What if I’m not very flexible?
If you want to improve your flexibility, yoga (and particularly hot yoga) is one of the best ways of doing it. Flexibility is a process that evolves with one’s yoga practice. The body will develop in flexibility and strength at an individual rate, and a commitment towards regular practice will enhance anyone’s flexibility.
Tell me about the heat?
First things first, as hot yoga is at the heart of what we do, it’s important for you to know that our heating system is the latest and best possible technology. It cleverly reads the C02 levels in the room via little sensors, and pumps fresh air in, while expelling the old air out, creating the perfect environment to get sweaty on the mat.
The heated studio (ours is 38°C for a basics class and 36°C for a flow) allows muscles to stretch more deeply and more safely, as well as promoting sweating, stimulating the circulation, boosting levels of the ‘mood’ hormone serotonin, and helping release toxins in the body. Hot yoga is uniquely invigorating, and leaves you with a wonderful glow from head to toe.
Should I eat or drink before I come to class?
We recommended refraining from eating for 2-3 hours before a class, but it’s a good idea to drink plenty of water right up until the start. In our hot yoga classes, it’s normal to bring a water bottle (we sell reusable bottles and you can fill yours up from our filtered water fountain) and to take regular, small sips throughout the class if you wish.
For our early morning classes you might wish to have some fruit or a non-dairy smoothie if you’d prefer not to exercise on an empty stomach.
What do I wear?
It’s important to be comfortable and have freedom of movement for all yoga classes. For the hot classes it’s entirely normal to sweat and we recommend clothing be as light as possible. Shorts or leggings with a vest, crop top or t-shirt all work well. We sell a range of yoga-specific clothing at each of our studios and we’re always happy to advise you on what to wear.
What do I bring?
We provide everything you need, but you’re welcome to bring your own mat if you prefer. For the hot classes we recommend bringing water and two towels (one to lay out on your mat, one for showering afterwards). Don’t worry if you forget as you can buy a reusable water bottle or rent towels at the studio.
What if I have an injury or condition that might affect my ability to participate?
While yoga has been proven to benefit conditions ranging from sports injuries to chronic illnesses, we encourage you to let your teacher know if you have a condition you might need to work around.
We also feel it’s important that you become your own teacher; to listen to how you feel and to become aware of what your body is telling you. Yoga rewards dedication and hard work, but it is equally important to rest and recover when you need to.
I’m new to yoga. What’s the etiquette?
At yogahaven, we’re pretty laid back. There are a few guidelines we like to follow and encourage:
- Please arrive for your class in plenty of time, at least 15 minutes. Classes start on time and there will be no admission for late comers.
- We’re a shoe free zone, so please take off your shoes before entering the yoga room.
- There are hooks for clothes and personal belongings in the changing rooms.
- Please avoid wearing heavy perfumes or colognes, or using spray deodorant in the changing rooms.
- Please don’t chat during class. The yoga room is a silent space.
- Feel free to take a break at any time during class by sitting or lying quietly on your mat.
- Please leave the room quietly after your class as some people use that time for quiet meditation.
Beginning yoga may be challenging, especially taking that first step to arrive for your initial class. At yogahaven we appreciate this and therefore do all we can to help you have the best possible experience.
Like any new challenging activity, it can take time to feel and understand the benefits. The heat of a hot yoga class may take time for you to adjust to, or perhaps the faster pace of hot flow yoga leaves you feeling a little lost; but with some patience and a little dedication the science of yoga gradually unfolds.