How to prepare for your first Bikram Yoga class

So, are you ready to try Bikram yoga?  Yay, you will love it…or love to hate it but still want to go all of the time :).  I hope you find this helpful!

First things first, find a studio near you.  If you want to try Bikram yoga, make sure that you go to a studio that uses the name Bikram Yoga and not just “Hot Yoga”.  In order to be a Bikram instructor, you have to attend a lengthy and rigorous teacher training, so these instructors really know their stuff.  Once you find a studio, check out the website.  Most studios have specials for first time students and you can try it out for a discounted price.  You will also most likely find that you can sign up for class online and reserve your spot before arriving at the studio.  This saves time and ensures that you have a spot in class.  Make sure to drink lots of water the day BEFORE and the day of your first class…but be careful not to chug water 10 minutes before hand because this will end badly :).

What to bring:

A yoga mat – If you don’t have one, don’t sweat it.  LOL…sweat it.  Studios rent mats for a small fee so if you don’t have one, you can always rent one at first and then purchase one if you are going to stick with it.


A towel to place over your mat – You need to put a towel on top of your mat because you will sweat A LOT and you will slip slide all over the place without a towel.  I have a towel that is the shape and size of my mat, but any towel will do.


Clothing – I usually wear a sports bra and tight-fitting shorts…it is super hot in there and I find it easier to wear as little as possible :).  If you are more comfortable covering up more, that is perfectly ok.  I would go with a tank top and capris or tank top and shorts…I have never practiced in long pants or long sleeves, but I can’t imagine it is comfortable.


Water bottle – I know that some studios do not allow water inside, but I think that most do.  Since it is so warm in the room, it is best to fill your water bottle with mostly ice so that it stays cold throughout class.  Try and listen to the instuctors…you will be asked to not drink for the first 3 postures, but then you can drink whenever you would like after that.


Extra towel – Since you just spent 90 minutes sweating the toxins out of your body, it is best to rinse off in the shower afterwards.  Not to mention, you will feel much better afterwards.


Yoga bag and mini products – Make sure to have a bag that is big enough to fit all of your towels and other belongings.  Remember:  Your towels will be very wet and very heavy after class so I usually bring a plastic bag to put them in.  I also keep mini products in my bag…conditioner, body spray, face wash, deodorant, and a comb.  Be mindful that everyone else will also want to rinse off, so do not use this time as your main shower for the day 🙂

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When you arrive for class:

  • Sign in/pay
  • Take off your shoes!  No shoes are worn in the studio or the locker room areas.
  • Place your mat.  Make sure that you can see yourself in the mirror, but make sure to not block someone else’s view.
  • Use the restroom, secure your hair, blow your nose (lots of breathing in and out of your nose)
  • Enter the studio quietly…the studio is supposed to be silent but people usually whisper to one another 🙂

During class:

  • Breathe in and out of your nose!  This will help to control your breathing and keep you calm.  If you start to feel light-headed or nauseous, don’t panic!  Simply kneel down on your mat and sit back on your ankles and try to breathe easy in and out of your nose.  Also, try to keep your focus on yourself in the mirror.  Once your breathing is steady, you should start to feel better.
  • Listen to the instructor
  • Take it easy and get used to the heat
  • Don’t get frustrated
  • Do your best!

You will most likely feel pretty tired, weak, and dehydrated after your first class…but don’t quit!  It gets easier with each class you take and yoga is cumulative so you need to keep going to get the full benefits.

Please let me know if you have any questions!  Namaste.


  1. Reblogged this on time4yoga and commented:
    great suggestions on what to bring to bikram class!


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