What if I’m not flexible?
Hot Yoga is a sequence that invites practitioners from all levels and body types. You don't have to be flexible to practice Yoga. Rest assured we don’t touch or force you, we guide with our voice helping you to create a mind body connection. You are welcome and encouraged to participate at Hot Yoga Los Angeles.
Is it a cardiovascular workout and will I lose weight?
All classes offered at Hot Yoga Los Angeles have a cardiovascular application. Yoga classes are designed to both stretch and raise heart levels. As you build strength it is important you stretch and lengthen just the same. Using different modalities together is the best self-care one can gift themselves.
What are the benefits of Yoga and Indoor Cycling?
The benefits of yoga are endless. Yoga reduces stress, increases blood circulation and improves strength and flexibility. A regular practice (at least three times a week) one can reduce the symptoms of many chronic diseases (i.e. arthritis, diabetes and thyroid disorders). It also promotes relaxation. Indoor Cycling is low impact, a wonderful application for those looking to heal. Cycling builds a strong cardio vascular system, muscle tone, bone density, strength and endurance. The beauty of yoga and indoor cycling is they are limitless in terms of both condition and age. They both can be practiced year round regardless of age or skill.
Do I have to practice Yoga and Indoor Cycling?
Beyond Bikram is designed to provide you with the two best applications for mind and body wellness: Indoor Cycling and Hot Yoga. Though we stand firm that combining is your best way to practice, it is not mandatory or necessary. Pricing and membership packages allow you to decide when and how you wish to practice at Beyond Bikram.
Should I bring a mat, towel, or water?
To attend a yoga class, for sanitary purposes a yoga mat and full-size towel are required; for Indoor cycling classes we recommend a hand size towel. Water in class is optional please remember no glass bottles are permitted for safety.
What should I wear to class?
Women should wear yoga attire, bike shorts, leggings, leotard, jog bra or halter top. Men should wear shorts or bathing trunks. Underwear and swimsuits are not permitted in the yoga room for attire. Please be mindful all classes are in a group setting.
Do you have rentals?
Yes! We rent mats and towels (both full size and hand towels). In addition, we sell clothing, water, cold-pressed juice, coconut water, kombucha, snacks, and electrolytes should you forget anything.
Do you offer gift certificates?
Yes, we offer gift certificates at HYLA. You can purchase them here or visit the front desk.
Why the heat?!
Why the heat?! Why the Hot Yoga?! We are so glad you asked! HYLA is a series of twenty-six postures, two breathing exercises that originated from the original 84 posture, Bishnu Gosh Lineage in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. The average climate in this region is 90 degrees, 80 percent humidity. Historically the sequence is taught in a room with mirrors and a carpeted floor over the course of a ninety minute session. Bikram began teaching his series over 50 years ago, when he first began to travel he noticed he in fact could teach the postures, however there was one implicit component missing: THE HEAT. Backward, forward, and side bending was welcomed in a hot humid environment; this was not the case in a cooler climate as to one could become injured. Bikram became convinced the only effective way to realign the body, to increase circulation, to manipulate one’s fascia tissue was to administer the Bikram Yoga Series in a safely controlled heated environment. As the founder of HOT YOGA, Bikram has pioneered a phenomenon that has become the most popular form of Yoga in the world. You will find many studios now offer a heated yoga classes. It is important these studios observe a SAFE environment. Visit our HEAT page to see how serious this process is received and applied at HYLA. The heat is treated professionally and offered with a clinical commercial focus. Practitioners are lead and guided safely in a sterilized setting where heat and movement can properly heal your body.
How do I prepare for class?
You should eat at least three  hours prior to class, having food on your stomach is not recommended. If you need to eat, something small: smoothie, piece of fruit, or energy bar. Hydrate and monitor your caffeine intake as the entire Bikram and Yin sequence is manipulating your central nervous system. Give yourself the allowance to arrive ten to fifteen minutes before class and prepare for a full body awakening both mentally and physically.
Yoga or cycling first?
It’s best to start with a cycling class first. It heats up the body and brings you deeper into the fat burning zone. When our bodies are warm, the muscles stretch more easily. Yoga after cycling continues to build strength. Cycling not only burns 500+ calories per class, it continues to burn up to an additional 150-200 calories per day. Add a yoga class to that fire, and you’re a calorie-burning machine!
I’m pregnant, can I still Hot do yoga?
It’s always best to check with your doctor first but if you are given the green light to exercise, we can give you modifications that are safe and will make your classes more comfortable for you.