Here are some good reasons why:
Just because the rooms are heated doesn’t mean you’ll sweat. In Yin yoga we keep the internal heat down as there is little movement in and between postures. But for more active, ‘yang’ styles of yoga like Bikram and Hatha Flow you will sweat. Maybe a lot. But that’s great because your body will be getting out all those toxins through your largest organ, your skin. There’s a popular hot yoga saying – “Sweat is just fat crying.”
Place a towel on your mat, wear light clothing, and enjoy the sweat. A warm body will help you practice more deeply and safely.
We ask that students stay in the room for the full class. This is for safety and security reasons (there often is no one out in reception during a class and the teacher needs to stay with the students). Of course, if nature calls, it’s ok to leave for a break and then return. Just let the teacher know you’re coming back.
Yoga 8 has full bathroom facilities for males and females, so you can practice on your way to or from work. Clean, fresh towels are available for hire at the studio ($2) should you wish to avoid having to carry a wet towel around. Free lockers are available (subject to availability) to store your belongings while you practice and the main studio door is locked during class for further security.
Something light and stretchy, but really, whatever feels comfortable for you. Girls typically wear yoga shorts or ¾ yoga leggings with a crop top or singlet. Guys typically wear yoga or gym shorts with or without a singlet.
We ALWAYS recommend to first check with your doctor to ensure that your particular injury will not be worsened by practising. If your doctor gives you the all clear come along to a class. You can discuss your injury with the teacher prior to class and they will recommend any posture modifications you might require to work with your current condition. With these precautions, yoga practice may greatly improve and even help heal injuries.
Remember also, to not push your body through any posture that is causing pain (a little discomfort is normal and to be expected when practising).