First time in the hot room?
In that case, you might have some questions about what to expect and do in your first class.
You can ask any of us when you’re at the studio. And before you arrive, it’s a good idea to take a look at our FAQs for first timers and download our factsheet to help you make the most of your first class >.
We also have a dedicated Yoga Advisor. You’ll often see her about the studio or you can reach her on email or call her on 075 4149 1791.
Do I need to do anything before my first class?
Should I consult my doctor before I sign up?
It’s always sensible to consult a doctor before you start any new fitness regime. You shouldn’t practice hot yoga before consulting your doctor if you suffer from any heart irregularities, high or low blood pressure, you’re pregnant or have recently had an operation.
What time should I arrive?
Aim to arrive 20 minutes before your first class to give you enough time to register and get your bearings.
What should I bring?
- two large towels (one for class and one for showering)
- a yoga mat (you can hire one for £1 at the studio if you don’t have your own)
- a large bottle of water, 1.5 litres
- your yoga clothes.
You can rent a towel from us and buy water at the studio if you forget your own.
What should I drink?
Water and more water. Doctors estimate that you need at least two litres per day for normal body maintenance. Double that for doing hot yoga. Try to drink at least a litre before coming, take a 1.5L bottle into the class with you and make sure you drink plenty of water afterwards. Try to only drink between postures during the class.
What should I eat?
Come on an empty stomach. Don’t eat a big meal in the two hours before your class.
What should I wear?
Something that’s comfortable for sweating in. Dress as light as possible, but try to avoid loose clothing. Women normally wear sleeveless sports tops and shorts or a swimsuit. Men normally wear shorts or swimming shorts (tops are optional). Please, no underwear or bikinis.
Do I need to stay 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. So we’d rather you
stayed on your mat, breathed through your nose and relaxed if you needed to stop. That way, you’ll get
the most out of your practice. When you feel better you can pick-up from the next posture.
What should I do during the class?
Listen to your teacher. They will be able to correct your postures, guide your mind and keep you
How will I feel afterwards?
Most people leave their first class feeling energised and rejuvenated, however here are some other common reactions.
- struggle to sleep. Don’t worry – this is a sign that the yoga is filling you up with energy
- be incredibly tired – this is absolutely normal and shows that your body is cleansing
- feel sore or stiff the next day – try to come back to class as soon as possible, your body is coming alive and you need to keep the process going
- feel nauseous, dizzy or have a headache – this could be a sign that you’re dehydrated, so drink more water before your next class. Or it could be a sign that that you weren’t breathing normally. Please breathe normally during every posture
- experience some skin irritation. This too is normal; it means that the skin is releasing toxins
- feel very hungry after class or lose your appetite completely. Both reactions are normal. If you’re concerned about your weight, don’t worry too much either way. Once you get into a regular practice pattern, your appetite and your weight will normalise. You’ll find yourself feeling and looking leaner and younger.
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