FAQ

General

What if I’m not flexible?

Hot Yoga is a sequence that invites practitioners from all levels and body types. You don't have to be flexible to practice Bikram or Yin Yoga. Indoor Cycling is similar, you pace yourself in time you will build strength and endurance. Rest assured we don’t touch or force you, we guide with our voice helping you to create a mind body connection. You are welcome and encouraged to participate at Beyond Bikram.

Is it a cardiovascular workout and will I lose weight?

All classes offered at Beyond Bikram have a cardiovascular application. You’ll find Indoor Cycling classes the most challenging and direct. In just 45 minutes the classes are quick, precise and effective. Yoga classes are longer and designed to both stretch and raise heart levels. Your best option is to couple Indoor Cycling with a yoga class. As you build strength it is important you stretch and lengthen just the same. Using both modalities together is the best self-care one can gift themselves.

What are the benefits of Yoga and Indoor Cycling?

The benefits of yoga are endless. Yoga reduces stress, increases blood circulation and improves strength and flexibility. A regular practice (at least three times a week) one can reduce the symptoms of many chronic diseases (i.e. arthritis, diabetes and thyroid disorders). It also promotes relaxation. Indoor Cycling is low impact, a wonderful application for those looking to heal. Cycling builds a strong cardio vascular system, muscle tone, bone density, strength and endurance. The beauty of yoga and indoor cycling is they are limitless in terms of both condition and age. They both can be practiced year round regardless of age or skill.

Do I have to practice Yoga and Indoor Cycling?

Beyond Bikram is designed to provide you with the two best applications for mind and body wellness: Indoor Cycling and Hot Yoga. Though we stand firm that combining is your best way to practice, it is not mandatory or necessary. Pricing and membership packages allow you to decide when and how you wish to practice at Beyond Bikram.

Should I bring a mat, towel, or water?

To attend a yoga class, for sanitary purposes a yoga mat and full-size towel are required; for Indoor cycling classes we recommend a hand size towel. Water in class is optional please remember no glass bottles are permitted for safety.

What should I wear to class?

Women should wear yoga attire, bike shorts, leggings, leotard, jog bra or halter top. Men should wear shorts or bathing trunks. Underwear and swimsuits are not permitted in the yoga or indoor cycling room for attire. Please be mindful all classes are in a group setting.

Do you have rentals?

Yes! We rent mats, towels (both full size and hand towels), and cycling shoes. In addition, we sell clothing, water, cold-pressed juice, coconut water, kombucha, snacks, and electrolytes should you forget anything.

Do you offer gift certificates?

Yes, we offer gift certificates at Beyond Bikram. You can purchase them here or visit the front desk.

Yoga

Why the heat?!

Why the heat?! Why the Hot Yoga?! We are so glad you asked! Bikram Yoga is a series of twenty-six postures, two breathing exercises that originated from the original 84 posture, Bishnu Gosh Lineage in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. The average climate in this region is 90 degrees, 80 percent humidity. Historically the sequence is taught in a room with mirrors and a carpeted floor over the course of a ninety minute session. Bikram began teaching his series over 50 years ago, when he first began to travel he noticed he in fact could teach the postures, however there was one implicit component missing: THE HEAT. Backward, forward, and side bending was welcomed in a hot humid environment; this was not the case in a cooler climate as to one could become injured. Bikram became convinced the only effective way to realign the body, to increase circulation, to manipulate one’s fascia tissue was to administer the Bikram Yoga Series in a safely controlled heated environment. As the founder of HOT YOGA, Bikram has pioneered a phenomenon that has become the most popular form of Yoga in the world. You will find many studios now offer a heated yoga classes. It is important these studios observe a SAFE environment. Visit our HEAT page to see how serious this process is received and applied at Beyond Bikram. The heat is treated professionally and offered with a clinical commercial focus. Practitioners are lead and guided safely in a sterilized setting where heat and movement can properly heal your body.

How do I prepare for class?

You should eat at least three [3] hours prior to class, having food on your stomach is not recommended. If you need to eat, something small: smoothie, piece of fruit, or energy bar. Hydrate and monitor your caffeine intake as the entire Bikram and Yin sequence is manipulating your central nervous system. Give yourself the allowance to arrive ten to fifteen minutes before class and prepare for a full body awakening both mentally and physically.

Yoga or cycling first?

It’s best to start with a cycling class first. It heats up the body and brings you deeper into the fat burning zone. When our bodies are warm, the muscles stretch more easily. Yoga after cycling continues to build strength. Cycling not only burns 500+ calories per class, it continues to burn up to an additional 150-200 calories per day. Add a yoga class to that fire, and you’re a calorie-burning machine!

I’m pregnant, can I still cycle and do yoga?

It’s always best to check with your doctor first but if you are given the green light to exercise, we can give you modifications for both cycling and yoga that are safe and will make your classes more comfortable for you.

Cycling

My butt hurts, how can I get more comfortable sitting on the saddle?

If you’re new to the cycling, it may take a few classes for your body to get used to the saddle. Wearing padded cycling shorts or using a gel seat cover will definitely make your ride more comfortable. Also, the stronger you get, the less actual weight you will have on the saddle. You will learn to use your core strength more. It doesn’t take long to acclimate!

Will my legs bulk up from cycling?

Not when done properly. Many people think that adding resistance to your bike will bulk up your legs. This is not true. The more resistance you use, the more lean and defined your muscles will get. Think of it like this: look at a long distance runners legs and compare them to the legs of a sprinter. The sprinters legs are huge! Why, because they run short distances, at high speeds. A long distance runners legs are very lean because they pace themselves.

How many calories will I burn?

The number of calories you’ll burn depends on a number of factors, including your weight and the intensity at which you exercise. Research indicates that on average, participants burn about 400-500 calories in a 40-minute workout (you can burn up to 800.) The “distance” traveled depends on cadence; however as an estimate, an average 40-minute class at a cadence of 80-110 rpm is equivalent to approximately 20-30 miles on the road.

It looks hard do I need to be in great shape?

No. Almost anyone can benefit from a Beyond Bikram cycling class. You can go at your own pace by controlling the resistance on your bike. Taking an in-door cycling classe is a great way to get fit. If you are concerned about taking a class due to a physical condition, ask your doctor before taking a class for the first time.

What's so special about an indoor cycle?

There is nothing like the energy of classes at Beyond Bikram. Our instructors are well trained and are very motivating and supportive. Music is key. Our instructors are known for the best music. So, energy, motivation and music come together to make classes at Beyond Bikram safe, fun and effective. Regardless of how fit, flexible or coordinated you are, you’ll get a great workout.

What should I wear?

Comfortable workout attire is key. Biking shorts, or athletic leggings work best for cycling class and if you’d prefer padded, cycling shorts are an option, which can make your ride more comfortable. If you don’t have biking shoes you will need to wear athletic shoes with a supportive sole (most sneakers are fine). For those of you who have biking shoes, all of our bikes are equipped with both “Look” and “SPD” clips. If you don’t have biking shoes, we have baskets that can be applied to the bike so you can use your athletic shoes.

I'm new what should I expect?

If you are new to cycling, make sure you come to class 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the class. Let the instructor know that you are new and they will set you up and review the basics so you are ready for your first class. We don’t want you to be intimidated. Beyond Bikram cycling is challenging. Most important thing is to be patient with yourself. Don’t expect to be able to do everything right away. Cycling is great for all fitness levels; just take it at your own pace. Listen to your body and adjust the resistance on your bike accordingly.

Still have questions?

Still not sure if Beyond Bikram is right for you? Do you have a specific question that wasn’t answered above? Email us: info@beyondbikram.com