Yoga FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs

Any questions?

Here are the ones we get asked most often. If yours isn’t answered below, please don’t hesitate to pop in, give us a call on +44 (0) 20 7585 0377 or drop us an email at [email protected]

Studios & Membership

If I have an unlimited package at Clapham can I practise at Dalston?
Yes, you most certainly can! Our monthly and yearly unlimited packages mean you practise at either of our studios as much as you like.

What if…?

What if I’m new to yoga?
Our classes are open to everyone, from first-time students to advanced practitioners.

What if I’m not flexible?
You might not be right now, but your flexibility will improve rapidly and the heated room creates a safe environment for this to happen. There’s no rush or pressure; everyone can do the postures to their own ability.

What if I’m not fit enough?
Hot yoga is designed for all levels of fitness, but if you have any medical conditions or injuries, please consult your doctor first and tell your teacher about them before class.

What if I’m not 18? Can I still practise hot yoga?
If you’re planning on coming to the studio on your own, you will need to be over 18. But if your parents are in the studio with you, then you can practise hot yoga if you’re over 15 years old.

What if I’m too old?
Never too old! Everyone can do the postures to their own ability. Hot yoga builds bone density and as a result prevents osteoporosis. So whether you’re in your twenties or in your seventies, your body gets fantastic medical benefits.

What if I’m pregnant?
We don’t recommend hot yoga during your first trimester. After that, if you were practising regularly before you became pregnant, you can do a modified version of hot yoga so long as you make sure to:

  • get an ok from your doctor or midwife
  • let our reception team know you’re pregnant
  • consult one of our pregnancy teachers before your first class (reception will be able to point you in their direction). They’ll be able to explain the modifications in more detail
  • speak to the teacher before class so they know why you’re doing the modifications and can look after you.

What if I have a knee injury, can hot yoga help me?
Whether your knees are arthritic or injured, hot yoga will definitely help. Next time you pass the studio, pop in for a chat or give us a call and we can advise you on the best way to practise hot yoga with a knee injury.

I’m new to the studio, what do I need to know?

New to Sadhana Intro Offer
All new students start on our introductory offer of 30 days for £45. You receive 30 full days of unlimited Bikram Hot Yoga, Vinyasa, Yin, Dynamic Body and our brand new high energy flow class, Sculpt! We even offer a money back guarantee if you are not completely satisfied with your experience* (*just attend a minimum of 8 classes, 6 of which are Bikram). To book, please visit our ‘New to Sadhana?’ page.

Do I have to book?
It’s a good idea to book in advance to guarantee your spot, but you don’t have to. As soon as you join, you can book online here.

When should I arrive for my class?
Try to arrive at least 20 minutes before your first class to guarantee your spot. We ask people to arrive early in order to maximise their class experience, to ensure their safety and comply with regulation.

What should I wear?
Avoid loose fitting clothes. Women mostly wear sports tops and shorts or leggings. Men wear shorts (t-shirts are optional).

What do I need for class?
Please bring:

  • two towels (one for class and one to shower)
  • a large bottle of water
  • a yoga mat.

We sell bottled water. And you can also rent or buy a towel and mat at the studio.

What to expect
Don’t have any expectations. Take it easy on your first class and enjoy the experience!

Tips for your first class

Should I eat before class?
Not directly before class. Ideally, you should come to class on an empty stomach, but not hungry. It’s best not to eat anything heavy two hours before. This will ensure that you feel lifted and light and benefit fully from your practise.

Stay hydrated
But don’t overdo. Aim to drink at least two litres throughout the day, and drink plenty of water after class. Try also having a drink high in electrolytes (e.g. coconut water or water with electrolyte tablets/powder).

Honour your fellow yogis space
The yoga room is a space to leave the world behind. Please be quiet upon entering the room and remember to align your mat within the horizontal lines or place it within either a white or black line when facing the mirror. When leaving the class take any belongings with you and if you hired a mat, please hang it on the racks.

Mindfulness
Please be mindful of our therapists who may be giving treatments to their clients, near the chill out area.

Come back tomorrow
Come back as soon as you can in order to get the best experience from your yoga practise.

First time in the hot room?

Is it important to learn from a Bikram certified instructor?
Yes. Bikram certified instructors have a high level of knowledge of anatomy and physiology. They’re also trained to be compassionate and sensitive, which guarantees a safe and enjoyable class for everyone. All of our instructors have undertaken intensive training personally supervised by Bikram Choudhury. Find our more about our teachers.

Do I need to stay in the room for the full 90 minutes?
Absolutely. We expect our students to stay for the entire duration of the class. This is the best way to get used to the heat and humidity and it’s an important part of your yoga practice. If you feel you need to stop we’d rather you stayed on your mat, breathed through your nose and tried to relax. That way, you’ll get the most out of your practice. When you feel better you can pick-up from the next posture.

Please take a look at our Bikram Hot Yoga page to learn more about practice! If you still have questions, you can ask any of us when you’re at the studio and we also have a dedicated Yoga Advisor. You’ll often see her about the studio or you can reach her on email or call her on 07541 491791.