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New To Yoga

Before Class

  • Register for class online or in-person at the studio.
  • Avoid eating for at least 2 hours before class. You’ll have a better experience practicing on an empty stomach.
  • Arrive 10-15 minutes before the class start time.
  • Check-in at the front desk, even if you signed-up online.
  • Inform the instructor of any pertinent injuries or limitations.
  • Remove shoes in the lobby area.
  • Leave your belongings OUTSIDE of the yoga room.
  • Turn cell phones OFF and leave outside the yoga room.
  • Be familiar with Class Etiquette (see below).
  • New to practicing? Place your mat in the middle or back of the yoga room so that other students may be your guide.
  • Try to stagger your mats so that you can open your arms out to the side without bumping your neighbor.
  • Be prepared to sweat and stay in the yoga room for the entire class.

What to Bring

  • Bring a yoga mat, full-length towel and bottle of water to every class.
  • Rental mats, rental towels and bottled water are available.
  • Bring your smile; this is YOUR yoga practice!


  • Come to class fully hydrated and drink lots of water after class to replenish lost fluids from your yoga practice. Did we mention HYDRATE? In a heated yoga class, you can sweat up to a liter and a half of water (that’s a couple of pounds of water weight) and it needs replacement. So drink lots of water BEFORE you come to class.
  • We recommend drinking 32 oz. of electrolyte-enhanced water a minimum of one full hour before class, giving the water time to hydrate the body on a cellular level.
  • If you find yourself guzzling water during class or experiencing headaches or dizziness after class, you may be dehydrated. Try drinking more water before you come to class.
  • Add a natural electrolyte enhancer to your water. We recommend Ultima Replenisher, an all-natural, zero sugar, zero artificial electrolyte replenishing powder. Ultima Replenisher is available for purchase at the studio.
  • Coconut Water has all five key electrolytes: potassium, magnesium, phosphorous, sodium and calcium. Great to drink before or after class. Coconut water is available for purchase at the studio.

Class Etiquette

  • Arrive early to every class. All classes start on time!
  • Please refrain from wearing perfume or scented lotions or oils. Your fellow practitioners may be sensitive to these smells.
  • Observe silence in the yoga room, before, during and after class. The Yoga room is a quiet meditative space. How you enter and leave the yoga room is part of your practice. The lobby is a great place to connect and catch-up with others.
  • Make room for others. Everyone should feel welcome.
  • Don’t leave class early (front door is locked).
  • Understand that becoming lightheaded or nauseous is completely normal the first few times you practice yoga in the heat.
  • Clean-up your area after class.
  • Know that yoga is a practice, it takes time to cultivate!
  • Our instructors are always available after class for any questions you may have.

Practicing in the Heat

Be prepared to sweat! The heat combined with the sequence of the postures is what makes heated yoga so special. The room is heated to warm muscles, which allows you to work deeper in a shorter amount of time, seeing results faster. Heat takes the trauma out of stretching, heals and helps prevent injuries. Yoga is not just about working muscles: you are massaging deep tissues, glands and organs as well. As you work deep within your body, you may start to release “poisons” or “toxins” that have been stored there a long time. Your skin is the largest elimination organ in your body. Sweating helps flush toxins from your body, giving you a wonderful glow from head to toe.

Learn to love your sweat rather than constantly wiping. Wiping causes you to sweat more. Your sweat is your body working to keep you cool. Embrace it.

It is not unusual to feel nauseous or dizzy during your first class. Practicing yoga in a heated room reveals to us our present condition and inspires us to take much better care of ourselves. Usually the problem is that we do not drink enough water for daily living, let alone for exercising in a heated room. Nutritionists tell us that we need 64-80 ounces of water a day to help the body function properly. If you feel disoriented or like you need a good nap after your first few classes, this is likely because your body has begun to cleanse itself as a result of the yoga practice. Don’t be scared. After the first few classes this sensation will pass. The more you can relax as you give your full effort during class, the more energized you will feel throughout the class and throughout the rest of your day.

Take it to the Finish

Stay in the room for the duration of the entire class. Come down into child’s pose or savasana if you need to rest, and please try not to leave the room except in cases of illness or other real emergency. The intention is to keep everyone focused and in the present and to allow your body to acclimate to practicing in a heated room.

Your Drishti, or Gazing Point.

Where we look affects our balance, affects our alignment, and can transform the pose. There’s no need to follow the teacher with your eyes. It’s natural to want to watch the person who’s speaking to you, but unlike other types of movement classes, unless a teacher specifically asks you to watch a demonstration, you don’t need to watch him/her. They’re not usually doing anything worth watching. In yoga classes, teachers are usually walking around, assisting students verbally and manually. Lifting your head in down-dog to look at a teacher when he/she’s not really doing much more than adjusting the stereo volume or getting a student to straighten his elbows will just take you out of alignment.

Embarking on a new yoga practice is so exciting. Be safe, be happy, and enjoy! Contact us if you have questions!

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Wonderful bikram yoga class with James. Room and the heat were perfect. The staff super friendly and know their craft. I love that there are lots of times to choose from and that it was super close to my hotel. I also actually really liked the 60 min bikram. Usually do the 90 min but the 60 min was just right for a weekday.
Great place, friendly people.
Authentic yoga studio without all the bells and whistles which was nice because I could really focus on my practice! I took the Bikram class with Jermaine and he was great! Felt like he was very present with us and made everyone feel comfortable!
Amazing first time experience! Very welcoming studio and powerful class!
Excellent class. The facilities are very clean and there are more then one shower. The staff are very nice
Great class and really makes you sweat. I love taking the 90min bikram class.
Wonderful teacher and great experience!
James is a great instructor, I love the class!
so amazing! love this studio
Terrific studio! Wonderful instructors! Friendly people. I recommend it highly!!!
Beautiful studio beautiful people
Great classBeautiful clean studio…Great vibe thanks for being here!
Really really good vibes. The class was hard, it was so hot, but the atmosphere is amazing, the instructor knowledgeable and funny. Loved it
Hot Vinyasa 60. Great class! Very informative and well paced.
My experience with Hot Yoga Chelsea in NYC has been one of kind. It is my first time attending a Hot Yoga class and my experience at Hot Yoga makes me want to do it again. What I like most is the welcoming community and extreme patience of instructors, particularly James. He really taught me how to do it right the first time. The facility is very accommodating and clean ran by a small business owner. The owner is very friendly and nice, he always making sure people are satisfied and healthy. Cost wise, it is very affordable. I definitely recommend anyone to try it yourself, I'm definitely coming for more.
First class was great. Despite being new, they provided clear instructions and i felt great class. Looking forward to coming back
Great class! Will be back !!
Grateful to find a 90 minute bikram class in NYC. Temperature was great and the teacher Eva was solid. Thank you for having me 🙂
All experienced teachers - which I don’t take for granted! And lots of time options (both 60 and 90). Clean studio and strong community. Try hot hiit or vinyasa as a cross train!
Love the place and the instructors! They’re all really really good and well trained.
Very good and wholesome experience !! Great instructor
I don’t love Bikram- but the class I took at the studio was well-organized and run along Bikram principles. The feedback and intervention of the instructor was timely, encouraging, and helpful. If you’re looking for an intense, hot workout experience, this class should be up your alley.
Everything you need in a NYC hot yoga studio—inspiring teachers, consistent heat, spacious hot room. Awesome place!
The experience here was great! Jermaine’s Bikram 75 minute class was challenging, but fantastic. Neil at the front desk was very friendly and accommodating. I would 100% recommend this studio for hot yoga!
Fantastic hot yoga studio. The instructors are thoughtful and take the time to help every specific person. The staff is kind and the room is clean. I recommend anyone in NYC to take a class and challenge themselves!
I just started coming to this class and it’s been a really fulfilling experience. The classes are intense and leave you feeling super refreshed. I highly recommend you give this a try!
For those who love the hot room, original Bikram yoga, and excellent instructors, this is the place to be in Manhattan. Highly recommend.
First time doing hot yoga and I’m now obsessed! Mirna was an amazing teacher and made the hour fly by! Will definitely be back next time I’m in the city. 🙂
Incredibly friendly staff, well-taught class, and super approachable for beginners!
Welcoming, lovely studio! Regina an excellent instructor. Visiting from Boston and will be back. Nice facilities and great vibe.
I had a wonderful experience at hot yoga chelsea. My girlfriend had been talking about it for a long time and I decided to give it a try. Johnny was a thorough instructor with a beautiful energy. I signed up for a 20 package right on the spot because I felt so great after the class.
It's a nice and wholesome community. The price is very reasonable in the area and the staff are all very nice. The classmates are very friendly too. You can see some senior folks being here for a long time and doing great.
Had an amazing first class here! I will definitely be coming back. The customer service is great and the environment is welcoming
Heat is amazing!!! Staff is great & studio is super clean
Welcoming, warm yoga studio! Filled with calm energy and kind souls. The practice was authentic and beautifully lead. Can’t wait to come back!❤️
Great spot to unleash your stress in Chelsea. I love coming with groups, my family or individually.Fantastic facility, great instruction and a enthusiastic front desk.Hot yoga for me is always here.
Best way to start the day!! Left feeling so energized and happy. Thank you!!
Pretentious studio.I was running behind. I called on the phone and they weren’t helpful. Then I show up in person, and there was less helpful. I was very willing to wait to until the next class since I knew I was late. The man at the desk tells me I can join the current class. After I change, he tells me the manager changed his mind and I can no longer go in, and there is no way they can accommodate me for the next class in an hour and a half. Poor customer service all around, I won’t be back.
The best studio ever and love the vibe
The instructors are amazing. The owner(Neil) is very friendly. The studio is very clean. Love it👍
I've practiced Bikram Yoga in a heap of studio's around the world and have found Hot Yoga Chelsea to be the cleanest of them all!! I The team genuinely care about each person in the class, their positioning and well-being. Also, for those of you that have a heightened sense of smell... you'll love this studio.. they don't burn incense!! Highly recommend Hot Yoga Chelsea.
Friendly atmosphere, great class & super hot!!
Love practicing at Hot Yoga Chelsea when in town. Everyone is so friendly, 60 min class is perfect, and the teachers are awesome. See you next time HYC!
Response from the owner: Thank you for the kind words! Happy to have you. See you on the mat soon!
I love this place!! So welcoming. Great vibe.
The best hot yoga! I always leave feeling so refreshed. The teachers are so helpful and understanding and really make you feel safe and ready to tackle the class 🙂
Visiting from out of town, ended up joining for two drop in classes. The facility is easy to find, clean, and welcoming. The staff are super helpful and, importantly because I’m new to yoga, made it very approachable. Finally, the instructor was professional, helpful, and very proficient. Will be back next time I’m in town!
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