional advantages from the heat include:
Sweat is not your enemy! Sweat is your body’s cooling mechanism to enable your system to maintain a stable core temperature (allowing your perspiration to remain on your skin boosts evaporation of the sweat so you remain cooler internally). Whilst it’s a weird sensation when you first start practicing, after a while you’ll get used to, and come to appreciate a good sweat. Please avoid heavy perfumes and/or deordorants as the scents can become thick in the heated environment,
Bikram Yoga is accessible to everyone, the healthy and the ill, young and old. Anyone can participate in a class, even people with chronic diseases such as arthritis, diabetes, thyroid disorders and so on. A regular practice can help to reduce symptoms, plus one of the best ways to prevent any ailments is by keeping the body healthy and active.
With a regular practice you can:
Hot and sweaty for 90 minutes!
Every Bikram Yoga class is open to beginners and no booking is required. Your only job in your first class is to breathe – and to have fun! It is normal to feel a little bit dizzy sometimes or to struggle as you get used to the heat. That’s ok. It’s also ok if that doesn’t happen- every body is different. The most important thing is to come back soon. That’s why we give you 30 days to try it out.
The sooner you come back to class, and the more you come back when you first start, the quicker you acclimatize to the heat and the sooner you will start to see the benefits of the practice. You may be surprised just how quickly your body changes!
Here are some tips for your first class:
All you need for class are (1) a yoga mat, (2) a bath-sized towel to go over your mat and (3) water.
If you don’t have any of these, we hire and sell all of them:
Oh, and class is 90 minutes long – so factor that into your parking considerations.
Everybody and every body is different. There is no prescribed diet to accompany a Bikram yoga practice but as a general rule it is a good idea to avoid heavy meals in the 2-3 hours before practicing. The big thing is hydration. You will sweat, so be sure to drink at least minimum 2 litres of water per day plus an extra litre or so if you are practicing. Be open to experimentation. As you practice more and more, you will figure out what combination of food and drink works best for you.
Doors to the studio usually opens 30 minutes before class (exceptions are for 6.15am early morning classes and 8.00pm weeknight classes when the doors will open 15 minutes before). The studio will remain open maximum 30 minutes after classes. Arrive 20 minutes early, classes start on time. Download @MindBody APP (search for Hot Spot Preston) to obtain up-to-date class times. Bookings recommended via the APP (classes can be booked up to 3 days in advance). Please CANCEL bookings 2 hours before class if you are unable to attend.
STUDIO CLOSED as per Victorian State Government Stage 4 Restrictions.
Reopening TBC depending on government guidelines.
Online classes available via Zoom at flat-rate of $10 (plus processing fees).
Book via @MindBody APP to receive details and Zoom links.
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“I started practising bikram yoga 6 months ago with a broken mind and body. With the guidance of wonderful , friendly and supportive staff my life has turned around. I haven’t seen a Chiropractor or Doctor in the last 2 months and feeling great. Hard work, but well worth the results.” – Deb (August 2016)
“I love the teaching. I love being guided as to what each stretch/position is and why we do it and how its broken down to applying the correct way. Looking forward to the progression and challenging myself.” – Valentina (January, 2017)
“I’ve been doing the Inferno Hot Pilates and Bikram classes at Hotspot for a couple of months now and I absolutely love them! The two classes complement each other perfectly and the vibe is great. The instructors are incredibly supportive and knowledgable and they made me feel comfortable walking in as a complete beginner. Highly recommend!!!” – Pearl (July, 2017)
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Bikram Yoga 90 minutes
Inferno Hot Pilates 60 minutes
Minimum age requirement for the full 90-minute Bikram yoga class is 13, children under 13 are welcome to participate in the second half of the class for the floor series. Minimum age requirement for the 60-minute Inferno Hot Pilates class is 13. All children under the age of 16 must have their registration co-signed, and be accompanied during class, by a parent/guardian. We take our duty of care to each student seriously. Therefore we expect the same responsibility to be taken by all parents and guardians of children attending classes. The studio does not have child-minding facilities, therefore children are only permitted on premises (whilst the classes are in session) if he/she/they intend to participate as a student.
Want to improve your fitness, flexibility, core strength, concentration, sleep and manage your aches, pains, injuries and stress levels?
Come practice Bikram yoga – the original hot yoga – a 90-minute series of 26 postures with 2 breathing exercises conducted in a heated room, great for overall health, reducing stress and fostering better mind-body connection. Alternatively, choose Inferno Hot Pilates™ for a 60-minute full body workout combining Pilates principles and High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT).
“I’ve been doing Bikram for about 3 1/2 years and this place is like a second home to me; it’s not so big that you feel like a number and not so small that you can’t melt into the crowd if you want to.” – Carl (December 2016)
“Love it! So hard but so good!! It really is worth the effort. A respectful atmosphere where you can go at your own pace.” – Brendon (March 2015)
“The best thing that has happen to me …awesome teachers very motivating.” – Kriyal (April 2014)
(30 days unlimited, conditions apply*)
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Welcome Back Offer
(From 2020, 30 days unlimited. Available to returning students absent 12+ months)
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(In Store Only. Includes optional choice of mat or towel hire))
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20 Class Pass
(6 months expiry)
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1 Month Unlimited
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(In Store Only: 6 months unlimited contract: monthly rate)
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|MindBody APP purchases may incur additional fees unrelated to the studio. Valid Concession include Pension/FT Student/Health Care/Carers/Senior cards. Concession Passes In-Store Only. Private and group sessions please enquire at studio.|