Intro speech to class

Intro speech to class

Hey fellow bikram buddies, What do you recommend for your intro speech, before you start pranayama?

When you have beginners in the room?

Do you just start with, “Good morning everyone. Welcome to hot yoga. First we start with the breathing, deep breathing…..”

Would love some input!!

much gratitude!!!


Annamae on November 8, 2013 at 4:16 am.

I always double check for newbies, make sure I know who they are, where they are in the room.

Then I jump into Pranayama.

Not much preamble.

At party time I often remind people to take care of themselves: sit if they need to, sip water if they need it. I usually joke that if they lay down and close their eyes, I might be coming over to check for a pulse. Otherwise I move it along. Standing series I want done in 50-52 minutes, so not a lot of beginning wind up:)

Hope that helps!


Madalyn Piccoli on November 17, 2013 at 4:16 am.

If there are beginners, I will say the few things needed just to get them oriented: “Hi where are newbies…(names)….Welcome to the class!” And the usual info to take it easy, water break after 3rd posture, and goal to stay in the room for 90 minutes. Above all, I think it’s important not to kill beginners with too much detail before starting – they really just want to get it over with! Just get them happy and excited to be there, and that will make their class, and your job, much easier.

If there are no beginners, I just start right in with the Pranayama description, and then get started with the breathing.


Orval on November 21, 2013 at 9:44 pm.

I tell everybody to breathe, everything else is optional. Let’s begin!


Tanja on December 7, 2013 at 12:37 pm.

do you demonstrate the breathing. its a habit i’ve gotten into for years,most teachers her in Montreal do it too. not sure if its necessary!


Shannon on December 10, 2013 at 3:15 pm.

Even in classes full of beginners (hello, New Years resolutions!), I never need to demonstrate the breathing. If you say the actual Pranayama dialogue, 19 out of 20 newbies will get the hang of it within a 2 or 3 breaths. All the instructions they need are in the first 2 breaths. (It’s actually really fun to watch, because in the beginning I did not expect this to work!) The others will get it by the end if you keep saying the specific instructions for the arms and head.

I’ve noticed that when I take classes where the teacher demonstrates pranayama, 10 times out of 10 they are leaving something important out of the dialogue. (Maybe you are not – i have never been to Montreal.) Usually they’re missing dialogue on the exhale. “Push your head back… Bring your elbows forward, elbows touching each other, away from you chest.”


amee on December 19, 2013 at 6:41 am.

ok  heres my speech

The only thing you have to do in this room, is breath, everything else is optional

if you feel uncomfortable, sit down, even lie down

we are going to do almost everything twice, miss it the first time catch it the second time

this is just like a robbery, do everything I say and nobody gets hurt. (stole this from Ralph)

lets begin


Eldridge Vanderlip on December 29, 2013 at 1:51 pm.

Where’s the “like” button for Teri’s post?


karyn on January 2, 2014 at 7:05 am.

If only we had a “thumbs up ” button for posts! You can give a “thumbs up” for Teri…. (right under her name and info)


Sebastian on January 15, 2014 at 12:21 am.

Regarding the “demonstration” of Pranayama Breathing, remember this is an auditory practice. If you say at the beginning “watch me, I’ll show you how to do it,” then you will have a lot of eyes on you each posture waiting for your demonstration.

You can do what Bikram does (he wastes no time on it). He says feet together and then brings his feet together. When he gets the the part of the dialogue where he says all 10 fingers interlocked nicely under the chin, full grip, he actually interlocks his fingers (shows them) and then puts them under his chin.

When he says start please, he inhales. When he says exhale, he starts to exhale and then just keeps going with dialogue.


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