I go to the gym and don’t sweat. Will I really sweat in this class?
The simple answer is YES!
So long as the heat and humidity are sufficient, then you will indeed sweat. However, you will quickly get used to the feeling of sweat running down your body and allow it to do its thing.
The sweat is cleansing and feels good. It helps to keep you cool and if you wipe it away, then that prevents its cooling effect and your body will sweat even more.
What if I’m not flexible?
Many people think that they need to be flexible to do yoga, but we tend to think that’s like saying you need to be strong to lift weights - just as you become stronger by lifting weights, you’ll start to gain flexibility by doing yoga.
This is especially true of hot yoga – because your muscles are warm, your body will be more open and pliable and you’ll find that you can stretch more deeply than you can at room temperature.
What if I’ve never done yoga before?
Great! We’re glad that you are looking to start now. All of us were beginners once and can remember our first class, and perhaps you are both excited and nervous.
Although all classes are accessible for beginners, which class you want to start with will depending on your current level of fitness and how comfortable you are with jumping into something new. Orange (Hot Yoga) classes are representative of traditional hot yoga classes and they go up and down in intensity from there. If you are already active and fit, then feel free to try a Red (Hot Flow) class as well. Whereas, if you want to use hot yoga to get back into shape or are more hesitant, then you may want to start with a Yellow (Hot Yin) class.
Many people come to hot yoga without any previous yoga experience because this type of yoga is great for people who are stiff, or have had injuries or just like the feeling of having a really good workout. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you start to see progress and feel the benefits. Many people report already sleeping better after the first class.
What if I have an injury?
In general, hot yoga is great for helping you recover from an injury and many athletes use hot yoga as a way to prevent injury and enhance their performance.
If you are currently healing, then make sure you let your teacher know before class about what you’ve done and how it is currently feeling. Often we can make suggestions or recommendations for you to adapt certain postures to your current abilities.
Know that it is your practice and your primary concern should be taking care of yourself. Be aware of your edge and respect where your practice is on the day.
I’ve done other types of yoga before – will this help?
You’ll likely find that there are similarities to the other types of yoga that you’ve done before. You might find that some of the postures are exactly the same, or they might be variations on what you’ve done before.
Some people find that having previous yoga experience makes the class easier, whereas other people find it a bit challenging at the start because they have certain expectations about how a posture is done.
Each posture has a range of expression levels, from quite easy to very challenging, so even if you’ve done yoga for a while, then you’ll likely find that hot yoga allows you to keep exploring your edge.