new to hot yoga
We may seem to have mastered the moves, but there’s always room for improvement and we were all beginners once…so we know it isn’t always easy! Like achieving anything in life, you have to work hard to get the results you want. But, once you get into it, you’ll start to feel the changes and you’ll absolutely love it.
For all those new to hot yoga, we want to make the process as easy and comfortable for you as possible. So, here are the top 5 things to remember when signing up with the Hot Yoga Society.
We’re renowned for our friendly, approachable staff and teachers, who’ll guide you through the class at a pace you can handle. Take it one session at a time and, before long, you’ll be bending and flexing like you never thought you could!
We’ve created a community environment where our members look out for one another and help each other out. Nobody is judging you – we all end up looking as lovely and sweaty as each other! Learn more about our community here
Losing weight? Getting fit? Need to de-stress? There are so many benefits from practising hot yoga. You should focus on your personal goals, keep your visits regular (even if it’s just once a week!) and we’ll help you get there!
With Bikram method (26 posture) yoga at our core, the Hot Yoga Society also offers a range of different classes and activities to suit your life, schedule, ability and objectives. You can even get in touch with studio director and hot yoga mastermind, Olga Allon, who will help you hone in on what will work best.
If you want to give it a go without committing, we’ve got an intro offer for you – 20 consecutive days of unlimited visits for £35. Join us, give it a try, and see how it goes! Try our intro offer now!
special introductory offer - 20 days for £35
must-read tips before your first class
We want you to have the best hot yoga experience possible. To make sure you do, here are our top tips for a smooth first session! You should also read our FAQs for more general information.
- Make sure you sign in at reception at least 15 minutes before class, even if you have booked online, to make sure you don’t lose your spot and be sure to let our friendly reception team know it is your first time so we can look out for you.
- Try and stay in the room! The heat can take a little getting used to so, try lying down and resting mid-session to help you acclimatise for next time.
- Make sure you bring a towel to shower with AND a towel to lay on your mat…you’ll need both! We rent these at reception if you don’t bring your own. We will give you a yoga mat to use but you are welcome to bring your own.
- Listen to your teacher, and let them know about any injuries you have before the start of the class. They will be able to correct your postures and guide your thinking.
- Bring a bottle of water to class with you, or buy one at reception, and make sure to sip slowly between postures. There are also water filling taps in the reception area.
- Bring a padlock, or buy one from reception (£5), so you can leave your valuables in the studio lockers.
- Try to avoid our busiest classes on your first visit – these busy classes are Monday 6.30pm, Tuesday 6pm and Wednesday 7pm. After a few classes, we are sure you will enjoy these busy fun classes too!
and, so we can all enjoy HYS together, we ask that you follow our studio etiquette
- The studio is shoe free so please leave your footwear in the reception area.
- Please make sure all mobile phones are switched off.
- The yoga room is a quiet space; please no talking once you enter the room and be mindful of the noise in the waiting areas outside the studio.
- If you are wearing strong perfume or scent or have had a sweaty day, take a shower before class.
- Avoid the front row until you are really familiar with the postures as people behind you will be copying you from there!
- Please do not move mats that have been laid out unless asked to do so and make sure the top of your mat is placed on a line on the floor.
- When lying down, make sure your head is right at the top of your mat – this helps maximise space for those around you.
- Lay your water bottle flat on the ground to give those behind you a better view in the mirror from the floor.
- If you have any foot complaints please make sure that you are wearing appropriate foot coverings or you may be asked to leave the class or put your socks on!
- You can wear indoor flip flops in the changing rooms and in the studio itself. Please tidy the flip flops away at the back of the room during class.
- Please do not wear underwear as outerwear and always be decently covered. And remember, white clothing when wet reveals all!
- Please mop up any sweat on the floor around you during and at the end of class with your own towel to prevent anyone from slipping.
- Please do not ask the teacher to alter the heat or open a window or door. Trust your teacher and accept whatever you are faced with. Stay positive and you will come out feeling fantastic.