Studio Pranayama

First Class

Welcome to Hot Yoga West!

Whether you have never practiced yoga before or have simply been away for a while we hope you find all of the information you need here to begin your journey into the transformative practice of Bikram Yoga.

Attending Your First Class

Choose the class time that you want to attend and plan to arrive 30 minutes early. Every class is the same 90-minute class that is designed for beginners. We will have you fill out a short waiver form and get you set-up to take your first class! Please be sure to let the teacher know about any injuries or special physical circumstances.

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New students under the age of 18 must have approval from a parent/guardian to participate in classes at Hot Yoga West.

What to wear

Wear something you will be comfortable stretching and sweating in. Be sure to bring a change of clothes.

Mats & Towels

You will need to bring a yoga mat and a large towel. You may want to bring an extra towel for your shower after class.


Lockers are provided for your convenience, you may bring your own lock or rent one for 20:- at the studio. Locks are also available for purchase for 40:- each.


Make sure you are well hydrated (about 1L before class). Please bring your own bottle to fill up.


Do not eat a heavy meal 2-3 hours prior to taking class.

Arrive on time

Classes start promptly so be sure to arrive on time for class. Students will not be allowed into class after the teacher has entered the room.¨


You have taken the first step towards living your best life through the practice of Bikram Yoga.

The Next Few Days

Come back as soon as possible! It is best to come to at least 3 classes in your first week. Your mind will quickly overcome the challenge of the heated room and get to know the postures. You’ll also start to notice the benefits almost immediately.
Reactions are varied. It is normal to feel a little sore or stiff. The best thing to do is to get back into the yoga room with the heat and stretch it out.
You might feel very tired after class or conversely extremely energetic and have trouble sleeping. This is absolutely normal and a good sign that your body is cleansing. Your energy levels should be restored to normal within several classes.
Occasionally students feel nauseous, dizzy or have a headache after class. This could be a sign that you are dehydrated. Drink plenty of water before your next class. It may also indicate an imbalance in vitamins and minerals, so be sure to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet and take an extra electrolyte supplement if you feel it is necessary. It could also be a sign that you weren’t breathing properly during class. Please breathe as normally as possible during every posture.
A change in appetite may occur, leaving you feeling very hungry after class, or you might lose your appetite completely. Both reactions are normal. Once you get into a regular practice pattern, your appetite and your weight will normalize. You’ll find yourself feeling more energized and looking leaner and healthier.

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