New Student Guide

Hot Yoga 1000

Be prepared to sweat, detoxify, and completely change your life…

The room is heated to 105°, to give you a deep detoxifying sweat. The sequence of postures is scientifically designed to give you maximum cardiovascular benefits, as well as strengthening and toning of the entire body. Every one of our teachers has been through the vigorous training program of Bikram’s Yoga College of India. You will receive quality instruction from a teacher who has been taught about the sciences of yoga and anatomy and will be able to answer your questions knowledgeably.

At Hot Yoga 1000 the classes are challenging, and you will work hard, but we never pressure students to push themselves beyond what is right for their body. We understand that everyone is working with their own physical, and mental challenges, so we encourage students to take short breaks during class and rest when they need to. All classes are 90 minutes long.

Yoga practice helps you build strength, increase flexibility, and develop greater mental focus. This guide gives you the basic information to get started. Remember, the hardest part is walking through the studio’s front door! Try different classes and talk with your teachers (they like questions). Be patient. We won’t promise it’s going to be easy, but it’s going to be worth it.

Your First Visit

  • Bring a positive attitude and an open mind!
  • Please arrive 20-30 minutes early. No late admittance. Be kind and arrive on time. We have some simple paperwork to complete to register for class and you can speak with your instructor about any special needs you may have.
  • Eating: Don’t eat 3 hours before your class
  • Drinking: Be well hydrated and drink plenty of water throughout the day, but too much liquid can be uncomfortable.
  • Bring: Your yoga mat, large or beach towel, and water. We have rental mats and towels if you ever forget.
  • Clothes: Wear comfortable, stretchy clothing that is not too loose. It should allow a full range of movement including twisting and bending. Our studio has changing rooms and lockers to store your belongings.
  • Take your second class within 24 hours: The second class is the equivalent of 3 to 4 classes, and you will bypass much of the soreness you’d experience otherwise.

Once You Arrive

  • Footwear: Yoga is practiced in bare feet for traction and safety. Shoes are not allowed on the practice floor.
  • Electronic devices: Please turn off your cell phone. If you are on call as a doctor, please see front desk to hold your phone for any emergencies.
  • Communicate: Let your instructor know if you have any injuries, limitations, or concerns so they can work with you.
  • Other people’s mats: Please do not step on other people’s mats – for some it is their sacred space.

During Class

  • Mirrors: Position your mat so you do not block another person’s view of the mirror.
  • Sit down: Take a knee or sit down when you need a rest. As a new practitioner, you can take this pose at any time, even if the teacher does not cue it.
  • Final Savasana: This is the last pose of class where we lie down and close our eyes. This is an important pose so please do not leave until class is finished. Your teacher will let you know when to come out of the pose.

After Class

  • Clean: If you borrowed a mat from the studio, please hang it up on the rack outside on the deck.
  • Take your belongings: Don’t forget your mat and empty water bottle(s).

General Yogi Etiquette

New Students

We would like to inform you of some general yoga etiquette practices.

Please do not wear perfume or any scent. Thirty or more people sweating in a closed space is less odorous than thirty or more people all wearing different brands of perfume. Also, people with allergies can be very sensitive to perfumes. If possible, bathe prior to your practice.

Enter the yoga room in silence. Please do not enter and start visiting. Go right into meditation or stretching. Your practice starts when you walk in. Visit with one another outside of the hot room. Please do not block another person’s view of the mirror.

Never bring a cellular phone or pager into the class. This does not mean turn off the ringer, because sooner or later you will forget. Leave it outside. Remember 90% of stress is self-induced.

No shoes in the practice area. In yoga, people put their hands, and sometimes their face on the floor. You are going to take your shoes off anyway, so please remove them at the door.

Stay in the room during class, except in the event of an emergency, in which case, alert the teacher that you need to leave so that they do not try to stop you, and so they can assist you in any way necessary. Your safety is top-priority for us.

Rest whenever you need to. Rest is a part of the practice, even the most experienced yogis rest sometimes. Rest regulates our nervous system so we can absorb the most benefits of the practice. When needed, lie down on your back and breathe slowly.

Drinking water. The first water break is after Eagle Pose. After that, drink water only after the second set of postures, never while the class is in a pose. If you come to class well-hydrated, you will not need to drink a lot of water during class. Make sure you replenish your electrolytes after practicing.

Posture modifications. We do not modify postures or use hand towels or props except in cases of an injury or when a client needs special accommodation. Talk to a teacher if you need a modification, but only before or after class.

Practice karma yoga, respect the entire room. Always bring the best and most generous attitude to your practice. Try not to distract people around you in any way. Be as still as possible, and keep bringing your attention back to yourself in the present moment, breathing slowly and relaxed. Let your sweat drip. If you need to wipe, do so discreetly. Move with the exact timing of the teacher. This supports the energy in the room.

Let go of your ego. Teachers’ corrections are meant to be helpful to you and the entire class. This yoga is challenging. Stuff comes up for everyone. That’s part of the practice and you will work with yourself in deep ways. Practice meditation in the class; watch your mind and all of its fantastical waves. Notice all the different sensations and emotions that come up for you. Keep coming back to your breath. You will learn and grow in unimaginable ways.

Leaving the room. Please inform the instructor if you need to leave early and set up your mat as close to the door as possible for your practice.

If you smoke… Please refrain from doing so at least one hour prior to class.

Practice, practice and all is coming.