FAQs

See below a list of Hot Yoga FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
(click each to expand for answers).

Pure hot yoga classes take 60-90 minutes.

There is no need to book for a hot yoga class, however it is on a first come first in basis. Please arrive 15 mins early and if it’s your first time please register online before coming down. Doors close 5 minutes before start time.

Wear something comfortable that you can stretch and sweat in.

LADIES: lycra shorts or ¾ length leggings and sports bra or singlet.

MEN: boardshorts, lycra shorts, shirt optional.

Wear light fitted clothes, remember it’s going to be hot. Bring a full size towel for practise, bring a yoga mat if you have one (mats are $2 for hire). Bring some water (water can also be purchased).

It’s better to hydrate during the day. Drink 2-3 litres of water throughout the day, avoid drinking too much before class.

The 14 day Introductory offer is for 1st time students only and allows you to practice yoga as many times as you wish for 14 consecutive days from the 1st day of purchase. So you can practice yoga everyday for 14 days. Make the most of your Intro pass as it’s great value for money, the more you practice yoga the better you will feel. This will give you the opportunity to experience all styles.

No. The Introductory offer is a once only offer.

Pure hot yoga is excellent for your spine and is perfectly safe for you to do, however please advise your teacher before each class of your injury and always seek a medical check before starting any exercise regime.

Pure hot yoga helps to regulate your blood pressure over time, however please inform your teacher before each class begins. It is important that you let us know. A medical check before starting a new exercise regime is always recommended.

Yes you can practice however please advise us of your injury. You may also like to bring along your doctor/ physio’s recommendations.

A minimum of 10 classes per month is recommended to get the benefits of PURE HOT YOGA, among which is weight normalization. As a beginner, it takes three classes for your body to get use to the proper approach to the posture, and ten classes for your body to begin to work with postures and the flow. You will then start to realize optimization of all your body systems. Respiration and Digestion, as well as endocrine, lymphatic and elimination systems will begin to work harmoniously. Your appetite will normalize, and your unhealthy cravings will diminish. All of these results will help to normalize your weight if you devote yourself to a regular practice.

A regular hot yoga practice calms the mind, increases mental clarity and energy and helps to reduce stress. The heated room environment also increases willpower, determination, concentration and patience.

Perfect! This is for you. Needing to be flexible is the most common misconception that prevents people from coming to a hot yoga class. But hot yoga is not about how flexible you are. It is about stretching your body and spine in all directions. All that matters is that you practice the right way, go to your personal “edge” whilst always listening to your body and you will get 100% of the benefit.

Unfortunately it is not advised to do yoga in the heated studio, especially in the first trimester when the mother’s core temperature should not be elevated.

We do offer 1on1 sessions for pre natal students and you are also welcome to practice our Slow Flow Classes and Yin Classes.

For good results, we encourage regular Pure hot yoga practice of 3 times per week minimum. For life changing results, 4 of more times per week.

The room is heated intentionally to warm the muscles which allows you to work deeper, prevents injuries all the while burning up to 500 calories per class. You will be left feeling exhilarated and energized having worked every muscle, tendon, ligament, joint and internal organ in your body. Pure hot yoga will help you achieve your optimum level of fitness and balance throughout all your bodies systems  through the practice of hatha yoga.

Found a muscle you didn’t know existed? Congratulations you have utilized 100% of your body. Muscle soreness is a build up of lactic acid. What’s the best way to get rid of the lactic acid? Stretching. It may seem impossible to imagine that coming back for more Pure hot yoga will help, but it is THE BEST way to relieve the soreness. Our FAR Infrared Heating system will melt all those aches and pains away.

  • Smile
  • Drink plenty of water & eat healthy colorful food
  • Come back the next day, even if you’re a little sore.

Drink plenty of water. It is easy to get dehydrated, so make sure you are drinking plenty of water before and after a Pure hot yoga class and minimal amounts during class. Try hydrating  the entire day before you come to a Pure hot yoga class. You are less likely to feel lightheaded or dizzy during your class if you’ve had enough to drink in the hours proceeding class. If you practice regularly, an electrolyte replacement may be beneficial.

By the tourniquet effect: stretching, balancing (using gravity), and creating pressure all at the same time. The blood supply in arteries and veins is being cut off, creating pressure. When released, a lock gate effect is created, causing blood to rush through veins and arteries, flushing them out. Also, pressure is applied to the heart by its relative position to the rest of the body.

If you are sick, please stay at home and hydrate and we will see you soon. The hot room is not for you. Sweating it out does not work as when you are sick this can lead to dehydration and we don’t wish to share your illness with the rest of the yoga community. We REALLY appreciate your thoughtfulness.

It is not unusual to feel nauseous or dizzy during your first Pure hot yoga class. Practicing yoga in a heated room can be challenging and often reveals to us our true present condition, and inspires us take much better care of ourselves. Usually the problem is that we do not drink enough water for our daily lives, let alone for exercising in a heated room. Nutritionists tell us that we need 2-3 liters of water a day to help the body function properly. In the heated yoga room, your body needs adequate water to allow perspiration to release heat from the body as you practice Pure hot yoga. So we estimate you need another 1.5 litres (sometime during the day) to allow for your 60-90 minutes in the room. Once you are drinking enough water your body will tolerate the heat better and you will actually enjoy the heat.

If you feel disoriented or like you need a good nap after your first few Pure hot yoga classes, this is likely because your body has begun to cleanse itself as a result of you Pure hot yoga practice. Don’t be scared. After the first few Pure hot yoga classes this sensation will pass. The more you can relax and breathe during your Pure hot yoga class, the more energized you will feel throughout the Pure hot yoga class and throughout the rest of your day.

It has been said, “It’s not what you do, but how you do.” So don’t let the mind wander during practice. Don’t be too aggressive or impatient, either. The only time you will hurt yourself (create a sprain or pull) is if you overuse your strength or do postures mindlessly. Think of alignment. Biomechanically you are very safe if you do postures in alignment.

Muscle imbalance creates a lot of problems. Check to make sure there is good alignment with the left and right side of the quads. Remember, the body follows the eyes. Be careful to do the postures correctly, because you are creating an imprint that is hard to undo. Breath is the only way to affect the involuntary systems. Oxygen deprivation is a major cause of spasms, other muscle pains, and sciatica. Use breath to break through fear of pain– sigh a relaxed sigh. Deep diaphragmatic breathing is best when dealing with lots of resistance. Send the breath there–breathe through the nose. And finally, honor your boundaries, but expect them to expand. Have faith!

Whether the knees are arthritic or injured, Pure hot yoga will definitely help. You must move the knees to get circulation to them, and Pure hot yoga helps you do both.

So how should you proceed? Make sure to listen carefully to the alignment instructions in each posture. When you are told to keep your feet parallel in standing postures, please do so. A half inch in either direction away from parallel has its effects all the way up the knees and into the hips.

In standing balancing postures, it is also important to keep the standing foot straight and the standing knee pointing straight ahead. If your knee bows back (hyperextension) you should bring the weight forwards towards the toes so as to engage the quadriceps muscle and lift the kneecap upwards. This action brings the leg into one line and brings true strength to the knees.

When you are bending your knees in any of the standing postures, keep the knees pointed over the toes. This will ensure that the knees and hips are strengthened evenly inside and out.

In triangle, when you are told to push your hips forward as you bend your front knee, this will keep your hip in line with your knee in line with your foot. This is also good for even strengthening of hip and knee joints.

In some of the standing postures, it might be very difficult to bend your knee to a 90 degree angle. So do the best you can without creating pain. Better to keep proper alignment.

In the floor poses, notably fixed firm, half tortoise and perhaps rabbit, it might be difficult for you to bend your knees enough that the hips sit on the heels. To test your knee flexibility, keep lots of weight in your hands and bend the knees gradually to the point (but not past) of pain. You must be able to relax and breathe in the posture, holding it steady, for anything to happen. As the pain decreases and you start feeling more comfortable, you can gradually take the weight out of your hands and allow more pressure on the knees. Eventually you’ll be able to go all the way into the posture, and you won’t even remember the time when you couldn’t even sit down!

You’ll find that little by little your knee pain goes away and soon you’ll realize that you can walk, climb up and go down stairs, even run a little without pain!

Please follow the instructions carefully when you are doing forward bends. For example, in the half moon–padahastasana series, the instructions are to bring your torso on your thighs, chest to the knees, no light space anywhere between the torso and the thighs. If you try to straighten your legs without having this first part accomplished, you can create pain in your lower back. Also keep in mind the instruction “360 degrees stretching.” What that means is to make the stretch even throughout the whole back side of the body. (See previous question for more details).

You also want to follow these guidelines in separate leg stretching. The teacher says, “Suck in your stomach and bend your upper body down from your lower spine towards the floor.” It is difficult to suck in your stomach unless you exhale, so make sure to exhale as you fold forward. When you suck in your stomach, it supports the whole pelvis to roll forwards with the rest of your spine–this eliminates strain in the lower back. Working carefully, mindfully, allowing your breath to flow with your movement will help you to gradually deepen your experience of the postures.

Pure Hot Yoga teaches you to breathe to your full potential and correctly/ Prevents/ Reduces chronic illnesses & injury/ Promotes better sleep/ Reduces stress/ Builds strength, flexibility, balance & endurance / Promotes a deep sense of wellbeing & peace / Speeds up weight loss/ Toning/ Improves posture/ Eliminates back pain/ Maintains youthful appearance, as the oxygenation & cleansing improves skin tone/ Works every system of the body; cardiovascular, nervous, lymphatic, endocrine, immune, digestive, reproductive, muscular & skeletal / Works every organ, gland, muscle, tendon & ligament/ Improves heart & lung capacity/ Integrates the left & right hemispheres of the brain which *improves memory, learning, co-ordination & balance/  Builds mental strength by holding your mind in a focused, meditative state/  Promotes greater flexibility of your spine in its full range of motion, allowing the central nervous system to function optimally, resulting in high levels of energy.

No, Pure Hot Yoga is not a Bikram Yoga studio. We include many poses from the same lineage as Bikram (the lineage of Bishnu Gosh) but also draw from the lineages of Krishnamacharya such as Iyengar Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Jivamukti and Power Yoga, Sivananda Yoga, Power Flow and Yin Yoga.

Due to insurance restrictions you need to be 16 years old to practice at Pure Hot Yoga.

Due to insurance restriction you need to be 16 years old to practice at Pure Hot Yoga.

Hot Yoga is recognized all around the world as a great activity which not only exercises the body but also the mind. Life in the twenty first century, is competitive, stressful and both physically and mentally taxing, therefore it is essential to find a physical activity which not only keeps the body fit but also calms the mind and keeps the stress levels under control. The modern man has rediscovered Hot Yoga, one discipline which takes care of both mind and body. This explains the sudden spurt of popularity of Hot Yoga. In Australia alone, a substantial number of men and women practice Hot Yoga. Another strange thing is that there are more women than men practitioners of Hot Yoga. There is not one comprehensive discipline. There are a number of types and styles of Yoga. Some of the different styles are ‘Hatha Yoga’ which contains physical poses and breath control, and (Bikram Yoga) Pure Hot Yoga (Original) which teaches twenty six different postures and 2 types of different breathing exercises. Then there is ‘Iyengar Yoga,’ named after a famous Yoga practitioner who has his own style of poses and breathing exercise. Another type of Yoga is called ‘Raja Yoga,’ or king of yoga which teaches how to balance the mind and emotions. Then there is ‘Prenatal Yoga,’ meant for expecting mothers to help them exercise their minds and body and prepare them for the coming motherhood. Another type is called, ‘Karma Yoga’, this teaches the practitioners how to synchronize their actions with spiritual practice to achieve the higher goal of moving away from ego and selfish actions. These are some of the important styles practiced and taught by earnest men and women who genuinely believe that this discipline helps people to reduce their stress level and live a peaceful and healthy life. Yoga is very flexible it can either be practiced only as a ‘physical exercise’ or a mental discipline to attain spirituality. There are no hard or fast rules, individuals can form their own goals and follow them through yoga practice.

If you have private health cover you may be able to claim a rebate from your insurer for the cost of your yoga classes. You will need to ask for a receipt when you sign up at reception or when you purchase a package from us.

  • Teaches you to breath fully and correctly.
  • Builds strength, flexibility, balance and tremendous endurance.
  • Prevents/reduces chronic illnesses and injury.
  • Promotes better sleep.
  • Promotes a deep sense of wellbeing and peaceful mind.
  • Weight loss / toning.
  • Improves posture.
  • Maintains youthful appearance, as the oxygenation and cleansing
improves skin tone.
  • Works every system of the body; cardiovascular, nervous, lymphatic,
endocrine, immune, digestive, reproductive, muscular and skeletal.
  • Works every organ, gland, muscle, tendon, ligament, in the body.
  • Reduces stress.
  • Improves heart and lung capacity.
  • Reduces back pain.
  • Promotes great flexibility of your spine in its full range of motion,
 allowing the central nervous system to function optimally, resulting
in high levels of energy.
  • Integrates the left and right hemispheres of the brain which improves
memory, learning, co-ordination and balance.
  • Builds mental strength by holding your mind in a focused, meditative state.
  • Arrive at least 15 minutes before class so you can get yourself set up, relax and start your class in a calm state, there is no late admittance
  • Wait in line (No line cutting)
  • Observe silence in the yoga room
  • Place your yoga mat on one of the marks on the floor
  • No personal belongings in the yoga room other than water and towel.
  • No phones in the yoga room – the heat and humidity are not good for them
  • Listen carefully to the teacher’s instructions
  • You may lie down at any time to take rest, but commit to staying in the room for the entire class
  • PLEASE stay home if you are unwell
  • Wipe your mat and surrounding space before you leave class

We are located at 1/753 Mountain Hwy, Bayswater Victoria. If you are having trouble locating us you can download our mobile app to your phone which will direct you.

At Pure Hot Yoga we are committed to providing a positive impact on the environment through the implementation of far-infrared heating system to reduce energy consumption.

Benefits of this fabulous heating system:

  1. Far Infrared expands capillaries which stimulates increased blood flow, regeneration, circulation and oxygenation.
  2. Far Infrared is excellent for detox. Scientists in Japan report that in the FIR treatment of clogged capillary vessels, heat expands the capillaries and then initiates the start of a process to dissolve hidden toxins. Far Infrared thereby promotes elimination of fats, chemicals and toxins from the blood: Poisons, carcinogenic heavy metals – toxic substances from food processing – lactic acid, free fatty acids, and subcutaneous fat associated with aging and fatigue – excess sodium associated with hypertension – and uric acid which causes pain. Furthermore, if sebaceous glands are activated, accumulated cosmetics in pores can be eliminated through the skin (sweat and oil glands. rather than by the kidneys.
  3. Far Infrared stimulates enzyme activity and metabolism – One hour subjected to an intense FIR room burns over 900 calories by raising the metabolism and body temperature. FIR heat also breaks down cellulite – trapped water, fat and waste. Doing a cardio workout whilst being subject to these rays will burn significantly more calories
  4. Far Infrared promotes the killing of many pathogenic (disease causing. bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites.
  5. Far Infrared promotes rebuilding of injured tissue by having a positive effect on the fibroblasts (connective tissue cells necessary for the repair of injury. Furthermore, it increases growth of cells, DNA syntheses, and protein synthesis all necessary during tissue repair and regeneration. Excellent for healing burns, scar tissue and skin problems.
  6. Far Infrared relieves nervous tension and relax autoneuro musclesthereby helping the body make the most of its intended healing abilities. FIR reduces soreness on nerve endings and muscle spasms, as muscle fibers are heated.
  7. Far Infrared strengthens the Immune System by stimulating increased production of white blood cells (leukocytes. by the bone marrow and killer T-cells by the thymus.
  8. Far Infrared strengthens the Cardiovascular System by causing heart rate and cardiac output increase, and diastolic blood pressure decrease – Extensive research by NASA in the early 1980’s led to the conclusion that far infrared stimulation of cardiovascular function would be the ideal way to maintain cardiovascular conditioning in American astronauts during long space flights.

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