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How to Prepare for Your First Bikram Yoga Class

Last updated 6 years ago

Have you been thinking of starting Bikram yoga? In order to get the most out of your experience, you should come to your first class prepared. You’re going to be hot and sweaty and you’re going to feel great, but you’ll need a few items before you begin. 

Find the Right Yoga Mat

The primary piece of equipment that you’ll need for hot yoga is a comfortable mat that fits the length of your body. The standard yoga mat runs 24 inches by 68 inches. These mats are traditionally made out of synthetic materials. Rubber and jute mats may be more comfortable, but they could cost more. You can purchase your yoga mat at most studios or at your local sporting goods store.

Find the Right Attire

The most important thing to keep in mind when preparing for a hot yoga class is how much you’re going to sweat. Sweating is good for you, but it could get in the way if you don’t prepare for it. Be sure to wear clothes that breathe. Most veteran Bikram yoga goers wear spandex running or biking shorts and tank tops or sleeveless tops. Also, you’ll want come with a change of clothes for the drive home. You won’t need to think about shoes, but you will want to bring a towel and hairband. You’ll also want a large water bottle.

Learn About What You Can Expect

Bikram yoga is unlike any other type of yoga. It involves doing 26 poses in a room heated to over 100 degrees. You’ll be taught a few breathing techniques to help you get through the class. Beginners are always welcomed and encouraged to try every pose as long as they are comfortable. However, it might help to research what type of poses you’ll be doing and more about what you can expect before your first class. 

Now that you’re ready for your first class, visit a Bikram yoga studio in Long Island. Hot yoga offers a variety of psychological and emotional benefits, so call us at (516) 351-7325 to get started today. 


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