What is Hot Yoga?

Bonfire Hot Yoga is a series of 27 yoga asanas (postures) and 2 breathing exercises performed in a room heated up to 37°C. Yes it’s hot, but this incredible Bikram inspired series has been designed with everyone in mind. No matter how young or old, fit or not – our Hot Yoga is suitable for beginner yogis, advanced yogis and everyone in between!

Due to the sequencing of the postures and the unique environment in which they are performed, this ancient form of exercise has been developed into one of the most effective and rewarding forms of physical exercise.

You’ll be led by one of our amazing, experienced instructors, through a 60-minute, 75-minute or 90-minute Hot Yoga class.

 

What are the benefits?

 

Hot Yoga works every part of your body, inside and out, producing all the benefits desired in modern day living:

  • Tones, tightens, and reshapes the entire body
  • Increases energy
  • Increases flexibility
  • Decreases stress and clears the mind
  • Improves digestion and circulation
  • Increases sexual energy
  • Increases balance and coordination
  • Reduces risk of sports injury
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Decreases and removes toxins stored in the body
  • Increases energy – Did we say this twice? YES! We really mean it!

Bonfire Hot Yoga helps you sweat buckets because it has bucket loads of benefits and is ideal for those with neck and back pain, frozen shoulders, arthritis, asthma, depression, anxiety, poor posture, and much more.

If you can walk yourself into the room, you can do this yoga and feel the benefits.

 

Why the heat?

 

The heat combined with the sequence of the postures is what makes our Hot Yoga so special. The room is heated intentionally to warm muscles, which allows you to work deeper in a shorter amount of time, seeing results faster.

The heat also:

  • Relaxes muscles taking the trauma out of stretching
  • Increases elasticity
  • Relieves tension and stress
  • Improves the body’s cooling system
  • Opens pores and detoxifies the body naturally
  • Cleans circulatory system improving blood flow
  • Increases cardiovascular system by raising and maintaining core temperature for a deeper workout
  • Massages deep into tissue, glands, organs increasing functioning

 

What to expect my first class?

 

Expect to sweat! The room is warm and the postures will be foreign to you. Your only goal in your first few visits is to stay in the room and attempt each posture to best of your ability. It is not unusual to feel dizzy or overwhelmed, just kneel down on your mat and breathe until you are ready to join in once again.

Your mind will become your greatest challenge; you may have distracting thoughts about the heat, sweat, itchiness, uncomfortable clothing or the postures. However as your practice develops, you will begin to find it easier to let these distractions go.

Many find their first couple of classes to be the most challenging. Often this is because it’s new and unfamiliar. You will find that you will learn the postures quickly and become familiar with what to expect. Come with no expectations – just a light heart, open mind, and a well-hydrated body. Most students feel amazingly detoxified and relaxed after their first class.

However, as with any form of exercise, different conditions and situations require a period of acclimatisation. The benefits of this yoga are immediate, and as it becomes more familiar (within 1-3 classes), you will forget about all the other factors and begin to focus on your yoga practice. Many of us even come to crave it, increasing our practice from once or twice a week to a consistent 3 times a week practice, feeling a void when we don’t practice regularly.

 

FAQS

What should I bring to class?

  1. Thin Yoga Mat
  2. Large Towel (big enough to cover the mat)
  3. Water Bottle
  4. Optional showering items (e.g towel, soap, clothing)
  5. An open mind and a smile!

What do I wear to class?

Wear comfortable, light workout gear and avoid accessories including mobile phones, watches, bangles, sunglasses, belts and hats. Please note that lockable lockers are provided for your belongings.

How should I prepare for class?

Come to class around 15 minutes early to check in and set up. Ensure you’re well hydrated throughout the day and we recommend not having too much to eat before your class. Please note, there are no late entries into class once it has started so be sure to arrive ahead of time!

What if I don’t have a mat and towel?

No worries! We have mats and towels available for hire and purchase in the studios.

Do I need to be physically fit?

It is not a requirement to be physically fit for Hot Yoga, but if you have any health issues we recommend informing the teacher upon arrival.

Do I need to have done yoga before?

No way! Our classes are designed for absolute beginners!

How will I feel after class?

You’ll feel amazing after class! Maybe a little tired after your first one or two classes, but you will find you will have more energy the following day!

What if I’m not usually very good with heat?

No worries, the heat is something you will get used to. We recommend you take it easy in your first class and lie down if you start to feel nauseous. You will learn to love the heat!

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