Is it safe to do yoga if I have an injury or medical condition?
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 above.
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 - unless with a pre natal class. Please do not attend Hot Yoga classes during any trimester.
What do I need to do to prepare for a class?
Please wear comfortable workout attire. Layers are best, as your body temperature changes throughout your practice. Be prepared to work in bare feet. Please refrain from wearing any colognes or perfumes. Bring a towel to wipe down your mat after use if you sweat during class. We encourage you to buy your own mat. Your mat is an important tool and a symbol of commitment to your practice. Avoid practicing with a full stomach, and drink plenty of water before class to remain hydrated throughout your practice. Yoga is a process. Be consistent in your practice. Be patient and compassionate with yourself.
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 Hot Dog Yoga Studio Basic Teacher Training program is a 200-hour Level One certification program carefully designed for serious students of yoga who want to deepen their practice as well as for those students who wish to become teachers themselves. Topics include proper alignment, assisting, sequencing, philosophy, anatomy, and touching on prenatal and restorative yoga. Because we are a member of the Yoga Alliance, your certificate will be recognized all over the world. Once you graduate from our program you will be eligible to join the Yoga Alliance at the 200-RYT level. Becoming a member of the Yoga Alliance is a great way to let gyms and yoga studios at which you wish to teach that you are a professional, highly educated and skilled teacher.
No formal experience is required to enroll in the Hot Dog Teacher Training program. However, we do recommend that you have had at least one year of regular practice prior to the start of the course. Participating in this training will be a profound experience, taking you to places in your body and mind that you never thought possible.
A flexible body free of injuries is NOT a requirement for this training. In fact, WE ENCOURAGE people with all body types and those with physical challenges to consider this program. At its heart, yoga is a practice of meeting the body where it is, and then working with the body to slowly and respectfully move deeper. The struggles and challenges you will face through the course of this training will only make you a better teacher.
In order to graduate from this program you will need near perfect attendance—missing no more than 24-hours and making up any missed classes with teacher-approved assignments. You will also need to practice minimum of 50-hours, and complete all assignments.
Additionally, You Will Explore: Classes in vegetarian diet Instruction in basic anatomy and physiology Chanting instruction—for personal practice and class settings Raja Yoga (the science of the mind and yogic lifestyle) Jnana Yoga (the study of Self-inquiry) Bhakti Yoga (the path of devotion; including chanting, worship, and self-surrender) Karma Yoga (the practice of selfless service).
Begins September 20th, this is a two month immesrion, which will incude full Saturdays and Sundays including one weekday.Early bird special R 18,000 before August 10th, afterward R 20,000. Exact dates TBC , contact Ange at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.