These are the questions that we are often asked about doing yoga at Absolute Yoga, Crosby.
What is yoga?
Yoga is a technique of spiritual development originating in Ancient India. Indeed, archaeological artefacts from the Indus-Saraswati civilisation in India suggest that yoga may have been practised as early as 4,500 BC. The literal translation of the Sanskrit word “yoga” means a union between mind and body.
What is hot yoga?
Hot yoga is the practice of yoga and the integration of body, breath and mind in a heated room of about 105 degrees Fahrenheit. During a hot yoga class you will perform a series of yoga postures which require lengthy, forceful and well-controlled contractions of major muscle groups with the intention of increasing strength, balance, flexibility and mental focus. The classes also promote deep relaxation and detoxification of the body and mind.
What are the main benefits of yoga?
There is sufficient evidence to suggest that regular practice of hot yoga can offer the following benefits:
Management of weight
Increased strength, flexibility, balance and energy levels
Improvements in long-term pain conditions such as arthritis
Management of stress
Management of depression
Elimination of unwanted toxins
Improved sleep quality
Muscle tension release
For more information about the benefits of yoga, see here.
I have never done yoga before and I am not very flexible – can I still try a yoga class?
Most people who are new to yoga are not very flexible. However, with regular practice, your flexibility should greatly improve. If you are generally healthy with no known medical issues then you will be fine to try a hot yoga class. However, it is really important to us that we look after the health and wellbeing of our members. Some people will not be able to attend a class due to health problems and we want people to know what type of conditions prevent class participation before making the journey to the studio.
If you have any particular health issues such as high blood pressure, a heart condition or a recent injury then you will need to seek advice from your GP before booking onto a hot yoga class.
Also, please let us know of any other medical problems that you think may be an issue for performing regular exercise. Usually, it is fine to participate in a yoga class but it may mean that we need to give a variation of a specific posture. If you are not sure if you are able to participate in a hot yoga class then drop us an email and we will be able to advise you firstname.lastname@example.org
What happens if I get too hot in a hot yoga class?
Hyperthermia (over heating of the body with symptoms such as nausea, dizziness and faintness) is unusual in hot yoga classes but certain drugs such as stimulants or those used to treat insomnia or depression, anxiety and high blood pressure increase the risk of heat related illnesses. Always check with your GP if you are unsure whether the heat is safe for you.
If at any point you feel unable to carry on then it is absolutely fine to lie down on the mat and take a “savasana”. This involves lying on the back, eyes closed, palms facing up with the arms and legs at about 45 degrees. Once in position you should come to stillness using Ujjayi breathing which is long and smooth inhalations and exhalations. You can then re-join the class whenever you feel ready.
Walking in and out of the room disturbs the practice of the other students. If you need to leave the yoga room because you feel too hot, ill or need to use the bathroom then please note that you will not be allowed back into the yoga room.
Is hot yoga dangerous?
No form of yoga encourages a competitive spirit which is usually the reason for injuries sustained in hot yoga classes such as overstretching. Yoga is the same as any exercise, i.e. you have to listen to the teacher and listen to your body.
What is the reason for doing yoga in a heated room?
Hot yoga is practiced in a specially heated room between 95 and 105 degrees Fahrenheit. The goal behind the added heat is to ensure safe stretching and also to detoxify your body. The heat allows muscles to stretch more deeply and speeds blood circulation to help the body flush toxins.
Is it like being in a sauna?
No, saunas are generally hotter (a sauna can get up to 140 degrees).
How hot is the room
The insulated yoga room maintains a heat of about 100 degrees Fahrenheit outside class time. Just before each class we switch on the infra-red ceiling heaters which raise the temperature of the room to about 105 degrees centigrade throughout each class.
Is hot yoga a cardiovascular workout ?
Yes, it is a cardiovascular activity. The combination of rapid transition between postures and environmental heat stress produces a substantial cardiovascular response and muscle fatigue.
How many calories can you burn per yoga session?
Many people sign up for hot yoga because they have heard that it is a fantastic way to lose weight. It is a fantastic way to lose weight but, unfortunately, it is an urban legend that each class burns on average 1,500 calories.
Hot yoga is a cardiovascular workout because performing the yoga postures in a temperature of about 105 degrees Fahrenheit increases your heart rate. The research evidence suggests that the average amount of calories burned in a 60 minute class ranges from 345 -788 depending on many factors such as gender, age, weight and also the intensity of workout.
The difference between hot yoga and other cardiovascular work outs such as dance or combat classes is that hot yoga also works your mind as well as your body. Accordingly, if you struggle with your weight because you are an emotional eater you may find that hot yoga can help with your weight management more so than other aerobic classes.
What's the difference between Bikram and hot yoga?
The main difference between Bikram and hot yoga is that Bikram yoga is a series of 26 poses done twice over 90 minutes. The sequence is the same for each class and there is no variation.
Both Bikram yoga and hot yoga are performed in temperatures of about 105 degrees Fahrenheit. However, the type of postures and sequences that are performed in a hot yoga class depend upon the yoga teacher (as each has their own unique style) and the time of your class. Early morning classes include movements to leave you feeling awake and invigorated for the day ahead. Evening classes include postures and movements that promote restful sleep.
Can men attend any of the yoga classes?
Yes, our classes are unisex. We have many male students who tend to practise yoga in order to improve their performance in other sports such as running or Mixed Martial Arts.
How do I book a class?
What type of people go to your yoga and Pilates classes?
Our classes are attended by people of varying ages, body types, levels of fitness and personalities.
What is the age range of your current members?
Our current members range in age between 18 and 63. In order to practice at Absolute Yoga, members must be aged 16 or over.
Will people laugh at me because I am new to yoga/Pilates and cannot keep up with the class?
Absolutely not. Yoga and Pilates studios are not like gyms. This is a non-judgmental environment. No one is looking at you – everyone in the class with you is concentrating on their own practice.
Do you have any beginners' classes?
See here for a list of the classes that we recommend for new students.
What do I wear for my first class?
It really does vary from woman to woman. Some women wear knee length lycra Capri shorts (that are common in gyms) with a vest over a sports bra. Some women wear leggings and t-shirts and some wear shorts and a sports bra.
Also, we do not recommend wearing any make-up to a hot yoga class.
Men tend to wear shorts and a vest or t-shirt. The type of clothes that you would wear for running or to go to a regular gym is fine.
What to wear for a hot yoga session really is individual preference and after the first session you will have an idea of what type of clothes you would be more comfortable in when you practise.
What shall I eat/drink before my class?
Before you come to class you should make sure that you are well hydrated, drinking plenty of water both the day before and the day of your class. Yoga is practised on an empty stomach and so we recommend not eating for two hours before your class.
If you are going to a hot class then you will sweat a lot during the session so after the class make sure that you drink plenty of fluids which should include a drink which replenishes your electrolytes (such as coconut water). This is particularly important if you are doing a hot yoga class and other forms of exercise in the same day.
What do I need to bring with me?
You will need to bring a bottle of water with you to the class. We provide your towel and your mat.
Do I need to pay for my mat and towel?
No, the mat and towel are included in the price of your class.
Do you have any special offers on?
If you are new to the studio then your first session is free and we also have the following introductory offers: £30 for 30 days OR £40 for 40 days.
How much is a monthly membership?
Please see here for the membership options.
Do you offer any discounts on membership?
Yes, information on the discounts that we offer can be found here.
If I go on holiday can I suspend my membership?
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