Do I need to pre-register for classes?
There is no pre-registration required. Choose the class time that works for you and please attempt to arrive 15 minutes early for your first class so that we can show you around the studio and introduce you to your teacher. At that time you can tell us about yourself and any health concerns you may have. We can get your mat down in the studio and you can have a few minutes before class to relax.
How do I get started?
Please come to class well hydrated and preferably an empty stomach. Shorts are recommended over long pants. You will be sweating a lot and will probably want to shower after class, so bring a change of clothes and two bath sized towels – one for your mat and one for your shower. If you have yoga gear great, if not we have what you need at the studio for purchase or rent including clothes, mats, towels and water.
Who practices yoga?
Yoga is for every body and any age. For our hot yoga classes, you should be old enough to sweat. Our teaching method encourages everyone to work to their own level of ability. Students range from teenage to seniors, athletes to the physically frail. There really is no typical yoga student and we strive to make everyone feel welcome and accepted as is, comfortable no matter their level of fitness or experience.
Why is the room heated?
See the section called “Benefits of the heat”.
Will I lose weight if I practice hot yoga?
Yoga, and hot yoga in particular, can be the catalyst for weight loss, sometimes extreme. It depends on each person and their individual practice. Weight and finding your healthy weight is more dependent on diet and what we eat then exercise. The two go hand in hand but we can do more for weight loss in the kitchen than in the yoga room. There are countless factors involved in creating and maintaining and healthy weight. Our stress levels, quality of sleep, quality of diet, whether we are getting enough exercise in general, the intensity of your practice, your lifestyle…yoga can help you achieve your ideal body weight.
Is hot yoga aerobic?
Yes, without a doubt. The Bikram method yoga in particular raises the heart rate to the optimal state at least 5 times during the class for a total of 20 to 25 minutes as a minimum. Many students consider this class as their primary form of cardio exercise!
How many calories will I burn in a single class?
This varies from person to person, but the average estimates range from 450 to 650 calories per class. There are many factors to consider. Feel free to bring a body monitoring device and measure it for yourself.
How long before I see results?
Most people start to experience the benefits immediately and the most profound results are cumulative. Results are the best with a regular and consistent practice.
How often should I practice?
Only you can decide how often to practice. We encourage daily practice at the beginning, if possible, and a minimum of 2 to 3 times a week for maintenance. One of the best things you can do for your overall health and well-being is to create positive, healthy habits. A regular practice will help you to understand your body and it’s needs.
Is there a minimum age?
Everyone under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal guardian come to the studio and sign a waiver for them in the presence of a teacher. A teacher will be available 15 minutes before and after any scheduled class. We recommend 8 as a minimum age to attend regular classes. Ask us about our kids yoga programs.
Does hot yoga include meditation and can it improve concentration?
Hatha Yoga is a form of meditation. This is part of why we have the practice! It is a touchstone. We can come into the studio and meditate as we move our body! There are three essential components of yoga practice: maintaining relative stillness during the postures, mindful breathing throughout the practice, and the regular and liberal use of dead body pose and child’s pose. The mental effort required to hold the postures requires a natural meditation. You will find over time that the class is a moving meditation. Increased concentration, a reduction of stress levels and an improved sense of well being are just a few of the many awesome benefits. Do not listen to those that will have you believe yoga is a cult or type of brainwashing! Meditation is backed by research as one of the best things you can do to maintain overall health and happiness. Choosing to spend an hour or 90 minutes two or three times a week meditating is a very wise choice towards a healthy lifestyle.
Should I practice if I have a cold?
Provided you are not running a fever, hot yoga class will likely help you to get over your cold more quickly. However you do need to consider your classmates. Colds and viruses can spread easily so it may be a good idea to stay home when symptoms are at their worst. Wash your hands frequently and cover your mouth when sneezing. Bring a couple of extra small towels and be mindful of your personal hygiene. Use your common sense. If you are often sick then yoga will help you to boost your immune system.
Can I practice hot yoga if I have asthma?
Yes. Hot yoga can greatly reduce the symptoms of asthma and is excellent for the overall health of the lungs and respiratory system.
Can I practice hot yoga if I have a spine condition.
Yes. Check with your doctor first. We have many students with spine conditions such as scoliosis, herniated disks, fused disks, degenerated disks, etc.
Can I practice hot yoga if I am pregnant?
If you have an already well established and regular practice then yes, under the guidance of your physician you can practice hot yoga. It is not recommended for new students that are pregnant. For experienced students there is a pregnancy series for hot yoga that was developed by Rajashree Choudury and is available on video. If you are pregnant you should always get permission from your doctor before practicing yoga.