Being in charge of your studio during class is a fundamental skill all yoga teachers must have. For their money, the students want you to give them as full and enjoyable a yoga experience as possible; you must put thought into every aspect of the class besides just music and sequencing. Included in that is the general temperature of the room.
Okay, let’s all agree that one temperature will not be ideal for everyone. You, as the teacher, must make a conscious decision, though, what temperature you want the classroom to be for your class. Along with all your other decisions during class, this decision will affect every student in the room. If you’re teaching Bikram, the decision is simple, it’s the same temp. for every class.
But beyond that, hot, warm, cool, windows open on a bright summer day, windows closed on a bright summer day, fans on or off, this is all up to you. A hot room will make the class more difficult for many of the students. Older kids like me, I don’t like “hot” yoga. You may give me a simple, Level 1/2 sequence that I’ve done 100’s of times, but crank the temperature up to 95°, and I’m cooked in ten minutes.
On the other hand, a cold room equals cold muscles equals greater potential for injury. You might want to keep the windows closed in December and keep the room at least reasonably warm.
Factors to consider when setting temperature:
• Type of class – how is it advertised, what are your goals?
• Makeup of students – hard-core college age, or all old folks?
• What’s out the window? There’s something about the first warm Spring day of the year.
• Where are the students coming from? Is it sub-zero outside? Maybe start warm then turn the thermostat down.
• What are the yogis wearing? Are they leaving their fleeces on for your class? Tanks?
So be cool, Teach, and control your thermostat.