Your guide to a successful hot yoga practice

Learn the basics and what to do before you arrive. Find your way around the studio, in the classroom, and after class. Have more questions? Check out the FAQ or contact us.

The Basics

Be Safe

Please read the class descriptions and select a class appropriate for your fitness level. If you’re not sure, please give us a call. We’re here to help!

Do not come to class if you have a fever, cough, or cold. Pushing through an illness will not help your recovery and could slow it down. We want to prevent others from getting sick, too.

Stay Hydrated

It’s important to hydrate before and after class and drink throughout your day. Bring a bottle, buy one at the studio, or purchase bottled water at the front desk. We have a filtered electrolyte water station.

Inflexible or in pain?

You’ve come to the right place! You will receive all of the powerful benefits of yoga, no matter your ability, as long as you do your best. Your instructor will show you how to modify your poses to work with and within your limitations.

There is a minimum age

The minimum age in the hot studio is 14. If you are between 14 and 17, a parent or guardian over 18 must participate in your first class.

The minimum age in the warm studio is 18. Please, no exceptions.

Prepping at Home

Plan to arrive early

If it’s your first time at Sweet Heat, plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before the class starts. Doors lock when class begins, and late arrivals are not admitted. Plan your travel and parking time accordingly.

Register for a class

Please use our web app to reserve your space or book classes on the website. Walk-ins are accepted on a stand-by basis.

What to Eat

It’s best to come to class on a mostly empty stomach, yet not completely fasted, except perhaps in the morning. We recommend eating something light about two hours before class.

What to Bring

Please bring a yoga mat, and for hot yoga, it is essential to have water and at least two large towels. Mats and towels are available for rent or purchase, and we sell bottled water and have a filtered electrolyte water station.

What to Wear

Moisture-wicking shorts and a tank top are a good choice for both men and women. Avoid sweat pants, cotton shirts, zippers, snaps, and drawstrings. We sell a wide range of clothing for hot yoga.

Maintain Good Hygiene

Strong body or food odors can become unpleasant during yoga. Shower. Keep clean. We reserve the right to turn away anyone we deem inappropriate.

At the Studio

Say hello and let us know you're here

We value a personal connection with our students and love to have a quick chat with you at the front desk when you come in.

If you have any injuries, chronic pain, or nervousness, please discuss your concerns with the instructor before class.

Changing Area

You will find multiple private changing booths adjacent to the front lobby. Changing areas outside the booths are gender-neutral, so please, no nudity.

Storage

Please store your bulky items and shoes in the cubbies provided. We have free locking storage for small valuables. Bring your yoga mat, water, and any towels into the classroom.

Restrooms

You will find two private restrooms off the lobby. We recommend using the bathroom before class so that “having to go” does not become a necessity or distraction to others during class. Please do your best to keep the restrooms clean for the next person.

In the Classroom

Yoga Etiquette

Be on time, standing on your mat at the beginning of class. Late arrivals are not admitted.

Plan on staying for the entire class. Leaving early nullifies the process, is disruptive, and may pose safety risks.

Practice in unison with the group – no adding or substituting postures.

Maintain good hygiene and please be aware of transmission of germs. Keep a face towel close by to reduce transmission.

Cellphones are not permitted in the classrooms. Please remove or silence all wearable electronic devices.

All students must practice on a yoga mat.

Find and set up your spot

If it’s your first visit, our staff will guide you to a good spot. Relax, or chat with the other students. Our classrooms are a great place to meet people.

Time to do yoga!

Your teacher will guide you with specific verbal instructions that tell you what to do and how. Listen carefully, and do the best you can, working in unison with your instructor and the students around you. No matter your ability, if you try honestly, you will realize all the benefits!

If for any reason you feel the need to rest during class, please go ahead and do so.

Be open-minded and have fun!

Yoga will not always give you what you want, but it will always give you what you need!

The Afterglow

Enjoy a few minutes in Savasana
(corpse pose)

Lie still and breathe. Savasana slows the heart rate, integrates the poses, and completes your practice. Enjoy it for at least two minutes and stay longer if you can – your mind and body will thank you.

Sorry, we do not have showers

Local water restrictions make having indoor showers a very complex and costly amenity. But we have a lovely patio where you can cool down and enjoy some sunshine, a gentle breeze, and a friendly vibe.

Take your time and thank yourself

Give yourself enough time after class to avoid rushing to your next obligation. Enjoy the feeling of being invigorated and relaxed.

Enjoy the afterglow!
Come again soon.

Frequently asked questions

I'm a beginner, which class is best for me?

We recommend all students new to hot yoga begin with 90-minute Original Bikram Beginning Yoga. Each pose in this sequence is performed twice, which makes it optimal for learning and seeing results. You may begin with the 60-minute class if you wish, where each pose is performed only once, but the overall effect is not as powerful.

Am I required to reserve a spot?

Reservations are strongly recommended but not required. Walk-ins are accepted on a stand-by basis.

Is there a minimum age to attend?

Hot studio: Minimum age is 14. No exceptions. If you are between 14 and 17 years old, a parent or guardian over 18 must participate in your first class.

Warm studio: Minimum age is 18. Please, no exceptions.

How hot is the yoga room?

The "big" studio is heated to 105 degrees with humidity boosted to 50%.

The "small" studio room temperature varies depending on the class offered, and humidity is natural.

Do you have showers?

Sorry, no. Local water restrictions make having indoor showers a costly and complicated amenity. We have a lovely patio where you can cool down and enjoy the sunshine, and private booths to towel off and change clothing.

I’m worried about being in such a warm room, but I want to try.

It takes about two weeks to acclimate to the temperature and humidity of the hot studio. You'll soon grow to appreciate and even crave it. Please discuss any concerns with your instructor before the start of class. Do your best and rest on your yoga mat when you need to. Drink plenty of fluids before and after class, and throughout the day.

Can I do yoga if I’m sick? I think I’ll feel better if I sweat it out.

No! If you are not feeling well, especially with a fever or cough, please stay home. Pushing through illness may make it worse and can infect others.

What if traffic is terrible and I arrive late?

Doors lock when class begins, and late arrivals are not admitted. Plan your travel and parking time accordingly. Please be on your mat at the start of class for your safety and to eliminate disruption.

I’m visiting from out of town. Can I get a package deal?

Classes and mat and towel rentals are available a la carte. Our class cards make yoga more affordable and they don't expire, so you'll never lose out! We'll keep track in our system for your next visit.

I’m not flexible, and I have joint pain. Will this work for me?

You’ve come to the right place! You will receive all of the powerful benefits of yoga no matter your ability as long as you do your best. Your instructor can show you how to modify your poses to work with and within your limitations.

Where should I park?

There is free two-hour street parking along 10th Street, Park Avenue, and Sloat Avenue. There are also a handful of spaces on 10th Street where you can park without restrictions, and parking on weekends is unrestricted.

Have More Questions?

please contact us