What is your ayurvedic body type?
Ayurveda means the science of life (Ayur=life, Veda=science). Developed in India, it is one of the oldest documented health care systems focussed on maintaining a physically and emotionally balanced state through food and lifestyle routines.
Ayurvedic philosophy indicates that everything in the un...
Alignment Tips for Downward-Facing Dog
One of the most recognised yoga poses (and our favourite at Hot Dog Yoga) is Adho Mukha Svanasana (adho = downward, mukha = face, svana = dog, asana = pose). Here are some alignment tips to take your practice to the next level:
Keep Hands are shoulder width apart with the fingers spread wide. Firm...
Holiday destinations we are dreaming about
Need some inspiration for your 2018 travel plans? Here is our pick of favourites.
Lewa House in Kenya, South Africa has some of the best game viewing in the whole of East Africa. It’s home to 350 bird species and 70 mammal species so you’ll have a great chance to see all of...
Get to know the Instructors – Phillippa
Our “Phillippa fish” loves the water but works full time at the Sydney Opera House so you won’t find her at the beach during the day. She loves combining her two passions, yoga and music, so be prepared for some great playlists when you come to class! Find out more about her below.
A little taste...
What does Namaste mean?
You often hear it at the end of yoga classes. But what does it mean?
Namaste (pronounced Nah-mah-stay) is a Sanskrit work and is used as a salutation in India. It has many meanings and uses, including “hello” and “goodbye” in verbal communication. In written communication, it is used in...
“By remaining motionless for some time and keeping the mind still while you are fully conscious, you learn to relax. This conscious relaxation invigorates and refreshes both body and mind. But it is much harder to keep the mind than the body still. Therefore, this apparently easy posture is one of...
Our Favourite Double Bay Cafes/Restaurants
It's easy to work up an appetite doing hot yoga! So we have listed some of our favourite restaurants in Double Bay, Sydney below:
- About Life – a great place for a quick, healthy meal. Their dishes welcome all the dietary diverse out there and the coffee is certified organic and fair-tra...
Prenatal yoga tips
What an exciting yet scary (especially if it’s your first) time! Generally, yoga is one of the safest and most recommended forms of exercise for mamas-to-be. Remember, in yoga, whether prenatal or not, there are consistent aims: listen to your body, stay true to you in every moment, be present, pa...
Dog Yoga @ Double Bay Dog Day 2018
On Saturday 7th April, Hot Dog Yoga is participating in Double Bay Dog Day! Pound Paws who help re-home pets in Australian pounds & rescue centres, organise this event that is guaranteed to get tails wagging.
Our lovely Andrea will be guiding Pavlova, the Double Bay doggies and their humans throug...
Get to know the Instructors – Maddy
Our beach babe Maddy was born in New York City, but moved around a lot spending several years living in Italy. Throughout her adolescence, yoga remained a constant source of grounding in her often unpredictable and rapidly changing life. Find out more about her and where you can find her when she..
Interview with 28 day Summer Challenger Dawn
In February, we held our inaugural challenge – 28 classes in 28 days. There was an overwhelming response from the community. More participants signed up than we had space on the challenge board! We had 2 special workshops and a Celebration Flow to wrap up the challenge. Including a goodie bag fill...
DIY almond milk
Once you realise how easy and good home-made almond milk is, you won’t go back to store-bought versions. Thanks to The Kichn for the recipe and photo.
Makes about 2 cups
- 1 cup raw almonds, preferably organic
- 2 cups water, plus more for soaking
- Sweeteners like honey, sugar, aga...
Mythology of the warrior poses
The Warrior poses are central to most yoga practices but do you know the story behind them?
In this Hindu myth, Daksha had a ritual sacrifice, but he failed to invite his youngest daughter, Sati, or her husband, Shiva. Sati found out about this ritual and crashed the party which led to her and her...
Get to know the Instructors - Andrea
Our lovely Chicago-born Andrea has a positive attitude and her energy is contagious. Find out more about her and why she loves handstands below.
Why you became a yoga teacher:
I want to help people realise their potential by living more embodied, connected, curiosity-filled lives. Yoga has guide...
What is Vinyasa?
In Sanskrit, “Nyasa” means "to place" and the prefix “vi” means "in a special way." So the literal transalation of Vinyasa is to place in a special or specific way. Vinyasa yoga is a flowing form of yoga where students coordinate movement with breath. Each movement is linked with the breath...
Meditation tips for beginners
Meditation: We all want to do it, we know we should be doing it, the benefits are widely touted everywhere, but somehow…we just don’t meditate.
If you always wanted to meditate, but don’t know where to start, our tips below will get you going. It’s not scary or complicated. It’s as simple as...
Get to know the Instructors - Jacqui
Our lovely Jacqui teaches fun classes full of yoga jokes to lighten the mood. Find out more about her and where she gets her inspiration for yoga jokes from below.
A little taste of you:
I’m an early morning person, love a comedy show or trivia night, inspired by TedX and motivational speakers...
We’re sure you’ve heard that quote – “What if we recharged ourselves as often as we did our phones?” Taking self-care time is imperative to a healthy lifestyle. Don’t see “me” time as a selfish pursuit, see it as time to embrace balance and opportunity. Recharging and re-centering yo...
Healthy 'Nutella' smoothie
Chocolate and hazelnuts. A marriage made in heaven. Tell me I’m not the only one who can eat Nutella by the spoonful straight from the jar. But I would feel sick after… and thanks to this photo which went viral last year, I know why:
Look at the ingredients:
Nutella is 55% sugar! The second hi...
What is ujjayi breath?
Most yoga classes start with asking you to “find your üjjayi breath” and unless it has been properly explained to you, this may have been confusing. So here we’ll break it down.
What is üjjayi breath?
Ujjayi (pronounced oo-jai) is commonly translated as “victorious breath,” and has been used...
Get to know the Instructors - Vanessa
Our Texan hot tamale, Vanessa, is not afraid to make some noise. Her classes can be both strong with a commitment toward softening and restorative with a bend toward the uneasy. Find out more about her below.
Why you became a yoga teacher:
To supplement my income in grad school for Acupuncture a...
Can you think of a time when you asked a question without listening to the answer?
Have you ever been thinking about work at home only to find yourself at work thinking about home?
How much of your day would you say is spent in the actual moment, rather than reflecting on the past or planning fo...
The best yoga mats
At Hot Dog Yoga, we provide complimentary use of our yoga mats so you can arrive light and leave even lighter. But what if you prefer to practice on your own mat and are confused about the different kinds (and prices) of yoga mats out there? Here are our picks of the best brands:
- Best non-slip: J...
How to avoid silly season weight gain
For most of us, Christmas and its festivities revolve around consuming tasty food and drinks with colleagues, friends and family. Between work Christmas parties, Christmas lunch or dinner, edible presents and not following our normal routines during the holidays, it is so easy to gain weight. Here a...
5 yoga poses to boost energy
Last minute Christmas shopping, late night parties and trying to wrap up work before the holidays may leave you feeling exhausted. Try these yoga poses to stimulate the blood flow through the body. Poses that gently stretch the spine in particular can help combat fatigue and boost feelings of vitali...
Christmas gift ideas
From asana-enhancing accessories, to charity events, to stuff that just makes you feel—and smell—good, here's what we'll be giving this holiday season.
Yogi Tea – a delicious tea with a motivational message behind each teabag.
Dropping in – the most beautiful, func...
Tips to get through your first hot yoga class
What is Hot Yoga?
Hot yoga, is yoga you practice in a heated room. There are a number of styles: Hot Dog Yoga emphasises a flowing practice, linking one pose to the next using the breath. This is in contrast to other hot styles like B...
Although Australians don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, it’s a nice reminder to start cultivating an attitude of gratitude (if you haven’t already)....