Frequently Asked Questions
What is Hero Yoga?
Hero Yoga is an independent hot yoga studio in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Hero Yoga classes are fun, accessible and challenging. The Hero Yoga teaching style encourages students to discover a sense of empowerment by participating in their own Hero’s Journey.
What is the Hero’s Journey?
The Hero’s Journey is a common template of stories that involve a hero who goes on an adventure, is victorious in a decisive crisis and comes home changed or transformed. The Hero’s Journey can be seen as a roadmap for positive change.
What is Hot Yoga?
Hot yoga describes any type of yoga that is done in a heated room. Our classes at Hero Yoga are hot yoga classes. We offer hot classes and reduced heat classes depending on the type of yoga sequence. Regular classes are heated to approx. 40 degrees Celsius, reduced heat classes are heated from 25 to 35 degrees depending on the class. See the class descriptions for details.
What are some of the benefits of taking hot yoga classes?
• Improved core strength and stability • Increased range of motion and flexibility • Better posture and skeletal alignment • Improved balance and coordination • Cardiovascular fitness and endurance improvements • Increased blood flow and detoxification of tissues • Improved heat and stress tolerances • Reduces stress • Breath control and breath awareness increases • Ability to sustain focus (mental endurance) increases • Emotional awareness and emotional control improve • Increased sense of energy and motivation • Group participation, social connections, community support • Increased sense of belonging, purpose and confidence.
What should I wear and bring to class?
Yoga mat and mat towel (a beach towel works great!) Water in a sealable container Clothing that you feel comfortable moving and sweating in Change of clothes and extra towel if you intend to shower Socks are not typically worn during practice No shoes during class / flip flops permissible in changeroom
What if I’m not flexible? Can I still do yoga?
Yes, you can! You might even find that the benefits of the practice come quickly for you! We all have varying levels of flexibility by nature. Not all bodies are going to be capable of the same extremes, but you can improve your flexibility, range of motion, strength and body awareness significantly with practice.
Is Hot Yoga good for everybody?
There are plenty of benefits to a regular Hot Yoga practice. There are also some conditions and situations in which you may want stay out of the hot room. Practicing Yoga during pregnancy can be an amazing experience. Many who practice frequently are able to carry on their Hot Yoga practice throughout pregnancy, however, we strongly suggest that you discuss this process with your Doctor. If unsure, we recommend taking a break from the hot room. Any individual with any major or chronic health concerns effecting their ability to exercise safely should consult with their healthcare provider before attending Hot Yoga classes. If you are dealing with an injury that has caused substantial swelling it is best to wait a couple of days for the swelling to subside before resuming Hot Yoga, even if you feel like you could practice. If you’re feeling sick, dehydrated, physically depleted or are fighting a cold or flu it would be best to skip class until you recover. Hot Yoga is not generally a good choice for children. The ability to regulate core temperature through sweat requires fully developed sweat glands. Generally, this occurs in individuals after the onset of puberty, the exact age will vary from person to person. For this reason, we require that minors (under 18 years of age) receive permission from a parent or guardian prior to attending class.