What is the protocol for COVID?
Updated March 7, 2021. We are working closely with the State of Massachusetts and adhering to all necessary protocol to operate during the pandemic. All class sizes are limited to 15 students per class. Contactless registration for class is required through our website www.bybma.com. Masks are required to entire the building and are required for class. Your face mask must securely cover your nose and mouth and under your chin to eliminate gaps. (No loose bandanas, neck gaiters or mask with exhalation valves, please.) Showers are temporarily closed. Please email the studio for full details of our operating and cleaning protocols. Email: [email protected]
How do the Zoom classes work?
We teach our Zoom classes simultaneously with our in studio classes. Our microphone system is hooked up to the zoom class for clear sound quality. The teacher in the yoga room can see a monitor with all the zoom participants and is able to give corrections. The zoom participants will not be able to see the teacher or the other students in the room. We do not recommend a zoom class for a first time student. For more information email: [email protected]
What is Bikram Yoga?
Bikram Yoga is a sequence of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises that systematically works every part of your body, to give all the internal organs, all the veins, all the ligaments and all the muscles everything they need to maintain optimum health and maximum function.
Bikram Yoga has been taught in the United States for almost 50 years and is considered a beginners practice. It is accessible to everyone regardless of body type, range of motion and injury. The idea is that you give you 100% effort with the proper technique and you get 100% benefit for your body. Although the sequence is the same every time you come to class, your mind and body are different every day. As a result, the practice will remain challenging for the rest of your life. As you see more and more the results of your practice, you will also find it necessary to practice for the rest of you life.
How often should I come?
Come as often as you can when you first start. The more you come to class the quicker your body will acclimate to the yoga room and the sooner you will feel the benefits of the yoga.
Do I need to sign-up before class?
Yes. Preregistration is required as we have a limited number of spots available due to COVID. To sign up for class click HERE. Please note, we require 24 hours notice to cancel your reservation for class. There is a late fee charge of $30 if you cancel within the 24 hour window.
Why the heat?
Yoga changes the construction of the body from the inside out, from bones to skin and from fingertips to toes. So before you change it, you have to heat it up to soften it, because a warm body is a flexible body. Then you can reshape the body any way you want. If you are feeling overwhelmed by the heat at first, it’s normal. With a consistent practice in your first 30 days your body will acclimate to it quickly.
What do I need for class?
You need a yoga mat, a towel large enough to cover your mat and water. Due to COVID, we do not have rentals at the studio and our water fountain is closed. For your convenience, we do have mats, towels and beverages for sale.
Should I eat before class?
Usually having your a snack or a light meal at least 2 hours or more before class is best. However, everyone is different. If you are feeling too depleted during class you may need a piece of fruit closer to class time. If you are feeling weighed down throughout the, you ate too soon to class time. All of this will fall into place as you practice and get to know what your body needs.
Should I drink before class?
Drink plenty of water during the day and come to class hydrated. Similar to eating, you’ll find that balance of how much water is best for you as your practice.
Can I practice while I am pregnant?
Bikram Yoga does have a pregnancy series. However, its best if you have a consistent practice of 6 months or more before getting pregnant and starting Bikram Yoga. Always check with your doctor first and let a staff member know that you are expecting.
What should I wear?
Bikram Yoga is done in a heated room. Wear clothing you are comfortable sweating in. Generally wearing shorts, a tank top or athletic bra top is best. You want to be able to move freely in the posture without clothing sticking to you. Please note, underwear/undergarments of any sort are not considered yoga attire and will not permitted in class.
Do I need to be flexible?
You do not need to be flexible. All of the postures done in the Bikram Yoga sequence are within natural human range of motion. If you have lost that range for any reason over time, the idea is that you work through the postures little by little to improve your flexibility, increase your stamina and ultimately increase range of motion. As a result the quality of your life outside of the yoga room will improve.