FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is Hot Yoga?

Simply put, hot yoga is yoga practiced in a heated room. 

What is the difference between Hot 8 Yoga’s “Hot Yoga“ series and the “Bikram Yoga” method ?

Our Hot Yoga series is a series of 26 static postures that was extracted from Patanjali’s 84 postures (as was the “Bikram” yoga series). These 84 postures were first documented by Patanjali over 4,000 years ago and may not be copyrighted by anyone including Bikram. Read more about Patanjali.  

Is Hot Yoga clean and safe?

Hot 8 Yoga studios have flooring that is slip resistant, hypo-allergenic and specifically designed to prevent harmful off gassing as a result of the hot and humid environment. In addition, all our studios have fresh air constantly being pumped in to prevent carbon dioxide poisioning and the air is disinfected using ultra-violet lights killing 99.98% of all harmful bacteria. Learn more about the Benefits of the Heat.

Is Hot Yoga a cardiovascular workout?

You will find every class challenging no matter what style. All the postures combine flexibility, strength, and balance to work the entire body. You heart rate will go up! With dedication and commitment many people have seen weight loss, muscle tone and strength.

How should I prepare for a Hot Yoga class?

Please bring a bottle of water and make sure to hydrate at least two hours before class. We also recommend you keep an empty stomach a couple hours before class. The recommendations for hydration before, during and after exercise are as follows:

1. Daily intake of 8–10 glasses of water (8 oz. per glass) for normal activity, not including exercise.
2. At least 2 hours prior to exercise, drink 16 oz. of water or fluid without caffeine.
3. During exercise, drink frequently and early, before you are actually thirsty. Your goal is to replenish fluids at the same rate you are sweating. The maximal rate of replacement is between 20–40 oz. per hour, based on absorption of fluid by the stomach.
4. Continue to drink after class to replenish the fluid you have lost by sweat.

Since the environment in our Hot Yoga classes increases body fluid loss, the above guidelines become even more important. Of additional concern, caffeinated beverages such as coffee, many teas, and sodas will increase fluid loss by increasing urinary output. Wine, beer, and other alcoholic beverages cause fluid loss as well. Students who drink beverages with caffeine or alcohol should consume equal amounts of water (in addition to the daily recommendation of 8–10 glasses) to avoid dehydration.

What should I wear/bring to class?

Please bring a bottle of water, a towel and a mat if you have one. The studio rents mat and towels and sells water. Wear fitted exercise clothes that you can sweat in. Arrive to the studio 15 minutes before class to meet the instructor, relax on your mat, and be present before class. 

You may also want to bring a change of clothes for your trip home. We have showers for you to use before you leave with organic body products.

What are some of the benefits of Hot Yoga?

Hot Yoga practice is stimulating and cleansing on many levels. Some benefits include:
  • stress reduction
  • increased blood circulation which stimulates the heart to strengthen its contractions
  • lower blood pressure
  • improved flexibility and strength
  • feeling more energized, rejuvenated, and cleansed
  • detoxification of the body
  • increased metabolism
  • stimulation of fat receptors: activating fat stores, facilitating fat loss and releasing fat-soluble toxins
  • stimulation of white blood cell production, boosting the immune system
  • promoting relaxation
  • more rapid healing injuries and disease symptoms
  • more benefits of the heat

How often should I practice?

Daily practice rejuvenates body, mind and spirit. For noticeable results five or more times a week is recommended. A practice two to three times a week, if consistent, will create transformation over time.

What if I’m not flexible?

You don’t have to be flexible to start yoga! Flexibility is something you will gain through time and repetition. Yoga will allow you to lengthen and expand while releasing built up toxins. Whether you can touch the floor or not, the ultimate benefit of yoga is to find balance in a healthy physical practice.

When can I expect to see progress in my yoga practice?

We at Hot 8 Yoga want your practice to be a personal growth experience. During your practice, it is important to be honest with yourself, and accept where you are in the stages of growth as you work continually to improve yourself.

First, keep the pose steady and firm, the mind calm and content. Second, while keeping the pose and mind steady, focus on the Infinite; this creates the balance. Finally, keep close to your heart and practice the principles of Patanjali’s 8-limbed path (8 yogic disciplines), the foundation of Hot 8 Yoga.

Why is the studio heated and will this make the class more challenging?

Our classes are practiced in a heated room which helps stretch muscle fibers and tendons and helps prevent injuries to these areas while stretching. Heat also helps increase circulation to tissue and organs and enhances the functioning of the immune system and produces great healing influence to the entire body. It may seem more challenging at first, but eventually you will start to see results. Learn about Benefits of the Heat.

Can beginners attend Hot 8 Yoga?

Absolutely, we have formed an encouraging environment in which all levels and abilities can practice yoga. We encourage beginners to pace themselves in class and recommend beginners to commit to coming to 3 to 4 classes in the first week. This will build a solid physical base and awareness that will improve strength, focus, endurance, and flexibility.

What is the best Path to Progress?

  • Strength - be strong and relaxed
  • Flexibility - being comfortable
  • Balance - move gracefully with concentration
  • Self-discipline - stay committed and dedicated to your practice
  • Determination - do your best always, don’t give up
  • Concentration - practice with intention
  • Patience - the virtue that will bring it all together
  • Faith - trust yourself and believe in yourself

Simply put, have a beginners mind, accept where you are (we all start somewhere), have patience, let go of the outcome, trust in yourself and most importantly have fun and enjoy the journey!!

What is the difference between your heating system and infrared heating?

We are the only studio in Los Angeles to provide this advanced CO2-filtration method in our practice rooms. Many other yoga studios have begun using Infrared Heat or Radiant Heat as a method of heating their rooms. There is no doubt that Infrared Heat or Radiant Heat is cheaper to install and way easier to maintain, however such heating systems do not allow for any purification of CO2 or addition of fresh air into the yoga room. Here at Hot 8 Yoga we would never use Infrared or Radiant Heating. The heating elements for Infrared Heating are generally just inches above your head with no ability of getting air in from the outside. Imagine what would happen to the level of CO2 in a room if no fresh oxygen was added after the start of the class. Eventually, much of the oxygen will be replaced with CO2 from all of the practitioners breathing heavily and the harmful effects of elevated levels of CO2 will begin.