Maybe you've never done yoga before, or it was a long time ago; or this will be your first hot yoga class.
Perhaps you've done yoga before and you love it, but this will be your first class with us.
Regardless of your previous experience, if you follow these five steps, you’ll be off to a great start before you even set foot through the door.
5 steps to a great first class:
- Know where you are going. We have TWO studios- one in Netheredge (Edgedale road) and one in Walkley/Crookes (Commonside). See where to go.
- Arrive at least 20 minutes early. Register online first.
- Come prepared. Read through the FAQs.
- Be guaranteed a place. Book in advance.
- Know what to expect. Read over our studio guidelines.
Get the admin out of the way first
What to do when you arrive
Get ready for class
- Introduce yourself, if you’ve booked in advance, then we are expecting you.
- If you've not already done so, then complete the registration form on our tablets and pay for your class and any extras (mat, towel).
Head into the studio
- Take off your shoes and leave under the bench.
- Change into your yoga gear in the changing rooms.
- Stash your stuff in the cubbies in reception or upstairs.
- Grab a mat and a towel if you are renting one. They are one pound each.
- Note: we don't sell bottled water so make sure you bring your own. If you would like to lock your cubbie at Edgedale, you can bring your own padlock, or rent one for one pound.
- Place your mat and towel facing the front of the room, allowing for two rows.
- Grab a block and a strap from the store.
- Feeling strong and energetic? Set up in front row with your mat closest to the mirror. Know that you will be helping lead the class with your focus and energy.
- Feeling tired or more reserved? Set up in the second row and let other people’s energy carry you along.
- The hot spots are right under the heaters at Commonside, or next to the radiators at Edgedale. If you are new, a spot near the door will generally be a little cooler!
- Depending on the number of people in class, you may need to move closer to your neighbours as the room fills up.
- Feel free to lie down on your mat in savasana to acclimate to the temperature. Or you can hang out outside the room and chat to the teacher and other students.
- Please observe silence within the studio space. We LOVE to chat, but please remain silent in the studio in case others are resting or meditating.
What to do next
- Stay focused and go within. This is your time to be present, to relax and to flow with the breath. Listen to how your body feels and take rest whenever you need.
- Listen to the teacher’s instructions and follow along to the best of your ability.
- When not in a specific posture, stay as still and focused as possible. How can you be even more efficient and reduce any excess movement?
- If you need a break, then either stand, sit or lay in savasana until you are ready to continue.
- If you need a drink, it is best to take one at the end of a pose, not while others are still in it.
- Remember, its the feeling that is most important, not how a pose looks. Soften as much as you need, and if something doesn't feel right or is painful ease off and the teacher can help you modify.
- You are welcome to remain in savasana for as long as you like.
- Respect other people’s savasana by remaining silent until you leave the yoga room and close the door behind you.
- If you borrowed a mat, then hang it up, spray it and wipe it down. You can also use our spray and towel to wipe your own mat.
- Take a short shower to rinse off the sweat.
- Grab a drink, a snack and chat with your teacher and other students. We love to talk and get to know our students!