|1. Are there any health conditions that would mean practising in a hot environment was not suitable?|
|Women who are pregnant should not practice in the heat and any people with pre-existing heart or other health conditions should speak to their doctors. This is the same as for any other form of new activity you take on.|
|2. Hydrate yourself before, during and after the class|
|You must keep hydrated during the class (drinking water throughout the class), but it is also essential to ensure you are hydrated to begin with.
Dehydration can cause dizziness, nausea and headaches. Make sure you drink plenty of fluids, preferably water, before you arrive at your hot yoga class. Coconut water is also a good way of staying hydrated.
|3. Pre-fuel before the class correctly|
|As with any exercise it is advisable to eat 2-3 hours before attending any class, particularly one in a heated room. Make sure it isn’t a heavy meal and if you do need to eat within an hour of your class starting then choose something light such as fruit or yoghurt.|
|4. What should people wear to a hot class?|
|You will definitely sweat, so clothes you are comfortable in and preferably ones that are light and dry quickly. It is also a good idea to bring a change of clothes for after the class to travel home in.|
|5. Bring the right equipment|
|You will probably get sweaty particularly in a 'Hot and Roasty' class and the mats may get slippy. We provide mats but for hygiene and safety reasons you must have a mat towel that grips to cover the mat. We do hire them out for £2 for beginners or in emergencies but encourage you to buy your own if you are going to come to a regular class.
Hot yoga essentials are a grippy mat, a towel to wipe yourself down and water. Please try and remember to bring your own re-cyclable bottle of water which we encourage for the sake of the environment. You can buy or hire all of these at our studio in case you forget! Tap water is also available but only sealed containers can be taken into the studio.
|6. Modify the practice|
|Even if you are used to practicing yoga at room temperature the experience can be considerably more intense at 37 °. Don’t over push your body. Use props, modify poses and listen to the alternative options given by the teacher.
You have permission to leave the room to cool down if you need to, just acknowledge to the teacher that you are OK. Pop outside for some fresh air, have some water or splash it on your face. Of course, try not disturb the other students and re-join the class when you are ready.
|7. Hydrate after class|
|Don’t just hydrate before and during the class it’s important to keep drinking lots of water after class. Continued hydration is key to helping your recovery and avoiding symptoms of dehydration.
Drinks that contain electrolytes, such as coconut water, will also help to replace sodium and potassium lost through perspiration.
|8. What is far infrared heating?|
|Far infrared is radiant heat, it’s the same as the feeling of warmth from the sun on your face and the heat from a coal fire. It is even the same form of heat emitted by your own body.
It is the most basic form of heating known to man. It is energy efficient because it heats objects, which then radiate back and keep the environment warm around you. Radiant heat does not heat air – which holds little heat and disappears.
Far Infrared heat is optimally absorbed by the skin surface, where the warmth is readily absorbed by conduction into the tissue and blood and transported around the body.
|9. How hot is Hot and Warm Yoga?|
|Hot Yoga is heated to up to 37 ° and Warm Yoga is heated to between 28-30 °.