The lowdown on Yoga at Santa Fe Thrive

 At Thrive we strive to offer the best experience possible. As such, we request that our clients participate in fostering a culture of excellence.

Below you will find a list of Yoga-specific Frequently Asked Questions and some Studio Etiquette pointers to improve your experience and that of other Participants. 


The Basics


At Thrive we offer a variety of styles of yoga classes, which range in temperature and level of humidity. All of our classes are heated above 80 degrees with at least 30% humidity; these levels encourage detoxification and allow the body to move and stretch more safely. Our hottest classes are set to 98 degrees and 50-60% humidity; this guarantees a good sweat while keeping heat levels in a safe range for the body's connective tissue. 

Yoga builds strength, flexibility, mental clarity, focus, serenity and sense of presence. It is proven to fight everything from addiction to lower back pain to diabetes to aging, as well as increase wellbeing, heal injuries and reduce stress. The added element of heat introduces an additional challenge to stay present, which increases mental and emotional strength and leads to greater focus and calm off the mat.  

Heat increases the pulse rate and metabolism; it makes blood vessels more flexible and makes the circulatory system flow with greater ease, increasing blood flow to the limbs.

Hot yoga produces a massive elimination of toxins through sweat; not only does this benefit one’s overall sense of health and wellness, but it also improves the skin and clears the pores.

The body burns fat more efficiently in the heat; the fat can be more easily redistributed and used as energy in the heat. In other words, hot yoga helps one lose weight and sculpt the body.


A water bottle! It is important to hydrate before, during and after class; we have a filtered water bottle filler station to make sure you do. 

A Yoga mat and mat towel, if you have them. We have these items available for rent or purchase if you don't. 

Complimentary showers and towel service are included in your experience. 

An open heart and open mind


It is important to start hydrating well before the class begins (24 hours or so!), especially if you are new to Hot Yoga.

Drink water during class as needed; just be mindful about when you drink, as a full belly of water doesn't feel great if you are spending time upside down!

After class, make sure to give your water a boost to help replenish electrolytes. Coconut water, lemon slices, and electrolyte tabs are great options. 


There are two ways you can sign-up. (1) Just show up! Arrive at least 15 minutes early to register for class and get accustomed to the space. If you are just starting out, we can provide you with everything you need to have an enjoyable experience. (2) Pick a class and sign up online here


Yes! Many of our Yoga classes are great for beginners. If you are brand new to Yoga, we recommend you try our Hot Hatha and Basics and Beyond classes first and go from there. Take a look at our Class Descriptions for more information. 

Who can practice Yoga?

Anyone can practice yoga. Our instructors work with participants to offer safe modifications for every body. 


Saying "I'm not flexible enough for Yoga" is equivalent to saying, "I'm too dirty to take a shower." Come practice Yoga. You will become more flexible, guaranteed!

Yoga 101

The word yoga comes from the Sanskrit word “Yuj” meaning to yoke, join or unite.  This implies joining or integrating all aspects of the individual – body with mind and mind with soul – to achieve a happy and balanced life, both mentally and physically.

There are many forms of yoga, but in general, yoga focuses on breathing techniques (pranayama), postures (asanas), flexibility, and meditation (dhyana).

Many people think that yoga is just stretching.  But while stretching is certainly involved, yoga is really about creating balance in the body through developing both strength and flexibility.  This is done through the practice of poses or postures, each of which has specific physical benefits.  The poses can be done quickly in succession, creating heat in the body through movement (e.g. Vinyasa Flow) or more slowly to increase stamina and perfect the alignment of the pose (e.g. Hot Hatha). The poses are a constant, but the approach to them varies depending on the tradition in which the teacher has trained.

The Etiquette

No cell phones in the studio. 

Please disconnect during class. If you are professional on call or are concerned about missing an important call from your child's school, a family member, etc., our front desk staff is happy to hold onto your phone and let you know if you are needed. Mobile and device usage permitted only in silent mode. No usage in cycle/yoga rooms.

No talking during class.

We encourage you to meet your mat neighbors, but please be respectful of others and keep conversations to a minimum. 

Shoes off in the studio. 

Help us keep our specialty antimicrobial flooring clean and free of debris by leaving your shoes in the cubbies outside the studio. While you're at it, please leave your other belongings (bag, keys, etc.) in the cubbies as well. If for some reason the front desk is left unattended during a class, the front door to the building will be locked. 

Stay home if you are sick. 

Rest up, take care of yourself, and come see us when you are feeling better.

Arrive on time. 

Please arrive at least 10 minutes early and be on a bike or mat 5 minutes before scheduled class time. First-time clients should arrive at least 15 minutes prior to class to allow time to check in at the front desk. No late admittance once a class has started. It takes time to get ready, so arriving exactly at the time of class constitutes a late arrival. Reserved class spots will be reassigned to waitlist clients 2 minutes before class time. Absolutely no sneaking into class through the back of the studio. You will be asked to leave.

Check in at the front desk. 

Our front desk staff does their best to make sure your experience is the best possible. Please give them a hand (and a little patience): before you breeze by our checkpoint, please make sure our front desk has acknowledged you and has your correct name.

Listen to your body. 

Take breaks when you need to take breaks. Back off or modify when you need to. Find Child's Pose. Go get water. There is no judgement. 

Have fun. 

Yup, this is a rule. You are required to have some fun in here. Don't take yourself or your practice too seriously. Play around. Try something new. Laugh at yourself. Lighten your load. That's the whole point.  

Never leave during savasana. Ever. 

We checked your iCal. You have time for savasana. Plus, you need it. It is the culmination of the practice. If you have to leave class early for some reason, let your instructor know and sneak out BEFORE savasana as to not interrupt the experience of other participants. 



Santa Fe Thrive LLC and all its facilities and staff reserve the right to refuse service to clients who violate our policies and practices, create an environment detrimental to a positive experience to all our clientele or engage in disruptive and disrespectful behavior at our facilities or with other clients or staff.