Is my first class really free?
Yes! We want everyone to have the opportunity to try out a Yoga class with no pressure. Come in anytime and we will get you set up!
It’s my first time, can I come to any class on the schedule?
Absolutely. All of our classes are ALL LEVELS, which means that our instructors are trained and ready to give modifications to beginners, intermediate and advanced students alike. You will almost certainly be in good company – we have brand new students in almost every class.
What do I need to bring/wear?
Wear comfortable, breathable clothing that will wick away sweat. Try to choose clothing that is more form-fitting, so that your clothes will stay where you want them regardless of your position. Quick-dry capri or full length yoga pants are always a good choice; there are also many brands of yoga shorts that work well. Bring a bottle of water, a sweat towel, and, if you have one, a yoga mat. If you don’t have a mat, don’t fret – we have loaners at the studio!
I’m an athlete, isn’t Yoga just boring/stretching?
This is a common expectation we see new students arrive with, and sometimes we have to giggle when, mid-class, we can see that the reality is not what was expected! Basically, Yoga is what YOU make of it. If you want a gentle, stretching experience, you can certainly customize the class to achieve that – but typically a Power Yoga class is going to ask you to push your limits in ways you may not be used to, no matter your athletic background. Come with an open mind and leave with some new muscles you didn’t even know you had!
I’m NOT an athlete, is Yoga going to be way too hard for me?
Again, Yoga is what YOU make of it. If you are just venturing back into the world of physical activity, Yoga is a FANTASTIC choice to help you get started. All of the postures have modifications, and there are plenty of “rest” poses built into every class. Come to class with the expectation that you will stay in the room the whole time, and let anything beyond that be extra-credit. You will be surprised how quickly your body responds!
Why heated Yoga?
There are a lot of reasons why we choose to practice yoga in a heated room. The heat helps our bodies warm up (sort of like bending metal when it is heated) and makes it easier to get deeper into postures more safely. Sweating helps us clean out our systems, because toxins are carried to the surface of the skin in sweat, where they float away during the process of evaporation. The heat also:
- Helps us burn fat more effectively by boosting metabolism and melting away water weight in sweat
- Dilates our capillaries to boost the “oxygenation” of all our cells — tissues, muscles, organs, etc. (Especially beneficial for athletes)
- Boosts circulation and gets the heart rate up, at times rendering yoga an aerobic activity
- Enhances our immune system by slightly elevating the temperature of the body, which increases T-cell functioning
- Elevates the functioning of the nervous system and decreases anxiety by relaxing the body
How hot IS it, anyway?
There is a big difference between Bikram Yoga (which is what many people think of when they think of Hot Yoga) and heated Yoga. Our room is typically heated to about 90 degrees, and many classes never even reach that temperature. However, because we are all working and sweating together, it can get pretty humid in there, which can make it feel hotter. The good news? A moisture-filled room actually encourages us to sweat more which — you guessed it — means more cleansing and detoxing.
Can you give me some basic Yoga etiquette?
Get here early: Arrive at least 10 minutes before your class to get a spot where you feel comfortable. If the class is at a popular time, you may want to get here 15-20 minutes early and secure your space.
After you arrive: Take off your shoes and socks before you walk into the room; we have storage shelves for your shoes/bags/purses just outside the room. Make sure you turn your cell phone to silent and leave it outside the room – there are no cell phones allowed in class, mostly for YOUR benefit – it’s wonderful to have an hour with no distractions.
Communicate: Before class starts, introduce yourself to the instructor. Tell us whether you have any injury, especially a recent one, so we can give you modifications.
Breathe: It’s common for new students to hold their breath during yoga poses they find challenging. Breathing deeply can help you relax. In the beginning, don’t worry about matching the instructor’s breathing instructions exactly; just don’t hold your breath.
Don’t leave in the middle of Savasana: Most yoga classes end with Corpse pose, also called Savasana (pronounced sha-vass-ahnah). In this pose, you lie flat on your back, close your eyes and relax. You never want to walk out of a class when we are in Corpse pose. If you have to leave, let us know beforehand, and do it before Savasana.
Namaste: Don’t be scared off when your instructor bows her head as if in prayer, clasps her hands together in front of her heart and says, “Namaste” (pronounced nah-mas-tay). You’ll notice the class says it back as well. This Sanskrit word means “I honor you” and is normally said at the end of class.