First Timers

A regular Kiva Hot Yoga practice will change your life for the best!

If you feel nervous, scared or a little intimidated, no problem. Many people feel that way initially. Don’t let it stop you from coming to class. This program was designed for beginners, so know that with a little practice and experience, you’ll quickly feel right at home. Kiva Hot Yoga is for everyone. Come to class, and with the guidance of your teacher, simply approach every posture to the best of your ability and you will receive 100% benefit.

You don’t have to get in shape before coming to class – that puts the cart before the horse! Come take your first class, and then take class as often as you possibly can and you will lose weight, reduce stress, get in shape, and feel wonderful.

Bring a yoga mat, large towel, and drinking water. We also have these items available at the studio for rent or purchase.

Drink plenty of water throughout the day so you’re well hydrated before coming to class. Good hydration supports the healthy function of all of your body’s systems, and it makes the heat feel comfortable rather than overwhelming. Don’t eat heavily within 2 hours of the start of class.

Dress in cool, comfortable clothes, like you’re going to the beach. 

Arrive 15 – 20 minutes early for your first class. Please be sure to check in at the front desk. This gives us time for registration and orientation. Arriving early ensures a stress free and relaxed beginning to your life-long Kiva Hot Yoga practice.

Set up your spot in the back row.

You will feel challenged by the yoga during class – everyone does! Always work to your edge, but listen to your body and your inner wisdom. Never be afraid to lie down if you need to. It’s normal, especially when you first get started, to feel dizzy, nauseated or lightheaded. It’s temporary, respect these signals that your body is sending by backing off, and as your body acclimates, improves and detoxes, these sensations will disappear.

During class nobody will look at you or judge you. The teacher will guide you and instruct you, always with compassion and respect. There’s no need or reason to be self conscious. It’s also helpful to realize everyone’s focus is on themselves – they are working too hard to even notice you!

Take your second class within 24 hours. The second class will help you bypass any soreness you’d experience otherwise. Make up your mind to take 10 classes as quickly as possible– then no one has to tell you how good this yoga is for you. Remember, everyone had their very first Kiva Hot Yoga class, even the people on the front row who have been coming for years. They make it look easy because they continue to persevere, and you can too.

Please contact us if you have more questions or concerns that have not been covered in the “FAQ” or “Yoga Etiquette” links. So there you go… you’re ready to rock… now pick a convenient time and come to class as quickly as you can. We look forward to meeting you soon!