Booking online is not compulsory, but a simple way to ensure you have a space in class. We rarely reach our capacity, so whether you have booked your class online or not, there should, almost always, be a spot for you in the room.
The Online Booking Rules:
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Your goods will be sent 1st Class Recorded Delivery within 2 working days of placing your order. You should receive your goods within 3-5 days of placing your order.
For anyone wishing to practise with a diagnosed heart condition we ask that you first check with your doctor as to whether Bikram Yoga is a suitable form of exercise for you. When you come to practise your first class, please bring in a note from your doctor confirming that you are well enough to participate in Bikram Yoga classes. We ask all Angina sufferers to carry their spray on them at all times while practising in the studio.
We are unable to provide parking at the studio. Meter parking is available on the streets around the studio. As we are close to the end of a ‘no-through’ road, please be extra careful that you are not blocking in local residents. We are within walking distance of three stations and many buses stop outside the studio.
Our local Sainsbury’s store in Chiswick kindly allow our members to park for 3 hours (instead of the usual two), so they have time to practise their 90 minute Bikram Yoga class and do their shopping.
For the time being, to claim this extra hour of parking, you need to adhere to the following steps:
Park in Sainsburys.
Practise your class.
Shop in Sainsbury’s (MINIMUM £10 SPEND).
Take your shopping receipt AND your BYC Sainsbury’s Orange Parking Voucher, available at BYC reception, to customer services for parking validation.
You will need to hand in this Orange voucher to the Sainsbury Customer Service desk as proof you have just practised.
If Sainsbury’s barriers are broken, please continue to adhere to the steps as lined out with the addition of putting a BYC purple timetable card, logo out, visible on the dashboard of your car.
Leave Sainsbury’s carpark WITHIN the 3 hour time limit.
If you stay over 3 hours a £60 fine will be payable.
In order to keep this collaboration into the future, please always treat the staff at Sainsbury’s kindly and only take advantage of this generous offer on days when you visit BYC.
This offer is only available during Sainsbury’s customer services opening hours. Please check opening times with Sainsbury’s.
We have a set capacity which we do occasionally reach at the busier evening classes.
Once we reach that capacity, which has been set for your comfort and safety, we are unable to admit anyone else into class.
We cannot offer refunds or extensions if you are unable to get into these classes, but we have recently increased our timetable to offer you as much choice and opportunity to fit your practise in.
Please make sure you arrive in good time for weekday evening classes at 6.15pm and 8.15pm, as these are our busiest sessions.
Latecomers Policy at BYC hot yoga:
If it is your first time practising at BYC, you need to be in the yoga room from the very beginning of class. This is to ensure that the teacher knows you are new and if you are working with any illness or injuries, so they can take good care of you.
Bikram Yoga: Latecomers, who have practised at BYC, will be permitted into class ONLY before the end of the first breathing exercise, at the discretion of Managers and Reception staff.
All other classes: Students are required to be in the room for the start of the class. This is for their own safety and to cause least disruption to the class.
Perfect! This Yoga is for you! This is one of the most common misconceptions that prevent people from coming to Yoga classes. Yoga is not all about how flexible you are, it is about stretching your body and spine in all directions. There are very few people that start Yoga perfectly healthy and flexible.
You just need to try the right way and go to your own edge and you will get 100% benefit.
There are so many more benefits from practicing Yoga as well as improved flexibility.
Yes absolutely! In time the yoga will help you lose weight; with regular practice you will lose inches and develop muscle tone. Do not be surprised if at first you do not seem to be losing weight on the scales even thought you look lighter, do not forget muscle weighs more than body fat.
As you are losing weight you are building strength and stamina with the Yoga.
The Yoga provides a strong cardiovascular work out. Some of the postures speed up the heart rate in the first few seconds thus strengthening the heart. A good sign of health is that you can speed the heart rate up quickly and then slow it down quickly. You will learn to practice the postures with your breath.
The heat in the room supports your cardio work out.
Muscles, fascia and connective tissues become more elastic allowing for greater flexibility with less chance of injury.
It promotes sweating which assists the detoxification process using the body’s largest elimination organ: the skin.
Your blood becomes thinner, which clears the circulatory system.
When the body is between three and five degrees above normal temperature, T-cell output from the thymus gland is multiplied 20 fold. T-cells fight infection which in turn helps to keep the immune system functioning properly.
Warmer temperatures produce a fluid stretch that allows for greater range of motion in the joints.
Heart rate becomes elevated improving the cardiovascular system and fitness.
Warm muscles burn fat more effectively. When we stretch, the fat has no room to sit, so it redistributes to the blood stream. We can then use it as energy.
Capillaries respond to the heat by dilating. This allows more oxygen to muscles, tissues, organs and glands helping to remove waste products from the body.
Higher temperatures improve the function of the nervous system, meaning that messages are carried more rapidly to and from the brain or spinal cord.
The heat improves strength because proteins can be utilised more effectively.
It speeds the breakdown of glucose and fatty acids.
It strengthens willpower, self control and determination through the challenging environment.
All this giving you a wonderful glow from head to toe. The heat combined with the sequence of the postures is what makes Bikram Yoga so special.
You will need:
Water – we sell 500ml Belu Water for £0.60p. (All of Belu’s profits – yes ALL – go to WaterAid. To date, they have donated £1,003,290 transforming the lives of 66,920 people.)
Two bath Size Towels – Towel Hire £1.50/towel
(one to place on your mat during class and one if you choose to shower here after class)
£1 for our coin lockers.
We supply Yoga mats, but you are welcome to bring your own.
Stress.org mention that regular exercise like Bikram Yoga, not only ‘keeps the heart healthy and gets oxygen into the system, but it helps deplete stress hormones and releases mood-enhancing chemicals, endorphins, which help us cope with stress better.’
Whether you are building muscle or stamina (both in Bikram Yoga), all types of exercise relax tense muscles and tissue.’ (Stress.org)
Avoid loose fitting clothes. Women mostly wear sports tops and shorts or leggings. Men wear shorts. T shirt optional.
Please dress appropriately for class, make sure you are properly covered!
For inspiration on Yoga workout clothes, maybe take a look at our online or in studio shop.
Here are a few What not to wears we have learned about from years of experience…
The yoga class lasts an hour and a half.
We ask that you come with the mind to practise the full 1hr & 1/2 class.
Come as often as you can.
Yoga is the type of exercise you can do daily. The more you come the greater the benefits. Bikram advises a daily practise for the first two months to allow your body to really get used to the heat and build the strength needed for postures.
Don’t be put off if that seems like a daunting prospect, 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 in to Bikram Yoga will be returned to you tenfold. Its fun, it works!
You will find that lots of positive changes take place which will keep you wanting to come back. The key is to listen to your body. The teachers are always available before and after class if you want to talk about your practise.
You should drink plenty of water everyday.
It is estimated, for optimal well-being, we should drink at least 2 litres a day.
When you practise Hot Yoga you should aim to drink more. It is important to stay hydrated so that your elimination systems (bowel, urinary, and skin) can support your efforts.
Though you will drink small sips of water during class, the real hydration happens before and after.
Hydrate your life!
Hydration is key to Hot Yoga! And life, for that matter.
The key to hydration lies in water & salt…. Yes, salt.
Hydration isn’t about guzzling a litre of water right before class starts. Having a belly full of water is likely to make class feel even more challenging. Ideally, we should all be drinking at least 2 litres of pure water every day. That’s why all BYC teachers advise you to sip small amounts of water during class and to do your main hydrating throughout the day.
And of course, water alone does not equal hydration. We also require the right balance of electrolytes, which can be found in rock salt, sea salt or Himalayan salt.
When you exercise heavily, you lose electrolytes in your sweat, particularly sodium and potassium. These electrolytes must be replaced to keep the electrolyte concentrations of your body fluids constant. To help you do this, you could perhaps add a pinch of Himalayan salt to your water (with a squeeze of lemon juice for taste). Coconut water, Emergen-C or Nuun, all sold at BYC reception, also do the job nicely.
Why do we not sell or advice you to drink cold water in class? Just think: you are doing all this work to try to warm yourself up, if you hit your stomach with a blast of cold/ice water, your body gets confused… Hot? Cold? Whats happening?
Room-temperature water is easier for your body to assimilate than cold water. Our bodies have to use valuable energy to warm the water to absorb it, so drink room temperature water and, instead, use all your energy for your postures!
Water really is the stuff of life: it transports nutrients, hormones and other important molecules to where they are needed in the body. Did you know that we are 75% water and that the human brain is 85 % water (explains a lot of post Bikram happenings, if you ask me!). Medical research has found that when our bodies are dehydrated over a long time, it can develop symptoms of diseases such as asthma, diabetes, arthritis, obesity, Alzheimer’s, high blood pressure, migraine and many others. If we drank enough water daily, according to the experts, many cases of these debilitating diseases could be prevented or even cured! Water for thought, huh!?
For more information on how to fuel your body for class see FAQ ‘Can you eat before class?‘
You should not come to class hungry. Although, it is best not to eat anything heavy 1 to 2 hours before class, but you will want something to fuel you.
It is equally important to properly feed/fuel your body. You wouldn’t expect beautiful trees to flourish, without sunlight, water and nutrients from the soil, so why would you expect your body to work at it’s optimum, without feeding it the things it needs?
So, in order to get the best out of each and every class, we advise:
– Come to class well hydrated,
– learn to breath in and out through your nose for the entire class
– come to class having eaten a nutritious meal a few hours before!
Proteins and complex carbohydrates are great sources of energy. Energy derived from sugar, in all its many delicious forms, will provide you with a quick burst, but will see your energy levels dip and crash in class.
So, ladies and gentlemen, porridge, bananas, nuts, fish/chicken (not fried), whole wheats, veggies, eggs, hummus, lentils, the genius that is the avocado… to name a few. These are where our pre and post hot yoga fuel best lie.
For more information on Hydration and for those of you who would like to know a little more about what we mean when we say electrolytes see the question ‘What about drinking water before class?‘
If you are suffering from a medical condition that you feel might prohibit you from taking part in a hot yoga practise, please always check with your doctor. If your doctor has signed you off as ok to participate in strenuous exercise, then you are ok to join the class. However, if they recommend a gentle yoga then our Yin Yoga classes or mediation (Nidra/Restore & Renew) maybe more appropriate.
Bikram Yoga is suitable for all ages and levels of ability above 14 years old (the ability to sweat is essential to prevent overheating). It may be more challenging to some and certain modifications may need to be made. Always check with your doctor if you have a concern and inform the instructor prior to the class.
Hot Yoga is not recommended if any of the following applies:
* If you are fasting.
* If you have a fever or suffering from an infectious disease.
* If you are already doing an intense detoxification
* If you are pregnant and have less than 1 years of regular hot yoga practice.
* If you are receiving dialysis treatment or have any major kidney issues.
* If you have recently suffered from a stroke (6 months).
* If you have a heart condition (unless your doctor has okayed you to participate in strenuous exercise
* If you are recovering from recent surgery.
* If you are on any medication that advises against strenuous exercise.
* If you have recently had a tattoo.
Please let our Teachers and Staff know.
We are happy to hold any class card for the duration of your pregnancy, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Practising While Pregnant:
During the delicate and critical time of your first trimester we ask you to refrain from practising at BYC.
If you are pregnant and have never practised Bikram/ Hot Vinyasa or Yin Yoga before, we suggest that you find a gentle pregnancy yoga class and come back to regular BYC Yoga classes about eight weeks after the birth of your child.
If you have had a regular BYC Yoga practise of no less than 1 year before becoming pregnant, please talk to a senior teacher after your first trimester, about resuming regular classes. Any less than this and we would again advise you to find a gentler yoga class for the duration of your pregnancy.
When you are pregnant your body temperature is already higher; therefore you would need a cooler part of the room. In addition, compressions or lying on your back are not recommended. Please inform your instructor to enable them to work with you.
Returning Post Pregnancy:
In regards to resuming your BYC Yoga practise or taking up a practise postpartum, we advice waiting approximately eight weeks after the birth of your child (including C-sections). We ask that you have been signed off by your GP/ health practitioner as ok to resume exercise, prior to your first class after birth.
If your doctor has okayed you to return to exercise postpartum, please ask the reception staff to give you the modification sheet to take into class, if you should need.
If you are breast feeding please make sure you adequately hydrate. It may also be uncomfortable to lie on your front, in this instance you may wish to practise the pregnancy serious for the belly down postures.
We always recommend that you speak to your doctor and any health workers supervising your pregnancy about what type of exercise is right for you and your baby.
You are welcome to join any class at BYC with high blood pressure, as long as you have been given the ok by your doctor to engage in strenuous exercise.
Always let BYC staff and teachers now about any medical issues include your blood pressure.
Make sure you take it easy and sit down/miss out postures if you need to.
If you have Asthma, you must always have your Blue inhaler on you to attend any class at BYC hot yoga.
Practising yoga in a heated room will be good for you in several ways:
The heat helps to relax the muscles and nerves.
The intensity at which you practice is up to you, appropriate for your needs.
If you are concerned about overexertion triggering an attack, use less effort. Sit down and relax whenever you need to.
It will relax your mind, letting go of tension, toxins and negativity.
Your lungs and heart are strengthened, improving our lung function.
In the long term you will be able to breath easier and deeper.
Even if the class you have chosen is not a heated one, there are still wonderful benefits for your mind, body & lungs.
BYC hot yoga operates a booking facility to guarantee you a space in the class. However, it is not essential for you to book in advance for classes you would like to attend. We welcome walk ins.
Doors open 30 minutes before class starts (15minutes before 06:15am & 45 minutes for 6.15pm/8:15pm classes). We shut the doors half an hour after class has finished.
If you are new to class please come 15 minutes early so you have time to fill out a Registration Form. You can save time by printing and filling out our Registration Form from the website.
Please see online T&C’s for booking our cancellation policies.
14 years old. Under 16′s must be accompanied by an adult (over 18 years old) each time they practise. Their parent/guardian must sign their registration form. We offer an £8 Drop In rate for under 16′s.
16 and 17 year olds must be accompanied by an adult (over 18 years of age) on their first visit. Their parent/guardian must countersign their registration form. After their first accompanied visit, they are then able to come to class on their own.