New Students

Just getting started?

Bikram Yoga is designed for beginners!  If you feel a little scared, nervous or worried that you’ve never done anything like this before, that’s OK.  Most of our students felt that way at their first class, but they made it and so will you!  

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Hot House Yoga Tips For Your First Class:

What to Bring...

There are only a few things you will need to bring with you into class:

  • Yoga Mat

  • Large, full-size Towel to cover your mat

  • Water Bottle

If you do not have or forget any of these items, don’t worry!  We have plenty for you to rent or to buy!


During the class, please leave all personal belongings, including phones, in the changing room.  This will ensure everyone has plenty of room to move – and fewer distractions mean you can focus on yourself!

What to drink

HYDRATE! Drink plenty of water throughout the day of your class.   Remember it takes time to hydrate, so just drinking a lot of water right before class won’t get the job done (and might have you running to the bathroom!).

One of the great benefits of this yoga is that you start to drink more water throughout the course of the day (and you might even start to crave water if you are not a regular water drinker!).

Arrive early

Please arrive 20 minutes before your first class so that you have some time to get settled.   To save some time, you can complete the waiver and buy your class package online before you come into class.

What to expect

When you come into the yoga studio, the teacher will introduce him or her self, talk to you about what to expect and answer any questions you will have.   

When you enter the hot room, it will be quiet; some people will be stretching, others will be lying down.  Just enter the room softly, and find a spot where you have a few people in front of you in case you need an example to follow during class.   

During the class, your teacher will be talking A LOT!  Just tune in and follow along the best you can – know that you might not catch everything the first time around and that is NORMAL!  

Stay in the room

Your number one goal in each class is to try to stay in the room, do the best you can & BREATHE!  

If you need a break, just sit down or lie down on your mat.  If you don’t feel well, let the teacher know – we will do our best to take care of you!

What To Eat

To feel your best in class, we recommend not eating a big meal for about 2-3 hours before class.  However, it is important that you have enough energy for class, so something small like a piece of fruit or some juice a little while before class might be a good idea.   

Know that everyone is different when it comes to food, and the more you practice, you will figure out what works best for you!   If you need some help figuring it out – just ask!

What to wear

Be prepared to sweat. Wear something light – whatever you would wear to exercise outside on a hot day.  For women, shorts and a tank top/sports bra; for men, shorts or swim trunks.

Other suggestions:

  • Something with a little bit of spandex is good, rather than cotton, which sometimes will become heavy or see-through when wet.    

  • Bare feet are best – socks (even yoga socks) will just get wet!

  • Remove any bulky or dangly jewelry as it might get in your way.

  • It’s also a good idea to bring some dry clothes to travel home in.

Take it easy!

Its normal to feel dizzy, light headed or even a little nauseated during your first couple of classes so it’s important that you take care of your self in the hot room. The best way to feel good in the room is to keep your eyes open and breathe in and out through your nose.  And, of course, if you need a break, take one!  

You will see people around the room who are more advanced in their practice.  Don’t worry - some of these postures can take YEARS to get the hang of!   Try not to compare yourself to anyone else.   Just do as much as you can, and try your best with what you have that day … remember, its only yoga!

Ask Questions

Talk to your doctor about physical conditions or medications you have before starting your practice.  Please discuss any injuries (current or previous), conditions, concerns or questions with your teacher before class. 

All of our teachers practice and sweat here too!  They will have a lot of suggestions both from their training and from their own personal experience.  We are all here to help you and want you to have a great experience at Hot House Yoga!

Come back soon!

You might feel sore or stiff the day after class. Come back to class as soon as possible!  Your body is waking up and coming alive and you want to keep the process going!  Be sure to rehydrate and replenish with water, electrolytes, good food and sleep after your first class. 

Know that yoga is cumulative; the more you practice, the better you will feel!



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