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Frequently Asked Questions


The ideal setting for Bikram yoga is 105 degrees fahrenheit and 50% humidity. Although it fluctuates some based on external conditions, we try to keep it pretty constant.

Be prepared to SWEAT! The most important thing is to be comfortable. Wear supportive and breathable clothing. You may want to avoid wearing pants and heavy cotton fabrics. Less is more!

Every student is required to have a yoga mat and a full sized towel to go on top. You will be VERY sweaty, and the towel will keep you from slipping on your mat. For your convenience, we offer mat and towel rentals at the front desk. You will also want to bring plenty of water to drink. We have a wide variety of drinks available for purchase. We even offer them during class so they stay nice and cold!
Every class is 90 minutes. We spend about 45 minutes doing standing postures and the rest of the time is spent doing deep stretches and spine strengthening on the floor.
Bikram yoga is a moving meditation. We always perform the same 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises. You will find that although the postures don’t change from class to class, your body and your experience will be different each time.

Our teachers use the bikram yoga dialogue, which will guide you through the mechanics of each posture. It may seem fast at first, but you will become familiar with it over time. The teachers do not demonstrate the postures, so if you are new to the yoga, it’s best to start at the back of the room so you can learn from your fellow yogis.

Please help us maintain a sacred space for meditation and healing. Absolutely NO cell phones or talking in the hot room.

Every body is different, but we typically advise people not to eat a meal within two hours of class. If you need to eat before class, eat a light snack. We do a lot of compression postures in high heat, so eating a heavy meal may make you uncomfortable. As always, listen to your body.

We hold off on drinking water for the first 20 minutes of class in order to give your body a chance to warm up. After eagle pose, you are free to drink as much as you want in between the postures. Make sure you are hydrated and getting enough electrolytes BEFORE and after class. Your body will thank you!

During your first few classes is quite common to experience some dizziness or nausea. This is normal! Your goal the first few classes is to get used to the heat. Anything beyond that is a bonus. Although it may be tempting, try your best not to run out of the room. Sit down, lay down, do whatever you need to feel comfortable. It gets easier!

Bikram yoga is an incredibly healing practice that can be practiced safely by most everyone. Make sure our staff is informed of any medical conditions or injuries so they can help you modify postures to suit your needs. Always consult with your doctor before starting any new exercise routine.
We welcome ALL levels of practitioners. Bikram yoga is designed to be safe and challenging for beginners and advanced practitioners alike. If you are unfamiliar with the series, it’s best to stand at the back of the room until you can follow along. The most important thing to remember is to be patient with yourself as you learn and grow.

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Location

5416 Eisenhower Ave, Alexandria, VA 22304



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(703) 212-9642


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Email

jen@bikramalexandria.com