Hot Yoga FAQ

Welcome to SoCal Hot Yoga in Brentwood, Los Angeles!  Please read the following Frequently Asked Questions to find answers to your hot yoga questions. If you do not find your answer here, send us an email at info@socalhotyoga.com or call us at (310) 924-2191.

Hot Yoga FAQ

What is 'hot yoga?'

Hot yoga is simply traditional yoga postures practiced in a heated room. SoCal Hot Yoga Studios heats every class to 105 degrees Fahrenheit with 50% humidity. Different styles of yoga can be practiced in a heated room. Our studio’s sequence combines static postures (30-60 second holds) with a Vinyasa flow. Vinyasa refers to a style of yoga in which postures are linked together by the breath to form continuous movement. The static postures are held to strengthen the body and allow for deep stretching of ligaments and muscles while the constant movement of the Vinyasa increases the cardiovascular challenge, builds upper body strength, and deepens the connection to the breath for a mentally relaxing, yet physically challenging experience.

Why is the room heated?

The hot room allows you to get the greatest benefit out of each posture because physically you warm-up your muscles faster, allowing you to safely stretch deeper into the postures. Deep stretching increases flexibility and alleviates muscle pain and tension. You also reap mental benefits because the heat challenges the mind to stay focused on the breath and remain calm. With more water in the air, the heart and lungs must work a little bit harder to get full breaths in, similar to exercising at higher altitudes. Breathing deeply increases heart rate and improves cardiovascular health, contributing to an overall great workout.

What are the benefits of hot yoga?

Physical: Weight loss, muscle tone, better balance & posture, increase flexibility, boost metabolism, improve circulation, relieve muscle soreness, relieve joint pain & back pain, glowing skin.

Mental: Manage stress, improve mental focus, relax, improve sleep quality.

How will hot yoga help me lose weight?

Hot yoga will help you lose weight for the following reasons: 1) It is a mental exercise focusing on staying calm, allowing you to work harder physically. The heat forces the mind to focus, enabling your body to reach a high level of intensity in your physical workout. 2) Hot yoga exercise boosts the metabolism. 3) The Vinyasa flow and focus on breath control causes the heart to work harder, thereby creating a more intense cardio workout.

How much water should I drink to prepare for hot yoga class?

We recommend drinking 32 oz. of water a minimum of one full hour before class, giving the water time to hydrate the body. Most students, especially those who by their own admittance “don’t drink enough water” experience increased hydration with hot yoga. Once you start practicing regularly, your body will crave water and you will naturally increase your water intake without even thinking about it. Water drinking is the most important aspect in the wonderful, detoxifying experience of hot yoga.

Hydration Tips:

1) If you find yourself guzzling water during class or experiencing headaches or dizziness after class, you may be dehydrated. Try drinking more water before you come to class.

2) Due to the high level of sweat in hot yoga, it is essential you are replacing electrolytes in your body. Simply drinking large amounts of “free” water with no added electrolytes does not hydrate you body. More information can be found in this article. To help meet your hydration needs, we sell electrolyte enriched water, coconut water, and electrolyte products.

3) Do you lose a lot of water weight? Yes, of course. You sweat tremendously. Be sure to replace fluids and electrolytes, and you will feel energized and strong. As with any fitness plan, the more effort you put in, the faster you see results.

New Student FAQ

Which class should I come to if I have never done hot yoga before?

You can come to any class! How is this possible? Well, many poses during the class have multiple stages, starting with a beginner stage that is for anyone taking yoga for the first time. As you advance in your practice and your muscles strengthen, you can move deeper into the poses for more of a challenge. As a beginner, keep in mind you may also need to take frequent breaks to adjust to the heat. Staying the room and adjust to the heat is more important than any pose – hot yoga is a mental discipline first and foremost. The only way you can get better is by staying mentally calm and aware of how you are feeling. However, as your body and mind acclimate to the heat and grow stronger, you’re encouraged to challenge yourself by taking less breaks and going deeper into the poses.

What should I bring to class?

Please bring a mat, a large size towel to cover your mat, and water. Mats and towels are available for purchase. To promote a clean and sanitary environment, we strongly encourage the use of a personal yoga mat.  We do have a limited number of mats available for traveling guests or if you forget your mat for a $3 rental fee.

Does SoCal Hot Yoga in Brentwood teach the Bikram style of hot yoga?

No. SoCal Hot Yoga teaches a combination of a Vinyasa flow with static (30 to 60 second hold) yoga postures. If you do not understand what this means, don’t worry – we will show you! 

I am new to hot yoga. What should I expect at my first class?

Welcome! We are excited to introduce you to the world of hot yoga. Please drink plenty of water (16-32 fl. oz.) one full hour before the practice, giving the body time to hydrate. Wear something you feel comfortable sweating in. Bring a yoga mat or plan to purchase or rent for $3 at the studio. Please visit our New Student Page page for more info.

I'm afraid of feeling to hot. If I feel overhead in the middle of class, what should I do?

You are not alone. We get this one A LOT. Part of hot yoga practice is being able to stay in the room and stay calm, never allowing a pose to outweigh your ability to control your breath. Once you conquer the mental challenge of the heated room, then you can work on the postures. If you feel too hot when class is in session, slow yourself down by sitting on your mat and taking a break. We were all there at some point and you really do get used to the heat! Unless you are pregnant, have an illness worsened by heat, or have received medical instruction to avoid heated environments, you will be fine. Just do what you can, keeping in mind that mastery of the practice takes time and patience— don’t get frustrated, and don’t give up! The feeling of being overheated typically starts to fade after a few sessions within the same week. Students should aim for a consistent practice. We suggest practicing a minimum of three times a week to stay adjusted to the heat and receive the most benefit out of the practice.

1) Safety. During the class, the instructor oversees the well-being of the students, and for this reason, we ask all students to remain in the room for the entire class under the supervision of the instructors. If you know in advance you cannot stay for the entire class, please choose another class time to attend. If you come to class and have to leave for a health related reason, please wait for a break (not during a posture), inform the teacher you are not feeling well, collect your belongings, and leave the studio. You are not to move in and out of the classroom during a session or remain the lobby after exiting the yoga room. We understand if you need to leave for a health reason on occasion, we just ask that you do so in a way that does not interrupt the other students or divert the instructor’s attention away from the class, and that it does not become a regular habit. Hot yoga is no more dangerous than any other form of exercise, but there are rules of conduct similar to a gym, swimming pool, etc. Our number one priority is that all students are in a safe environment.

2) Hot Yoga is a mindful, meditative practice. Out of respect for the teacher and other students, please eliminate distraction during class and make a conscious effort to uphold the integrity and energy of this group practice by doing everything you need before the session begins: use the restroom, bring in enough water, make sure you have enough towels and a proper mat before you start.

SoCal Hot Yoga Studio FAQ

Do I need to register ahead of time?'

Yes.  To sign up, please use our online reservation system, or give us a call at (310) 924-2191 and leave a message with your name the time you would like to attend.  We take a limited number drop-ins, space-permitting, but please be aware that there is no guarantee.

Do you offer private yoga classes? What are the benefits of taking a private class?

Yes! At SoCal Hot Yoga, we are one of the only “hot” studios specializing in heated private yoga classes. We offer private classes for individuals and groups. Private classes are tailored to the meet the student’s individual goals and benefit beginner through advanced students, or students who simply need a more flexible schedule. Beginners are welcome to all group sessions but may choose to ease into the practice with private sessions so that they know what to expect. Intermediate and advanced students deepen their understanding of the the practice by learning the mechanics behind the advanced stages of the postures and working through individual corrections.

**Non-heated private classes, in-studio or in-home, are also available.   Please visit our page Private Hot Yoga for more information and pricing.   To schedule a private, use our online booking system, or contact us with a requested time.  Email us at href=”mailto:info@socalhotyoga.com”>info@socalhotyoga.com and we will respond within 24 hours. 

What makes SoCal Hot Yoga in Brentwood different than other studios?

SoCal Hot Yoga is a boutique facility fostering a feeling of community in Brentwood. No overcrowded “mat to mat” experiences here! We encourage all students to sign up online to ensure a space and keep class sizes comfortable. Smaller classes allow the teachers to devote more attention to each student, allowing students to progress in an understanding of the yoga and practice much faster.