Frequently Asked Questions
Welcome to Indie Hot Yoga
You are about to embark upon a journey to better health in mind, body and soul. Indie Hot Yoga offers a variety of yoga for a profound, challenging workout for all. Here are a few things you need to know to get you started….
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How do I sign up?
Follow this link to start the process.
We ask for your email address and some basic information when you first sign up.
How do I book my class?
To book a class, sign in here to access the Indie Hot Yoga booking system.
Choose the class you’d like to attend from the schedule.
If you have an active membership or class package, just click on “Book” and you’re done!
If you don’t have an active membership, you can click on “View Memberships” to choose a package that suits your needs. You will then be redirected to our secure payment platform to complete your purchase.
Once your purchase is confirmed, you will be registered for the class.
What do I need to bring?
Your yoga clothes, two towels and a bottle of water
I've never tried Hot26 (Bikram) Yoga before, will I be able to do it?
Bikram’s Beginning Yoga class is just that – a place to begin your Yoga practice. Every class follows the same format whether it’s your first class or whether you have been practicing for years. How quickly you progress will depend on the time and effort you give to yoga. It will have little to do with how “perfectly” you can do the poses.
What if I'm the worst student in class?
The great thing about yoga is that it’s impossible to be the worst student in the class. There’s no good or bad; it’s a personal practice that is completely void of judgment. There is no concept of “levels” in yoga. Yoga, at its core, is about self-growth and has little to do with physical ability. As you dig deeper into yoga philosophy, this will become more apparent. For now, try to set aside self-criticism and enter your first class with an open mind.
Will it help me get buff? Can it help me lose weight?
Yes absolutely. The postures combine strength, flexibility and balance to give you a total body workout. As with other forms of cardiovascular exercise, regular practice will aid weight loss.
Is it better if I'm in the front or back of the class?
While you may be tempted to hide in the corner, you’ll be doing yourself a disservice. When you’re led into a pose that has you facing the wall or back of the room, you won’t be able to see what other students are doing. It’s better to set your mat somewhere in the middle of the classroom so that you have students on all sides. That way, you can easily copy whatever they’re doing.
What if I can't keep up?
Yoga is not like dance. Don’t worry too much about not being able to keep up. If you start in a slower class for beginners, you definitely won’t face this challenge. But if you happen to choose an intermediate level for your very first class, you might find it challenging to maintain the faster pace. Don’t worry – no one will judge you – and your teacher will prefer that you move at your own pace anyway. Lie down on your back or rest in child’s pose whenever you need to do so. Taking mini-rests is a sign of strength in yoga, not weakness. It shows that you can set your ego aside and listen to your body.
Can I eat or drink before class?
Drink plenty of water. The more hydrated you are, the easier it will be for you to sweat. As with all exercise it is not recommended on a full stomach so try to leave 2 to 3 hours between eating and class.
What should I wear?
Women wear sports tops and bottoms. Men wear shorts with or without sports shirts. Light fabrics such as Lycra are ideal – cotton is bulky and restricts movement when wet. Remember that whatever you wear, it will need to preserve your modesty.
Do I have to be fit?
Our yoga classes are designed for all levels of fitness, but if you have special medical conditions or injuries, please consult your doctor first and inform your teacher before class.
I run or do other forms of exercise, should I do Hot Yoga too?
Yes. Hot yoga is excellent for helping align and strengthen your body and is a great complement to all other forms of exercise. Many athletes practice this type of yoga to heal and recover from stress their bodies experience performing high impact sports or other workouts.
Am I allowed to leave the room during class?
We encourage all students to stay in the yoga room for the duration of the class (this is one of your main goals as a new student). We suggest sitting down and taking as many breaks as needed. Moving between the high heat and the cool lobby actually puts stress on your body.
The class is a “moving meditation” and part of the practice is building your concentration, determination, and self-control. You will be amazed at how quickly your body acclimates to the heat and your mind is strengthened and disciplined. But not if you keep leaving the yoga room!
You do not need permission to leave the room, but it improves your practice and the benefits for your body to stay in the room for the entire class. If you absolutely must leave the room, make sure the teacher knows you’ve left and come back as quickly as possible.
What if I need to leave early?
Classes are either 90 or 70 minutes. We suggest you select a class time when you CAN stay to practice for the entire class. We discourage you from leaving early. Every pose in the class is a valuable part of the complete practice.