New Students: Please arrive 15 minutes before your first class.

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What should I bring to class?

A yoga mat, a large towel and water are required for each class. An extra towel is suggested to dry off with or shower with after class. Our studio is equipped with a private bathroom and shower. Mat and towel rentals are available and water may be purchased at the studio.

What should I wear?

You should wear comfortable workout clothing but remember you will be sweating quite a bit. Shorts, capri pants, tank-tops or sports bras for women; men can wear exercise shorts or swim trunks with an optional T-shirt. Avoid loose fitting clothing or baggy and long pants/sweat pants.

I’ve never done yoga before, can I come to any class?

Yes!  Ganesha Hot Yoga St. Pete offers beginning classes, yet our instruction is individualized for even the most advanced practitioner. Bikram and Yin Yoga are great for anyone – any size, shape, condition or background. You may drop in for any class, no reservations are required. Visit our Schedule & Tuition page for information on class times and rates.

Should I eat before class?

It is recommended to practice Yoga on an empty stomach. As a general rule, refrain from eating 2 – 3 hours prior to class. Also, be sure to hydrate well throughout the day and before coming to class.

What if I’m not flexible?

Perfect! This is the most common misconception that prevents people from coming to yoga classes. Yoga is not about how flexible you are, it’s about stretching your body and spine to develop and increase your flexibility.

What time should I arrive?

Ganesha Hot Yoga St. Pete is open 30 minutes before and after each class.  First time students must arrive 15 minutes before class begins. Please be on time or you may not be admitted – the studio doors are locked once class begins to provide for safety and allow students the opportunity for private meditation and concentration. Please be respectful of your fellow classmates and adhere to our studio etiquette.

My child wants to try yoga, what’s the age minimum?

Children are more than welcome! However, we do have a minimum age limit of 12 years old and anyone under the age of 18 years old must have a parent’s or legal guardian’s signature to participate before their first class. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to call us!

How often should I come?

Come as often as you can. To see maximum benefits from Bikram Yoga, a regular practice of 3 to 4 times per week or at least 10 times a month is suggested. The more you do it, the quicker you will see the results!

What if I have an injury?  What if I’m pregnant?

Please inform the teacher if you have had surgery or have any conditions or illnesses. You will most likely be able to practice, but the teacher must be aware so that he or she can help you with specific postures. If you are pregnant, please call the studio before coming to class.

Can I lose weight doing Bikram Yoga?

Weight normalization is one of many benefits of Bikram Yoga. As a beginner, it takes about 3 classes for your body to understand the proper approach to the postures. During the next 10 classes, digestion and respiration, as well as endocrine, lymphatic and elimination systems will begin to work harmoniously. Your appetite will normalize and unhealthy cravings will diminish. All of these results will help to normalize your weight if you devote yourself to regular practice at least, but preferably more than, 3 times per week.