You're thinking about taking your first Hot Yoga Milwaukee class! Or maybe you just took your first class and you're looking for a few tips. We're here to help! Here are some helpful tips for first timers or newer yogis…
Before coming to one of our studios:
- Stay hydrated starting a few hours before class, and try not to eat any big meals for a few hours prior to arrival
- Wear clothing you feel comfortable sweating in
- Bring a yoga mat (or rent one for $3), and a long towel to lay on top of your mat (or rent one for $2)
- Bring a plastic or metal bottle of water (or buy a water from us, we have several sizes available)…No glass bottles allowed due to breakage.
- If you plan on showering after, bring a towel (or rent one for $2)
You've arrived at one of our Hot Yoga Milwaukee locations about 15-20 minutes before class:
- Please remove your shoes once you enter since the studios are bare-feet friendly
- Head over to the front desk, where one of our friendly staff will get you checked in
- For first timers, you'll need to sign the waiver (or hand in the waiver you printed from the link below)
- Please let the staff or teacher know of any physical challenges that you are experiencing that day so proper modifications to the postures can be provided.
ALL NEW YOGA STUDENTS MUST HAVE A SIGNED WAIVER BEFORE YOU CAN TAKE A CLASS.
IF YOU ARE UNDER 18 YEARS OLD, YOU MUST HAVE A SIGNED WAIVER FROM A PARENT OR GUARDIAN BEFORE YOU CAN TAKE A CLASS.
- Head into the appropriate locker room to change if you need to, we have showers, cubbies for clothes, and hooks/hangers for coats
- Cell phones aren't allowed in the yoga room, so please leave those with your other things
- Grab your mat, towel, water, and your fantastic self and head into the yoga room!
5-10 minutes before class. Time to head to the yoga room:
- Both studio locations have two separate Hot Yoga studio rooms. The front desk staff can direct you to the correct room depending on which class you are attending.
- The temperature in the Vinyasa/Pilates/Power Flow room is usually around 95. In the Bikram room it's about 105 or so. (Not sure which class you'd like to take? Check out this link for class descriptions)
Inside the yoga room:
- Find a spot between or next to someone else and lay your mat down in a similar way that they have, laying your long towel down over your mat
- Try to find a spot where you can see yourself in the mirror but are not blocking another person's view
- Yoga etiquette is to keep the noise to a minimum to avoid distraction, but please feel free to have quiet conversation before class begins (after class etiquette is to remain quiet until leaving the yoga room)
- During class, listen to your body, be safe, and move into hot yoga at your own pace. Discomfort is normal and somewhat expected during any workout, sharp or severe pain is not and should be avoided
- If you need to rest, feel free to sit down, take a savasana (lay on your back), or move into child's pose (kneeling with your head down in front of you)
- Try not to leave or re-enter the room during class. Doing so can be distracting to others and moving in and out of the hot room will not allow your body to fully adjust to the heat and receive the benefits of the practice
- As a beginner to Hot Yoga it's completely normal to spend a good portion of your first few classes laying on the floor taking a break. With time and a few more classes, you'll be amazed at how your body adjusts to the climate. Stick with it!
You did it! Yay you!
Congratulations, you made it through your first Hot Yoga class. Your body and mind thank you! Don't forget to continue to hydrate throughout the rest of your day to replenish your body. Enjoy that feeling of well-being and calm that so often follows a Hot Yoga class. We hope to see you again soon!