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I'm New to Hot Yoga, How should I prepare for class?

If you are new, Try to Arrive 20 minutes before the scheduled class to sign in, meet your instructor and... Read More

If you are new, Try to Arrive 20 minutes before the scheduled class to sign in, meet your instructor and set up for practice
To speed the sign in process, it is best to sign up and pay for your first class online. You can even do this at our reception desk using our designated touch screen computers.
Our classes start and finish on time please be sure you arrive with enough time to register for class.
How to prepare

You will need a yoga mat, large towel and water for each class. We recommend large (beach, bath sheet) size towels (2), an additional face towel and/or Large Fire Shaper towel.
You can rent or purchase a mat, towel and water at each studio should you forget yours or need extra for a class.
As with all exercise, it is recommended not to eat a directly prior to your class. However, it is important you arrive hydrated and energized so, some fruit, a protein shake, juice, or small meal an hour or two before class is ideal. We also sell electrolyte sachets that you can add to your water which offer a fast way to hydrate before, during or after your class.
We recommend gents wear board shorts or yoga shorts to class, and ladies either gym pants or tights and an appropriate exercise top and bra. Remember, you will be sweaty. Skimpy bathers or underwear is not acceptable in our studios for practicing, out of respect for all of our students and instructors.
Sugar, caffeine and processed foods /drinks are generally un-healthy to consume regularly but, are especially important to avoid just prior to your Hot Yoga class. Try natural drinks such as hot water with lemon or a smoothie just prior to class and avoid coffee or soda. Read Less

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What is Fire Shaper Hot Yoga?

Fire Shaper Hot yoga is performed in a hot room that is heated to very specific conditions. Our Fire Shaper studios are... Read More

Fire Shaper Hot yoga is performed in a hot room that is heated to very specific conditions. Our Fire Shaper studios are controlled by state of the art equipment designed to achieve the perfect temperature every time. Fire Shaper Hot Yoga refers to a very specific form of yoga that comes from a specific lineage in India. “Hot Yoga” embraces the concepts of health, and healing with special alignments and name pronunciations as well as purposeful sequencing of postures to produce very specific affects. It is not simply adding heat to a room where one practices some form of yoga. In our Fire Shaper studios the temperature and humidity must be within certain guidelines, not too cold, not too hot but, just right to enhance the opening of the human body like a lotus flower blooming open. The nervous system releases tension in this environment and allows for the physical and neurological relaxation of the cells. It is in this state that the body may be molded like warm clay and cleansed from the inside out. You may find various studios offering “heated” yoga because “Hot Yoga” has become very popular. These “heated” yoga classes are not the same and generally the studios that offer these classes have very little knowledge about the effects of heat and humidity on the body as well as having little or no knowledge of where “Hot Yoga” comes from or what it really is. A popular comment that you may hear from these other studios is “…we generate our own heat because of the how much we move, the way we breathe and the powerfulness of the practice…” To an extent that is true but, it is not the same and does not “mimic” the practice of “Hot Yoga”. In our studios we embrace the origins of “Hot Yoga” as well as combine a number of different styles and practice them in the proper “Hot” environment which allows for a truly different experience. However, we love and enjoy many forms of yoga, even those not hot, and from time to time we hold special events and workshops in a room temperature environment so that we may all enjoy these different experiences.
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If I cannot make it to the studio to practice will I gain any benefit from practicing in a normally heated room?

Practice some form of yoga every day. We like all forms and styles of yoga. They are all unique in their own way. We believe very strongly in our practice and... Read More

Practice some form of yoga every day. We like all forms and styles of yoga. They are all unique in their own way. We believe very strongly in our practice and in the evolution of Fire Shaper. The heat will allow you greater depths but, if you are not in our hot room just follow these simple guidelines: Keep warm, Be aware of how different no heat is than heat and respect how far you can go, follow a sequence you learned at our studio as many postures are designed to be expressed only after you have thoroughly prepared yourself through other postures, breathe, and smile. Enjoy this process even at home and when you are ready for a more directed and purposeful practice then we will see you in class! Read Less

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Why the Heat?

Students notice physical as well as mental and emotional benefits when practicing in a heated room. With regular practice, you will... Read More

Students notice physical as well as mental and emotional benefits when practicing in a heated room. With regular practice, you will discover how using your breath (Pranayama), releasing your tension and remaining on your mat for the entire class builds incredible self-discipline and fosters tremendous will-power, endurance and perseverance. The heat is designed to allow the human bodies physiology to relax. Once a certain temperature and environment is reached the body will unwind from the inside out. It is a calming neurological reaction that provides this change. As the tissues of the body soften and the nervous system relaxes the yoga practitioner will find it much easier to deepen their practice and access areas that they normally would have a difficult time getting to. A simple obvious effect of the heat is sweating which, releases toxins (acids) through the skin (your largest excretory organ). However, sweating is only a small part of “Why the Heat”. The temperature and environment must be very specific and here in our Hot Yoga studios we use state of the art technology to achieve the perfect environment nearly every time. It takes experience and knowledge to do this and that is one thing we are not short on.
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What is Far Infrared Radiant (FIR) heat?

Fire Shaper is one of the few studios in Australia to employ 'Far Infra Head' panels - a hygienic, comfortable heat that mimics the energy of the sun without the harmful rays. The muscles...
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Fire Shaper is one of the few studios in Australia to employ 'Far Infra Head' panels - a hygienic, comfortable heat that mimics the energy of the sun without the harmful rays. The muscles become warm, blood moves easily to nourish and heal cells, and the deep sweat leaves students feeling cleansed and refreshed. At Fire Shaper Hot Yoga studios, we use state of the art technology to achieve the specific temperature and environment for every class. Fire Shaper utilizes Far Infrared Radiant (FIR) panels, which produce a heat that is safe, non-invasive and natural. Rather than pumping 'hot air' into the space, the panels emit a 100% safe beam of heat that is absorbed deep into our cellular matrix similar to the warmth we feel in the normal environment outdoors. This form of heat not only feels great but is also extremely therapeutic.

FIR heat is a form of thermal energy. It is the warmth you feel penetrate your skin when you are outside in the sun. FIR light should not be confused with ultraviolet light, which causes sunburn and damage to your skin. The same technology is used in saunas, to keep premature babies warm and is very safe and healing. FIR heat is capable of penetrating deep into the human body, gently elevating the body's surface temperature and activating major bodily functions. Read Less

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How should I prepare for a hot yoga class?

It is best to include regular water intake into your every day lifestyle and diet. Sipping water throughout the day is the best way to absorb liquid and help... Read More

It is best to include regular water intake into your every day lifestyle and diet. Sipping water throughout the day is the best way to absorb liquid and help create a happy digestive system. This is also a great way to prepare for hot yoga. Have an extra few glasses in the hour leading up to your class, and you'll be ready to sweat!

We also recommend you keep an empty stomach a couple hours before class. If it is an early morning class, a piece of fruit, juice or shake prior to class will allow you to remain energized without feeling 'over full' during the postures. If you have just woken up prior to class (for our 6am classes), try hot water and lemon as this is absorbed quickly into the body and helps increase hydration in a shorter time period.
Our recommendations for hydration before, during and after exercise are as follows:
1. At least 2 hours prior to hot yoga practice drink minimum 500ml of water (coconut water may be substituted).
2. In hot yoga, we wait approximately 20-25 minutes (warm up) prior to drinking in order to create the desired conditions internally for ultimate detoxification benefits. It is best after the warm up to drink small sips of water as needed, as many of the compressions and balances in yoga become difficult if too much water is in the digestive system.
3. After class it is important to restore the correct balance of electrolytes, minerals and other essential cellular fluids which may be lost during practice. Again, water or coconut water is fantastic however an electrolyte substitute may also be added for a speedy recovery.
4. Regular yogis benefit from ensuring they remain hydrated during the day and night as part of lifestyle habit, not just prior to a hot yoga class. And remember, a good quantity of the water you intake comes from the types of food you consume (vegetables and fruit etc.) as well as water itself.
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What are some of the benefits of Hot Yoga?

Hot Yoga practice is stimulating and cleansing on many levels. There are several benefits including stress reduction, increased blood circulation which stimulates... Read More

Hot Yoga practice is stimulating and cleansing on many levels. There are several benefits including stress reduction, increased blood circulation which stimulates the heart to strengthen its contractions, which is exercise for the heart muscle itself. As a result, the heart pumps efficiently thereby lowering blood pressure. Hot Yoga also improves flexibility and strength. After class you will feel energized, rejuvenated, and cleansed. In essence, the heat is a form of cardiovascular conditioning. The heat aids in detoxification, increases blood flow to speed up metabolic processes of vital organs, glands, and mobilizing toxins for elimination. Heat stimulates fat receptors, activating fat stores and facilitating fat loss and releasing these fat-soluble toxins. Additional responses of the heat include, the stimulation of white blood cell production, boosting the immune system, promoting relaxation, and an increase in healing injuries and disease symptoms. Overall, the body’s response to heat strengthens, detoxifies, and heals, which in turn creates a sense of health and well-being. Read Less

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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... Read More

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 regulation, increased muscle tone and strength, increased flexibility, and postural improvement (improved stance and gate). If you live a hectic life, as many do in today's society, a regular hot yoga practice is vital to ensure your heart is able to pump fresh, oxygenated blood through each cell of your body not only during rest but even in times of stress and fatigue. Read Less

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When can I expect to see progress in my yoga practice?

We at Fire Shaper Hot Yoga want your practice to be a personal growth experience. It is easy to begin to realize results with Fire Shaper on your side... Read More

We at Fire Shaper Hot Yoga want your practice to be a personal growth experience. It is easy to begin to realize results with Fire Shaper on your side. In our yoga classes you will begin by building the strongest foundation you have ever had in your body. Start here with other real people getting real results. Even if you have to sit down in between postures, you will eventually get stronger, fitter, and more energized with every class. Read Less

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How often should I practice?

Daily practice rejuvenates body, mind and spirit. For life changing results five or more times a week is recommended. A practice of two to three times... Read More

Daily practice rejuvenates body, mind and spirit. For life changing results five or more times a week is recommended. A practice of two to three times a week, if consistent, will create transformation over time. Regardless of your level of commitment you will gain numerous benefits from your Fire Shaper Hot Yoga practice. Sometimes all it takes is a single step. Read Less

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What if I’m not flexible?

Yoga is not only about flexibility, this is myth. Emotional, physical and mental barriers can manifest as 'tight muscles' which eventually will be released...
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Yoga is not only about flexibility, this is myth. Emotional, physical and mental barriers can manifest as 'tight muscles' which eventually will be released with regular yoga practice, however this is more of a 'side effect' of yoga rather than an immediate requirement. The only thing you need to start yoga is the desire to live a happier, healthier life and a commitment to turn up to class.

Flexibility is something you will gain through yoga practice. You don’t have to be flexible to start your practice. Yoga will allow you to lengthen and expand, and release toxins that build up during these activities. Whether you can touch the floor or not, the ultimate benefit of yoga is to harmonize body, mind and spirit in a healthful physical practice. A common miss-conception is that you have to be flexible to participate in a Yoga class. You do not need to be flexible and usually most of our students are not flexible at all in the beginning. Through this practice you will quickly gain more flexibility as the heat and the sequencing of the postures will provide you with a much different experience than you might have had in the past with stretching and flexibility. Read Less

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Can beginners attend Fire Shaper Hot Yoga?

Absolutely, we have formed an encouraging environment in which all levels and abilities can practice yoga. We encourage beginners to pace themselves... Read More

Absolutely, we have formed an encouraging environment in which all levels and abilities can practice yoga. We encourage beginners to pace themselves in class and recommend beginners to commit to coming to 3 to 4 classes in the first week. This will build a solid physical base and awareness that will improve strength, focus, endurance, and flexibility. Read Less

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Is “Hot Yoga” the same as yoga in a “heated” room?

No it is not the same. The heat in our studio is specifically designed to meet certain criteria and is held to very tight standards. The temperature... Read More

No it is not the same. The heat in our studio is specifically designed to meet certain criteria and is held to very tight standards. The temperature and humidity in the room needs to be in a specific range for the students’ optimal experience. Many other types of studios who have no background in true Hot Yoga will add heat to their room so their students feel more comfortable and generate a “good” sweat. The Hot room is so much more than just getting a “good” sweat. Not only does the environment need to be in a specific range but, the practice itself is special. The Hot Yoga alignments, the process, and the sequencing are very different and specific to our practice. Read Less

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What is the most popular type of package most people use?

Most of our clients attend at least 2 times per week and sometimes more and our Unlimited packages offer the best in savings and value for those... Read More

Most of our clients attend at least 2 times per week and sometimes more and our Unlimited packages offer the best in savings and value for those types of clients. Unlimited Package holders tend to be the students who gain the most results from their practice. WHY YOU ASK? Total Immersion and Repetition are the secrets to success. Think about it, if you do something once a week how good are you going to get in 3 months? Not very, is most likely the answer. BUT, if you do something 3 or more times per week for 3 months do you think you might get much better? Do you think you might work something out or gain some advantage? OF COURSE! Read Less

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I have a busy schedule, how will I be able to make it to class?

We offer class every day of the week. We are open 365 days per year and we have multiple locations. Most package holders with our studios have... Read More

We offer class every day of the week. We are open 365 days per year and we have multiple locations. Most package holders with our studios have the ability to go to any location they choose so if there is a class time in another location that works better on a particular day you are welcome to go to it. Between all of our locations we offer over 100+ classes per week. Class times are offered from the very early morning and middle of the day into the late night. You will have no trouble finding the time – JUST SCHEDULE IT IN AND MAKE IT A MUST! Read Less

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How many calories does a person burn in a typical Hot Yoga class?

In a typical 75 minute class, you may burn 900 or more calories per session but, remember that anyone can stand in a hot room and do nothing any... Read More

In a typical 75 minute class, you may burn 900 or more calories per session but, remember that anyone can stand in a hot room and do nothing any day of the week. You still have to provide the effort and the more you give to yourself the more you get back in return. Read Less

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What is the difference between “Hot Yoga” and other styles of yoga?

“Hot Yoga” refers to a very specific form of yoga that comes from a specific lineage in India. “Hot Yoga” embraces the concepts of health, and healing with... Read More

“Hot Yoga” refers to a very specific form of yoga that comes from a specific lineage in India. “Hot Yoga” embraces the concepts of health, and healing with special alignments and name pronunciations as well as purposeful sequencing of postures to produce very specific affects. It is not simply adding heat to room where one practices some form of yoga. In Hot Yoga the temperature and humidity must be within certain guidelines, not too cold, not too hot but, just right to enhance the opening of the human body like a lotus flower blooming open. The nervous system releases tension in this environment and allows for the physical and neurological relaxation of the cells. It is in this state that the body may be molded like warm clay and cleansed from the inside out. Read Less

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Will I build muscle in your classes?

YES, Students who give 100% effort, regardless of whether or not they can fully do a posture or not, get 100% results. Building muscle strength and control is... Read More

YES, Students who give 100% effort, regardless of whether or not they can fully do a posture or not, get 100% results. Building muscle strength and control is a major component of holding our yoga postures. Fire Shaper has expanded their hot yoga class offerings to include variations that use pilates, fitness, barre and many other techniques to influence the size and shape of your frame. Try a mix of classes for the best in results. Read Less

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