New Students Frequently Asked Questions

For Hot Yoga (Bikram Yoga)

What should I do to prepare for my first Hot 26&2 Yoga class?

To prepare for your first class, hydrate well throughout the day. Drinking plenty of water will help you manage the heat and maintain your stamina. It’s also a good idea to have a light snack a few hours before class—nothing too heavy, as you’ll be moving a lot in a warm environment.

What do I need to bring to a Hot Yoga class?
  • Yoga Mat: Essential for all yoga poses and exercises.
  • Water: It’s crucial to stay hydrated. No sports drinks, please.
  • Full-Length Bath Towel: For covering your yoga mat and managing sweat.
  • Extra Towel: For drying off after class or protecting your car seat.
  • Comfortable Clothing: Women often wear workout shorts and a sports bra or top, and men wear swim trunks or mesh shorts. Choose clothes that allow you to move freely and handle sweat.
  • Change of Clothes: You may appreciate having a fresh set of clothes for after class.
How early should I arrive for my first class?

Please arrive at least 30 minutes early to complete any necessary paperwork, familiarize yourself with the studio, and get settled. Arriving 10 to 15 minutes before class starts is also helpful to acclimate to the heat.

What is the temperature in the yoga room?

The yoga room is heated to approximately 105°F (40°C) with around 40% humidity to facilitate deeper stretching and to help prevent injuries. The heat also promotes detoxification through sweating.

Will I sweat a lot during class?

Yes, expect to sweat a lot! The combination of heat and physical exertion means you’ll be sweating more than usual, which is why staying hydrated is so important.

Why should I avoid eating 2-3 hours before class?

Avoiding food for 2-3 hours before class prevents discomfort, nausea, and potential distractions due to digestion. Since yoga involves comprehensive physical engagement and poses that compress the abdominal area, it’s best to practice on an empty stomach.

Why is the class done in a heated room?

The heat increases muscle flexibility and reduces the risk of injuries, making it easier and safer to go deeper into the poses. It also aids in detoxification and can help improve cardiovascular function.

I’m not very athletic. Can I still do hot yoga?

Absolutely! Hot yoga is for everyone, regardless of fitness level, size, or age. Classes are judgment-free zones where you’re encouraged to progress at your own pace. Beginners are always welcome, and many find that regular practice improves their overall fitness and well-being.

What if I find the heat too overwhelming?

It’s normal to feel challenged by the heat during your first few classes. If it becomes too much, you’re encouraged to stay in the room, sit or lie down on your mat, and focus on your breathing. This helps your body acclimate to the heat over time. It’s important to listen to your body and take breaks as needed.

What are the benefits of practicing hot yoga?

Hot yoga offers numerous benefits, including improved flexibility, strength, cardiovascular health, and stress reduction. The heat facilitates a deeper cleanse of the body, promoting detoxification through sweat. Additionally, the discipline and focus required can enhance mental clarity and calmness.

Remember, every journey begins with a single step. We’re here to support you through your hot yoga journey and look forward to welcoming you to our community at Orlando Hot Yoga & Pilates Studio