About BYC hot yoga

About Us

Award Winning Yoga, Stunning Views, Amazing Teachers & Friendly Staff! BYC is Chiswick’s No 1 hot yoga studio!

BYC hot yoga has been in the heart of Chiswick since 2002, sharing health and vitality to West London.

With our experienced teachers and a spacious studio BYC hot yoga really does provide something special. We have a wonderful wall of windows over looking the beautiful vista of Turnham Green.  From the Spring cherry blossom, to the Autumnal red, yellow & brown, nature is always putting on a display to help calm and relax.
BYC hot yoga was the 3rd Bikram Hot Yoga studio to be opened in London. We have a wealth of yoga experience to share.

We Teach:

Hot 26+2Yoga (90/75mins, room heated to 40°C): The classic Bikram series: a fun and challenging 26 posture series performed in a heated room. Bikram Yoga is a series of Hatha Yoga postures, suitable for new and advanced practitioners alike. There are unlimited benefits to practising Bikram Yoga. It has helped countless people with old injuries. It helps improve posture, lose weight, tone up, and achieve better balance and focus. During class you will work every single muscle, gland and organ in your body. The twenty six postures systematically move oxygenated blood to one hundred percent of the body (including each organ), restoring all systems to healthy working order, just as nature intended!

Each posture stretches, strengthens and prepares specific muscles, ligaments and joints needed for the next posture.

Yin Yoga (75mins, not heated): Yin Yoga is a slow, mediative style of yoga practised mainly on the floor. Postures are held for several minutes at a time, so practitioners can access the deep connective tissues of the body. It is a gentle, deep form of yoga, which can be a beautiful compliment to your hot yoga practise or stand alone practise.
On Wednesday evenings our Yin Class is candlelit.

Hot Vinyasa Flow (60mins, room heated to 36°C): A constantly moving & flowing sequence of postures that change class to class, including downward dogs, sun salutations & arm balancing postures to focus on the upper body, as well as core & leg strength. Like Hot Bikram Yoga it is an all round body/mind workout.

Hot HIIT (Inferno Hot Pilates) (60 mins, room heated to 36°C): This is a chal­leng­ing, full body, low impact, high inten­sity work­out. It strength­ens mus­cles and burns fat, all with­out the pound­ing of a high impact work­out. It is designed for all fit­ness levels. This is not a classic Pilates class, it is a high intensity class based on pilates principles.

All our classes are open to all levels.

Why BYC is the only place to be!

The only place where Yoga is neither practice, nor a performance. It’s Rock’n’Roll.

“The most amazing teachers, beautiful studio, fantastic atmosphere. Thank you BYC hot yoga for making me feel & look amazing!” Tetyana C

“I’ve been to numerous Bikram studios all over the world and this is by far my favourite” – Mairi D

“Superb instructors and top notch facilities.” – Neil H

“Great studio, friendly reception staff and nice changing facilities. Teachers are really good…. would recommend especially for anyone new to the practice..” -Simon B

“Truly excellent training from great teachers in a lovely environment.
Can’t recommend it highly enough.” – Lawrence O

Your First Class

First Hot 26+2/ Vinyasa/ Yin Class/ Inferno Hot Pilates (IHP):

1) Arrive 15 minutes before your first class.

2) Register at reception or online prior to arriving. Please let your teachers and BYC staff know if you have any injuries/medical conditions/ are on any medication/ pregnancy etc Please always keep BYC staff and teachers updated on your medical information/injuries as and when things change.

3)  You will need:
1 x Mat we hire these for £1.50 or you are welcome to bring you own.
2 x bath size towels. One for putting on your mat & one should you wish to shower afterwards. We hire towels for £1.50/towel.
Water – we sell 500ml Belu for £0.80 (all of Belu’s profits go to Wateraid)
Change of clothes. You will get very sweaty so will not want to go home in your kit.
£1 or locker token for our lockers.

4) Hydration is imperative for a good hot yoga class. This does not mean down a litre of water straight before class, simply try to drink enough throughout the day or day before you come to class. Doctors estimate around 2ltrs a day for normal body maintenance.  Water is only part of the hydration story, we also need our electrolytes. For more information CLICK HERE.

5) Water, you will want to take water into the room with you. We do not have anywhere to fill up water but we do sell 500ml Belu Water (all of Belu’s profits go to Wateraid) for £0.80 or please bring you own water.

6) We advise never coming to class on an empty stomach. Your body needs fuel to power you through class so we would suggest eating something 2 to 3hrs before class.  Your probably do not want to eat directly before class, as with any form of strenuous exercise eating straight before can lead to nausea. For more information of food & hot bikram yoga CLICK HERE.

7) For a Hot 26+2  Class set yourself up in the second or the third row (the front row is the row in front on the mirror) the marks are laid out on the floor already. As the class is a dialogue class, everything you need to know is in your teachers words, however it can be helpful to have the visual of someone in front of you.

For Yin & Hot Vinyasa classes, place your mats down length ways facing the window. Again these are dialogue lead classes but your teacher may demonstrate specific postures so assure you have a view of them.

For IHP place your mats facing the mirror, but make sure you can see the teacher as they will be demonstrating many of the postures for you.

8) If you are doing a Hot Vinyasa or Yin Yoga class you will want to help yourself to the blocks & bricks provided as well.

9) Be kind to yourself and listen to your body. Your first class is about acclimatising yourself to the room and feeling out where your body is in the postures. If you being to feel overwhelmed at any point, then sit down. No posture should be painful. If you do feel pain, ease off and let your teacher know.

10) Breathe (in and out through your nose, this is one of the keys to having an awesome class! Never hold you breath, especially in postures).

11) Wear light workout clothing that protects your modesty in an array of different postures. We advice no white – white goes see through when wet and you will be sweating a lot. (For a few more does and don’ts CLICK HERE.)

12) Have fun, its only yoga after all.

13) At the end of class hang your mats on the mat cages provided.

14) If you have used any blocks or bricks, please spray these with the sprayers provided to clean and leave them on the rack provided to dry.

Why the heat?

Muscles, fascia and connective tissues become more elastic allowing for greater flexibility with less chance of injury.

It promotes sweating, which assists the detoxification process using the body’s largest elimination organ: the skin.

Your blood becomes thinner, which clears the circulatory system.

When the body is between three and five degrees above normal temperature, T-cell output from the thymus gland is multiplied 20 fold. T-cells fight infection which in turn helps to keep the immune system functioning properly.

Warmer temperatures produce a fluid stretch that allows for greater range of motion in the joints.

Heart rate becomes elevated improving the cardiovascular system and fitness.

Warm muscles burn fat more effectively. When we stretch, the fat has no room to sit, so it redistributes to the blood stream. We can then use it as energy.

Capillaries respond to the heat by dilating. This allows more oxygen to muscles, tissues, organs and glands helping to remove waste products from the body.

Higher temperatures improve the function of the nervous system, meaning that messages are carried more rapidly to and from the brain or spinal cord.

The heat improves strength because proteins can be utilised more effectively.

It speeds the breakdown of glucose and fatty acids.

It strengthens willpower, self control and determination through the challenging environment.

All this giving you a wonderful glow from head to toe. The heat combined with the sequence of the postures is what makes Hot Bikram Yoga so special.

BYC hot yoga, The Studio, 1st Floor, Essex Place, Chiswick, London, W4 5UT  

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