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 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.
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. The Ritual Hot Yoga Signature class is comprised of a fast-paced flow in a dark, candle lit room set to about 95 degrees. We suggest wearing comfortable clothes (ie: leggings or shorts, tops and/or sports bras) that allow you to move and sweat in. Shirts are not required, however shoes are prohibited.
Is there somewhere to store my things?
Yes! We have a lounge with self lock lockers, first come first serve. Anything left behind, items are moved into our lost and found bin. Please note Ritual Hot Yoga is responsible for any left behind/ lost items. If anyone turns in any found items we will hold the item until our lost & found bin is full. As there is no guaranteed time period we’ll hold a found item, please ensure you email firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as you’ve noticed you may have left it behind with as many details as possible so we are able to best accommodate.
What does parking look like and is there a spot for my bike?
SOMA LOCATION: Street parking is available during certain hours on the 2 main cross streets and the back alley behind the studio. PLEASE READ ALL STREET SIGNS for hours and rules. 6th Street does have free 2 hour parking available during certain hours, Brannan Street has metered parking (during certain hours) and Harriet Street (alley way behind the studio) has 2 hour parking as well. We do allow for you park your bike inside the SOMA studio while you practice. FiDi LOCATION: Street parking is limited along Kearny Street and we suggest public transportation including BART and MUNI. The closest BART stop is the Montgomery Street stop which is located only about a block away from the FiDi location. There is currently no space for bike storage at our FiDi location.
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.
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.
Can I practice at Ritual if I am pregnant?
We recommend that you please consult with your doctor as the Ritual Hot Yoga signature class is considered high intensity and high heat (about 95 degrees). Suggestions/Topics to consider with your doctor: What is your exercise level/ activity and have you been exposed to the heat regularly prior to pregnancy? Which trimester are you in? We do not recommend introducing this practice into your pregnancy.
What if I am running late or unable to make a class I signed up for?
LATE - We start class at the time posted on the schedule and begin with a few minutes of seated meditation. Meditation is sacred time for the class to settle into their practice, so if you are running late you may join the class after meditation. We allow for any late students to join class once the instructor has cued movement of the body (ie. “Roll forward onto all fours”, “move into downward facing dog”) CANCELLATION - If you are unable to make class that you have registered for, please cancel 2 hours prior to class time. If you do not cancel prior to 2 hours before the class starts, we charge a $25 no-show fee.
How can I be added to a class waitlist and how does the waitlist work?
If class is full, you may contact us to be added to the waitlist. One minute prior the time of the class, we check the roster to see if there everyone signed up for class has checked-in. At that point, if not everyone has checked-in we will open up the waitlist.