HOT YOGA – Do’s and Don’ts


Terms & Conditions

It is assumed that when starting any Hot Yoga class, you have taken responsibility for these essential Terms & Conditions and contraindications prior to class. Failure to do so, or failure to discuss with your Doctor is wholly your liability to participate and not the liability of the Falcon Yoga, It’s Teachers, or it’s affiliates.

A sign reading Hot Yoga outside on the sidewalk

Falcon Yoga will be offering Infrared Hot Yoga beginning May 2016. Infrared Heat during Yoga Practice can help to detoxify your body. This type of heat therapy may help in fat loss, chronic fatigue, water retention, skin disorders, as well as in the elimination heavy metals, poisons, and carcinogenic material from our bodies.

Whenever we process food, and particularly when we have processed unhealthy food or meats, our bodies create lactic acids and free fatty acids, as well as excess sodium and uric acid. For those who have skin problems, research has found that this type of therapy can help clean the liver and kidneys, instead of overworking the skin in processing our toxins out through the dermis.

Hot Yoga is a very gently way of increasing blood flow by expanding the capillaries that carry blood. It also increases oxygenation and regeneration of the blood, deeply detoxifying it for the improved functioning of all of the major organs in the body, which depend on blood for energy. This detoxification is on the deepest level, allowing hidden toxins in the blood and tissue to be dissolved or immobilized.

Through the subtle heating, we can increase our immune system by increasing the amount of white blood cells and killer T-cells. It is an excellent therapy for promoting healing, reducing muscle soreness, muscle spasms and relief for rheumatoid arthritis.

Research by NASA has shown that infrared heat on the cardiovascular system was a great way of keeping astronauts hearts’ in optimal condition. 
Infrared heat can also increase the processing enzyme activity in our digestive tract, as well as boost metabolism. An hour of this therapy can burn up to 900 calories, showing excellent results in breaking down trapped fat, waste, cellulite and other forms of toxic substances. The rejuvenating effects of Infrared has been shown to help heal scar tissue such as burn scars, acne scars and other forms of dermatological scarring. The sweating quality that comes from Infrared heat helps us detox from the enormous levels of pollution in modern times. It also is crucial for pain relief and the reduction of inflammation.

Clinical studies done in both the United States, and in Japan, found, “Much of the stiffness, aches and soreness that comes with aging is reduced or eliminated” and, “Whole body infrared heat relieved pain from burns and decreased healing time with less scarring.” Heart studies done by The Mayo Clinic and the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that infrared heat significantly improved blood vessel functioning in high-cholesterol, diabetes and smoking patients. The therapy also was found to increase circulation, lower blood pressure, lower blood sugar, and help in weight loss.


In all situations, hydration is a requirement for Hot Yoga. Drinking lots of water both before and after class is a must, or it could result in fainting and medical complications including overheating! It is not recommended that you drink water for the first 15 minutes of class. Do not apply body lotion to your body prior to class.

In the rare event that you experience pain and/or discomfort, immediately discontinue class.


Individuals who are using prescription drugs should seek the advice of their Doctor or a pharmacist for possible changes in the drugs’ effects when the body is exposed to high levels of heat and/or elevated body temperature. Diuretics, barbiturates, and beta-blockers may impair the body’s natural heat loss mechanisms. Some over-the-counter drugs such as antihistamines may also cause the body to be more prone to heat stroke.


The core body temperature of children rises much faster than adults. This occurs due to a higher metabolic rate per body mass, limited circulatory adaptation to increased cardiac demands, and the inability to regulate body temperature by sweating. Consult with a child’s Doctor before coming to class. The child’s parent or guardian must also do the class and take full responsibility for the child should any health problem occur.

The Elderly

The ability to maintain core body temperature decreases with age. This is primarily due to circulatory conditions and decreased sweat gland function. The body must be able to activate its natural cooling processes in order to maintain core body temperature.

Cardiovascular Conditions

Individuals with cardiovascular conditions or problems (hypertension, hypotension, congestive heart failure, or impaired coronary circulation) or those who are taking medications which might affect blood pressure should exercise extreme caution when exposed to prolonged heat. Heat stress increases cardiac output and blood flow due to the body’s effort to transfer internal body heat to the outside environment via the skin (perspiration) and respiratory system. This takes place primarily due to major changes in the heart rate, which has the potential to increase by 30 beats per minute for each degree of increase in core body temperature.

Alcohol / Alcohol Abuse

Contrary to popular belief, it is not advisable to attempt to “sweat out” a hangover. Alcohol intoxication decreases a person’s judgment. Therefore this person may not realize it when the body has a negative reaction to high heat. Alcohol also increases the heart rate, which may be further increased by heat stress.

Chronic Conditions/Diseases

Associated with the Reduced Ability to Perspire Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, central nervous system tumours, and diabetes with neuropathy are conditions that are associated with impaired sweating.

Other Conditions

Hot Yoga should be avoided by anyone who is predisposed to bleeding, Haemophiliacs.

An individual that has a fever should not come to class

Insensitivity to Heat: An individual that has insensitivity to heat should not use a sauna.

Pregnant women

You should consult a Doctor before starting Hot Yoga because fetal damage can occur with a certain elevated body temperature. The first trimester should be treated very carefully as maximal stretching of ligaments and tendons can mean you are partial to overstretching.


Heating of the lower back area of women during the menstrual period may temporarily increase their menstrual flow. Some women endure this process to gain the pain relief commonly associated with their cycle, whereas others simply choose to avoid Hot Yoga at that time of the month, it is a personal choice. Inversions should not be practiced during these weeks as blood flow is reversed unnaturally.

Joint Injury

If you have a recent acute joint injury, it should not be heated for the first 48 hours after an injury or until the hot and swollen symptoms subside. If you have a joint or joints that are chronically hot and swollen, these joints may respond poorly to vigorous heating of any kind.

Enclosed Infections

Vigorous heating is strictly contraindicated in cases of enclosed infections, be they dental, in joints, or in any other tissues.


Metal pins, rods, artificial joints, or any other surgical implants generally reflect far infrared waves and thus are not heated by this system. Nevertheless, you should consult your surgeon prior to practicing infrared heat. Discontinue if you experience pain near any such implants. Silicone does absorb far infrared energy. Implanted silicone or silicone prostheses for nose or ear replacement may be warmed by the far infrared waves. Since silicone melts at over 200°C (392°F), it should not be adversely affected by the usage of an infrared sauna. It is still advised that you check with your surgeon and possibly a representative from the implant manufacturer to be certain.

Post Class Advice

You might feel euphoric after class and full of life! Great news, don’t be concerned this may last for several hours afterwards!

Like any exercise, different muscles that have been neglected and suddenly re-used may experience discomfort. View this as a positive sign that every muscles is awakening to the joy of your yoga practice!

You may experience sickness, headaches or light headedness after class, overnight or into the next day. You could be dehydrated and need lots of water onboard! Always ensure relaxing breathing throughout the sequence to optimise oxygenation of the body.

You may look red or blotchy or have hot flushes. All of these are common signs of flushing out toxins. Make sure you wash thoroughly after class.

Terms & Conditions: It is assumed that when starting any Hot Yoga class, you have taken responsibility for these essential Terms & Conditions and contraindications prior to class. Failure to do so, or failure to discuss with your Doctor is wholly your liability to participate and not the liability of the Falcon Yoga, It’s Teachers, or it’s affiliates.