- What do I need to bring? Open or Close
Bring a large bottle of water, or fill one up when you get here (we have filtered water on tap) and two towels (one large enough to cover your mat – bath sized is best – and one for a shower). If you forget, we rent towels out at £2 each. You’ll also need a £1 coin for your locker.
- What should I wear?Open or Close
Avoid heavy, baggy stuff as it’ll just weigh you down as you sweat and get in the way. Wear clothes that stretch and move with you, and that absorb moisture. Women usually wear sports tops, leggings or shorts. Men wear shorts and sweat absorbing t-shirts or vests. (Guys – we’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, make sure you’re preserving your modesty under your shorts, otherwise the people sitting around you might get more than they were hoping for in terms of a view).
- Do I need to book?Open or Close
Only if you want to be sure of a place! All classes can be paid for and booked online or by phone and that way you know you have a space. If you prefer to chance it, you can just rock up, but what’s the point of that?
Arrive 15 minutes before the start of the class (earlier if you’re a newbie). If you arrive less than 5 minutes before the start of the class and it also happens to be oversubscribed (double unlucky), your space may be given to someone on the waitlist.
If you book and are unable to make it, please make sure you cancel within our cancellation windows so you don’t risk losing your class credit or booking rights. You can find all the details under Timetable & Booking/Sweat House Rules.
- When are the busiest classes?Open or Close
Early evening (5:30/6pm) and weekend classes (9am) are the most popular. Weekday daytime classes are the quietest.
- Can I eat before class?Open or Close
Don’t pig out on a full English just before class if you can help it. If you eat a heavy meal less than two hours before class, you’ll feel terrible. Try to turn up with an empty stomach but not hungry. A difficult balance, we know, so here’s a handy tip from those in the know: a tactical banana, handful of nuts or energy bar helps ward off the hunger pangs until after class.
- Can I drink water during class?Open or Close
Yes. However, we recommend you come to class hydrated rather than guzzling when you get here. Try to drink 2-3 litres of water a day and make drinking water part of your daily regime. You’ll get your first water break about 15 minutes into class after the warm up. After that take little sips of water between postures if necessary. Fill your belly full of water and you’ll end up feeling sick.
- I've never done yoga before. Can I still come?Open or Close
Of course! We cater for all levels, total novice included! If you’re a real newbie, start with our Sweat Hot, Flex or Stretch & Flex classes (all suitable for beginners) and check out our First Timers section before you sign up.
- I’m not flexible. Will the classes help?Open or Close
Absolutely. One of the benefits of yoga is that it improves your flexibility.
- I have a monthly membership. How do I cancel it?Open or Close
Our Flexible Monthly Memberships can be cancelled at any time, follow this link for instructions.
- I’m pregnant. Should I practice yoga?Open or Close
We don’t allow pregnant ladies into our classes for their own safety. When you’re pregnant your body goes through some pretty intense changes. It requires the skill of a pregnancy trained yoga teacher to know how to safely adapt poses to suit your body’s and your baby’s needs. For this reason we recommend joining a pregnancy yoga class as this will be tailored to your specific needs.
- I've just had a baby. Can I do yoga?Open or Close
Yes! Yoga’s a exceptionally safe way of getting your body back in shape after childbirth. Once you’ve had 6-week all clear from your GP or midwife you’re ready to rejoin classes. Just make sure you speak to us before your first class as there’s a few moves we need to modify for you.
- I have an illness/injury. What should I do?Open or Close
If you’ve got an injury or you’re just feeling a bit below par, check in with a medical practitioner to get the all clear to do yoga. Please also make us aware of any issues you might have, so our instructors can help you work around them. But please remember we are not medically trained, so ensure you’ve checked with those in the know.
- I have asthma. Is yoga safe?Open or Close
Yes. The intensity of your workout is up to you. If you’re concerned about overdoing it, just chill out a bit and use less effort! Sit down and relax whenever you need to. In the long term, hot yoga will improve your lung function. Just keep your blue inhaler with you in the class.
- Will yoga help me lose weight?Open or Close
Yoga can help you lose weight as part of an overall healthy lifestyle that includes watching what you eat. Hot yoga in particular is good for weight loss. If you work hard, you can expect to burn approximately 300-500 calories per 60 minute Hot class. (Just to put it into perspective, a 10k run over 60 minutes burns about 700, so yoga can certainly hold its own against the gym bunnies!)
- How quickly will I see benefits?Open or Close
Yoga’s like any exercise form. You get out what you put in. Come five times a week and you’ll see progress more quickly than if you come once a week. The great thing about yoga is you can do it every day. It’s an exceptionally safe way to workout.
- Do men do yoga?Open or Close
Yes! Our clients are exceptionally diverse. It’s not all skinny girls in brightly coloured leggings (well, there’s a few!). Male, female, couch potato, fitness fanatic, teenager, pensioner, we have everyone at Sweat!
- How hot does it get?Open or Close
It depends on the class you take. For Sweat Hot and Sweat Flow, the room is heated to between 38-40 degrees with around 40-50% humidity (just like on holiday but without the suntan). This helps loosen up your muscles, get a cardio workout and your sweat on. Other classes are either taught with a gentle heat or at room temperature. There are icons next to the class descriptions to show you how hot each class is. Burn, baby, burn!
- I don't like the heat. What should I do?Open or Close
Don’t panic! We have room temp/warm yoga classes as well as the hot ones. Try Flex, Stretch & Flex, Bliss or Rest, Renew, Restore. These classes are great for people who aren’t into getting super sweaty.
- Can I bring my son/daughter to class?Open or Close
Yes, we allow children over the age of 14 into our warm/non-heated classes and over 16 into our hot classes as long as they are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.