The Intermediate Guide to Hot Yoga

Some people love it, some people hate it, and some people are just plain confused by it – but there’s no denying that hot yoga is pretty popular. If you’re curious about this fitness phenomenon but don’t know where to start, look no further! This guide will teach you everything you need to know about hot yoga – from the basics of the practice to tips for staying safe. So whether you’re a first-time yogi or an experienced practitioner, read on for all the info you need to give hot yoga a try.

What Should You Expect From Practicing Hot Yoga?

If you are considering practicing hot yoga, there are a few things you should know about what to expect. First and foremost, ‘hot yoga’ is commonly used to describe two very different styles of ‘heated yoga’ classes. The first, is called ‘Bikram Yoga’ and  is practiced in a room that is heated to approximately 105 degrees Fahrenheit with 40% humidity. Bikram is NOT what we do. Bikram is the same 26 poses every class with no music. Most Bikram teachers teach from a script. Our hot yoga classes are in the vinyasa style, which means every class is different. Our rooms are heated 85 – 90 degrees by FAR infrared radiant heaters. The heat actually provides many benefits. The high temperature allows your muscles to loosen and relax more deeply than in a regular yoga class, and the increased sweating helps to flush out toxins from your body.

You need to keep in mind the following:

You Should Prepare For The Heat

The purpose of the heat is two-fold. First, it warms the muscles, allowing for a greater range of motion and helping to prevent injuries. Second, it detoxifies the body by inducing sweating through the skin, the body’s largest organ.

However, the heat can also be quite challenging, especially if you are not used to it. It is important to listen to your body and take breaks as needed. Drink plenty of water before, during if needed, and after class, and be sure to replenish electrolytes by drinking coconut water or sports drinks such as Gatorade or Powerade.

Get To Know The Many Modifications For Hot Yoga

If you’re interested in practicing hot yoga but have never done it before, there are a few things you should know. First and foremost, hot yoga is practiced in a heated room, typically between 85 – 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

That being said, once you’ve acclimated to the heat, hot yoga can be an incredibly rewarding practice. Not only does it provide all the benefits of regular yoga (increased flexibility, improved strength, and posture, reduced stress levels), but the added heat can help to detoxify the body and release impurities through sweat.

Expect The Benefits

Yoga is an ancient practice with a long history of promoting physical and mental well-being. The benefits of yoga have been well documented, and there is a growing body of scientific evidence to support its effectiveness.

Some of the most well-known benefits of yoga include:

  • improving flexibility and joint range of motion
  • decreasing muscle tension
  • increasing muscle strength
  • improving posture
  • enhancing respiratory function
  • reducing stress and anxiety
  • improving cardiovascular function
  • boosting energy levels
  • improving overall well-being

What Should I Bring To A Hot Yoga Class?

If you’re new to hot yoga, the prospect of working up a sweat in a room full of people can be a bit daunting. But don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. Here’s everything you need to know about what to bring (and not bring) to your hot yoga class.

First things first, what to wear. You want to dress in light, breathable clothing that won’t get in the way when you’re moving and stretching.  A good rule of thumb is to dress as you would for a regular yoga class, but leave the heavy layers at home.

As for what to bring, the essentials are a yoga mat, a towel, and a water bottle. Many studios also provide mats and towels for rent or purchase, so if you’re not sure you want to make the investment just yet, that’s totally understandable. Just be aware that you may have to deal with a little extra sweat on your mat if you go this route.

Now that you know what to wear and what to bring, let’s talk about what not to bring:

  • cell phones
  • perfume
  • anything else that might be disruptive during class

Hot yoga is all about being present in the moment and focusing on your breath and your body – trust us, you don’t want anything distracting you from that.

Are you curious about what hot yoga is all about? Have you tried a class before, but weren’t quite sure what to expect? This guide will give you an idea of what to bring with you and how to prepare for your first hot yoga class. And if you’re already a seasoned yogi, maybe these tips will help encourage you to try out a hot yoga class! We hope that this information helps get more people interested in trying out this challenging but rewarding workout. If you have any questions or want to schedule a class, don’t hesitate to call us today.


Do You Need Hot Yoga Classes You Will Absolutely Love?

Hot vinyasa yoga classes at Yoga Flow SF mix traditional yoga poses with athletic movements to create a vigorous and balanced workout. Our instructors’ energy during the class is infectious, making it an empowering experience for all levels of practitioners—from beginner to advanced. Whether you’re looking for inspiration or just need something more challenging in your life, our heated live-music sessions will make the most out of every session! We offer modifications that simplify the poses to be more suitable for beginners or some that amplify them for our advanced practitioners so you can choose which one is better suited based on your skill level! Specifically, this type of yoga really helps with creating strength and flexibility in both body AND mind while challenging us to grow into stronger versions of ourselves. Book your first class now at one of our San Francisco locations or our new location in downtown Walnut Creek!




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