Do I need previous yoga experience before starting Hot Yoga?
No previous experience is needed. Posture modifications, suitable for all levels, are integrated into each class. In fact, you could even say Hot Yoga is perfect for beginners. No need to worry about being flexible or in shape before coming… these will come with practice! Simply start where you are, at your level, and by listening to your body the postures will come naturally over time. It’s worth noting that we also offer a dedicated beginners class on Saturday afternoons where the pace is slower and more time is spent explaining the basics of yoga.
Where do the different styles of Hot Yoga come from?
All styles of Hot Yoga are generally comprised of a sequence of postures, beginning with a series of standing postures followed by a series on the floor, sometimes accompanied with breathing exercises (Pranayama). The most well-known sequence of Hot Yoga was invented by Bikram Choudhoury in the 1970’s and carries his namesake. Thereafter, many different and respected schools of yoga have taken it upon themselves to evolve Hot Yoga and create new sequences, sometimes based on the Bikram sequence and sometimes not, but always with the same core benefits of yoga in mind.
What temperature is the room heated to during class?
Different room temperatures are chosen based on the style of yoga and the type of class. We offer different styles of Hot Yoga in a room heated to 38°C, while the Hot Pilates classes are heated to 35°C. Our Vinyasa Flow classes are offered in a room heated to 32°C, reminiscent of a tropical climate and resulting in the same advantages as practicing in a naturally warm environment. Lastly, our Yin classes are offered at ambient room temperature in order for connective tissue (tendons) to gain the most benefit from each posture.
How hygienic is it to practice yoga in a heated room?
It is our responsibility to ensure a safe and clean practice environment. We offer clean mat towels to cover the yoga mats in order to limit the spread of germs. After each class the floor and all the yoga mats are thoroughly cleaned with a hospital grade ecologically-friendly disinfectant. The studio itself is cleaned daily and the towels are washed adhering to the highest standards of hygiene. We encourage participants to avoid coming to class if they are feeling sick or may be contagious.
How do you heat the room?
The studio location was carefully chosen in order to minimize the impact on the environment. The studio is on the basement floor of a protected building and partially underground, so it benefits from thick walls and natural insulation provided by the earth itself. The heated room was also subject to a hygrothermal study to confirm and ensure minimal heat loss. The heating system is a water-based hydraulic system and therefore reduces usage of electricity, and is fed directly from the building boiler representing approximately a 16kW-equivalent power source. The room is kept at a constant 40% relative humidity to intensify the sensation of the heat and avoid uncomfortable dry air. A dual-flow ventilation system renews the air in the room up to 2.6x during a class while keeping more than 90% of the heat in the room.
Are there any health concerns practicing yoga in a heated room?
You will sweat a lot during class so it’s very important to keep hydrated by drinking lots of water before and after. Should you have any health concerns, notably high or low blood pressure or Tachycardia, please consult your doctor prior to attending a heated class and exercise only in accordance with what your doctor recommends.