How should I prepare for a hot yoga class?
It is best to include regular water intake into your every day lifestyle and diet. Sipping water throughout the day is the best way to absorb liquid and help... Read More
It is best to include regular water intake into your every day lifestyle and diet. Sipping water throughout the day is the best way to absorb liquid and help create a happy digestive system. This is also a great way to prepare for hot yoga. Have an extra few glasses in the hour leading up to your class, and you'll be ready to sweat!
We also recommend you keep an empty stomach a couple hours before class. If it is an early morning class, a piece of fruit, juice or shake prior to class will allow you to remain energized without feeling 'over full' during the postures. If you have just woken up prior to class (for our 6am classes), try hot water and lemon as this is absorbed quickly into the body and helps increase hydration in a shorter time period.
Our recommendations for hydration before, during and after exercise are as follows:
1. At least 2 hours prior to hot yoga practice drink minimum 500ml of water (coconut water may be substituted).
2. In hot yoga, we wait approximately 20-25 minutes (warm up) prior to drinking in order to create the desired conditions internally for ultimate detoxification benefits. It is best after the warm up to drink small sips of water as needed, as many of the compressions and balances in yoga become difficult if too much water is in the digestive system.
3. After class it is important to restore the correct balance of electrolytes, minerals and other essential cellular fluids which may be lost during practice. Again, water or coconut water is fantastic however an electrolyte substitute may also be added for a speedy recovery.
4. Regular yogis benefit from ensuring they remain hydrated during the day and night as part of lifestyle habit, not just prior to a hot yoga class. And remember, a good quantity of the water you intake comes from the types of food you consume (vegetables and fruit etc.) as well as water itself.
Can beginners attend Fire Shaper Hot Yoga?
Absolutely, we have formed an encouraging environment in which all levels and abilities can practice yoga. We encourage beginners to pace themselves... Read More
Absolutely, we have formed an encouraging environment in which all levels and abilities can practice yoga. We encourage beginners to pace themselves in class and recommend beginners to commit to coming to 3 to 4 classes in the first week. This will build a solid physical base and awareness that will improve strength, focus, endurance, and flexibility. Read Less
What are some of the benefits of Hot Yoga?
Hot Yoga practice is stimulating and cleansing on many levels. There are several benefits including stress reduction, increased blood circulation which stimulates... Read More
Hot Yoga practice is stimulating and cleansing on many levels. There are several benefits including stress reduction, increased blood circulation which stimulates the heart to strengthen its contractions, which is exercise for the heart muscle itself. As a result, the heart pumps efficiently thereby lowering blood pressure. Hot Yoga also improves flexibility and strength. After class you will feel energized, rejuvenated, and cleansed. In essence, the heat is a form of cardiovascular conditioning. The heat aids in detoxification, increases blood flow to speed up metabolic processes of vital organs, glands, and mobilizing toxins for elimination. Heat stimulates fat receptors, activating fat stores and facilitating fat loss and releasing these fat-soluble toxins. Additional responses of the heat include, the stimulation of white blood cell production, boosting the immune system, promoting relaxation, and an increase in healing injuries and disease symptoms. Overall, the body’s response to heat strengthens, detoxifies, and heals, which in turn creates a sense of health and well-being. Read Less
How often should I practice?
Daily practice rejuvenates body, mind and spirit. For life changing results five or more times a week is recommended. A practice of two to three times... Read More
Daily practice rejuvenates body, mind and spirit. For life changing results five or more times a week is recommended. A practice of two to three times a week, if consistent, will create transformation over time. Regardless of your level of commitment you will gain numerous benefits from your Fire Shaper Hot Yoga practice. Sometimes all it takes is a single step. Read Less
What if I’m not flexible?
Yoga is not only about flexibility, this is myth. Emotional, physical and mental barriers can manifest as 'tight muscles' which eventually will be released...
Yoga is not only about flexibility, this is myth. Emotional, physical and mental barriers can manifest as 'tight muscles' which eventually will be released with regular yoga practice, however this is more of a 'side effect' of yoga rather than an immediate requirement. The only thing you need to start yoga is the desire to live a happier, healthier life and a commitment to turn up to class.
Flexibility is something you will gain through yoga practice. You don’t have to be flexible to start your practice. Yoga will allow you to lengthen and expand, and release toxins that build up during these activities. Whether you can touch the floor or not, the ultimate benefit of yoga is to harmonize body, mind and spirit in a healthful physical practice. A common miss-conception is that you have to be flexible to participate in a Yoga class. You do not need to be flexible and usually most of our students are not flexible at all in the beginning. Through this practice you will quickly gain more flexibility as the heat and the sequencing of the postures will provide you with a much different experience than you might have had in the past with stretching and flexibility. Read Less
What is Fire Shaper Hot Yoga?
Fire Shaper Hot yoga is performed in a hot room that is heated to very specific conditions. Our Fire Shaper studios are... Read More
Fire Shaper Hot yoga is performed in a hot room that is heated to very specific conditions. Our Fire Shaper studios are controlled by state of the art equipment designed to achieve the perfect temperature every time. Fire Shaper Hot Yoga refers to a very specific form of yoga that comes from a specific lineage in India. “Hot Yoga” embraces the concepts of health, and healing with special alignments and name pronunciations as well as purposeful sequencing of postures to produce very specific affects. It is not simply adding heat to a room where one practices some form of yoga. In our Fire Shaper studios the temperature and humidity must be within certain guidelines, not too cold, not too hot but, just right to enhance the opening of the human body like a lotus flower blooming open. The nervous system releases tension in this environment and allows for the physical and neurological relaxation of the cells. It is in this state that the body may be molded like warm clay and cleansed from the inside out. You may find various studios offering “heated” yoga because “Hot Yoga” has become very popular. These “heated” yoga classes are not the same and generally the studios that offer these classes have very little knowledge about the effects of heat and humidity on the body as well as having little or no knowledge of where “Hot Yoga” comes from or what it really is. A popular comment that you may hear from these other studios is “…we generate our own heat because of the how much we move, the way we breathe and the powerfulness of the practice…” To an extent that is true but, it is not the same and does not “mimic” the practice of “Hot Yoga”. In our studios we embrace the origins of “Hot Yoga” as well as combine a number of different styles and practice them in the proper “Hot” environment which allows for a truly different experience. However, we love and enjoy many forms of yoga, even those not hot, and from time to time we hold special events and workshops in a room temperature environment so that we may all enjoy these different experiences.
Why the Heat?
Students notice physical as well as mental and emotional benefits when practicing in a heated room. With regular practice, you will... Read More
Students notice physical as well as mental and emotional benefits when practicing in a heated room. With regular practice, you will discover how using your breath (Pranayama), releasing your tension and remaining on your mat for the entire class builds incredible self-discipline and fosters tremendous will-power, endurance and perseverance. The heat is designed to allow the human bodies physiology to relax. Once a certain temperature and environment is reached the body will unwind from the inside out. It is a calming neurological reaction that provides this change. As the tissues of the body soften and the nervous system relaxes the yoga practitioner will find it much easier to deepen their practice and access areas that they normally would have a difficult time getting to. A simple obvious effect of the heat is sweating which, releases toxins (acids) through the skin (your largest excretory organ). However, sweating is only a small part of “Why the Heat”. The temperature and environment must be very specific and here in our Hot Yoga studios we use state of the art technology to achieve the perfect environment nearly every time. It takes experience and knowledge to do this and that is one thing we are not short on.
What is Far Infrared Radiant (FIR) heat?
Fire Shaper is one of the few studios in Australia to employ 'Far Infra Head' panels - a hygienic, comfortable heat that mimics the energy of the sun without the harmful rays. The muscles...
Fire Shaper is one of the few studios in Australia to employ 'Far Infra Head' panels - a hygienic, comfortable heat that mimics the energy of the sun without the harmful rays. The muscles become warm, blood moves easily to nourish and heal cells, and the deep sweat leaves students feeling cleansed and refreshed. At Fire Shaper Hot Yoga studios, we use state of the art technology to achieve the specific temperature and environment for every class. Fire Shaper utilizes Far Infrared Radiant (FIR) panels, which produce a heat that is safe, non-invasive and natural. Rather than pumping 'hot air' into the space, the panels emit a 100% safe beam of heat that is absorbed deep into our cellular matrix similar to the warmth we feel in the normal environment outdoors. This form of heat not only feels great but is also extremely therapeutic.
FIR heat is a form of thermal energy. It is the warmth you feel penetrate your skin when you are outside in the sun. FIR light should not be confused with ultraviolet light, which causes sunburn and damage to your skin. The same technology is used in saunas, to keep premature babies warm and is very safe and healing. FIR heat is capable of penetrating deep into the human body, gently elevating the body's surface temperature and activating major bodily functions. Read Less
Is Hot Yoga a cardiovascular workout?
You will find every class no matter what style challenging. All the postures combine flexibility, strength, and balance to work the entire body. You heart... Read More
You will find every class no matter what style challenging. All the postures combine flexibility, strength, and balance to work the entire body. You heart rate will go up! With dedication and commitment many people have seen weight regulation, increased muscle tone and strength, increased flexibility, and postural improvement (improved stance and gate). If you live a hectic life, as many do in today's society, a regular hot yoga practice is vital to ensure your heart is able to pump fresh, oxygenated blood through each cell of your body not only during rest but even in times of stress and fatigue. Read Less
When can I expect to see progress in my yoga practice?
We at Fire Shaper Hot Yoga want your practice to be a personal growth experience. It is easy to begin to realize results with Fire Shaper on your side... Read More
We at Fire Shaper Hot Yoga want your practice to be a personal growth experience. It is easy to begin to realize results with Fire Shaper on your side. In our yoga classes you will begin by building the strongest foundation you have ever had in your body. Start here with other real people getting real results. Even if you have to sit down in between postures, you will eventually get stronger, fitter, and more energized with every class. Read Less
Is “Hot Yoga” the same as yoga in a “heated” room?
No it is not the same. The heat in our studio is specifically designed to meet certain criteria and is held to very tight standards. The temperature... Read More
No it is not the same. The heat in our studio is specifically designed to meet certain criteria and is held to very tight standards. The temperature and humidity in the room needs to be in a specific range for the students’ optimal experience. The Hot room is so much more than just getting a “good” sweat. Not only does the environment need to be in a specific range but, the practice itself is special. The Hot Yoga postures, the process, and the sequencing are very different and specific to our practice. Read Less
How hot should it be?
Since 2002 Fire Shaper has been heating things up in the yoga world and over all these years one question has always been the most common question amoung all our fabulous clients. "Why the Heat and how Hot does it have to be Read More
to get the most from my Hot Yoga practice?" Fire Shaper loves all forms of yoga regardless of temperature and we know that the practice of yoga will greatly impact your life. However, when shopping for "Hot" remember, not all "Hot" is the same "Hot" and Fire Shapers goal is to provide you with the ultimate HOT experiences! At Fire Shaper we specifically control the temperature and environment in the room to produce MAXIMUM RESULTS! Once you start to practice with us you will notice how the heat helps to "un-wind" your body all the while releasing tension, toxins and fat. To bring your body and nervous system to the point of these deep effects the heat must be controlled to a specific range and when you visit Fire Shaper you will quickly appreciate your greatest strengths and human potential. Rather than dabbling in the "warm" temperature ranges, Fire Shaper takes the heat over the 100° mark to create a true Hot Yoga experience. Fire Shapers custom designed Hot Yoga classes in conjunction with their advanced heat delivery system takes your benefits to the next level. Fire Shaper Instructors are highly trained and educated professionals in the practice of HOT Yoga and know how to use the heat to help you, to support you and to challenge you. All of our Instructors share a common mission: To inspire and empower the people of our communities, to help people find their deepest strengths and express their true nature. Whether brand new to Hot Yoga or an experienced practitioner Fire Shaper Instructors strive to provide the best Hot Yoga experiences. Temperatures vary from 95 to 104 F (38 - 40 C) Read Less
What is the most popular type of package most people use?
Most of our clients attend at least 2 times per week and sometimes more and our Unlimited packages offer the best in savings and value for those... Read More
Most of our clients attend at least 2 times per week and sometimes more and our Unlimited packages offer the best in savings and value for those types of clients. Unlimited Package holders tend to be the students who gain the most results from their practice. WHY YOU ASK? Total Immersion and Repetition are the secrets to success. Think about it, if you do something once a week how good are you going to get in 3 months? Not very, is most likely the answer. BUT, if you do something 3 or more times per week for 3 months do you think you might get much better? Do you think you might work something out or gain some advantage? OF COURSE! Read Less
How many calories does a person burn in a typical Hot Yoga class?
In a typical 75 minute class, you may burn 900 or more calories per session but, remember that anyone can stand in a hot room and do nothing any... Read More
In a typical 75 minute class, you may burn 900 or more calories per session but, remember that anyone can stand in a hot room and do nothing any day of the week. You still have to provide the effort and the more you give to yourself the more you get back in return. Read Less
What is the difference between “Hot Yoga” and other styles of yoga?
“Hot Yoga” refers to a very specific form of yoga that comes from a specific lineage in India. “Hot Yoga” embraces the concepts of health, and healing with... Read More
“Hot Yoga” refers to a very specific form of yoga that comes from a specific lineage in India. “Hot Yoga” embraces the concepts of health, and healing with special alignments and name pronunciations as well as purposeful sequencing of postures to produce very specific affects. It is not simply adding heat to room where one practices some form of yoga. In Hot Yoga the temperature and humidity must be within certain guidelines, not too cold, not too hot but, just right to enhance the opening of the human body like a lotus flower blooming open. The nervous system releases tension in this environment and allows for the physical and neurological relaxation of the cells. It is in this state that the body may be molded like warm clay and cleansed from the inside out. Read Less
Will I build muscle in your classes?
YES, Students who give 100% effort, regardless of whether or not they can fully do a posture or not, get 100% results. Building muscle strength and control is... Read More
YES, Students who give 100% effort, regardless of whether or not they can fully do a posture or not, get 100% results. Building muscle strength and control is a major component of holding our yoga postures. Fire Shaper has expanded their hot yoga class offerings to include variations that use pilates, fitness, barre and many other techniques to influence the size and shape of your frame. Try a mix of classes for the best in results. Read Less
I notice your studios usually have a special flooring. What is it?
When you come to Fire Shaper you will notice a very cool interesting flooring in our studio. The flooring option we chose for Fire Shaper provides for you a clean, hygienic and safe non-slip environment to practice your Hot Yoga. The floor itself is made Read More
of a material designed to be used outdoors in wet areas to keep those areas safe and clean for people. This special material is non-porous and is anti-microbial resisting the growth of anything considered un-friendly. You will notice it looks like "squashed spagetti" and has a very unique profile. It is designed specifically as such so that the floor can be quickly and thoroughly cleaned all the way through to the bottom. There is no smell, no funk and no junk... Fire Shaper chooses this option over hard wood floors due to our concerns for you to have a safe, comfortable, and non-slip hot yoga experience. We take your practice, your health and your environment very seriously. We believe strongly in the hygiene of all our Fire Shaper studios and if you've been with us since our beginnings you would know that all of our children have grown up in our studios playing and enjoying the students that practice at Fire Shaper. Hygiene is also the major reason that it is REQUIRED that all students practice on large bath towels and stay on their mats at all times. It is policy at Fire Shaper that students must keep their sweat and stuff on their own towels and mat. Just a mat by itself is not good enough to capture all the sweat and toxins that release from your body hence we recommend at least 2 large towels for your practice. Besides, you can enjoy your practice more knowing that you have your own personal and comfortable space to practice on :) Read Less
What sets Fire Shaper Trained Instructors apart?
Here at Fire Shaper we enjoy the roots of our hot yoga ancestory as well as the education and professionalism this has provided us over the years. Originally Read More
introduced to America in the early 70's Fire Shaper draws on decades of knowledge and experience to bring you the most experienced instructors in the industry. Led by Dr. John and our lead training team the Fire Shaper teacher training program educates all of our Instructors on the art, philosophy and science of Hot Yoga. Our Instructors dive deep into the effects of the heat and how it enhances and challenges our students experiences. We can confidently say that in terms of "hot yoga", Fire Shaper instructors are some of the most knowledgable and responsible instructors in the hot yoga industry. Each instructor is specifically trained to care for and assist our students whether new or experienced in their hot yoga practice. Both Dr. John and Natalie (the founders of Fire Shaper) have practiced and been trained in the origins of this transforming hot yoga experience. Since the mid 90's Dr. John has professionally assisted tens of thousands of clients and families to help them heal their bodies and improve their lives through exercise, chiropractic, healthy eating, meditation, and personal development. Unique to Fire Shaper, It's Dr. John's experience and knowledge that sets Fire Shapers practice and teacher training programs apart from others. Most importantly, it's how we apply that knowledge to enhance our lives that truly makes the difference and bringing it all together to deliver you a team dedicated to your outstanding results and growth. Read Less
If I cannot make it to the studio to practice will I gain any benefit from practicing in a normally heated room?
Practice some form of yoga every day. We like all forms and styles of yoga. They are all unique in their own way. We believe very strongly in our practice and... Read More
Practice some form of yoga every day. We like all forms and styles of yoga. They are all unique in their own way. We believe very strongly in our practice and in the evolution of Fire Shaper. The heat will allow you greater depths but, if you are not in our hot room just follow these simple guidelines: Keep warm, Be aware of how different no heat is than heat and respect how far you can go, follow a sequence you learned at our studio as many postures are designed to be expressed only after you have thoroughly prepared yourself through other postures, breathe, and smile. Enjoy this process even at home and when you are ready for a more directed and purposeful practice then we will see you in class! Read Less
Why Fire Shaper hot... and how to control core body temperature in athletes
There is a science to why the heat and humidity in the yoga room must be within certain parameters in order to get the most desirable effect on the body. Your skin acts like a Read More
radiator in your car. As blood gets too hot it will go to the skin to get cooled down and then be sent back into the body to go to wherever it is needed the most. During your hot yoga practice you are purposefully manipulating the flow of blood throughout the body in a strategic healthful way. Warmed up blood will still go to the skin to get cooled down but, in a true hot yoga room the evaporative effect is less harsh and you will not feel cool and will not experience the "chill" effect as you would in a warm yoga room. In this hot yoga practice, the warmed up blood is used as a tool to loosen the body and relax the nervous system. In a "warm" yoga room the body has to heat up almost exclusively via muscle exertion and the effects of this process generally does not go as deep and will only slightly affect the nervous system if at all.
What is interesting is that body cooling rules for people, situations, and activities are quite different when given different circumstances and goals. For example, you would not want the high school football or tennis team to play in a hot room while playing a game or having a practice. Certainly the heat would impact performance and of course safety.
Same would apply if you were an aged person sitting back at your local market on a blistering hot day. It wouldn't be the best environment nor the safest for that person to be in and quite often people in these circumstances can experience heat stress. Yet apply the proper heat and humidity into your hot yoga practice where you strategically and methodically practice yoga asana, and you get an incredible life enhancing experience.
The effects heat and humidity have on the human body are incredible and over the years Dr. John has worked with people from all walks of life like the US Military, USA Summer Olympic teams, and huge multi-billion dollar corporations to the friendly grandma down the road all to help them find their best performance or to simply improve their quality of life by improving their body cooling. To find some of the best body cooling products on the market please visit www.arcticheatusa.com in the USA where they sell the Arctic Heat body cooling ice vests. They can also be found on www.icevests.com or when a quick cool down in Australia is required it's www.icevests.com.au Read Less