HOT YOGA, ANSWERED
Think you have to be flexible to do hot yoga? Think again.
If you're tight, sore, inflexible, you're perfect for hot yoga.
The benefits of hot yoga are endless (unlike the hot yoga class which is a mere 90 minutes). Relief from aches and pains, stress and insomnia and more are just some of what you may feel as hot yoga transforms you from the inside out, from bones to skin.
Welcome, beginner - you're in the right place after all!
I'm not flexible; is hot yoga for me?
This is the most common question people ask. If you're not flexible, you’re in the BEST position to benefit from hot yoga! The heat of hot yoga will help make those short, tight muscles long, strong and pliable. Do your best in each Hot Yoga pose, and you will get 100% of the benefits..including increased flexibility.
I've never taken a yoga class; is hot yoga for beginners?
Hot yoga is actually perfect for beginners. The heat will help you move safely into each pose; in fact, with the help of the heat, you may be better at yoga than you thought! Beginners' Mind, an attitude of openness to learning new things in each hot yoga class, brings you maximum benefis from each hot yoga class you do, whether its your first class or your hundredth. The best yogis are always those with beginners' mind.
Why is the room hot and humid?
The heat in hot yoga warms your muscles so they can flex safely and easily. Heat also heals and helps prevent injuries. Humidity in the hot yoga room promote sweating which cools your body and flushes toxins. Be prepared to sweat...and enjoy it.
Is hot yoga cardiovascular? Can I lose weight?
The hot yoga series is designed to work your entire body from bones to skin. There are hot yoga poses that will work your heart muscle and you will indeed feel those cardio effects. With a consistent hot yoga practice, you can also lose pounds and inches; you can reshape parts of your body like your arms and legs, abs and thighs and more; and hot yoga burns calories like crazy. The beauty of hot yoga is how beautiful it makes you.
What are hot yoga's other benefits?
Hot yoga is said to reduce stress, increase blood circulation, clean and flush the organs and of course, improve physical strength and flexibility. Regular practice (at least three times a week) may reduce the symptoms of diseases like arthritis, diabetes and thyroid disorders. Hot yoga promotes inner benefits such as deeper focus and relaxation.
What should I wear to hot yoga?
Women should wear spandex shorts or leggings, leotard, sports bra or top. Men should wear shorts or bathing trunks. Since you will sweat a lot, the less you wear the better; wet clothing can feel like a wet towel around you and even weigh you down in hot yoga.
What should I bring to class?
Bring a large, cold water, preferably two: one to drink before class, one to sip during class. Being well hydrated is important, and only water is allowed in the hot yoga room. Bring a yoga mat if you have one, a large towel and a small washcloth to use if your hands get sweaty to assure a good grip in the poses.
What time should I come to class?
Arrive at least 15 minutes early to check in and lie down in the hot yoga room before class starts. We lock the door when hot yoga begins so arriving late could leave you out in the cold….call ahead if you’re running 5 minutes late and we will leave the door open for you; come in and lock up behind you.
What's the right way to breathe in hot yoga class?
Breathing in and out through the nose - slow extended inhalations and exhalations - helps calm the nervous system. I call this Darth-Vader breathing and it releases neuro-sensors from the brain, signals to open, dilate, and relax. Open-mouth breathing is the Panic Breath; a no-no in hot yoga.
What if I feel nauseous?
Hot yoga can be detoxing and that isn't always pretty: headaches, nausea, mood swings. It's temporary.
Sometimes nausea can be avoided by eating lightly before class (no sooner than an hour), no heavy meals during the day at all, and staying hydrated extremely well throughout the day.
So just how do you get through your nausea in hot yoga class?Take a pose off. Lie down on your back, on your mat. Sip water. Your body has an amazing capacity to recover if you lie back and let it go.
Should I start with Regular Yoga and work up to Hot Yoga?
I felt very emotional in hot yoga class. What should I do?
As a beginner, should I avoid crowded hot yoga classes?
How often should I do hot yoga?
You can see and feel benefits from every hot yoga class no matter how often you practice...and the transformation you're looking for - weight loss, increased flexibility, easing of joint pain, less stress, more peace in your life - happens fastest when you do THREE hot yoga classes each week.
Three is a magic number
Think Holy Trinity, the ancient pyramids, all good things come in threes.
What is The Hot Yoga Cumulative Effect?
When you consistently practice hot yoga three times a week, benefits accumulate exponentially. Your body and your life quite literally tranform. You're creating a deep reservoir of health, flexibllity, and energy.
What is a 30 Day Hot Yoga Challenge?
Commit to hot yoga for 30 consecutive classes and you'll create a whole new body, mind and spirit in just 30 days. Read about the results from our 30 Day Challengers - and everything from weight lost, to emotional trauma healed, to new realizations about life. Are you up for the challenge of your life?
What else does hot yoga do?
You can see how hot yoga benefits your body; what you may realize only more gradually is how hot yoga changes your mind and your spirit. People will begin to notice something different about you. Friends and family will comment about how vibrant you look, and how good they feel being around you. You'll notice that your ability to create calm, to focus, overcome obstacles and succeed at your goals - all this and more will stay with you outside the hot yoga room and into your life.