I’m not very flexible. Is Yoga still for me?
Yoga (particularly hot yoga) is one of the best ways of improving your flexibility, so yes you should definitely give it a go however inflexible you think you are. Flexibility is a process that can be improved over time by practicing yoga regularly. Hot Yoga can help you to achieve faster results as the heat allows you to move into deeper stretches more easily with lower risk of injury. Yoga is a non-competitive practice so you can develop at your own pace without trying to keep up with the person next to you and there are plenty of classes to suit all standards.
The heated studio allows muscles to stretch further and because your muscles are warm you are at less risk of injury. By inducing sweating, toxins are emitted from your body leaving you feeling deeply cleansed, relaxed and fully rejuvenated.
Whats the difference between Bikram and Hot Yoga?
Hot yoga at Yoganation is similar to Bikram in the way we practise a set sequence of postures in a heated room. However our classes sequences vary in length and difficulty to suit the different requirements of the people who come to practise.
Should I eat or drink before I come to class?
We recommend that you refrain from eating for 2 hours before a class, but it’s a good idea to drink plenty of water right up until the start. We encourage you to bring a bottle of water into the class with you so that you can stay hydrated throughout. Bottled water can be purchased from reception. For our early morning classes we recommend that you have a piece of fruit or a non-dairy smoothie before class to kick start your metabolism – working out on an empty stomach is not advised. Smoothies are available from our Juice Bar.
What do I wear?
Please dress for comfort ensuring you have complete freedom of movement. For the hot classes it’s normal to sweat so wear comfortable light clothing. Women usually wear shorts or leggings with vests or crop tops and men wear shorts with or without a t-shirt.
What do I bring?
We provide everything you need, but you may prefer to bring your own yoga mat and towel. For hot classes you will need a yoga mat, a large bottle of water and we recommend that you bring two towels (one for the studio, one for showering afterwards). Don’t worry if you forget as you can buy water and rent towels and mats from reception. Towels, mats and other Yoga equipment are also available for purchase – please enquire at reception.
I’m new to yoga. What’s the etiquette?
Nobody likes rules but here are a few guidelines we like to follow and encourage:
1) Please take off your shoes before entering the yoga studios and leave them at reception as we have a no shoe policy upstairs.
2) There are lockers and hooks for clothes and personal belongings in the changing rooms.
3) Please ensure mobile phones are switched off during class and on silent in the chill out area.
4) Please refrain from chewing gum in the studio and put all litter in the bins provided.
5) Please avoid wearing heavy perfumes or colognes and from using spray deodorant in the changing rooms.
6) Please don’t chat during class.
7) Listen to your body. Feel free to take a break any time you need it during class by sitting or lying quietly on your mat.
8) Please ensure you complete a registration form prior to your very first class. Please arrive at least 20 minutes before the class starts so you can complete the registration form and familiarize yourself with where to change etc. The form can be downloaded above.
9) Please leave the room quietly after your class as some people use that time for quiet meditation.
What if I have an injury or illness?
Remember to listen to your own body. If in doubt please ask or notify a teacher so we can assist you during the class. We want you to leave the studio feeling better than when you came in!