It's my first time. What do I do?
Arrive 15 minutes before the class time. Tell our friendly front desk staff it’s your first time, and they’ll take good care of you! Remember your first class is about going slow, focusing on your breathing and committing yourself to the 90 minute class.
What should I wear to class?
Wear comfortable clothing: tank tops, sports bra, breathable tees, yoga shorts, or running shorts are ideal. Avoid pants, sweats and long-sleeve shirts. Undergarments or see-through garments are not permitted in the yoga room.
What do I need to bring?
A yoga mat, large towel, and bottle of water. Please do not bring your cell phone, wallet, car keys, bag, etc. into the hot room. There are changing rooms to store your personal belongings. If you are a medical professional on call, please alert the instructor before class.
Are mats and towels provided?
We ask that you bring your own mats and towels. Bring at least one full size bath/beach towel for your mat. Bring an additional towel if you tend to sweat a little more. Mats and towels are available for purchase at the studio as well.
Where is your studio located?
95 East to Okeechobee Exit, Head South on Parker Ave (also called Quadrille). We are located on the Right handside of the road. We have parking on both sides of the studio. Please make sure to keep valuables at home, or in your trunk of the car.
When should I NOT attend yoga class?
We believe that Bikram Yoga strengthens your immune system. However, if you are sick or have a cold, flu-like symptoms, or fever, please stay home. Students with fever are not permitted in the hot room.
What if I’m late for class?
Each class begins promptly. Our studios have a 5-minute cut off policy. Students arriving more than 5 minutes after class begins will not be permitted into the yoga room. Thank you for respecting the 5-minute cut off. It’s for your health and safety, as it’s not good to launch into the postures without the proper warm-up of breathing exercise. Beginners should arrive 15 minutes prior to class.
What should I eat and/or drink before, during, and after class?
Come to class on an empty stomach – but don’t starve yourself all day! You burn an insane amount of calories in class, so your body needs fuel to go! Most people find they need to allow 2/3 hours between eating and taking class. However, some people with high metabolism need to eat a little “something” (like a piece of fruit, yogurt, nuts, etc.) an hour or so before class. As you practice this yoga, your own innate wisdom will emerge and guide you as to what is right for you.
Please come to class well hydrated. You need to drink a lot of water throughout the day to ensure you’re properly hydrated for class (half your body weight in ounces). Once class begins, hold off on drinking water until “party time” to allow your body to heat up and for your mind to stay focused.
How often should I practice?
Aim to practice 3 -5 times a week. The more often you practice, the quicker you will see results. Sometimes it takes a few classes for your body to get acclimated to exercising in a heated environment. We encourage new students to practice 10 times in 10 days. Your goal is minimum 10 times in one month!
What are your prices?
Please see the Pricing tab on the top of page. We offer a great package to Florida residents who are starting their Bikram Yoga Practice with us.
I purchased a package, but I will be traveling.
We are flexible with our students, so please discuss vacations with our front desk staff.
What if I need to leave early?
Each class is 90 minutes. We suggest you select a class time when you can stay to practice the entire class. We do not permit students to leave early. Practicing Bikram Yoga is like taking a prescription: if you change it, take something out, or stop early, it will not have the same effect. Even though you start to feel better, the medication is not fully effective until you finish the entire dose. The 90-minute classe works the same way!
Am I allowed to leave the yoga room?
We encourage all students to stay in the yoga room for the entire 90 minutes (this is one of your main goals as a new student). We suggest sitting down and taking as many breaks as needed.
The class is a “meditation” and part of the practice is building your concentration, determination, and self control. You will be amazed at how quickly your body acclimates to the heat and your mind is strengthened and disciplined. But not if you keep leaving the yoga room!
You do not need permission to leave the room, but it improves your practice and the benefits for your body to stay in the room for the entire 90 minutes. If you absolutely must leave the room, make sure the teacher knows you’ve left and come back as quickly as possible.
Can I practice yoga with an old/new injury?
Yes! Bikram yoga helps heal old injuries and prevent new ones. The heat is therapeutic for your muscles, joints, and tissue. For existing injuries and medical conditions, the healing process can be supported with the continued practice of Bikram yoga. We ask students to notify the instructor so they can help you during class and make sure we have an alert in your file. The general guide when practicing with an injury is: take it easy, listen to your body, and perform postures to your tolerance level. You do not need to “modify” the postures because this yoga is a therapeutic practice of beginner postures. All you have to do is try the right way and focus on what you can do – form over depth.
Can I practice if I am pregnant?
Maybe. If you have been practicing consistently for at least 6 months at Bikram Yoga West Palm Beach and you have permission from your doctor, then yes you may continue to practice. You will be required to bring a release from your doctor in order to continue to practice in the hot room. Please notify our friendly staff as soon as you find out, and they will have our Pregnancy Teacher Advisor (Karen) contact you about practicing while pregnant. She will connect with you and discuss the Pregnancy Series or schedule a private lesson to get started if you prefer.
I run or do other forms of exercise. Should I do Bikram Yoga too?
Yes! Bikram Yoga is excellent for helping align and strengthen your body and is a great compliment to all other forms of exercise. Many athletes practice Bikram yoga to heal and recover from stress their bodies experience performing high-impact sports or other workouts. We’ve had many runners say once they start practicing Bikram yoga, they are able to achieve their “personal best” in races!
I’ve never practiced yoga and I’m a little nervous. Do you have a special class for me?
Every class is designed for beginners. Everyone from the novice to the experienced yogi is welcome to our classes. If you’re nervous about starting off with a 90 beginner minute class, don't worry, everyone is! Our students range in all shapes, sizes, fitness levels and ages.
Can I bring my child to the yoga studio with me?
Yes! The purpose of bringing a child to the yoga studio is for the child to practice yoga with the parent. Students cannot bring their children to the studio to watch or wait for the parent, while the parent is practicing yoga. .
Who Can Practice?
Kids 12 – 18 can practice the entire series.
Kids 8 – 12 can practice the floor series.
If the child is under 12, he or she must be able to manage themselves in the lobby area when not in class (during standing series). Children must have a way of entertaining themselves while they wait to join the group for the floor series. We suggest that your child brings a book to read, homework, or a tablet to watch movies on (must bring headphones). Parents are responsible for the safety and actions of their children.