So you’ve taken the plunge and decided to sign up for your first heated yoga class.  You’ve heard how good it is for you, but you have questions, so many questions! Here is our guide on everything you need to know before your first Hot Yoga class, so you know what to expect and can feel confident when you arrive.  Remember everyone has to start somewhere and we were all beginners once. Yoga is a journey.

Why is Hot Yoga better than Non Heated Yoga?

As much as the yoga practice is about the physical postures and movement, it is as much about the mind.  The heat provides another distraction to try and pull the brain away from the peace you are searching for in a yoga class.  You might find your mind telling you ‘it’s too hot’, or ‘it’s too hard’. These are the thoughts we let pass, as heat is just another sensation, we don’t need to focus in on it.  The extra benefits the heat provides include increasing flexibility, as the extra warmth makes it easier for the muscles to lengthen and stretch. The body has to work harder to pump blood around the body to reach the surface of the skin to keep you cool, increasing heart rate and providing more of a cardio workout than a regular yoga class.  Increased heart rate also means more calories are being burned if you are interested in yoga as a healthy way to lose weight. Producing more sweat from the body will also help the body to cleanse itself of toxins as you sweat them out through your pores of your skin.

How hot is hot?

Our studio is set to heat up to a lovely and toasty 35.5 degrees by our boiler system and that heat is maintained throughout class, so if it feels like its getting hotter, it’s not but your body is!

What happens if I get too hot or just need to rest for a minute?

If you aren’t used to a heated yoga practice it can take a couple of sessions for your body to get used to the heat.  This is nothing to be ashamed or embarrassed about. Yoga is about feeling connected with your breath, so if you lose control of your breathing you have lost control of your practice.  If you need to take a moment during class you can drop onto your knees into a restorative Child’s Pose at any time. Drop your knees to the edge of the mat with your toes together, stretch your arms forward above your head and rest your forehead onto the ground.  This will give you chance to reconnect and slow the breath and heart rate down, you can join back in with the practice whenever you are ready.

What do I need to bring with me?

We recommend bringing a bottle of water with you to keep you hydrated throughout the class, our mats are non slip but feel free to bring a towel to pop on top of the mat or to wipe yourself down.  Wear comfy clothing that you can move freely in such as leggings and sports bras or shorts and t-shirts. Other than that, all you need is yourself and a smile! We have lots of things available at The Studio if there’s anything you forget.  We stock a range of waters, juices, smoothies, teas and coffees for sit in or to grab and go after you’ve finished your class. We have towels to rent if you forget yours, and showers with shampoo, conditioner, body wash and even a hairdryer if you need to shoot off somewhere straight from class.  We provide mats, blocks and straps in the studio so you don’t need to bring any of your own equipment unless you want to!

I’ve never done Yoga before will i be okay?

YES!  All our lovely instructors are trained to teach different levels of abilities within the class, they will be on hand to demonstrate postures for you to copy, provide adjustments to make sure you are in the correct position, and offer variations if a posture is too easy or too difficult.  Always take the variation that suits you and your body, and what feels best for you in that moment, dont push yourself into a harder posture if it compromises what the move is trying to promote, eg. an open heart.

Anything else I need to know?

Yoga is FUN!  Above all else you should enjoy yourself!  No judgement, take each practice as it comes and allow it to be a journey, no expectancies of yourself or others.

Donna