Frequently asked questions

We know coming to your first yoga class can be a daunting prospect, but there’s nothing to worry about – these FAQs should answer all your questions (but if there’s anything else you want to know just drop us an email!).

 

Don’t I have to be flexible to do yoga?

No! Building flexibility is one of the main reasons you do yoga, so whether you’ve got tight hamstrings or a stiff back yoga is exactly what you should be doing!

 

Isn’t Bikram Yoga hard core?

No – the full name for the traditional 90 minute Bikram Yoga class is ‘Bikram’s Beginning Yoga’! The series is designed to be accessible to everyone, regardless of age or ability. All the postures are basic Hatha yoga postures, and everyone from brand new students to people who have been practicing for years are welcome.

 

Isn’t it really hot?

Bikram Yoga is conducted in a room heated to around 40 degrees with 40% humidity, so your first few classes may involve just get used to the room. There’s no pressure to do everything in the class, and if you feel like you want to sit down and take a break you absolutely can. You’ll soon find the heat becomes less of a ‘thing,’ and that’s when you start focusing more on your postures! 

 

Why is it so hot?

The heat is there for a reason – it helps you stretch out your muscles, ligaments and tendons and sweat toxins from your body! Just remember – sweat is good!

 

Is Bikram Yoga the same every class?

Yes – Bikram Yoga is a structured series made up of 26 postures and two breathing exercises (it’s also sometimes called the hot 26+2 series). This allows your body to get used to the postures and over time go deeper into them to develop your practice. But while the series is the same, no two classes are ever identical and you’ll always learn something new, whether it’s a pearl of wisdom from your teacher or finding yourself progressing in a posture to somewhere you’d never thought possible before.

 

What do I need to bring?

You’ll need a yoga mat and two bath-sized towels – one to put on your mat during the class, the other to use if you’re showering here afterwards. You’re very welcome to bring your own, but if you forget we have them here – mats are £1 to rent (free on your first visit), while towels are £1.50.

 

Am I allowed to drink water?

Yes! We encourage you to take a bottle of water into class with you so you can have little sips as and when you need them. We sell 500ml bottles here for 60p, or you can bring your own (no glass bottles please).

 

What do I wear?

Whatever you’re comfortable in! Think the kind of thing you’d wear for a gym sessions – for ladies, anything from leggings and t-shirts to shorts and crop tops are fine, while men usually just wear shorts (make sure you wear something underneath though, gents!). Try to avoid heavy cottons as you’ll sweat A LOT and they can get uncomfortable.

 

What do I need to do for my first class?

Drink lots of water throughout the day and make sure you’ve eaten something – if you’re coming to an early evening class, for example, you’ll want to have eaten a decent lunch and then had something like some fruit, nuts, a flapjack or an energy bar about two hours before class starts. Please arrive in time to fill out one of our registration forms and meet your teacher – our doors open 30 minutes before the class begins.

 

What about after class?

Drink more water to replenish what you’ve sweated out, eat some good food – and get ready to come back and do it all over again soon!

 

What if I’m running late?

If it’s your first time here and class has started, sorry, we’ll be unable to allow you in the room. If you’re a regular you can join the class as long as it has not progressed beyond the first breathing exercise. We lock the front door promptly as class starts, so we cannot guarantee that latecomers will be allowed in.

 

Do you have changing rooms?

Yes, we have separate male and female changing areas with individual showering facilities and hairdryers, so you can do your class and be refreshed and ready to head back out into the real world afterwards!

 

What about my valuables?

The studio is locked while class is on, so your valuables will be safe in the changing rooms. We ask that you only take your mat, towel and water into the yoga room with you, so if you’re at all worried about any personal items please make sure you leave them at home – mobile phones especially do not like being in the hot room! We cannot take responsibility for any valuables that are misplaced or lost during your time at the studio.

 

What’s the deal with the introduction offer?

Our introduction offer is the perfect way to find out how a regular yoga practice can benefit you. Choose from £40 for 14 Consecutive Days OR £60 for 30 Consecutive Days – both offer unlimited yoga for their duration period so you can try as many classes as you want, from Bikram Yoga to Core, Flow and our new Inferno Hot Pilates! The intro offer can be purchased only once per student, is non-transferable and cannot be paused, extended or refunded. If you do not buy the intro on your first visit it will remain available for you to purchase at a later time. At the end of your introduction offer you’ll get 10% off the price of your next purchase.

 

What’s the minimum age?

The minimum age for practicing Bikram Yoga is 16 when accompanied by a parent or guardian, 18 if coming alone.

 

Can I practice if I’m pregnant?

Only if you have previously practiced here with us, are beyond the first trimester and have the OK from your doctor. Sorry, but if you are new to the studio or have never practiced Bikram before we cannot let you practice until after you’ve given birth.

 

Who qualifies as a concession?

Our concession rates are available for:

  • Students
  • Over 60s
  • Jobseekers
  • Fire, Police and NHS workers
  • Armed forces

Concession rates are only available over the counter at the studio (not online) – please make sure you bring a form of ID with you.

 

Do you offer private group classes and 1-2-1 sessions?

Yes – just drop us an email at info@yogaloftrichmond.com for more information.

 

What about parking?

There are pay and display car parks at Old Deer Park and Friar’s Lane and a small multi-story at Paradise Road, all within a few minutes walk from the studio. Waitrose also offers sort term parking with discounted rates if you shop with them.