Freqently Asked Questions
What is Hot Yoga?
Simply put, hot yoga is yoga performed in a heated room.
What classes do you offer at I AM YOGA?
Hot 26/2 Popularized by Bikram Choudhury, Hot 26/2 is a series of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises performed in a heated room. This practice improves physical strength, flexibility and balance while enhancing mental clarity and focus. We have 60, 75 and 90 minute classes available.
Vinyasa Flow A fitness-based vinyasa practice. Teachers design their own sequences, while students synchronize their breath with their movement. Similar to Ashtanga Yoga, it has many of the same qualities and benefits, including building internal heat, increased stamina, strength, and flexibility.
Forrest Yoga- Forrest Yoga is taught in a heated room and addresses modern day ailments– such as lower and upper back pain, neck and shoulder issues, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Through a series of carefully constructed postures, students are guided to breathe and move in ways that release emotional blocks, prevent and heal injury, while building strength, intelligent body awareness, and flexibility.
How should I prepare for a hot yoga class?
Bring a bottle of water and make sure to hydrate at least two hours before class. We recommend you keep an empty stomach a couple hours before class. Arrive to the studio 15 minutes before class to sign up and meet the instructor.
What should I bring to class?
Please bring a bottle of water, a towel and a mat if you have one. The studio rents mat and towels and sells water. Wear fitted exercise clothes (women usually wear shorts/capris and a tank top/sports bra, men wear gym shorts and a t-shirt).
Avoid baggy clothes-they tend to get in the way
Hold off on perfume or scented lotions-you’ll be slippery and people may be sensitive to scents
Please leave valuables at home.
Why is it hot?
Besides the fact that we live in buffalo, the room is intentionally heated to warm your muscles and allow you to work deeper and safer. The heat also heals, helps prevent injuries and promotes sweating which flushes toxins from your body.
Is there a beginner's class?
Yes! Regardless of fitness level, all classes at our studio are welcome to beginners and advanced practitioners alike.
What are some of the benefits of Hot Yoga?
Gain a sense of health and well-being.
Reduce the effects of stress
Have MORE energy!
Learn how to relax
Improves strength, flexibility, and balance
Lower blood pressure
Strengthens all the major muscle groups
Cardiovascular strength and respiratory balance
Detoxification-increases blood flow to speed up metabolic processes of vital organs, glands, and mobilizing toxins for elimination.
Reduces the risk of sports injury and accelerates recovery time.
Increases concentration and focus.
Brings all systems into balance; mind, body and spirit.
(read some of the testimonials to see what people have gained from developing a yoga practice)
What if I have an injury?
Yoga has this incredible ability to help the body heal from different illnesses and injuries. (see benefits of hot yoga above). If you have major health concerns, we recommend you consult your doctor first. If you have injuries or illnesses that make you a little nervous to take class, talk to the instructor before or after class and they can give you modifications we can until you are well enough to do them as regularly intended.
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 rate will go up! With dedication and commitment many people have seen weight loss, muscle tone and strength.
How often should I practice?
Daily. A practice two to three times a week, if consistent, will create transformation over time. Five or more, and it will change your life.
What if I’m not flexible?
Everybody starts with a first class. You don’t have to be flexible to start your practice. Yoga will allow you to lengthen, strengthen, and expand. Whether or not you can touch the floor, the ultimate benefit of yoga is to bring together body, mind and spirit in a healthful physical practice.
What is the best Path to Progress?
During your practice, it is important to be honest with yourself and accept where you are in the stages of growth as you work continually to improve yourself. Be aware that perfection occurs when your effort is relaxed.
• Strength-be strong and relaxed
• Flexibility-being comfortable
• Balance-move gracefully with concentration
• Self-discipline-stay committed and dedicated to your practice
• Determination-do your best always, don’t give up
• Concentration-practice with intention
• Patience-the virtue that will bring it all together
• Faith-trust and believe in yourself