- What do I need to bring? Open or Close
Bring a bottle of water, or fill one up when you get here (we have filtered water on tap) and a towel (large enough to cover your mat – bath sized is best). 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
Wear relatively tight fitting clothes that stretch and move with you and absorb moisture. Women usually wear sports tops, t-shirts, leggings or shorts. Men wear shorts and t-shirts or vests. You don’t want anything loose or baggy as it will get in the way. Your usual gym clothes will be perfect.
- 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 5-10 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 of course. However, we recommend you come to class hydrated rather than guzzling when you get here as that will just leave you needing the loo. Try to drink 2-3 litres of water a day and make drinking water part of your daily regime and a healthy lifestyle. We will cue water breaks during class. Try to take water on in little sips 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! Check out our First Timers section for all the info you need.
- 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 regular 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 a hot yoga class get?Open or Close
It depends on the class you take. For Hot Classic and Hot 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. take a look at the class descriptions. Anything called ‘hot’ is hot, anything not is not. Simple!
- 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.