Frequently Asked Questions
We are so happy to have you join us for yoga! Here are some answers to our most commonly heard questions from students.
What should I expect in my first hot yoga class?
Come to the yoga school 20 minutes before class starts to meet the teacher, check in for class and set up. Expect to sweat! The hot room is typically 105F and about 40% humidity. You should sweat. Different people experience the heat differently. Some people are completely fine and others may feel occasionally or somewhat lightheaded or dizzy until they get used to the heat. We encourage you to take as many breaks as you need. Your body will acclimate with time. Be okay with however you feel and show yourself compassion.
What should I bring for class?
Bring a yoga mat, a towel to put over your mat (a bath towel or beach towel will work) and a water bottle. We rent mats and towels for $2 each and sell water bottles for $2, if you need it.
You may want a shower towel as well.
What is Original Hot Yoga?
Beginner-friendly Original Hot Yoga is a hatha yoga practice. It is a practice of 26 postures and two breathing exercises practiced in a hot room, typically in 90 minutes. It is accessible for all bodies; modifications can be made (ask your teacher! We love to help!). It is a healing and meditative practice, accessible to beginners but challenging enough for advanced practitioners.
What should I wear?
Wear clothes that you are comfortable moving, stretching and sweating in. Socks are not recommended.
How should I prepare for class?
Come to class well-hydrated. You will and should sweat! Drink plenty of water before class. Try to avoid eating a heavy meal for a few hours before class. It is uncomfortable or can make people feel nauseus to move on a full stomach. Try to limit the amount of water you drink during class. Your body leaves homeostasis as the temperature of the water is often cooler than your body temperature. You enter into digestion. Your body uses energy to maintain homeostasis and to digest; try to save your energy for your practice.
How often can I practice?
Every day! You can practice as much or as little as you want. We recommend practicing at least three times a week to see maximum benefits.
How can I get the most out of my practice?
Come to class on time. Class starts at class start time. The teacher locks the door to the studio when class starts.
Limit your water intake during class. A belly full of water can make you uncomfortable.
Be kind to yourself. Your body is different from day to day. Listen to your body. If you need a break, sit during the standing postures or lay during the floor postures. Please feel free to take as many breaks as you need.
Try to stay in the hot room, even if you feel uncomfortable. There is a blood pressure change when you experience a sudden temperature change. Your body will acclimate to the heat with regular practice.
Focus on your practice. Be in the present moment.
Find stillness. Avoid wiping sweat away during class; the sweat is your body's way to cool itself down. Allow yourself to sweat. Avoid fidgeting as well.
Pick one spot to look at with your eyes and keep coming back to it. This will help maintain focus.
Don't compare yourself to your neighbor. We all have different experience levels, body types, and flexibilities. Allow yourself to be present with your own experience.
Be kind to yourself and have fun!
Try less hard in your mind. Yoga is a meditative practice.
What is Be Yoga's etiquette?
Please leave shoes at the door.
Be on time and only leave early if you must. Inform your teacher ahead of time if you’re not planning to stay for the whole hot yoga class. Set up near a door and leave when it is least disruptive.
Don't bring your phone into the hot room. This time is for you. Minimize distractions.
Fully close the door as you enter or exit the hot room.
Wipe up any sweat around your mat space and locker room changing area after class. Ask for a floor towel after class if needed.
Please limit shower time out of consideration of your fellow yogis.
Most importantly, have fun!
How do I keep my yoga clothes smelling clean?
We have a blog post on this! Check it out here.
Wash your clothes immediately after class. If that’s not possible, soak them in a diluted solution of white vinegar and water overnight.