Essential information for new hot yoga students!
(feel free to print this out and read before attending
your first class!)
What to expect from Hot Yoga
Welcome to quickfityoga! So youve decided to finally give it a go and see what all the fuss is about? As a new student to the Classic Hot Yoga method you deserve the best possible start to your yoga journey, so read this information at your leisure - it may just help get your motivation flying high!
Beginner's Hot Yoga is a preventive, therapeutic and healing yoga developed over 30 years ago. It is scientifically designed to systematically address every part of your body through its 26 carefully formulated postures over 90 minutes, developed for beginners while still challenging for advanced students.
You can read some testimonials from other Hot Yoga students here.
We always hold our Hot Yoga Classes in a room heated to body temperature. The heat allows for greater flexibility, it minimises muscle strain, lactic acid build up, reduces the chance of injury, allows for greater cleansing of the body and builds tremendous stamina and endurance. To find out more about the benefits of the heat and read an excellent article that addresses all concerns, see why do we heat the room.
The room is mirrored to allow for greater body awareness and to refine and deepen our postures with easy self-correction. See studio photos here.
The benefits of the Classic Beginner Hot Yoga Series are felt right after your first class - something to look forward to!
So how does it work?
- It is a sequence of 26 BEGINNER POSES (to see them all, click here).
- Each pose is repeated for additional stretching; for
learning more about the pose and for learning more about your
- Every class has the same poses in the same sequence.
It doesn't matter which of the 12 classes a week you attend
- just come!
- There is a brief rest between each of the poses (practicing
- Postures 1-12 are standing postures. 13-26 are on the floor.
- The instructor does not do the poses along with the class, except for an occasional demonstration. They instruct with a continuous 'dialog' of precise, easy to understand and encouraging instructions.
- Experienced students practice in front of beginners for easy
'modelling' of poses.
- Instructors instruct to all levels simultaneously and pay particular attention to our beginning students.
- Everyone gets personal attention in our studio! (Ask
any student. And re-read Margie's unsolicited testimonial here!)
- The spacious and airy (130sqm) studio is heated
to a constant 37 degrees. In times of high humidity (over 70%)
windows are opened. (Read about the heat here)
- Students practice on special mats with a towel placed over the
top for hygiene and grip . You can bring your own or hire/buy
at the studio. First-time visitors receive free mat hire for
their first 3 classes.
- Most students wear as minimal clothing as is comfortable. Sports/stretch-lycra
style is best as it copes with sweating. No long sleeves or long
- Your hydration is important. Drink well before and after
every class and please bring a bottle of water with you into the
studio - you'll want it! (we have cool bottled water
for sale if you forget). Sweating and your water intake is a great
part of the cleanse you get from this series - especially
great for your skin!
- The studio is mirrored and carpeted (with commercial grade indoor-outdoor
sports carpet - it doesn't smell!).
- The studio and mats are cleaned and
sanitised after every class.
- First timers benefit from a confidence-inspiring orientation, so please arrive 20 minutes before class starts. No late-comers are admitted.
Before coming to your first class
New students please arrive 20 minutes early for registration and orientation. Please park on the street for 9am classes.
If you wish to save time by pre-filling out your rego form, you can print it here, fill it out and bring it along with you! Or if you prefer, download this pdf version rego form. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the form, get it from here:
- Make sure you drink plenty of water before (and after class).
- It is best to minimise eating before class to light meals about 2-3 hours before yoga.
You'll need to bring to class ...
- Your own yoga mat. New students get free mat hire with your 3 for $20 intro pass. Yoga mats are available to buy at the studio. You'll need to buy one after your first 3 classes for $50 (or $45 together with the purchase of any multi-class pass). The mats are uniquely made especially for yoga - they are sticky and not too thick, so balance is more firm - but not so thin they are uncomfortable on the floor!
- Or you may rent one of our blue mats for $1/class.
- Your own LARGE beach towel to place
on your mat (and one to shower after if you wish to use our well-equipped
- A sipper water bottle / sports bottle. You can also purchase
water at the studio for $1.50 (600ml) and $2.50 (1.5l).
- Women: wear gym gear with sleeveless tops. T shirt sleeves get
in the way.
- Men and women: mid thigh length bike shorts are probably the best and most comfortable. Shorts are fine.
Please remove your shoes on entry! It is your studio for everyone to use and we want to keep it clean and fresh for all.
You'll need to complete a quickfityogaregistration form (pdf version here rego form) and sign in, plus discuss any particular goals you may have and any injuries or medication we should be aware of. Your Hot Yoga instructor is likely to be the person you see at reception - so make a point of asking anything you need to know right from the start!
No valuables are to be brought into the yoga room itself - this helps us all minimise any connection to the outside world and keeps the space clean, uncluttered and ready for a strong yoga practice.
The only items you should take into the studio are your mat, your towel(s), your water and you! No shoes, no phones, no keys and no belongings. Please ask us should you wish to use our safe.
- Place your mat so that you can stand and see yourself in the
mirror. Once your class starts, yoga is practised in silence.
Of course you may ask questions of your teacher. Breathing,
concentration, focus and stillness are core skills of a strong
yoga practice. Using mirrors will greatly help you build the
connection between mind and body, focus, balance and posture.
- No water is taken until after the third posture (Eagle/Garurasana).
After this you may drink throughout the class. Avoid gulping and
drink only small amounts to help you maintain posture comfort.
Please only drink in between postures to minimise distraction.
- Remember to hydrate yourself well before and after class
and try to avoid eating 2-3 hours before class.
- You are likely to sweat during your yoga class. Please
make sure that you only ever sweat on your own towel! We ask that
you place your towel across your mat (parallel to the mirror)
for the standing postures, helping keep your yoga room a clean,
fresh and hygienic space.
- Please no talking in class unless you have a question for the
- If you are too tired to go on or you feel dizzy then please feel free to stop for a moment. Calm your breath and heart rate at first by standing still, looking at yourself in the mirror and inhaling/exhaling through your nose. If you really have to sit down then keep your back straight and chest open to assist your breathing. Always breathe through your nose, mouth closed.
- This is a yoga class not a competition! Because of the
structure of the class we do a posture and then we rest
and then do another posture most people find it challenging
yet easy to get through the class by taking it one posture at
- Everyones ability in each posture may be different. You
are guaranteed to get the benefits of Hot Yoga by doing the
best you can in each posture: respond to the instructions,
concentrate on alignment and work to your level of discomfort
and never pain!
- Keep the integrity of the room by:
- Keeping silent during class
- Following the instructions of the teacher
- Minimising your rest-time movement just breathe, be still, stand with toes and heels together and look at yourself, one point in the mirror
- Keeping silent during class
- Concentrating on your breathing and your practice will progress before you know it.
Immediately after class
- Stay in the yoga room in the final relaxation pose (savasana) for as long as you need to warm down and allow your breathing and heart rate to return to normal - this helps to integrate all the great work you have completed in the last 90mins.
- Feel free to shower and change in the purpose built change rooms.
Plastic bags are available for your wet towels and togs.
- We always have a time for students to cool down after class with a refreshing cup of tea! Time to mingle, pick up tips, meet new yogi friends - or just enjoy the rush of endorphins through your body!
The next day/few days
Reactions the next day are varied - should you feel a little stiff (some new students never do - another benefit of the heat) then getting back into the yoga room with the heat and stretching is the cure. And try a hot bath or spa with Epsom Salts - mmmmm! And yes, we can supply you with a generous bag of Epsom Salts for just $3.
It's best to get at least three classes into your first week - your mind will quickly overcome the challenge of the heated room, get to know the postures and you'll be ready to yoga! You'll also start noticing the benefits IMMEDIATELY - we have some truly wonderful stories from many many students about first class miracles!
Over the next 10 days, your body will acclimatise to exercising in the heated room and you'll be noticing great changes in your flexibility, ability to stretch out necks, arms, legs - and your whole attitude will just seem to lighten up several notches. Friends and family start to notice that 'yoga glow' in your skin - without you saying a thing!
And remember - this is your journey, no-one else's - and this is your first class, the postures may seem strange, and the heat may feel unbearable. Stick with it. It is better to have 90 minutes of challenge each day for a lifetime of heaven!
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What are the benefits of Hot Yoga?
There is much evidence both scientific and anecdotal to support the benefits of practising yoga on a regular basis. Problems of alignment, rheumatoid and osteoarthritis, diabetes, heart disease, asthma, insomnia, high and low blood pressure, and so many other medical problems have shown much improvement with a regular practice. For example, Gabrielle had a moderately severe scoliosis (sideways curvature and twist of spine), which all but disappeared with 5 months regular Hot Yoga practice.
Some of the benefits include:
- Expands your capacity to breathe deeply and fully
- Prevents injury and may prevent or improve chronic illness
- Promotes better sleep, you may even need to sleep less
- Fabulous body toning effects
- Weight loss or gain depending on your bodys needs
- Improvement in posture and body awareness
- Improve the healing and regenerative powers of your body
- Improvement in T cell function and your immune system
- Improvement in your lymphatic system
- Lengthening and strengthening of muscles
- Increased flexibility
- Improvement in peripheral circulation
- Improvement in metabolism / digestion
- Gives the body a cardiovascular workout without negative impacting
- Nervous system is exercised
- Endocrine and exocrine glands are massaged and stimulated to
- Muscular and skeletal network are enhanced
- Weight bearing exercise will help prevent osteoporosis
- Works every organ, gland, nerve, tendon, ligament and muscle
in the whole body every Hot Yoga session
- Improves heart and lung function
- Improves back conditions of pain and misalignment
- Improves flexibility of your spine in its range of motion in all directions allowing the improvement in function of your central nervous system.
- Better nervous system communication means a better functioning
body and mind
- Helps cultivate a sense of well being and a more peaceful mind
- Integration of both sides of the brain to improve memory, learning,
body coordination and balance
- Builds mental strength and teaches you to hold your mind in a focused and meditative state
Why is the room heated?
If you think about it, it makes sense. To best benefit from any exercise program we should always warm our bodies up and at the end warm down. The temperature of the yoga room is similar to our bodys own temperature. This facilitates faster improvement in many of the benefits resulting from your yoga practice. Just think of it as a hot day. Or better still, if you have been used to exercising you will recognise that the best feelings come when you are at the peak of your exercise and your body has had enough time to generate the warmth from the inside radiating it out to all of your muscles.
Why do we need to sweat?
The moisture in the air is the reason you will probably sweat quite a lot. We have experimented with different levels of heat and moisture and have found that it is the increased moisture in the air that is more likely to make you sweat! Many confuse this with the actual temperature. The more people in the room, the more moisture from our breath, the more we sweat. Our room is thermostatically controlled so the temperature never gets too high. Experts agree that the moisture level for optimal lung function for protection against colds, flu and other respiratory problems such as asthma is around the 60-70% mark. So enjoy the sweat! It is doing you so much good on so many different levels!
What are the benefits of the heat?
When the room is heated we are able to get into our postures more deeply and more effectively and therefore the benefits of the postures come more quickly. You will find like countless thousands who have come to this yoga before you, that it is a satisfying and almost addictive feeling of achievement to be in the warm room. The benefits number many:
- Your body burns fat more effectively, fat may be redistributed
and burned as energy during the class. It is very common to lose
centimetres of shape in a very small period of time
- The warm temperature produces a fluid like stretch allowing
for greater range of movement in joints, muscles, ligaments and
other supporting structures of the body
- Capillaries dilate in the heat; more effectively oxygenating
the tissues, muscles, glands and organs and also helps in the
removal of waste products
- Your peripheral circulation improves due to enhanced perfusion
of your extremities
- Your metabolism speeds up the breakdown of glucose and fatty
- You benefit from a strengthening of willpower, self control,
concentration and determination in this challenging environment
- Your cardiovascular system gets a thorough work out
- Your muscles and connective tissue become more elastic and allow
for greater flexibility with much less chance of injury and increased
chance of injury resolution
- Promotes sweating and detoxification and elimination through
the skin which is the bodys largest eliminating organ
- Just as when your body raises its temperature to fight infection,
the raised temperature in the room will assist in improving T
cell function and the proper functioning of your immune system
- Your nervous system function is greatly improved and messages
are carried more efficiently to and from your brain and spinal
- It improves your metabolism in the digestive system and in the bodys cells (that is food in the gut and nutrients in the cells)
What if I am not flexible?
This is the most common misconception which prevents many people from starting yoga. Yoga is not about how flexible you are, but about strengthening your body and spine in all directions. All that matters is that you try the right way you will get 100% of the benefits. Yoga stresses the importance of strengthening your mind and body. With regular practice you will see great improvements in your concentration and flexibility.
But isn't it expensive?
Well how does $20 for your first 3 classes sound? This includes mat hire and special coaching attention to your individual needs. You can print and fill out a registration form online here prior to your first visit here if it saves time.
How often should you come?
I don't know how quickly you want to change your life, but this is our advice:
Initially come as often as you can. Some people come every day! You'll get the maximum advantage this way and you'll find the initial cleansing and body flexibility arrives quickly.
On average, our students come 2-4 times a week. To help you get the best value, we have several special passes, depending on your frequency of attendance (hey, how much is your life worth anyway!).
Come 3 times a week and you will see continuous improvement. In the words of one of my first teachers, "You get your life back".