Frequently Asked Questions

What should I expect?
Expect yoga to offer more than fitness. Yoga offers health, wellness, restoration and relaxation.
Expect to sweat. The room is heated and sweating is an intentional component of Bikram’s Yoga that is used to cleanse toxins from your body.

What should I bring?
An open mind and a positive attitude.
Also, please bring your new student registration form, a yoga mat, large towel, and water.
You can also rent or buy these items at the studio (see the price list).

What should I wear?
Wear a leotard, exercise shorts, or a swimsuit. (remember, you’ll be sweating)
Avoid loose fitting clothes, we need to see your knees.

Can I eat before class?
You should come to class on an empty stomach. You should not have food for 1-3 hours before class.
You can drink juice or eat fruits up to 1 hour before class.

What about water?
You should drink plenty of water everyday, this is better than just drinking water before or during class.
With Bikram Yoga, you are simultaneously cleansing all the systems of your body from the inside out. It is important to stay hydrated so your elimination systems (bowel, urinary, and skin) can support your efforts.

What if I have injuries or illnesses?
Please let the teacher know if you are pregnant, had surgery, or have any injuries, illnesses, or special conditions.
You can still do most yoga postures, with a few modifications that the teacher will show you.

What if I am pregnant?
A regular practice before becoming pregnant is required in order to resume practicing during your second trimester. Please Contact BYSTL for more information.

How long is class?
Bikram’s Beginning Hatha Yoga class is 90 minutes in length.

How often should I come?
Come as often as you can.
A daily practice from the beginning can relax into a regimen of 3 or 4 times per week. You’ll find you want to do this practice. It’s fun! It works! You will start organizing your schedule to fit it in. In fact, the harder this yoga is for you initially, the more you need to do it and the more you are going to benefit from it. The time and effort you put into Bikram Yoga will be returned to you tenfold.
First-time students must arrive 15-30 minutes early regardless of previous experience.
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      • I realized today that my Bikram experience is so much more than yoga. It really is a community of (hot and sweaty) people that I call my friends.
        —Laurie Bono McGrath
      • The hardest part about writing a testimonial for Bikram yoga practice at Bikram Yoga St. Louis is how to not write a book. The teachers of Bikram Yoga St. Louis are amazing and inspiring, the atmosphere is sacred and safe to me.
        —C.A.T.
      • When I started doing Bikram yoga, I had no idea how much I would enjoy it or how much it could help me... It truly does "make your body sing"
        —Andy Kilhoffer
      • I had chronic issues with asthma and high blood pressure. After 7 months of Bikram, I ran this morning with no asthma medication for the very first time.
        —Margaret Anne
      • All the instructors at BYSTL have their own style and wonderful sense of humor, while always delivering the discipline my practice needs to heal my body.
        —Kelly W.
      • What I always tell people when they wonder about Bikram is: 1) it’s mind over matter – all the way2) hydrate, hydrate, hydrate before class – makes all the difference 3) even if you literally just lay on your back the whole class you’re still getting the benefit. If you don’t feel well, just lie [...]
        —Beth Prusaczyk
      • I have lost 12 lbs in the last three weeks and gained enormous confidence. I have a new addiction and I couldn’t be happier about it!
        —Sally Kennerson
      • I heart Bikram STL. New experiences are good, but you all are truly the best.
        —Kim Hayes
      • Bikram Yoga has helped me lose 25 lbs without changing my diet (mostly junk food), and has healed ALL of my joint and back injuries.
        —Andy Klearman
      • Bikram Yoga has allowed me to raise my HDL (good cholesterol) from 84 to 110 - (despite my diet of mostly alcohol and chocolate)
      • The Bikram Yoga studio teachers and students have changed my life. I cannot thank them enough.
        —Anonymous
      • To the Ladies at Bikram Yoga: It has been a little over one year that I started attending Bikram Yoga. IT HAS BEEN A GOD-SEND!!! IT HAS ABSOLUTELY BEEN THE BEST TREATMENT I HAVE EVER EXPERIENCED FOR MY 20 PLUS YEARS OF CHRONIC BACK PAIN. My past history consisted of over 20 years of daily [...]
        —John W. Tabash, D.D.S., M.S.
      • The biggest reward I get from Bikram Yoga has to be the sense of calm and balance I walk out of class with… it stays with me for days after.
        —Stacy
      • I ran the Chicago Marathon on Sunday and would not have been able to finish if it wasn't for doing Bikram Yoga the past few months!
      • After just four Bikram classes, my injured wrist's range of motion and grip strength increased by 50%.
        —Mary Beth
      • After being diagnosed with a torn tendon in my wrist, I committed to Bikram 3 times a week and gained nearly 60 degrees of motion after just 3 months.
        —Erica
      • I greatly appreciate all the advice each instructor gave me during my classes at BYSTL. Thank you for teaching such wonderful yoga!
        —Emily Rollings
      • After a class, everything in life just kind of slows down to a manageable halt. It reminds of that scene in the Matrix where Neo bends the spoon… It’s an amazing feeling.
        —Scott
      • Bikram yoga is a life changing experience and I can guarantee it will take you (if you let it) to places you never knew you could go.
        —Yolanda
      • The real core, or spirit, if you will, of this yoga is the way it is taught. And there are no finer, more dedicated, more generous humans than the teachers at Bikram in St. Louis.
        —Howard B. Becker
      • My Bikram Yoga practice has meant so much to me, and the encouragement from the instructors at BYSTL has been overwhelming.
        —Lindsey