Frequently Asked Questions

regarding Hot Yoga and Yoga in General.

 

Is Yoga a Religion?

No, it is not a religion. Although yoga has roots in religion it is not in itself a religion and is better understood as a practice. Yoga is a way of living that aims towards a healthy mind in a healthy body. 

What is Hot Yoga?

Hot yoga is a sequence of yoga postures performed in a heated environment. The increased temperature allows an increase in stretching and flexibility and helps to prevent injury caused by stiff muscles. You will sweat more and burn more calories during a heated class while experiencing a huge detoxification.

Why Use Heat and Humidity?

Elevated temperatures and humidity protects muscles by allowing for deeper range of motion, intensifies cardiovascular workout, and detoxifies the body through sweating. Sweating helps boost energy, increases circulation throughout our organs, muscles, and tissue along with releasing toxins and waste products. 

Anything I Should do Before a Hot Yoga Class?

Drink plenty of fluids before, during and after each hot yoga class. Avoid large meals at least 3 hours before. If you are new, make sure you arrive to the hot yoga studio at least 10-15 minutes before class begins and set up your mat in the studio to ‘zen’ out and allow your body to adjust to the heated room.

What Should I Bring to a Hot Yoga Class?

Plenty of water, your mat, a hand towel, and most importantly, yourself! Showing up on your mat is the first step to showing up for you to better your mind and body. We provide blocks and straps if you want to use any props during your practice. 

What is Basic Yoga Class Etiquette?

Book class ahead of time. If you cannot attend, cancel at least 2 hours before class start time. Remove your shoes. Turn off your cell phone. Arrive 5 – 10 minutes early. Once inside the hot studio, please honor the space and other yogis by remaining quiet and respecting those who may want to ‘zen’ out before/after class. Don’t skip savasana. Honor your limits, if you have an injury, illness or medical condition please let your teacher know before class.

What if I’m not Flexible Enough for Hot Yoga?

Contrary to popular belief, hot yoga is not all about bending yourself into a pretzel. Saying you don’t do yoga because you’re not flexible, is like saying you don’t shower because you’re too dirty. Increased range of motion is one of the many benefits of hot yoga, but it is certainly not a prerequisite.

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