Here are the ones we get asked most often.
Why the hot room?
We heat the studio to approximately 42°C because it makes it easier to stretch your muscles and it promotes the flushing of toxins from your body.
What are the benefits of hot yoga?
Take a look at our benefits of hot yoga page here >.
What if I’m new to yoga?
Our classes are open to everyone, from first-time students to advanced practitioners.
Do I have to book?
It’s a good idea to book in advance to guarantee your spot, but you don’t have to. As soon as you join, you can book online here >.
Do I need to be over 18 to do hot yoga?
Yes, if you’re planning on coming on your own. But if your parents are in the studio with you, then you can practise hot yoga if you’re over 15 years old.
What if I’m not flexible?
You might not be right now, but your flexibility will improve rapidly and the heated room creates a safe environment for this to happen. There’s no rush or pressure; everyone can do the postures to their own ability.
Do I have to be fit?
Hot yoga is designed for all levels of fitness, but if you have any medical conditions or injuries, please consult your doctor first and tell your teacher about them before class.
Am I too old?
Never too old. Everyone can do the postures to their own ability. Hot yoga builds bone density and as a result prevents osteoporosis. So whether you’re in your twenties or in your seventies, your body gets fantastic medical benefits.
Do I need to drink a lot before and after class?
Yes. Most people need at least two litres per day for normal body maintenance. But if you’re practising hot yoga you should definitely drink more.
Should I eat before class?
Not directly before class. Ideally, you should come to class on an empty stomach, but not hungry. It’s best not to eat anything heavy two hours before.
What should I wear?
Avoid loose fitting clothes. Women mostly wear sports tops and shorts or leggings. Men wear shorts (t-shirts are optional).
What do I need for class?
- two towels (one for class and one to shower)
- a large bottle of water
- a yoga mat.
We sell bottled water. And you can also rent or buy a towel and mat at the studio.
Is it important to learn from a Bikram certified instructor?
Yes. Bikram certified instructors have a high level of knowledge of anatomy and physiology. They’re also trained to be compassionate and sensitive, which guarantees a safe and enjoyable class for everyone. All of our instructors have undertaken intensive training personally supervised by Bikram Choudhury. Find our more about our teachers.
I’m new to your studio, what do I need to know?
All new students start on our introductory offer of 30 days for £45. Try to arrive at least 20 minutes before your first class. To make the most of your experience, make sure you read our ‘Studio Etiquette’, ‘New Students’ and the FAQ’s below beforehand.
Can I lose weight?
You’ll burn somewhere between 500 and 1000 calories in a 90-minute session. So with regular practice you’ll lose weight and develop muscle tone.
Do I need to stay in the room for the full 90 minutes?
Absolutely. We expect our students to stay for the entire duration of the class. This is the best way to get used to the heat and humidity and it’s an important part of your yoga practice. If you feel you need to stop we’d rather you stayed on your mat, breathed through your nose and tried to relax. That way, you’ll get the most out of your practice. When you feel better you can pick-up from the next posture.
What if I’m pregnant?
We don’t recommend hot yoga during your first trimester. After that, if you were practising regularly before you became pregnant, you can do a modified version of hot yoga so long as you make sure to:
- get an ok from your doctor or midwife
- let our reception team know you’re pregnant
- consult one of our pregnancy teachers before your first class (reception will be able to point you in their direction). They’ll be able to explain the modifications in more detail
- speak to the teacher before class so they know why you’re doing the modifications and can look after you.
Will it keep me fit, is it cardiovascular?
Definitely. Hot yoga gives you a strong cardiovascular workout. Your heart will pound and whatever your fitness level, you’ll find hot yoga challenging.
Are there any special offers for new students?
We always have an introductory offer for new students. Please check the timetable page >
I have a knee injury. Can hot yoga help me?
Whether your knees are arthritic or injured, hot yoga will definitely help. Next time you pass the studio, pop in for a chat or give us a call and we can advise you on the best way to practise hot yoga with a knee injury.
Is it good to sweat?
We think so. But most people aren’t as keen on sweat as we are. Which is a shame, because sweating is one of the best cleansing agents for the body. It purifies the blood and takes the load off the kidneys and bladder. In modern society, toxicity can exist at alarming levels. And sweating, especially in combination with yoga exercises which move blood and lymph through the whole body, is a fantastic weapon in the fight against toxic build-up.
New to hot yoga? Find out what to expect in your first hot yoga class >