Warm Flow 37° yoga classes are really great for beginners as well as experienced yogis. With the temperature set at 37 degrees (so not Bikram hot), muscles are stretched and strengthened through a sequence of static and vinyasa asana (postures) that differ from week to week designed to leave you feeling renewed, stronger and more flexible. The heat enables your joints and muscles to feel more open, allowing you to move more freely whilst also cleansing your body from the inside out (let the sweat pour). This class is open to all.
Here are the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about our Open Day. If you have something else you'd like to know please drop us a line on Facebook.
I’m a beginner, which class is right for me?
All of them are right for you! Yes that’s right, all the classes on the Open Day and on the regular timetable are suitable for beginners! In fact the Bikram series is actually called the beginner’s series so it perfect for anyone’s who’s never done yoga before as well as regular yogis.
Do I need to book?
It will help us tremendously on the day if you can sign up to class and register online before hand, although this isn’t compulsory, so if you don’t get time please don’t worry. If you do have a moment please click the ‘sign up’ button next to the class of your choice on the timetable page of our website and follow the prompts to create an account.
http://www.bikramyogaleicester.co.uk/apps/mindbody/list-schedule?forward=Sat 4 Feb 2017&sessionid=all&trainerid=all&service_category_id=all
Please be patient with us when you arrive as it will be busy on the reception desk so by signing up before hand it will help us make sure everyone gets into class on time.
What time should I arrive?
Please aim to get to the studio 20 to 30 minutes before the class start time. As mentioned above it will be busy on the reception desk and whilst we aim to get everyone registered as quickly as possible it may be that you need to wait for a short time.
You also want to make sure you have plenty of time for a quick tour of the studio and time to get changed and get yourself settled on your mat before the class starts. The studio will obviously be open all day during the Open Day so feel free to come and see us even earlier if you like! We’re always up for a chat about all things yoga and we have a lovely lounge area with free teas so you can have a catch up with other students whilst you’re waiting.
I’ve been to an Open Day before, can I come again?
Of course! We’d love to see you again at the studio, it’s a great chance to come and try a new kind of yoga or remind yourself what you’ve been missing out on. Whilst all the classes all day will be free for everyone, we ask that if you’ve enjoyed free yoga on an Open Day before but didn’t sign up, that this time you consider taking up one of our special membership offers.
I’ve purchased an intro pass or other membership previously, what options are open to me during the Open Day?
Again, classes on the Open Day itself are free for all and for this weekend only, if you’ve had a pass with us before, you can by a Welcome Back pass for just £30!
Normally priced at £60 for 30 days of unlimited yoga, we’re offering a very special 50% discount. So there’s really no excuse not to get yoga back in your life!
I’m currently a member, am I welcome to the Open Day?
Yes absolutely! This is your studio! We need as many of our regular students to come along to help show our brand new visitors how it’s done and why we love the .B Yoga community so much! We particularly need our Bikram practitioners to take their place on the front row to help the new students see the postures done correctly. 5 and 10 class card holders will not have a class deducted from their allocation on the Open Day.
What should I wear?
Prepare to sweat a lot in in a Bikram Yoga class! So dress accordingly. Ladies often wear shorts and a crop top or vest top, whilst men might just wear a pair of shorts. Most important is that you’re comfortable throughout the 90 minutes. For many people less is more. Sportswear and swimwear are fine but please remember no underwear as outerwear. Shorts are preferable to leggings so you can see your knees but leggings are fine if you prefer. If in doubt layers are sensible so you can remove them during class until you find what works for you. Please note that we ask for bare feet in class (unless you have an injury or for religious reasons) and no shoes in the studio itself. Remember Bikram is an incredible leveller so please don’t be self-conscious. Trust us when we say what you look like and what you’re wearing will the last thing on your or anyone else’s mind!
Urban yoga classes
Any kind of comfortable yoga, leisure or sportswear is fine. You will still work hard and may sweat but essentially you want to be able to move easily. Again layers are a good idea, as you may want to put more clothes back on at the end of class during savasana. Socks can be worn at the end of class - again as you relax in savasana to make sure you don’t get cold.
What should I bring?
If you have your own mat then you are welcome to bring that along to practice on. If you don’t have your own then you will need to rent a mat for £1. You should also bring a bottle of water and two towels, one for practicing on and one for showering afterwards. Towels are available for rent for £1 as well.
Are there lockers?
We don’t have lockers at .B Yoga and are proud of the friendly and supportive community we have established over the years. Kit bags, clothes and shoes are left in the changing rooms. You are welcome to take valuables into class with you and leave them at the back of the room or tucked under the corner of your mat. Remember mobile phones must be switched off and please make sure the areas between the mats are kept clear. There are also cubbie holes in the corridor immediately outside the hot studio where you can leave your belongings.
Is there parking?
There are plenty of parking options available that are close to the studio. We offer a discounted rate for the Holiday Inn NCP car park. There is metre parking on the roads around the studio and the nearest car park is on Newark Street. A full explanation is available on the ‘contact us’ page of the website (scroll down to below the map): http://www.bikramyogaleicester.co.uk/pages/contact-us1
By popular demand our next Open Day will be held on Saturday 30th September!
So if you've wanted to try yoga and never had the chance, now is the time!
We'll have eight FREE taster classes all of which are suitable for beginners as well as more experienced practitioners, so if you've never tried yoga before or are interested in trying a new style, come along and give it a go!
We have a range of urban yoga classes as well as the iconic hot Bikram Yoga and brand new Warm Flow class!
9am - Power Yoga with Stevan
10am - Bikram Yoga with Harbinder
10.30am - Flow Yoga with Stevan
12pm - Ashtanga Yoga with Marina
1pm - Warm Flow 37° with Stevan
3.30pm - Warm Yin Yoga with Marina
4.30pm - Iyengar Yoga with Bobby
5pm - Bikram Yoga with Lyndsey
Mats, water and towels will be available to rent for £1 each.
Sign up to class online: http://www.bikramyogaleicester.co.uk/apps/mindbody/list-schedule?forward=Sun 5 Feb 2017&sessionid=all&trainerid=all&service_category_id=all
Regular practitioner ‘Brose has been practicing Bikram since 2012. He like many students uses the 90 minutes in the hot room to escape life’s problems and find a way to rebalance and reboot.
But for ‘Brose, a recovering alcoholic and Leukemia patient, daily life can be more challenging than usual. Here we take a very candid and very privileged look into the person behind the poses. (Thank you ‘Brose for sharing your story).
“Bikram definitely helps with my alcoholism. I have been working a recovery programme since October 2015 and it is something that I am very grateful for: a sober life, a more contented life. (I know I sound evangelical!)
“Physically I'm trimmer and not so dehydrated. I’ve also been able to use the self-discipline developed from my yoga practice in my recovery.
“My first class was something though. Dante missed a circle: it was sheer hell. I did not realise I could sweat that much. How I managed to stay in the class I cannot say. I started bargaining with myself from the off: 'how many postures do I have to attempt before I can sit/lie out?' I was trying to con the teachers basically.
“But what drew me back was the mental space that Bikram left afterwards. 'Grounded', 'balanced', 'mellow', 'collapsed consciousness', 'in the groove' or 'in the zone', call it what you like, but that was the payback. Bikram was the access to that mental state, so I had to come back.
“Leukemia does not hurt. I have not had to have any treatment as it was diagnosed early. I have regular check ups.
“I attend Throssel Hole Buddhist Abbey in Northumberland. Meditation is central to Buddhism and I find a meditative state is a by-product of a yoga class.
“It is the polar opposite of my Catholic upbringing. I was also attracted to the emphasis on 'doing', rather than just claiming it as a label. I was also unnerved by the control exerted by the Catholic Church. Buddhism by contrast treats people as adults.
“What I love about Bikram is the people, the heat, the ‘journey' as well as the obstacles. The heat is equally one of the most challenging aspects, oh, and locking the knee.
“My favorite postures are standing bow, toe stand or anything that I do not fall out of. I find savasana the hardest: I just cannot keep still!
“I've met some very, special people through yoga, and I do not believe these friendships would have been formed without it.”
The 2017 30 Day Challenge starts today, so if you're looking to get fit or take your practice to the next level why not sign up? All you need to do is commit to taking one yoga class every day for a full 30 days and you'll be amazed and the results, both physically and mentally. Ask at the desk for more info.
Yoga has been a part of my life for almost 10 years and my practice has helped me grow stronger, especially during difficult times of anxiety and depression. Yoga helped me realise that there was nothing I couldn't conquer as long as stayed present and mindful and breathed deeply. As a result, I've become more fearless, both on and off the mat.
I completed my training in Bali, Indonesia and it was a truly transformational and life changing experience and I aim to be a perpetual student of the practice whilst sharing this gift I've been given.
I teach a strong and powerful Hatha flow with inspiration from Forrest and Yin styles too.
In my classes, I aim to inspire you to help deepen your practice and to truly be present in your body and celebrate and marvel at what it can do. In teaching you, I am also learning and constantly discovering - I hope to be a perpetual student for the rest of my life, which I hope will also enhance my teaching. A wonderful cycle!
Currently Harriette teaches at .B Yoga, Yogahaven in Birmingham and for a corporate client in Hinckley.
Hot yoga was the gateway I needed to get yoga into my life on a more consistent basis. I love attempting to marry the physical exertion of a hot vinyassa flow class with a calmness of mind and consistency of breath.
Through many great yoga teachers and a passion for trying lots of different styles - the yoga philosophy has really started to change my approach to life and make me evaluate whats really important to me.
Teaching is a great opportunity to offer a different perspective to people - that might be showing an unusual way to get into your utthita parsvakonasana or it could be providing an alternative set of tools to deal with difficult situations, a hard posture, a difficult conversation etc. And it all comes back to one yoga mat!
Who will receive a monthly guest pass?
All monthly members and 10 class card holders who have a current pass with us will receive a monthly guest pass.
How often will they receive it?
At the beginning of each month, starting from November 16, the monthly guest pass will be emailed to you. Please check at the desk that we have your current email address on file.
Who can use the monthly guest pass?
You can send your monthly guest pass to anyone who has never previously tried one of our classes here.
What do I do?
Forward the email with the guest pass to a friend or family member.
They will need to register online, book into a class and bring either the printed voucher or show the voucher on their mobile phone at the desk when they arrive.
What do they get?
1 FREE hot or 1 FREE urban class.
Please note, the voucher doesn’t cover mats, towels or water.
How long is the guest pass valid for?
The guest pass is time sensitive and will expire at the end of each month. The pass will become invalid if the member cancels their membership and cannot be used by the member for their own use at any time.
The nightmare of road closures and footpath disruption finally comes to and end next week. Hooray!
Metre bays will return then.
We know that parking has been difficult for you during this time, but did you know....?
* Metre parking doesn’t start until 7am and is £1 per hour . So parking is cheaper if you're practicing the early morning 6.45am class!
* Newark Street car park offers parking after 6pm for £1
* We have an arrangement for reduced parking at the Holiday Inn at St Nicholas Circle. Bring in your ticket into the studio and we will give you the discounted ticket!
* We are also close to an arrangement with a car park next door and on New Street (just off Friar Lane) for reduced rate parking. So watch this space!!
For details of other city centre car parks visit the website.
We've got a full day of hot and urban yoga classes available to try and special offers on the day for brand new students as well as people who may have been members before.
Classes start at 9am. Last class at 5pm. See full timetable for details.
So come and try out the ICONIC HOT BIKRAM YOGA as well as Yin, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Power and Flow Yoga.
All classes are suitable for beginners. Bring your friends and family, everyone welcome!
And regular students please come along too so we can show our visitors what a fabulous community we have at .B Yoga!