Why the Heat?
Practicing yoga in a hot room allows the muscles, ligaments and joints a deeper stretch without causing injury. It also aids the healing of existing injuries. It detoxifies the body by opening the skin's pores to let out the toxins in sweat; thins the blood to clear the circulatory system and increases the heart rate for a great cardiovascular workout.
Can I lose weight?
Without doubt! Although hot yoga’s primary purpose is not weight loss, with regular practice you will lose inches and develop balance, flexibility and strength, giving your body a total work out. The speed of your results is based on your physical condition, lifestyle and practice time. Muscle weighs more than fat though, so do not be surprised if you are not losing weight on the scales even though you look and feel lighter.
Is hot yoga really for everyone?
Hot yoga is suitable for anyone over the aged of 14. The reason the age restriction is in place is because children do not sweat, and the ability to sweat is essential to prevent overheating. It may be necessary to modify your postures if you have an injury or ailment. Always check with your doctor if you have a concern and inform the instructor prior to the class.
Hot yoga is NOT recommended if:
- You are fasting
- You have a fever
- You are already doing an intense detoxification
- You are pregnant and have practiced hot yoga for less than 6 months
- You have recently had chemotherapy
If you have any questions or are at all in doubt ask one of our team and we will be happy to help.
What if I’m injured, unfit, inflexible, overweight or old?
Then you are in the right place! The most common misconception about yoga is that you need to be flexible and in great shape to even attempt it. It is very uncommon that people begin their yoga practice with perfect health and flexibility. The further you are away from touching your toes (or even seeing your toes), the more benefits you will get from this yoga. All classes are suitable for beginners. If you try the right way and put in 100% effort, you will receive 100% of the benefits the yoga has to offer you. Over time you will lose weight, become more flexible, youthful and toned whilst building your strength and healing old injuries.
What should I bring for my first class?
2 towels (one for in class and one for your shower after) and water. You can hire towels and purchase water and other refreshments at the studio.
Clean mats are provided at no charge, but if you prefer feel free to bring your own. It's likely you will sweat a lot in class but we provide showers and changing facilities.
What Shall I Drink and Eat Before Class?
Drink plenty of water before and after class and small sips during. As well as unwanted toxins your body may also sweat out important trace minerals. To counteract this, some students add electrolytes to their water to replace these, keeping their bodies functioning at optimum levels.
Just like other forms of exercise, don’t practice on a full or empty stomach! Make sure you have eaten a meal a couple of hours before class. It is very important you have eaten something prior to class so make sure you have had at least a small snack to give you energy.
What should I wear?
You should wear close-fitting, breathable and lightweight clothing. Avoid baggy clothing. Women: shorts or leggings with a sports top or vest. Men: shorts (t-shirt/vest optional). Remember that white becomes see through when wet!
Is every class the same?
All our classes are 90 minutes and follow the same “Hot 26” sequence. They are all performed in the same 40 degree heat.
How often should I come?
Come as often as you can. Yoga is the type of exercise you can do daily. The more you come, the greater the benefits. The harder the yoga is for you initially, the more you need to do it and the more you are going to benefit from it. Once a week will change your mind, 3 times a week will change your body, 5+ times a week will change your life. WARNING to all addictive personalities - this can become the healthiest addiction you have ever found!
What if I'm pregnant?
During the delicate and critical time of your first trimester we recommend you refrain from practicing hot yoga. If you have been practicing hot yoga regularly for more than 6 months you can practice in your second and third trimesters, however, we always advise that you talk to your doctor and your teacher before your class. Your teacher will modify some of the postures accordingly.
What if I have high blood pressure?
Unstable or high blood pressure responds very quickly to frequent and controlled yoga practice. Initially, when tested a week after your first class you may see a slight rise. By the second week this should be closer to normal and will remain there with regular practice. Speak to your doctor and use common sense, listen to your body, and your teacher! Don’t push too hard initially. Please see the receptionist or teacher for any further queries or guidance on specific postures.
What if I have asthma?
The heat helps relax the muscles and the nerves. The intensity at which you practice is up to you and should be appropriate for your needs. If you are concerned about overexertion triggering an attack, use less effort. Sit down and relax whenever you need to. It will relax your mind, letting go of tension, toxins and negativity. Your lungs and heart will strengthen, improving your lung function. In the long term you will be able to breath easier and deeper. We ask all Asthma sufferers to keep their blue inhalers with them when they practice and inform a member of staff prior to taking class.
Do you provide parking?
There are many options for parking directly outside the studio, on the high street, the surrounding streets and car parks. Most of these areas offer free parking after 18:30 and on Sundays with meter parking the rest of the time. Meter rates from £0.70 for 2 hrs Hillingdon First card holder, £2.00 for 2 hrs non-Hillingdon card holder. The surrounding car parks also offer a very reasonable parking rate:
Eastcote station (2 min walk): 24hrs Mon-Fri: £3, Sat: £2, Sun: £1.50.
North View (3 min walk): 2hrs Mon-Sat: £2.10, free Sun and after 18:30