Hot Yoga 101:
All you need to know to get the most from your hot yoga practice.
You’ve never done any hot yoga? This is for you. We hope it persuades you to give it a go: it’s a wonderful thing, honestly. This is also for you if you want to maximise the benefits of your yoga practise. We’re nice like that : )
- No Surprises
A hot – or Bikram – yoga class will pretty much always follow the same script. This is precisely so that once you’ve been to a couple of classes you’ll know what’s going to happen and will be able to turn your mind to the meditation of Bikram, rather than concentrating on what the teacher is saying.
- Arrive Early
We recommend you turn up at the studio around half an hour before the class starts so you can get yourself sorted, find your space in the studio and get used to the heat before the class starts.
- Dress Right
When you know you’re going to get sweaty (and you are going to get sweaty!), you need proper, breathable fabrics. A pair of cotton leggings aren’t going to cut it. You don’t need to spend a fortune – just spend right. A pair of shorts and a sports bra are ideal. We are not in the market for body shaming, so please wear what you like, whatever your body shape.
- Embrace the Sweat
Other than stopping the sweat dripping into your eyes, try not to wipe it off. Sweat is there to keep you cool – wiping it off will only make you hotter.
- Hydrate Ahead
Try to drink plenty of water in the hours before the class: chugging loads just before or during the class can make you feel sick. If you arrive well hydrated, you should only need to take a few sips.
- It’s HOT!
Yep, it’s hot. Very hot. But you can handle it. It’s pretty common for people new to hot yoga to feel overwhelmed their first couple of times; the heat can make people feel dizzy or even induce a kind of panic fight-or-flight emotion. But honestly, sit still, close your eyes, breathe slowly through your nose, and the feelings will pass. If you feel you need to leave the room, that's totally fine. Take a minute, then re-join us. Embrace the heat and let yourself sweat: it’s doing good things for your body and mind.
- It Shouldn’t Hurt
The poses of Bikram yoga are meant to be challenging. It’s fine to feel discomfort – it’s not fine to feel pain. Don’t force yourself or push a pose; that’s not what it’s about. Take it slowly.
- Come Back!
The first class is hard work. The second class is a revelation! Or so lots of students say. You’ve got to give Bikram a chance. INDEE’s founder Lucy didn’t enjoy Bikram at all to start with…
If you have any questions about INDEE or hot yoga, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We look forward to seeing you soon!