Hot Yoga FAQs
It’s my first time to hot yoga what do I need to bring?
- Lightweight clothing
- Yoga Mat
- 2 x towels (one to put on your mat and the other to dry down with after or to have a shower)
- Bottle of Water
- Warm clothes to put on after class
- Drink lots of water on the run up to your class and drink a litre half an hour after the class. This half an hour will allow your body to cool down so you won’t lose the water through sweat!
- Towels and mats can be rented from Amys Ashram
Is hot yoga suitable for everyone?
Amy advises and implements that no children under the age 16 should practice hot yoga.
What results will I get from hot yoga?
- Weight loss if you practice 3-4 times per week you will see some fantastic results within a couple of weeks.
- Strength, balance and flexibility
- Clear and focused mind
- Release of anxiety, depression, emotional stress
- Understanding of your own body
What is the difference between Amy’s Ashram “Hot Yoga” series and the “Bikram Yoga” method ?
The word “Bikram” has been trademarked and may not be used by Amys Ashram to describe any of its classes. We do not offer Bikram yoga classes. Our Hot Yoga series is a series of 26 static postures that was extracted from Patanjali’s 84 postures (as was the “Bikram” yoga series). These 84 postures were first documented by Patanjali over 4,000 years ago and may not be copyrighted by anyone including Bikram. Unlike a typical Bikram Studio, we do not follow an exact dialogue and the studio doesnt have carpeting. The studio has fresh air constantly being pumped in to prevent carbon dioxide poisioning and the air is disinfected using ultra-violet lights killing 99.98% of all harmful bacteria.
How should I prepare for a hot yoga class?
Please bring a bottle of water and make sure to hydrate at least two hours before class. We also recommend you keep an empty stomach a couple hours before class. The recommendations for hydration before, during and after exercise are as follows:
- Daily intake of 8–10 glasses of water (8 oz. per glass) for normal activity, not including exercise.
- At least 2 hours prior to exercise, drink 16 oz. of water or fluid without caffeine
- If possible, determine body weight while hydrated, prior to exercise.
- During exercise, drink frequently and early, before you are actually thirsty. Your goal is to replenish fluids at the same rate you are sweating. The maximal rate of replacement is, between 20–40 oz. per hour, based on absorption of fluid by the stomach.
- After exercise, evaluate change in body weight. Consume fluids to return to body weight prior to exercise.
Since the environment in our Hot Yoga classes increases body fluid loss, the above guidelines become even more important. Of additional concern, caffeinated beverages such as coffee, many teas, and sodas will increase fluid loss by increasing urinary output. Wine, beer, and other alcoholic beverages cause fluid loss as well. Students who drink beverages with caffeine or alcohol should consume equal amounts of water (in addition to the daily recommendation of 8–10 glasses) to avoid dehydration.
If you have any further questions please contact us ASAP