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What is Bikram Yoga?

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.

Who is Bikram?

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.

Why is it hot?

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:

  • Veins and arteries dilate, allowing improved blood flow and cleansing
  • Relieves tension and stress
  • Improves function of the nervous system (messages are transferred more quickly from the brain and/or spinal cord)
  • Raises and keeps a consistent core temperature for a deeper workout
  • Allows a faster release of oxygen into the body from haemoglobin
  • Thins the blood, which clears the circulatory system
  • Speeds up the breakdown of glucose and fatty acids

Umm, sweat?

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,

What are the benefits?

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:

  • Improve your cardiovascular fitness
  • Increase muscle tone and lose weight
  • Improve flexibility and keep your body supple and mobile
  • Manage blood pressure and cholesterol levels
  • Relieve stress and tension
  • Expand your lung capacity and improve your respiratory system
  • Heal and manage existing injuries
  • Strengthen willpower, concentration, self-control and determination

What will my first class be like?

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:

  • Arrive 20 minutes early so you can meet your teacher and get acquainted with the studio.
  • Drink plenty of water during the day before you come to class so you are well hydrated.
  • Do the best you can to stay in the hot room for the full 90-minutes – breathe! 
  • Dress lightly – it is hot, you will be sweaty!

What do I need to bring?

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:

  • Mat hire: $1
  • Towel hire: $2
  • Large water: $3.50
  • Small water: $2

Oh, and class is 90 minutes long – so factor that into your parking considerations.

What should I eat/drink?

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.

Announcements

Doors to the studio usually opens 30 minutes before class (exceptions are for 6.30am early morning classes and 8pm weeknight classes when the doors will open 15 minutes before). The studio will remain open maximum 30 minutes after classes. Please arrive early, no booking required.

Testimonial

“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)

MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN
6:30am None Class 2 None Class 2 None None None
8:30am None None None None None Class 2 None
9:30am Class 2 Class 1 Class 1 Class 1 Class 1 None None
10:00am None None None None None Class 1 Class 2
12:00pm None None None None None None None
4:15pm Class 1 None Class 1 None None Class 1 Class 1
5:30pm None None None None Class 2 None None
6:15pm Class 1 Class 1 Class 1 Class 1 None None None
8:00pm Class 1 Class 1 Class 2 Class 1 None None None

*Schedule subject to change. Please stay up-to-date via our Facebook or Instagram (www.facebook.com/bikrampreston)

Concession cards accepted - Pension Card, Student Card, Health Care Card, Carers Card, Seniors Card

Bikram Yoga 90 minutes

Inferno Hot Pilates 60 minutes

Children in classes:

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 15. 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.

Introductory Offer

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).

  • 30 days of UNLIMITED classes
  • Available to new students or students absent for more than 12 months
  • Pass eligible for both Bikram Yoga and Inferno Hot Pilates
  • Limited one per person and will activate from first visit
  • Non-refundable or transferrable, no extensions

Testimonial

“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)

Option Full Conc.
Introductory Offer
(30 days unlimited, conditions apply*)
$ 49 $ 49
Casual
$ 25 $ 20
15 Class Pass
(6 months expiry)
$ 240 $ 200
1 Month Unlimited
$ 190 $ 150
3 Month Unlimited
$ 450 $ 345
Foundation Pass
(6 months unlimited contract: monthly rate)
$ 115 $ 105
THE ABOVE PRICES ONLY VALID FROM 1 MAY 2017. Private and group sessions please enquire at studio.

Foundation Pass Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum 6-month contract
  • 3 week suspension allowed each 6-month cycle
  • $115 per month full price, $105 per month concession
  • Terms and conditions subject to change
  • Once-off set-up fee charged by debiting company: $2.50
  • Admin fee per transaction charged by debiting company: $1.50
  • Dishonor fee for failed deductions charged by debiting company: $11
  • Direct Debit will auto-renew at the end of your 6-month contract
  • 14 days notice minimum required to cancel Direct Debit post initial 6-month period
  • Early termination fee of $100 payable if cancellation of contract is requested during initial 6-months
  • To cancel Direct Debit upon completion of the contact or to request suspensions, please write to hotspotpreston@gmail.com

Contact Details

Level 1, 501-509 High Street, Preston, VIC 3072

03 9471 1157