FIRST-TIMER FAQ

How early should I arrive?  Do I need reservations?

Hot Yoga classes at The Yoga Pioneers (TYP) are filled on a first come, first served basis. Doors open 30 minutes before class start time. Sign-up closes 5 minutes before class start time.
For your FIRST class at TYP, please be at the studio 20-30 minutes before class starts to register and receive a brief orientation from your teacher.  First-timers take note: if you arrive just as class is starting, you may be refused admittance at the instructor's discretion. This helps keep class timely for everyone; thanks for understanding. 

Reservations are only accepted for groups of 6 or more. Please call 24 hours ahead: 952-888-9642.  All members of your party must arrive at least 20 minutes before class start time; latecomers will not be admitted.
If you use a ClassPass membership to attend selected TYP classes, you must book each class in advance on ClassPass.com.

What do I need to bring with me to a TYP Hot Yoga class?

  • Yoga 'sticky' mat
  • Drinking water.
  • A large towel (to cover your mat).
  • A small hand towel
  • Optionally, a bath towel, if you'll be showering at the studio. 

Need yoga gear?  TYP rents mats and towels; we also sell yoga mats and our fabulous TYP water bottles. 
Please do NOT bring or use these items in the studio: 
Sports drinks, soda pop, coffee, or tea.  Plain water is best for hydration. 
Your phone.  Cellular phone use is not permitted at TYP.  So unplug for an hour, and enjoy life in the Yoga Zone! 
Scented oils or body products.  Some yogis are sensitive to odors.
The most important thing to bring?  Your OPEN MIND.

What should I wear to practice Hot Yoga?

TYP’s practice room is heated to an average temperature of 105°F, so dress lightly and comfortably.  Women generally choose tank tops, sports bras, or t-shirts with shorts or tights.  Men wear swimsuits or shorts (t-shirts optional).  Yoga is practiced in bare feet.  
To ensure a safe and pleasant experience for all, do NOT chew gum in class, and as some students are sensitive and/or allergic to odors, please do not apply perfume, cologne, or scented body products prior to attending class.  

How should I prepare for Hot Yoga?

Yoga is best practiced with "an empty stomach and an open mind."  Ideally, allow at least two hours between finishing a meal and starting your yoga practice.  If it's close to class time and you're hungry, have something light, such as a piece of fruit.  Stay well-hydrated by drinking plenty of pure water both before and after class.

I'm not very flexible - how can I possibly do yoga?

A lot of folks new to yoga ask this question, or worry (needlessly) about lack of flexibility, because they've seen pictures or videos featuring very limber “yoga people” in extremely acrobatic positions. Here's the real deal: if you’re stiff as a board, you’ll benefit tremendously from practicing yoga - and your flexibility will definitely increase over time. Just do the best you can at each class, don't force any movement, and you'll see. Remember, the Yoga Pioneers welcome beginners at every class. Start where you are...do what you can. We will always encourage you to practice yoga in the way that feels best to you.

What actually happens in a TYP Hot Yoga class?

The Yoga Pioneers' Hot Yoga classes are all based on a time-honored series of yoga postures and breathing exercises, always performed in the same order. TYP offers hot yoga classes in 60- and 75-minute formats; see Class Descriptions page for details. You'll become familiar with the class structure after just a few sessions. All TYP's teachers have extensive experience in heated-room yoga instruction, and lead class verbally, rather than by performing the postures. This allows your teacher to focus entirely on YOU and your class experience. Should you have any injuries, medical conditions, or concerns about performing certain movements, be sure to let your teacher know before class begins. We are always happy to help you modify postures to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable practice.

Why is the room heated?  And how hot is it, anyway?

The Yoga Pioneers’ "heat philosophy" is simple: moderate heat is a wonderful way to enhance your physical yoga practice. When you practice in a well-heated not overheated! – room, you’ll find you can safely stretch more deeply, and breathe more mindfully. Yes, you'll sweat, and that’s a good thing. Sweating is a natural, healthy bodily function that helps release toxins through the skin, your body’s largest organ of elimination. TYP’s classroom temperature averages around 105°F. Room temperature will vary slightly from class to class, as will humidity levels.  Along with the friendly, penetrating radiant heat, our 1200 s.f. practice room’s unique design – featuring natural cork flooring and soft lighting – is especially conducive to relaxation and meditation.  If you’re new to the hot room, give yourself a few classes to get used to it.  You might feel a bit dizzy or lightheaded at first; it’s common at the beginning, and will soon be a non-issue.  Should you need to rest between postures or skip any, that's perfectly all right: sit or lie down on your mat, breathe slowly and deeply, then resume practice when you’re ready. Once you’ve acclimated, we're confident you'll agree: Hot Yoga is healthily habit-forming!

Have a question not answered here?

The Yoga Pioneers welcome your questions.  We also love feedback, ideas, suggestions, and comments.  To get in touch, go to the Contact Us page.  We look forward to hearing from you!