Tips for preparing for class

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Before Class


Be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day prior to coming to class.  Your first class is all about adjusting to the heat in the yoga room and an adequately hydrated body will help with this significantly.

Refrain from eating.

Bikram Yoga is best practiced on an empty stomach and it is recommended that students avoid eating for 2-3 hours before class (especially if it is your first class).

What to bring

An open mind. Beginning your yoga practice with an open mind and a positive attitude will do wonders for your practice.

A yoga mat and a large towel. We offer all of these items for both sale and for rent at the studio.

Water. Once you become acclimated to the heat of the room and learn to control your breathing, drinking water no longer becomes part of your regular Yoga practice.

Showing up to class hydrated is key.  Filtered water is available at our Yoga school but we do not sell bottled water.

What to wear

Ladies.  Sports bras, tank tops, shorts, swimwear.

Gents.  Yoga/Running shorts and swimwear.  Shirts are optional.

Please, no sweat pants.  You’ll want to wear clothing that will allow you to move and sweat comfortably – think light weight, wicking, nylon based fabrics. You will find class much more enjoyable if you don’t have to worry about adjusting your clothing.  Avoid sweatpants, long pants, and heavy articles of clothing.

What to expect

A fun, welcoming, and relaxed atmosphere.  At Bikram Hot Yoga Binghamton, we’ve focused on all of the details so that you can focus on yourself.  We provide men’s and women’s changing rooms and showers for our students.  We use a hi-tech heating system in our yoga room and we use Himalayan Pink Salt Air Therapy to purify the air both in and out of the yoga room.

Each class is approximately 90 minutes long.  Bikram Yoga is a set series of 26 postures (each pose is practiced twice) and two breathing exercises.  The more you come, the more familiar you will become with the class, and the more benefits you’ll be able to receive.

Expect to sweat.  The yoga room is heated to 105 degrees.  The heat of the room is not meant to make class hard.  The heat is used to help you detoxify the body, get into the postures safely, and to help you experience results faster.

After Class

Take your time in the yoga room.  You’ll be working hard throughout the duration of class and right after class is the best time for your body to absorb all of the benefits of that hard work.  We suggest giving yourself at least 5-10 minutes in the yoga room post-class to allow your body to cool down.

Drink plenty of water.  Hydration for your next class starts the moment your first class ends.  Be sure to drink plenty of water following the end of class and throughout the remainder of your day.

Take your second class within 24 hours.

The benefits of this class are cumulative!  Your main focus of your first class is to acclimate to the heat of the room and to get a feel of what class will be like.  In your second class, you’ll know what to expect and you’ll be able to get more out of the postures.  The more you come, the better you will feel, and the faster you will see results.

The benefits of Bikram Yoga are best experienced with a consistent yoga practice and we encourage all of our beginning students to practice 10 classes as quickly as possible.  We recommend taking your first 10 classes within a 3 week time span.  This will give you a great start to your practice and will allow you to feel and experience the many benefits of practicing at Bikram Hot Yoga Binghamton.

There is no pain in the present moment, no regret of the past, no fear of the future.


Never too old, never too bad, never too sick, never to late to do yoga and start from scratch once again.


The longer you practice yoga, the better you get. If you continue to practice yoga for the rest of your life, then the condition you are in today is the worst you will ever look, feel, be, move.


The greatest challenge yields the greatest possibility for change.