New to yoga? Relax! We were all new to yoga at one time. As a newbie I'm sure you have lots of questions. Read on and if you don't find what you're looking for you can always contact us or just drop by our studio and lean on someone from our great community!
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is hot yoga?
- What should I expect?
- Who should do yoga?
- What if I'm not flexible?
- What should I wear to class? What should I bring?
- When should I arrive to class?
- Can I eat before class?
- How much water should I drink?
- Is there a minimum age requirement to participate in classses?
- Is yoga safe for pregnant yogis? What if I have a health condition?
- Any final thoughts and advice?
1. What is hot yoga?
Hot yoga is yoga practiced in a studio heated to around 38 degrees and 40-50% humidity. Our classes link breath with movement as the heat helps to detoxify, cleanse and heal your body. The heat also warms up the muscles, allowing a deeper stretch and more flexibility into the ligaments and tendons. Internal organs and glands are gently massaged with each posture, while sweating helps to flush toxins from your system and fresh blood is pumped to every part of your body. This creates an all over rejuvenating effect.
2. What should I expect?
In our hot classes, we like to turn up the heat and keep the humidity nice and juicy. This will get your heart pumping and get you sweating. Don’t worry; everyone will be sweating just as much as you are. We promise. If you are new to hot yoga, or just haven’t had a chance to get to class in a while, you may experience some dizziness or nausea but these symptoms will pass. Always pace yourself and take a resting pose whenever you need, especially if these symptoms occur or if you are feeling overheated. Allow your body to acclimatize to the heat and humidity in the room and let your body, mind and spirit connect to listen to what is best for you in that moment.
3. Who should do yoga?
Everyone! We have yoga classes for everyone and to achieve any goal. Cross training for your upcoming marathon? We’ve got you covered. Recovering from an injury? Come join us for a restorative Yin class. Want to get your cardio fix for the day? Try something new with a Sculpt, HIIT, or BUTI class! Whatever you do, or whatever leads you to us, come and join the family; we can’t wait to meet you.
4. What if I'm not flexible?
This practice was invented to allow you to connect with your body and where it is. There are no prerequisites to start your practice. You do what is available to you, whether you can’t touch your toes or are tight from sitting at your desk all week. With regular practice, you will see and feel amazing results!
5. What should I wear to class? What should I bring?
You will want to wear something that you feel comfortable moving and sweating in. Pretty much what you would wear to workout… but set your toes free and leave your socks and shoes at the door! You will need to bring a yoga mat, towel and a bottle of water. If you don’t have these, we can hook you up with some sweet yoga swag to buy or to rent!
6. When should I arrive to class?
Our doors are typically open 30 minutes before the start of class if you want to get THAT spot in the room or you just want to chat and catch up with us! We do recommend reserving your spot in class online before coming in, although it is not mandatory. If it’s your first class, come on in about 20 minutes before class starts, if not, 15 minutes before the first down dog is ample time to get yourself set up.
7. Can I eat before class?
We don’t recommend it. You wouldn’t eat a full meal and jump in the pool or pound out a 10km run. It’s for the same reasons in yoga, but a light snack before class like a piece of fruit or a granola bar may be just what you need for that extra little kick of energy.
8. How much water should I drink?
Before you come to class, you should drink up the good stuff (water, water, water!) Coming to yoga well hydrated will be the most beneficial for you. During class, take small sips of water whenever you body tells you you need it.
But keep in mind, when you sweat, you loose minerals and salts that need to be replenished. Cramping is a sign of low potassium and headaches are quite often a sign of dehydration. Our drink of choice post-shavasana, or after class, is a coconut water which naturally replenishes your salts and sugars, but Vitamin Water and Gatorade are awesome too!
9. Is there a minimum age requirement to participate in classses?
Yes, the minimum age is 15 years old and we will require a written consent from a parent or guardian for yogis under the age of 18. We do however offer young athlete and teen workshops, so keep your eyes peeled to the events page to see these upcoming classes.
10. Is yoga safe for pregnant yogis? What if I have a health condition?
As with any exercise program, there are two general rules of thumb: check with your physician and listen to your body to prevent injury, overwork and overheating. That being said, yoga has proven to have tremendous health benefits, as long as you are safe and modify to accommodate for any issues.
As far as pregnancy goes, it’s not usually a good idea to start a yoga practice if you have never stepped foot in a studio before. If you have a dedicated practice before becoming pregnant, consult a doctor if you are interested in continuing.
For health conditions or injuries, if it’s OK’ed by your physician, please let your instructor know prior to class so that they can offer you modifications as you go.
11. Any final thoughts and advice?
Our classes are open to all levels and we welcome you to join our beautiful community of practitioners. We encourage you to pace yourself and have fun, and will always support you on your health goals and help you to plow through them! We will help facilitate the shift that needs to happen in your body to bring it back to it’s most natural and happy state.
- It's best to arrive 10 to 15 minutes early to confirm your space and register and allow yourself time to get ready for class.
- It's very easy to book online and it allows you to guarantee a spot in class. Your spot will be given away 10 minutes prior to class starting.
- Class starts on time, and the door will often be locked as soon as the class starts.
- Wear appropriate clothing; yoga pants, shorts or leggings. All clothing should be very comfortable, light weight and allow the body to breathe.
- Come hydrated, remember to drink plenty of water before and after class.
- Do not eat 2 to 3 hours before class. Yoga should not be practiced on a full stomach. It is fine to have a small snack before class.
- Bring a yoga mat and towel (Yogitoe if you like as well!).
- PURE does rent mats and towels.
Why Hot Yoga?
Hot yoga is a series of postures performed in a room heated to 105 degrees and 40-50% humidity. The heat allows muscles to stretch and become more flexible allowing you to get into poses and postures more deeply and effectively without injury. The combination of heat and postures are specifically designed to give a comprehensive workout to the entire body. Students are often "surprised" at how fast their core strength is built and the amazing health that is rapidly achieved through a regular practice.
- Calms the body and the mind
- Increases flexibility
- Assists with digestion and metabolism
- Allows the body to release toxins
- Rejuvenates & energizes the body
- Builds strength and tone muscles
- Detoxifies & cleanses the body
- Helps with mental clarity and focus