Hot Yoga Essentials for Practitioners

So you’ve decided to try Yogafurie Hot Yoga…what now?

Hot Yoga is great for your body and your mind. The science bit on that is outlined on out Hot Yoga info page. So, ok, this is a powerful and helpful thing to do – but what if you want to do more than just get rude health? Or to put it another way, what if you want to be well and develop your Yoga practice, to become more proficient and skilled? The good news is that you can do both and excel in both.

Body care

Bodycare is really important. Hot Yoga invites change, and you can support these natural changes by managing your own healthcare. Hydration is a key consideration. Your body really is 70% water, and it needs to maintain a water balance. Electrolytes are minerals that help you adequately absorb water and retain it until it’s needed. Your skin works hard to regulate your body temperature – and that’s good, because your skin will have a healthy glow – so use natural products like coconut oil and natural soaps. You can get all the nourishment you need – including electrolytes – from really good food, but if you are sweating a lot or doing several Yogafurie Hot Yoga classes a week then the electrolyte supplements available in reception are very helpful. Multiple classes will accelerate your progress, but as with any practice, listen to your body and respond to its needs.

manipura chakra

Good breathing

Good breath is the cornerstone of an effective Yoga practice. Your breath technique will develop quickly in Yogafurie, partly because your teachers will focus on it, and partly because working in the warmth needs a regular, full breath. Paying attention to your breath even while moving and working is the beginning of your mindfulness practice, and will lead you later into Yogic meditation.

When your body is well, and you’re breathing well, your mind will be clearer and you’ll have a better idea of what your goals in Yoga really are. Better execution of postures, and adapting your body to new and more challenging postures, are possible thanks to the (often rapid) progress people make in the warmth.

Learning new postures, and perfecting the ones you can already do, are both just means to an end. As our minds settle further, people often realise that the transition between postures is just as important as the postures. Every point in the movement chain is a posture. Every point is a chance to feel into this moment through what our bodies and minds are doing. The deeper meanings behind Yoga practice become clear. The value of each moment goes up and up, and we live fuller and more satisfying lives without really changing anything.

What do I do at the studio?

Just a few pointers to make the experience great for everyone…

  • Please arrive in plenty of time before the class starts – Generally, it’s not possible to join the class after it starts, so apologies in advance if you are unable to join due to traffic/ other unavoidable delays!
  • You need to have a towel to put over your mat – If you haven’t brought one then we can lend you one for just £1 per class. We use Yoga Bum towels as we like them. If you like them too, you can buy a brand new one at reception.
  • Wear something that’s comfortable in 42c heat – It’s very warm in there so light, loose clothing is advised. Here’s suggestions about what people usually wear, but it’s all about wearing what you’re comfortable with. Ladies usually wear a vest with shorts or leggings. Guys usually like to wear vest with shorts. Guys, please wear shorts with built-in brief, or wear briefs under your shorts.
  • Please bring water, or a container to put water in – Make sure that you keep hydrated in class. All of the water taps in the changing rooms dispense drinking water. Sorry, we can’t fill your water bottles at reception.
  • Yogafurie regularly machine washes all the mats – However, please use the eco cleaner provided to clean your mat and equipment after your class – just to help keep it hygienic for next time you use it!
  • All lost property is given to charity if unclaimed – If you think you have left something behind then please contact us! We have a lost property box, which we periodically empty.
  • It’s best not to use heat rub/heat gels before a class – some students who have used heat rub before a class have found their skin get an uncomfortable feeling with the heat sensation of the heat rub and the 42c heat.
  • Feel free to chat in the studio – until the class starts. Use the class as an opportunity to go inside yourself, rather than giving your energy away in talking.
  • Ask the teacher questions if you want to – it’s ok to ask for help, modifications, clarification on any aspect of the class.