Frequently Asked Questions
What is hot yoga?
Hot yoga is any style of yoga that is performed in a room with forced heat and many times humidity. Practicing hot yoga has become incredibly popular across North America in recent years.
How is Ritual Hot Yoga different from Bikram Yoga?
Bikram yoga is a set series of 26 postures, performed in a room heated to approximately 105 degrees. Every Bikram yoga class is the exact same, no matter what Bikram yoga teacher you take or what Bikram yoga studio attend. All Bikram yoga teachers are trained in the same curriculum and must complete the same training to be certified. All Bikram yoga teachers use the same script to conduct each heated yoga class. Bikram yoga was the first to start to the hot yoga trend in the United States and we have since seen this trend spread rapidly across the country and now the world. Hot yoga has become so popular because of its ability to detoxify your body during the course of the practice, leaving you with a peaceful feeling once you’ve completed the hot yoga class.
When you practice any type of heated yoga, your body is able to go deeper in postures because the heat helps to relax your muscles. Many individuals also find that hot yoga classes are incredibly therapeutic because the heat releases toxins from their body. In addition as a student of hot yoga, you will find that the heat will push your body to new physical limits.
Ritual hot yoga classes differ from Bikram hot yoga classes because although at Ritual we offer a consistent product, we do not teach the same set sequence in every single hot yoga class. Each hot yoga class at Ritual follows a very specific formula to ensure quality and consistently for our students in our product offering, however we do our best to provide a strong variety within this structure, so that every class still feels unique for the student. Each teacher at Ritual hot yoga creates a bran new sequence before every hot yoga class they teach to ensure their students are always engaged in the variety they find in their practice.
What should I bring to class?
All Ritual hot yoga classes include a Manduka mat, Yogitoes towel, a small face towel, blocks, and MatSnaps to hold your towel in place on your mat throughout your practice. The only thing that you need to bring with you is your favorite hot yoga gear to wear throughout class. It is recommended that you wear yoga gear that is light in weight and breathable.
How should I prep for class?
During your first hot yoga class, it is normal to feel nauseous or dizzy, especially if you have not practiced heated yoga before. Practicing hot yoga can reveal the current condition of your body and can inspire you to pay closer attention to how you are taking care of yourself in all other avenues of your life.
Often times the problem is that you may not have drank enough water throughout the course of your day. Typically you need about 64-80 ounces of water a day in order for your body to function optimally. In a hot yoga class, the body needs an adequate amount of water to allow perspiration to release heat from the body as you move through each yoga posture. Drink an adequate amount of water throughout the day, and your body will be able to tolerate the heat more effectively.
If you have practiced Bikram hot yoga in the past, you will want to prepare your body in the same way before you attend a hot yoga class at Ritual. You will want to come to class on an empty stomach. It is best not to eat any food a few hours before coming to your first hot yoga class. You will want to eat things that are easy for your body to digest prior to coming in for class. If you typically drink large quantities of caffeine or eat a lot of processed foods it can make it difficult for your body to tolerate the heat. In preparing your body for your first hot yoga class, you will want to try and cut back on the consumption of these items. In addition you will want to begin to drink larger than usual quantities of water a few days before you take your first class.
After your first hot yoga class you may be more tired than you are used to because your body is detoxing, but you will find your body will return to its normal energy levels after you have taken a few hot yoga classes and your body has acclimated to the heat.
What are the benefits of hot yoga?
Hot yoga classes have become so popular throughout North America because of the many benefits that they offer. Students find that the practice is cleansing both physically and mentally. In addition, students see a reduction in their stress levels, increased blood circulation, and lower blood pressure. Hot yoga classes help to build strength in throughout the body, while increasing flexibility.
How often should I practice?
Ritual hot yoga classes are designed to be practiced on a daily basis. If you are looking to see a large transformation in your body and or an advancement in your practice it is recommended that you practice at least three times a week on a regular basis.