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"10 Commandments" of Bikram Yoga Evanston

1)  BE ON TIME
     -DOORS LOCKED AT BEGINNING OF CLASS
     -DOORS OPEN 30 MINUTES BEFORE CLASS
     -NEW STUDENTS ARRIVE 20 MINUTES EARLY
     -STUDIO CLOSES 30 MINUTES AFTER CLASS
2)  STRONG STUDENTS IN FRONT/
NEW STUDENTS TOWARD BACK
     -STILL, STRONG & FOCUSED IN FRONT ROW
     -NEW STUDENTS WATCH STRONGER STUDENTS IN FRONT
     -INJURED STUDENTS TOWARD THE BACK

3)  CHALLENGE YOURSELF
     -DON'T TURN YOUR MATS /
LIMIT USE OF HAND TOWELS
     -NO SHORTCUTS: "TRY THE RIGHT WAY"

    
-DON'T CHANGE THE POSTURE: CHANGE YOUR BODY
4)  RESPECT OTHER YOGIS
     -NO SCENTS OR ODORS (SHOWER BEFORE CLASS IF NEEDED)
     -MAKE SURE THOSE BEHIND YOU CAN SEE THE MIRROR
     -NO TALKING, CELL PHONES, JEWELRY, SOCKS OR WATCHES IN YOGA ROOM
     -TURN OFF CELL PHONES / NO CALLS OR TEXTING IN THE STUDIO.
5)  BREATHE (THROUGH YOUR NOSE)
     -LONG, DEEP & SLOW
     -CALM BREATHE / SLOW HEART RATE

6)  STAY IN THE ROOM
     -TAKE A BREAK IF YOU NEED TO: COMPASSION

     -STANDING SERIES: STAND OR SIT / FLOOR SERIES: LIE DOWN

     -PARTICIPATE IN A WAY THAT ALLOWS YOU TO PRACTICE FOR ALL 90 MINUTES
     -STUDIO POLICY: IF YOU NEED TO LEAVE, THE TEACHER MUST CHECK ON YOU
7)  LOCK THE KNEE
     -LOCKED, NOT KINDA' LOCKED
     -TIGHTEN UP THE QUAD & UP THROUGH THE HIP
8)  BE STILL

     -LIKE A BREATHING STATUE
     -LIMIT WIPING SWEAT & FIDGITING
     -DO YOU WANT OR DO YOU NEED?

9)  DRINK IN BETWEEN POSTURES

     -DRINK WATER WHEN YOU NEED

     -AVOID DRINKING DURING POSTURES
    
-ONLY WATER IN THE YOGA ROOM (NO COLORED LIQUIDS) / NO GLASS
     -DO YOU WANT OR DO YOU NEED?
10) LISTEN TO THE TEACHER
     -TRUST & ENJOY THE PROCESS

     -WHAT THE TEACHER SAYS GOES

     -SURRENDER COMPLETELY FOR 90 MINUTES
 

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