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Bikram Yoga and Beyond Southern Pines, 190 Bell Avenue, Southern Pines, NC 28387. Telephone: 910-246-2007

Bikram Yoga Studio FAQs

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General FAQs

I'm new to your studio, what do I need to know?

First of all, a very warm welcome to Bikram Hot Yoga Southern Pines - We hope that you enjoy our studio! The door opens 30 minutes before class. Please try to arrive at least 15 minutes before your first class to register and get settled. To help you have the best experience, read our other FAQs and our Studio Etiquette. If you have any questions, contact Bikram Yoga or drop-by and say hello!


I'm on the Intro Offer, may I come to every class?

Absolutely! Please come as often as you can. The offer is there for you to explore your practice in our yoga studio with our teachers.


Is the Two Week Intro Pass better than a drop-in for first class?

One class will not give you an understanding of what yoga is all about or to allow you to experience all of our teachers and class offerings. It can take a while to get used to the heat and to start focusing on the sequence of postures. We strongly recommend coming as often as possible in the first 14 days to give yourself a chance to get used to the heat - Believe it or not, some people come every single day! Discover your practice. With a little determination and commitment, you will begin to see all the benefits!


Can I purchase an Intro Offer after my first class?

Sorry, but the intro offer is only available before you buy your first class.


Are there any yoga studio rules I should be aware of?

Please read our Studio Etiquette before your first visit.


Do you have showers?

Yes. Both Men's and Women's changing room have showers.


What if I'm not flexible?

All the more reason to come to class! You will be amazed how quickly your flexibility can improve - The heated room provides a safe environment to do this.


What if I have a special medical condition or injury?

If you have special medical conditions or injuries, please consult your doctor first. And, please inform your teacher before class.


Am I too old?

Never too old, never too late, never too bad to start from scratch and begin again.
We welcome all students regardless of age and ability.


Should I eat before class?

Not right before class. It is recommended that you eat no heavy food 1 to 3 hours before class as all the compression postures aren't much fun while your body's still digesting! FYI: This includes bananas! A great fruit after class to replenish electrolytes, but not before as bananas take a long time to digest.

If you haven't eaten much all day or are worried about blood sugar levels, try a little bit of melon or some dark chocolate before class.


What should I wear?

You are going to sweat so be comfortable. Women wear sports tops and bottoms. Men wear swim shorts/yoga shorts with a t-shirt.


What do I need for class?

2 Towels (1 for beach towel for class, 1 for shower)
Bottle of water
Yoga mat


What if I don't have these things?

We offer rental towels and yoga mats. There's also a boutique with clothing [men's and women's], mats, literature, water bottles, and water for purchase.


Where do I leave my personal belongings?

We have lockers and the studio is locked during the class.


Is there parking?

Yes! We have easy, on-site parking and it's free!



Bikram Yoga FAQs

What is Bikram Yoga?

Bikram Yoga is a style of Hatha yoga developed by Bikram Choudhury which consists of a series of 26 postures practiced in a heated room.


Why the heat?

The heat warms up your body allowing you to work into the postures in a safer environment. The studio is kept at approximately 105°F (40°C) and 40-50% humidity. The combined heat and humidity also promotes sweating, flushing toxins from the body.


Do I need to stay in the room for the full 90 minutes?

We urge you to stay in the room for the full 90 minutes of every class.

Why is this important? The sequence is performed in a specific way to work every part of your body and we want to make sure you get the full workout. Challenge yourself to stay in the room for the full class - including savasana [the final posture of every hatha yoga practice] where you reap all the benefits of your hard work!


Seriously? Stay in the room the whole 90 minutes?!

Pace yourself and you will do just fine! Don't try and squeeze all your ambition into one class. In the beginning, the heat can be the biggest challenge. Don't run away from that challenge - Get your body acclimated to the heat. This can be one of the hardest things to master, but once you get it you will transform your practice.


What if I want to attend class, but need to leave early?

Of course, life happens and sometimes you have to leave early. This should be the exception, not a regular occurrence. Please let your teacher know before class if you must leave early and try not to disturb your fellow yogis.


Will it keep me fit, is it cardiovascular & can I lose weight?

Yes, yes, yes! Whatever your fitness level, you will find Bikram Yoga challenging. (That's why so many people come back for more!) The yoga postures combine strength, flexibility and balance to give you a total body workout. As with other forms of cardiovascular exercise, regular practice will also aid weight loss.


What are the benefits of Bikram Yoga?

  • Provides total body workout

  • Helps sport (and other) injuries

  • Improves posture

  • Eases back pain

  • Increases flexibility and strength

  • Reduces stiffening of joints

  • Boosts energy levels

  • Detoxes and cleanses

  • Relieves tension

  • Relaxes the body and mind


What if I've never tried yoga before?

Bikram Yoga is for everyone. Each class is open to beginners and follows the same format. It doesn't matter how well you do each posture - What's important is that you try the right way. Whether it is your first class or you have been practicing for many years, every class presents a different challenge.


Do I have to be fit?

Bikram Yoga is designed for all levels of fitness. The classes are suitable for absolute beginners and more advanced students. Make certain that you take your first few classes nice and easy. Before you even realize, you will start enjoying all the amazing benefits this wonderful yoga has to offer.


How long do the classes last?

Each class lasts 90 minutes, but don't worry - the class goes by so quickly!


Do I need to drink a lot before and after class?

You're going to sweat a lot - so it's important to be hydrated. Whether you're in the "hot box" or not, it's recommended to drink at least 2 liters of water every day.

Before class, we recommend that you drink 1/2 liter of water an hour before class. That's enough to keep you hydrated during class, but not so much that you feel bloated during the yoga postures.

After class, it's also really important to get those lost electrolytes back into your system. We offer a variety of isotonic replacements including coconut water [which is a fantastic and completely natural isotonic drink].

Some students find that drinking water with a pinch of Himalayan pink salt, 2-3 squirts of lemon/lime juice, and a drop of maple syrup before and after class can really help with hydration.


When can I drink water during class?

In class, we ask that you refrain from drinking for the first 4 postures. This allows your body time to warm up. After that, you may sip water between sets and postures.


Is it important to learn from a Bikram certified instructor?

Yes, there is no substitute. We proudly have instructors who have undertaken an intensive training in Bikram Yoga and have been personally trained by Bikram Choudhury. Learn about our teachers.
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