- There is no previous experience necessary.
- If it is your first time, please arrive 20 minutes early.
- Bring a yoga mat, a bath towel, and plenty of water (we have rentals available).
- Come with an empty stomach and an open mind.
- With respect to everyone, there will be no late admittance.
- Show up well hydrated.
- Be prepared to work hard and sweat.
- Dress lightly.
- We have showers available for after class. So feel free to bring an extra bath towel and a change of clothes.
Higher Ground Hot Yoga encourages the following structure. Adherence to these guidelines promotes the best possible results for teachers and students alike. Please take a moment to review the items below.
Be on time – it is a matter of respect for the students in class, for the practice and for the teacher. Because of past problems, we are closing the door as we start the classes. Please accept the fact that if you find the door closed, it is too late to take the class. Yoga ethics suggests to refrain from forcing your way into a class or disturb a class in progress in any way.
Right attitude – if you decide to be here and take a class, we are assuming you want to do something good for yourself and you will make an effort because of it. This type of Yoga requires energy and desire to improve.
Be open minded – By being here you already decided to do something new. You might as well embrace this new idea, trust the teacher and follow directions and suggestions. If you come from another type of Yoga, bring your strength, your flexibility and your focus but not the postures.
Before class – Half an hour before each class we prepare the room with heat and low meditation lights. This environment is for students who want to prepare themselves mentally and physically by relaxing in savasana. During this time, until the teacher starts the class, silence is mandatory.
During class – Start the postures with everybody else and at least try to also finish the postures with everybody else. It’s called group energy. As you practice, you are paying attention to yourself but you must be aware that you are part of the group. Anything you do will affect the group. Your focus and discipline will help others; disruptions and noises will detract from the group energy.
After class – At the conclusion of each class, we turn off the heat and lower the lights again. After an intense practice, the majority of the students will stay in the room to relax in savasana for a few minutes. This will slow down your heart rate and cool you down gradually. Be respectful and move around quietly if you have to leave the room. Please be showered and ready to exit no later than 30 minutes after the conclusion class. Thank you.
In and outs – We don’t recommend leaving class unless there is an emergency. Resting or catching a breath of fresh air does not constitute an emergency. You should lay down in savasana for that.
If you must go out, please wait until the end of the posture to leave or reenter the room. Do so between postures.
Water – The temperature is set to 105 degrees in class, and you will need to drink water. Please wait for the teacher to suggest the first water break. It usually comes 20/25 min after you start the class, unless suggested otherwise. This is to warm up the body from the inside out before we cool it down with water. After the first break, students can decide when to drink as long as is done between postures.
Make up and perfumes – If you are coming from work and you have make up on, you should take a moment to remove it. It will help to see your real self in the mirror. Perfume is not really necessary, especially if it’s an attempt to cover a natural, non invasive smell of sweat. Consult the teachers for additional advice.
Body odor – Students are not required to shower before class. Body odor issues are usually confined to the armpits. If you rinse them out before class, the problem is solved. If you experience discomfort with the hygiene of another student, please continue with the class, then mention it to the teacher after class. It is not a very recurrent problem.
Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of classes do you offer at Higher Ground Hot yoga?
We offer a balanced variety of Beginners 26/2 (Bikram), Beginners 26/2 with variations, Intro to Beginner (non heated 60 minute class), Ashtanga, Yin, Restore and Flow, Warm Pilates and a unique Friday evening class that varies from week to week. Our class offerings have been carefully chosen to work together such that you can create an optimal weekly workout schedule. We accommodate all levels and can provide chair yoga on request. We also offer private class for your personal needs and love to hold special classes for parties and groups on request.
How hot is the room?
All of our classes are heated from warm to hot so come well hydrated and prepared to sweat. Room temperatures vary according to class and location. All of our studios have zoned heating and your teacher will be happy to point out the hot spots and the cooler spots before class starts.
What if I'm not flexible or in shape?
You don’t have to be in shape or flexible to take any of our classes. Over time, in a gradual way, you will lengthen muscles and increase range of motion. Yoga improves everything, including strength, flexibility, endurance, balance, concentration and relaxation.
Do you offer free classes?
The first Saturday of each month is our Free Community class. First time students practice for free. We also offer a $10.00 drop in special for our Intro to Beginner class in Layton on Tuesdays at 6:30 pm and 10.00 drop in special for Therapeutic Thursdays in Ogden 4:30 pm and 6:30 pm.
How old do you have to be to practice Hot Yoga?
The recommend age to begin Hot Yoga is 12 years old unless your child is already participating in a high endurance athletic sport or has began the puberty process and is able to sweat without over heating. However any of our warm classes such as Intro to Beginners, Yin or Pilates class is appropriate for anyone 8 and up. Please talk to a teacher if you would like more information about introducing young ones to yoga.