Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Are you affiliated with Bikram Yoga, Inc. or Bikram Choudhury?

No.

Is Still Hot Yoga handicap accessible?

We regret that our yoga studio is on the second floor of a building without an elevator or ramp. Read more…

Do I need to pre-register or make an appointment?

No, anyone may drop in to any class. Many people still like to pre-register through our online store, which you are welcome to do.

Can I reserve a space in class?

Yes! We now have an online store and class registration service. But you must still arrive on time. All classes start promptly and there is no late admittance.

How many people are in a typical class?

I wish it were consistent enough to give a reliable number but it’s not. By tracking attendance and doing some quick math I can show that we currently average 13-14 people per class but that can be misleading. Some classes may have as few as 6 or 7 people while others may have more than 20. Generally speaking, early morning classes are smallest, weekend classes are larger, and weekday evenings can go either way. It’s a crap shoot.

If the Studio Closes for Holidays or Snow Can I Get My Expiration Date Extended?

Yes. We don’t have a way to do this automatically so you have to ask at the front desk when you are signing in. We will extend your expiration date for the same number of days that we had to close.

I left my BLANK at the studio. Will you keep until I can come get it?

Yes, but with some limits. People leave so much stuff here that we have to purge occasionally. All leftover items are saved for 1-4 weeks, depending on perceived value.

Do you offer childcare services?

No, we do not.

Why do you only allow water in the room during class?

While we have no interest in controlling what people consume, there are two main reasons we restrict what drinks may be brought into the yoga room:

  • Bottles sometimes get knocked over and spill their contents. Water is easy to clean up.
  • If we allow anything besides water in the room some people may bring in “energy” drinks and many of those have high sugar content as well as caffeine and other additives that could have a detrimental effect while practicing yoga.

Simple, plain water is second only to air in importance to overall health and well being

Who the heck is Bucky Silverado?

Bucky Silverado is not just a “whom”. They symbolize the hope and enthusiasm of an entire generation summed up in these words: it’s not the heat, it’s the humility!

Are all the different classes hot?

Yes, but some are not as hot as others. The temperature in our studio ranges from 90-105. See this page for class descriptions.

Are all the classes suitable for a beginner?

Bikram Yoga, Hot Fix and Hot Fix Sunrise are beginner classes. Vinyasa is intermediate. 84 Classic Asanas is advanced. Detailed descriptions are available here.

Will I be able to do Hot Yoga if I'm not flexible?

Absolutely. Anybody can do yoga.

Is Hot Yoga suitable for children?

Hot Yoga is suitable for ages 15 and up. These children do not need to be approved by anyone other than their parent or guardian. They may do the full series. Their parent or guardian does not need to be present in the class with them. In some cases, we allow children 11-14 practice the floor series but only after we get to know them and a parent or guardian. Each case will be evaluated individually.

Children under the age of 17 must have a parent sign their liability waiver.

Does Hot Yoga include meditation and can it improve concentration?

All Hatha Yoga is, in a sense, a form of meditation. Our approach is very basic with an initial emphasis on the body but our teaching recognizes the importance of the connection between mind and body. The benefits of yoga are as much in our mental capacity as in the physical. Increased concentration, a reduction of stress levels and an improved sense of well being are some of the many rewards you will discover through Hot Yoga.

How long before I see results?

Most people start to feel some benefits almost immediately but the most profound and long lasting benefits are cumulative. That is, they will continue to accrue as long as you continue to practice. Yoga is not a quick fix for what ails you nor is it a cure-all but many people report feeling positive effects after only a few classes. The best way to know is to try it and see for yourself.

How often should I practice?

This is something everyone has to answer for themselves. We encourage you to attend class as often as possible when getting started. One of the best things you can do for your overall health and well-being is to create positive, healthy habits. Practicing yoga on a regular basis will not only exponentially increase the benefits but it will help you get to know your body and it’s needs well enough to do what’s right for your unique situation and lifestyle. When you have successfully incorporated your yoga practice into your life your body will tell you when it wants to go to class. All you have to do is listen to it.

Can I lose weight through Hot Yoga?

Maybe. If and how much depends on your physical condition, your lifestyle and how much effort and commitment you put into it. Yoga is not a weight loss program in itself but many people find that a regular practice, as part of an overall healthy lifestyle, helps them achieve their ideal body weight.

Is Hot Yoga aerobic?

Yes. Any activity that raises the heart rate or is intended to improve the efficiency of the cardiovascular system in the absorption and transportation of oxygen is aerobic. During a typical 90 minute Hot Yoga class your heart rate should reach it’s target exercise zone for at least 20-25 minutes, depending on your level of effort.

How many calories will I burn in a single class?

That’s hard to know with any certainty. The estimates range from 350 to 650 calories per class. It really depends on too many factors to make any kind of blanket prediction. I let somebody bring a body monitoring device into a class and it showed that he burned 748 calories — clearly he was working hard. The key is to think of calorie burning as simply one small benefit of practicing yoga. There are far more benefits than that.

I've got NO experience (or am out of shape). Can I do Hot Yoga?

Absolutely. Anybody can do yoga.

Should I practice if I have a cold?

Yes, but…

It’s fine for you to practice with a cold and you will probably feel better after class. The practice can help reduce symptoms and boost your immune system.

On the other hand, you have to think about your fellow practitioners. Colds and other viruses can spread easily so it may be a good idea to stay home during the first couple of days and/or when your symptoms are at their worst.

If you do come to the studio with a cold make sure to wash your hands frequently and cover your mouth when sneezing (it’s best to sneeze into the crook of your elbow if you don’t have a hanky). Cold viruses can be transmitted by air but they are more often transmitted through the hands.

Can I practice Hot Yoga if I have a spine condition.

Probably, but always check with your doctor. We have many students with spine conditions such as scoliosis, herniated disks, fused disks, degenerated disks and more.

Can I practice Hot Yoga if I have asthma?

Absolutely.

Can I practice Hot Yoga if I have high blood pressure?

Yes, but get permission from your doctor first.

Can I practice if I have Multiple Sclerosis?

Talk to your doctor!

Heat is contraindicated for people with MS but there have been some who have found the practice to be helpful.

Can Hot Yoga cause heat rash?

Yes, it’s possible that Hot Yoga can cause heat rash, usually in people who are new to the practice. However, it’s not common.

First I must emphasize that I am NOT a doctor nor am I qualified to give medical advice. What follows is from my experience as a yoga instructor and is only my personal opinion.

Heat rash is caused by blockages in the sweat glands. The exact cause is unknown but high heat and humidity can be contributing factors as can any activity which results in intense, heavy perspiration. It usually occurs in parts of the body that are covered by clothing.

Some contributing factors to look for are: clothing that doesn’t allow your skin to breathe (cotton is not good in class — it’s best to wear workout clothes that allow wicking), bacteria and heavy or greasy skin creams. There are also medications that have been linked to heat rash.

Heat rash should go away on it’s own in a few days — providing you avoid high heat and humidity — so it’s a good idea to take a break from your practice when the symptoms are causing you discomfort. If symptoms last longer than a few days or if it they become severe (swelling, pus, fever, or swollen lymph nodes) then you should see a doctor..

Why does my sweat sometimes smell like ammonia?

This is nothing to be alarmed about. It’s common among marathon runners and usually comes from having a low carb/high protein diet. You may want to include more complex carbohydrates in your diet.

The ammonia smell could be a sign of kidney failure if it occurred in your sweat and breath all the time but if it’s only associated with vigorous exercise it’s almost certainly diet related. If you have serious concerns about this or any other health issue you should always seek advice from a doctor or other health care professional. Our preparation as Yoga instructors does not include medical training.

Can I practice Hot Yoga while pregnant?

We offer a modified posture sequence for pregnant women which can be practiced along with our regular classes. Please contact us for detailed information.

Does Hot Yoga raise my core body temperature?

Usually, but not by a lot. We have done a couple of informal tests to monitor body temperature during class and we had some inconsistent results but there was a slight rise in most people. Here’s what we found:

Two pregnant women took their temperature before class, at three different times during class and once more after class. Neither of these women saw a noticeable rise in temperature and one of them said her temperature was slightly lower during class than it had been at other times during the day.

On another occasion we took the temperature of twelve people before and after class and the average post-class temperature of all those we measured was 99.7, which is only 1.1 degrees above “normal”.

None of this scientific and these were very small sample sizes but it fits with our overall experience and expectations. If you are pregnant or have any health concerns you should always get permission from your doctor before practicing Hot Yoga.

Written by Bucky Silverado

If you stop every time a dog barks, your road will never end. If you wish the dog to follow you, feed him. A dog has four feet, but he can't walk four different paths. The barking of a dog does not disturb the man on a camel. Woof.