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Hot Yoga FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT HOT YOGA

Here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions about hot yoga and our studio. If your question isn’t here, just ask us by filling in our Contact Form.


WHAT IS HOT YOGA?

Hot Yoga is a sequence of yoga postures performed in a heated environment. The increased temperature in the room allows an increase in stretching and flexibility and helps to prevent injury. Your body will experience a huge detoxification as well. Drinking plenty of fluid before and after class is necessary.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF HOT YOGA?

Hot yoga can help to improve flexibility and strength. Hot Yoga can also help with the ability to deal with stress and to increase relaxation. Hot yoga can be a very effective way of losing weight and toning up. The body can experience complete energy alignment (Chakra balancing) when performed on regular basis and with proper posture (asana) alignment.

AT WHAT TEMPERATURE IS HOT YOGA PERFORMED?

At My Hot Yoga, the temperature is about 105 degrees Fahrenheit with 35% humidity.

HOW MANY CALORIES DOES HOT YOGA BURN?

A typical 60 minute session of hot yoga will burn about 400 to 600 calories, depending on a number of factors, such as your weight, your sex and how strenuously you participate.

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING TO A HOT YOGA CLASS?

You will need to bring a yoga mat and a large towel to cover your entire mat.  If you don’t have these things we rent them at the studio for $2 each.  Also, don’t forget to bring your water!  Wear very lightweight exercise clothing (something you feel comfortable sweating and stretching in) and you may even want to bring a change of clothes for after class. You can count on getting sweaty.

CAN I EAT BEFORE A HOT YOGA CLASS?

We recommend that you don’t eat anything heavy for at least 2 hours before your class.  However a light snack or smoothie before class usually does not bother students.  Everybody is different and you will figure this out the more you join us!

CAN I DRINK BEFORE A HOT YOGA CLASS?

Yes! Drink plenty of water before and after your class. Some students add electrolytes or trace minerals to water to help replenish what your body will sweat out. Coconut water is also a great idea to consume after a class – this is wonderful for re-hydration and has more potassium than bananas!

WHAT DOES VINYASA MEAN?

Vinyasa is a flow (continuous movement) of Hot Yoga that moves with your breath.

Our Vinyasa series incorporate yoga postures but with fluid movement and music. Be prepared for an upper body work out in our classes as we usually incorporate Sun Salutations and Chaturangas.

ALWAYS remember all postures are optional at our studio. You are never expected to do anything that you are not comfortable with. BE YOURSELF and LISTEN TO YOUR BODY!

WHAT IF I HAVE NO EXPERIENCE IN YOGA OR I HAVE AN INJURY?

Perfect. Hot Yoga is a great match for you and everyone has to start somewhere! Many new students that join our studio have no prior experience with any yoga at all. Classes at My Hot Yoga  have been created for the beginner and the average person. You don’t really think everyone in America is naturally flexible do you?

The only way to get better at anything is do it over and over again.

Persons with sickness or injuries are welcome too. This is a great chance to get to know your body and reflect on what is out of balance. That “out of balance” part of you has a huge contributing factor as to why you became injured in the first place. We recommend starting your practice with our low-intensity Deep Stretch class.

WHAT IF I AM NOT FLEXIBLE?

Many people think that they need to be flexible to do yoga, but 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, then your body will be more open and pliable and you’ll find that you can stretch more deeply than you can at room temperature.

HOW MANY TIMES A WEEK SHOULD I PRACTICE HOT YOGA?

Practice as much as you want and as much as your body will allow!  Most students use our New Student Special of $20 for 2 weeks Unlimited Yoga to get a feel of how often they are going to practice with us.  During this time, we encourage our students to try out all of our instructors and classes because we all have different teaching styles and content. You’ll never come to the same class twice! After the 2 week special, students can then monitor and balance their practice and health progress. Practicing Hot Yoga 3 to 5 times a week is the most beneficial.

CAN I STILL WORK OUT WHILE PRACTICING HOT YOGA?

Yes! Hot Yoga will benefit your life in all areas and give you more energy! It will also help to prevent injuries associated with other physical activities you may participate in.

WHAT IF I HAVE TO LEAVE DURING CLASS?

We encourage you to stay in the room if at all possible. You should use the bathroom before class. If you feel tired or overwhelmed, you should just lay down on your mat and take a few deep breaths in your Savasana. Leaving the room can be a bit disturbing to the rest of the class. Besides, we worry if you leave! The front door is locked during each class, so leaving the studio before class is finished is highly discouraged. If you do need to leave early, please just notify your instructor 🙂

WHY IS THE ROOM HEATED?

For two main reasons – the heat gives you access to many physiological and psychological benefits. In other words, it’s good for your body and your mind.

Physiological benefits:
Your heart works harder – you get a cardiovascular workout
Your muscles are warm – you get a deeper stretch with less chance of injury
You will sweat – cleansing your skin and detoxing

Psychological benefits:
The class is challenging – you feel a sense of accomplishment afterwards
You train your mind – you enhance your ability to focus and concentrate, as well as increasing your self-awareness, self-acceptance and self-respect
You connect with your inner self – you access deeper levels of meditation and consciousness

I’M WORRIED ABOUT THE HEAT – SHOULD I BE?

We absolutely adore the heat!  Most people come to My Hot Yoga because they love what the hot yoga does for their bodies and minds.

If you are concerned about the heat, it is important to realize that it can take a few classes for your body to get acclimated to this dramatic change in temperature. Therefore, go easy on yourself while your body is adapting. We recommend starting your practice with our Deep Stretch (yin yoga) class – this is our low-intensity class that incorporates either seated or kneeling poses.

Just remember to always LISTEN TO YOUR BODY – you are always welcome to sit out poses if needed. You can also control your breathing by lying down on your back with your palms up to help release heat.

WHAT IS THIS NEW AERIAL YOGA THAT YOU OFFER?

Aerial yoga is new to Southwest Missouri and My Hot Yoga is the only yoga studio in the area offering it! We suspend yoga slings from our ceiling and practice off the ground! Be prepared to swing, invert, stretch, and spend a lot of time upside down! Although practicing aerial yoga requires a lot of core and upper body strength, we encourage anyone to try it. We do turn the heat off for these classes, but please be mindful if you are prone to motion sickness, and please make sure not to eat a big meal before practicing with us!

WHAT DOES NAMASTE MEAN?

Namaste means “The light in me honors the light in you,” or “I honor the place in you which the entire Universe dwells, I honor the place in you which is of love, light, peace, and truth. When you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me, we are one.” It is a sign of respect from one person to another.


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