Getting Started

Whether you consider yourself a guru or just getting started, Hot Yoga Plus accommodates every level of practice. Before we start practicing together, get familiar with our house rules, general yoga etiquette, and our FAQ to make your first visit as excellent as it can be.

Yoga Etiquette

  • New students should plan to arrive to class a minimum of 15 minutes prior to their first class, which ensures adequate time to get you signed-in, through orientation, and set-up on your mat. Please note that we may not be able to accommodate new students who show up less than 15 minutes before their first class.
  • Please stop by the front desk and check-in with the desk worker, even if you have signed-in online, before you enter the classroom. Each and every person must be accounted for.
  • The best way to reserve your spot in any class is to sign up online through Mindbody. You may reserve your spot in a class up to 30 minutes before class starts. We reserve spots for walk-in clients in each class, so don’t stress if a class shows as full online. Just show up early, and your chances are good! If you reserve a spot online and do not come to class, you will be charged unless you cancel your reservation online 30 minutes in advance. We cannot take phone cancellations. If you reserve a spot online and do not check-in at the front desk at least 5 minutes prior to class, your spot may be given away.
  • Please choose wisely; all sales are final. No refunds. No exchanges. No extensions. No transfers. No sharing unlimited packages. No exceptions. Please note that the shorter-term packages are more expensive because they offer flexibility. If you are unsure about your schedule, please choose a shorter-term package.
  • Hot Yoga Plus welcomes any student age 12 and older. Students under the age of 18 must have a signed parental/legal guardian consent form, which may be picked up at any of our studios.
  • Items left in the studios are donated to Goodwill twice a month. If you think you may have left something behind, please check the Lost and Found, noting that occasionally items are washed, so it may take a day or two for them to show up in the bins. Check again if you don’t find your item the first time.
  • Make it part of your yoga practice to arrive early. Getting to class about 10 minutes early can help you sign in, settle in and align your attitude with the purpose of the class. While you’re waiting you can practice a pose, do a few stretches or just sit or lie quietly, breathe and get centered.
  • Remove your shoes before entering the classroom
  • Please turn off cell phones or anything that makes noise and leave outside of the classroom.
  • Keep your eyes on your own practice. Every body is different. Wandering eyes can promote comparison and competition.
  • Be aware of the space around you. Try to avoid bumping into your neighbor and stepping on other people’s mats.
  • If you must leave class early, please set up your mat close to the door and leave quietly. It is always helpful to let the teacher know that you plan to leave early so that they don’t follow you out of the classroom to make sure you are OK.
  • Always practice with a mat, towel and water bottle. These are available for rent and sale if you forget something.
  • Pick up and neatly put away any props you use.
  • Please wipe up any sweat around your space. Avoid wringing towels out in the classroom.
  • Please observe the silent space of the classroom.

Frequently Asked Questions

I've never done yoga; can i come to any class?

Yes! All of our classes are suitable for beginners, yet challenging enough for advanced practitioners. Anyone of any size, shape, condition or background can do hot yoga.

What if I'm not flexible?

Perfect! The most common misconception that prevents people from coming to yoga classes is that you need to be flexible. Yoga is not about how flexible you are today; it’s about increasing your flexibility to protect your mobility for the future.

Why is the room heated?

The room is heated to warm the muscles to help prevent injuries, and to allow a deeper workout. Sweating is a side benefit because it cleanses the body by flushing toxins through the skin. We closely manage both the heat and the humidity in our studios.

What time should I arrive at the studio?

The studio opens 30 minutes before each class. First time students must arrive at least 15 minutes in advance in order to fill out paper work and have a quick orientation. Studio doors are locked 2 minutes before class starts, and no late students are admitted.

What should I wear to a hot yoga class?

You should wear comfortable workout clothing, but remember you will be sweating quite a bit. Exercise shorts and sports tops work well for women, and men can wear exercise shorts or swim trunks with an optional T-shirt. All of our studios have full men’s and women’s dressing and shower rooms.

How should I prepare for class?

We recommend you either refrain from eating or eat very lightly two hours before class, and hydrate well throughout the day. Show up with a yoga mat, a large towel and water (all required) or be prepared to rent these from the studio.

How often should I come?

As a beginner, it takes about 3 classes for your body and mind to understand the postures and what in the world you are doing in a hot yoga class! During the next 10 classes, digestion and respiration, as well as endocrine, lymphatic and elimination systems will begin to work harmoniously. Your appetite will normalize and unhealthy cravings will diminish. All of these results will help to normalize your weight if you devote yourself to regular practice of at least 3 times per week. Unlike sports and other types of exercise, yoga is difficult to overdo. The more often you come, the greater the benefits.