Hot Yoga FAQs
What is The Barkan Method?
The Barkan Method is a style of Hatha Yoga. Hatha Yoga is the physical form of yoga designed to bring balance and well-being into your life. It is the perfect lifetime fitness program and totally different from any other kind of exercise.
We strengthen and stretch all areas of the body, which helps to quiet the mind, and nourish the soul. The movements of The Barkan Method reach deep into the tissue, relieve tension and stress, revitalize and assist in overcoming many physical and emotional problems, such as sciatica, back and neck problems, and depression.
What differentiates The Barkan Method from Bikram or other forms of Hot Yoga?
The Barkan Method is built on many of the poses and philosophies of Bikram Choudhury and Bishnu Ghosh, but integrates postures from other styles of yoga. Jimmy has been teaching yoga since 1981. He has found that even though consistency is important to measure results, daily variations are necessary to challenge, excite and help students become unlimited in their practice. There are many alignment differences between Barkan & Bikram as well: Barkan does not believe in “Locking the Knee”, and crunching into the lower back!!
Why is the room heated?
The room is intentionally hot. It is heated to warm your muscles, prevent injuries and allow for a deeper release in your body. Sweating will also help flush toxins and poisons from your body. Bikram heats the room to 105-110….However, in Barkan we heat the room to 95-100!
What if I’m not flexible?
A perceived sense of inflexibility is the most common hindrance that prevents people from trying yoga. Yoga, and in particular The Barkan Method, is not about how flexible you are; it is about stretching your body, quieting the mind, and healing the soul. The more inflexible you are, the more you need yoga. You become flexible by doing yoga.
What if I’ve never practiced yoga?
Most of the classes on the schedule are beginner friendly and our instructors will help new students by offering modifications, encouragement and support. You do not need any experience; you do not need to be “in shape”; you just need a willing mind and the desire to change your life forever.