Yoga is excellent way to support the body in its healing process. However, you will want to inform your doctor or health care provider before you begin your practice, and be sure to let your teacher know what is going on so they can address your specific needs.
What style of yoga is right for me?
There are many different styles of yoga, which as a beginner to yoga you can choose from. Some styles are fast paced and vigorous while others are very gentle and slow-moving. All of the styles of yoga have benefits, so evaluating your individual needs and personality type will help point you in the right direction. You can read a description of the styles of yoga offered at Hot Dog Yoga by clicking here.
I just found out I am pregnant, should I do yoga?
Yoga is a great way to support you body and the newly forming body of your child. There are some precautions however, so you will want to let your teacher know that you are pregnant, especially if you are in your first trimester. If you have a strong existing practice at the time of falling pregnant, there is no reason why you shouln't continue your practice, with some modifications. However, if you have never done yoga before, it might not be advisable to start a practice now - at least not during the first trimester.
What do I need to do to prepare for a class?
Arrive 10-15 minutes early. Always check in at the front desk – even if you’ve made an online reservation.
Practice on an empty stomach. Try not to eat 2-3 hours prior to yoga practice. Juice or fruit are OK if you need quick energy before class. Drink plenty of water prior to class, but avoid drinking during class.
Dress appropriately. Wear comfortable, form-fitting workout clothing. Layers help to adjust for temperature changes during and after class.
Purchase a yoga mat. We do rent yoga mats for R 10.00 per session, but having your own mat supports your commitment to your practice and ensures its cleanliness.
Remove your shoes before entering the studio. Leave your shoes in a cubby in the studio lobby. This preserves the sacred nature of the studio space. We recommend taking your valuables inside the studio.
Turn off your cell phone. This enhances your experience and is a polite gesture to your fellow students.
Notify the teacher of injuries or medical conditions. This helps the teacher know how to assist you and give you modifications.
Practice often. 4-6 times per week for maximum benefit. 2-3 times per week will show improvement for most students within three months.
Please refrain from wearing strong, heavily scented fragrances, colognes or perfumes.
Be consistent in your practice, be patient and compassionate with yourself.
The most effective life-long change you can make is to learn positive, healthy habits. It takes 30 days to create a new habit, so join us for our 30-day yoga challenge, starting 5 October and create a habit of a daily yoga practice, for a healthy balanced new you!
The challenge will run over 30 consecutive days, beginning and ending on a New Moon. On 19 October we will host a special Full Moon practice and meditation to mark the half-way point in the challenge.
"During a full moon the sun and the moon are in opposition to each another while in the new moon cycle they are in conjunction. These positions create different energies on the earth, which correlate to the cycles of the breath. The full moon relates to the end of the inhalation; the rising of prana (energy). This is the vital life source that rises upward, expands and increases energy both physically and mentally. A characteristic during full moons is that of becoming head strong. Conversely, the new moon relates to the end of the exhalation; the emerging apana (downward energy). This is understood to develop feelings of earthiness, calmness and physical exhaustion."
"When the Moon is new, the Sun and Moon are aligned in the same sign, and a powerful energy portal is opened. New Moons are a great time to set intentions for things you'd like to create, develop, cultivate, make manifest. There are many ways to initiate this communion with the Universe from lighting a candle to elaborate rituals. What matters is that you're committing yourself to your vision, and open to receiving guidance, healing, support from Spirit."
Sign up for the challenge at reception, and keep track of your process by signing the participation list daily. There is no extra fee, just come in with your existing contract. We will host extra restorative classes and Yoga Nidra during the challenge, to help alleviate possible exhaustion, aches and pains. You can attend any class during each day to count towards the goal of 30 consecutive days of yoga, just remember to log your participation every day...
On day 30 we will have a draw - all those who complete the 30-day challenge stand a chance to win one free month of unlimited yoga at Hot Dog! Don't miss out!!
During the 30-Day Challenge we will be selling fresh veggie juice at Hot Dog, to give all those who take part an extra kick...
This is a great time to detox the body as well, and what better way to do this than to take advantage of the infrared sauna at Hot Dog! All those who take part can make use of the sauna at a reduced fee of R80 per half hour... Inquire at reception!
202 Main Road (next to Chas Everitt) cnr St Johns Road, Sea Point, Cape Town, South Africa, 8005
There is paid parking on the Main Road as well as across the road from Hot Dog at (entrance to the undercover parking is in St Johns Road).
There is ample free parking in the side streets close to the Main Road, as well as on Beach Road along the beach promenade.