Frequently Asked questions
Q: What should I bring to my first yoga class?
A: Bring your:
What should I expect in a yoga class?
Here’s the skinny on yoga that you won’t know before you go: You will not be required to stand on your head or do other advanced poses. Your teacher will not require you to touch your toes. You do not need to be flexible, nor do you need to wear yoga pants. You will be able to use modifications. You do not need to be good at yoga or know what you are doing.
All of that is what we yoga instructors are here for and if you have the right teacher, you’ll see just what I’m talking about. Go for it!
We recommend all our new clients come 20 minutes before hand to get set up in our system, rent any mats or towels, get your spot set up in the studio.
What should I wear for yoga?
A: You might be tempted to reach for your coziest t-shirt and sweatpants before a workout, but for hot yoga, baggy clothes aren’t the best option. You’re going to get sweaty, and that comfy tee will turn into a soggy, uncomfortable shirt. Not only that, but it restricts movement. Avoid constricting and baggy clothes that will restrict your ability to move.
Instead, we suggest a fitted sports bra or top paired with form-fitting leggings. Trust us, in a hot yoga class, less is more.
• Women are welcome to wear sports bras or any top that is form fitting and isn't going to be riding up when you are in an inverted pose.
• Bottoms - Go for fitted cropped or full-length leggings. Not only is your booty fully covered, but the material hugging your legs will also absorb sweat, giving you traction to do arm balancing poses.
• Guys we recommend board shorts, and/or compression shorts, or pants and a t-shirt.
Q: Why do people wear skin tight clothes in yoga?
A: Two main reasons:
1. For the instructor to be able to see your body and your form to help guide you into poses effectively.
2. For your sake and the people around you, there's no body parts playing peek-a-boo that shouldn't be. (A good friend of ours told this story where she was in a studio with a gentleman wearing those lightweight running shorts and she had some serious emotional scarring from what she saw that class... The yoga instructor even reprimanded her and told her to keep her eyes to herself!)
What is a "hot yoga towel" and why do you need a "hot yoga towel" on top of your yoga mat?
In hot yoga, you'll find that you sweat substantially more than in non-heated yoga, so with only a yoga mat, you may find your yoga session turns into a slip and slide session within minutes. A "hot yoga towel" is a towel meant to cover your mat to absorb sweat and keep you from slipping during your practice. If you don't have a "hot yoga towel" for your first few classes you're welcome to bring a big beach towel (something that covers your mat), however if hot yoga is something you find addicting like we do you might consider purchasing a "hot yoga towel" - & if you want a hot yoga towel that you don't have to fuss with and stays in place, we can't recommend enough Tapas Towels - you can buy one at the studio in the studio or you can order them online.
Q: I'm not flexible at all, can I even do hot yoga?
Saying "I'm not flexible so I can't do yoga," is like saying, "I have the flu so there's no way I'm going to the doctor."
When you think yoga probably a few words come to mind - flexibility, stretching, and breath. For those of you who might not be able to touch your toes, this can be very discouraging. I can’t tell you how many people tell me they can’t do yoga because they are not flexible, so they don’t try it. But what people actually know about yoga might be limited to that pretzel yoga pose they saw on the cover of Yoga Journal.
There are no "shoulds" in yoga; only what IS. "I should be able to do what everyone else is doing," "I should be able to form a bind like that girl does," "I should be able to get my toes to the floor," -- The foundation of yoga is respecting your body and how it feels each day in a class, dropping your expectations and seeing how you show up. That's how the magic happens!
It can definitely be discouraging if your flexibility feels like a bad joke, but it’s all about baby steps. A marathon runner doesn’t wake up one morning and start running marathons. So, it’s unrealistic to believe that you will be an advanced yogi without practice. Slow and steady wins the race. Yoga is definitely not about winning, but it sure feels good when you finally get that favorite yoga pose.
Here are a few beginner tips to get started:
Q: Any do's or don'ts before a hot yoga class?
A: The key to enjoying hot yoga is to go in prepared. It’s important to be well-hydrated before taking a hot yoga class, AKA drink TONS of water throughout the day before hand, nothing makes or breaks how you feel in class more than being hydrated!
Also we recommend not eating too much before a class, and replenishing lost minerals and electrolytes with a fortified drink afterward, such as Emergen-C or coconut water. Yoga isn’t competitive, everyone should take a class at their own pace, and if you feel weird, you take a break-- simple and easy.
Q: How many times per week should I practice?
A: Yoga is amazing—even if you only practice for one hour a week, you will experience the benefits of the practice. If you can do more than that, you will certainly experience more benefits. We suggest starting with two or three times a week if you do other forms of exercise, three to five if you make yoga your primary type of exercise. Some crazy yogis do 2-a-days, it all depends on what you need. If you can only do 20 minutes per session, that’s fine too. Don’t let time constraints or unrealistic goals be an obstacle—do what you can and don’t worry about it. You will likely find that after a while your desire to practice expands naturally and you will find yourself doing more and more.
Q: Why do people do "hot yoga" in the first place?
A: Those who are devoted to the practice say hot yoga has all kinds of benefits. One of the biggest benefits of practicing yoga in a heated room is detoxification: heavy sweating helps flush toxins from the skin. The heat also allows you to go a little more deeply and safely into the postures, you can really approach the postures from a safe place. Working in a heated room also elevates the heart rate, which makes the body work harder.
Over all, it’s really for people who want a more intense workout; those who want to develop strength, flexibility and tone along with a cardiovascular workout. Working in heat helps the body relax, improves breathing (which helps conditions like asthma) and focuses the mind, which develops better mental concentration. Not to mention -- it's fun!! So many people come to hot yoga because of the physical challenge but find its benefits reach way beyond your physique. Come see for yourself!