Are the studios safe and hygienic?
Our group classes are socially distanced and we’ve upped our game when it comes to health and safety, in order to ensure our studios are as safe and hygienic as possible. You can read more about the measures we are taking here.
Do I need to book in advance?
Yes please! All class purchases and registrations must be made in advance through our website or app.
I’m having trouble booking classes using the app, help!
Please make sure you have signed the waiver by logging into your account on a web browser before trying to book via the app. If thats all done, make sure you’re logged into the right account. If you’re still struggling, give us a shout.
What should I wear?
We recommend shorts (with nets!) for men, and a t-shirt if you wish. Women should wear gym kit – legging/shorts and vest top. Remember, it does get sweaty.
What should I bring?
We recommend bringing plenty of water with you. Yoga towels are required in all classes, but you can hire one from us if you forget.
Do you provide mats?
Yes, mats are provided. You’re welcome to bring your own, but there’s a complimentary one there waiting for you. Just be sure to bring a towel to lay on your mat to keep from slipping.
Do you have showers?
Most of our studios have showers, but please contact your location directly to check. Some shower facilities may be temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Should I eat beforehand?
Try not to eat within an hour before class.
I’ve never done hot yoga before, will I be ok?
You will be absolutely fine! Just let the teacher know it’s your first lesson, take the class at your own pace and remember you can take a restorative pose and pause to catch your breath whenever you need to.
Can I come to class if I’m unwell?
If you’re feeling physically unwell, it’s very important that you do not come to class. Firstly, it may well make you feel worse (if you’ve got a cold or flu, for example). Secondly, we don’t want to risk you infecting others.
What’s the purpose of the pod?
The pod allows us to create a wonderful hot yoga studio anywhere. It’s an amazing, tranquil environment to practice yoga.
How hot does it get?
The heat makes the heart and lungs work a little harder – helping you burn more calories, and giving you a great cardio workout. Warmth also increases flexibility – easing joints and muscles and helping prevent injury. Sweating also helps us eliminate toxins, cleansing the body. Finally… well, it’s just nice!
The physical and mental benefits of yoga are innumerable. Aside from providing a challenging workout, helps to balance the body and mind through physical exercises and controlled breathing. Introducing meditative practices helps us release stress and anxiety, promoting clarity of mind, better focus and increased energy and alertness. It’s about an all-round greater sense of well being.
What’s the difference between Hotpod Yoga and Bikram?
Bikram is a well-known US-based hot yoga franchise. It is a strict practice, made up of 26 postures, practiced for 90 minutes. Some of our postures are similar to the Bikram sequence, as both forms derive from the same root of yoga. However, our sequences are an hour long (or sometimes 45 minutes), slightly less hot, typically more flowing and are less prescriptive. We allow room for creativity, so that not every class or teacher will be exactly the same. Crucially, Hotpod Yoga is portable – held in our very own pods – unlike anyone else!
Is an hour (or 45 minutes) long enough?
We know that not everyone has the luxury of 90 minutes spare for yoga. But we’ll work you hard and get your heart pumping – 45 minute or an hour is plenty of time for a thorough workout and to escape your day-to-day.
Can I do Hotpod Yoga while pregnant?
Unfortunately not. The heat makes it quite high exertion and raises the body temperature – both not entirely safe when pregnant. So, we recommend finding a great pregnancy yoga class and then coming to see us after the baby’s born for our ‘Yoga for New Mums’ classes.
Can children attend Hotpod Yoga?
No under 16s allowed, unfortunately. We have been known to run occasional kids classes, but not on a regular schedule.
Is there a cancellation policy?
Yes. You must cancel your class via the website or app at least 12 hours in advance, or your class pass will not be refunded. Cancellation policies may vary by studio, so please check with your local studio to find out more.
I would like to refer a friend – how do I do this?
Most of our studios have temporarily disabled the Refer a Friend program while we get back up and running following closures due to COVID-19. To enquire about Refer a Friend, you can get in touch with your local studio here.