Frequently Asked Questions:
What do I need to bring to class?
Bring your yoga mat, a towel, water, and an open mind. We have mats and props to use free of charge if you don’t have your own. We also sell water and rent towels at the front desk if you forget yours. Drinks and rentals are CASH ONLY. We do have a few yoga mats for rental for $5 but we highly recommend buying your own mat either before you come to class or from the studio (we sell mats ranging in price from $22 - $88)
What if I can’t do some of the poses being taught?
Don’t worry! Most of our classes are open to all levels, so work at your own pace and progress to new levels when you are ready. Always listen to your body! Take child’s pose or another position that feels comfortable when you need to rest.
How often do I need to practice yoga?
Even a single class will have benefits. However the more you practice the more benefits you will see. Aim for a minimum of 2 times per week especially if you are beginning a yoga practice. But listen to your body and make a commitment to give your body what it needs. It is safe to practice yoga on a daily basis and we have many regular clients who practice 4-5 times per week.
What are the benefits of a regular yoga practice?
Yoga offers many physical, mental and emotional benefits including:
Physical benefits: Increased energy, flexibility, muscle tone and athletic performance; decreased back pain; easier weight loss/weight management; improved blood circulation, cardiovascular endurance, and immune system.
Mental benefits: better focus; more restful deep sleep; calm quiet mind, reduced stress.
Emotional Benefits: confidence; more positive self body image; better overall mood.
What are the benefits of hot yoga?
Hot yoga offers all of the same benefits of any regular yoga practice. In addition, our state-of-the-art heated studio allows for a deeper, safer stretch; opens the pores to allow toxins in the body to be released; prevents injury by lubricating the joints; increases the heart rate for a better cardiovascular workout (increased blood flow, circulation, and metabolism).
What should I wear?
Yoga apparel tends to be more form-fitting and is ideal because the tighter fit allows the instructor to check your alignment in the poses. However, most comfortable workout clothing will do. Be prepared to sweat so choose moisture wicking fabrics. Consider bringing a change of clothes for afterwards. Note: for our Real Hot 25/Real Hot 17 classes, less is more – no long pants or long sleeves please.
How hot is hot yoga?
“warm” is our studio base temperature at 80-85˚
“hot” averages 95˚
“real hot” averages 105˚; descriptions on the class schedule will include class length and temperature.
I’ve heard yoga can improve my golf game, is this true?
Absolutely! Yoga can improve your golf, basketball, tennis, or any other game. It’s quite common for left and right sides of the body to be out of sync with flexibility and strength. Regular yoga practice helps to bring the body into better balance, reducing chance of injury and increasing your competitive edge, and can actually improve your performance. Score!
Will I lose weight if I do yoga?
You may! Every body is unique. However, losing weight involves these 2 factors: Caloric intake and calories burned. Many of our classes increase your heart rate and burn calories. Combined with healthy eating habits, weight loss and/or easier weight management are definitely achievable with yoga. We recommend our Real Hot 17 & Real Hot 25 classes if weight loss is one of your primary goals.
Common myths about yoga:
I’m not flexible enough to do yoga.
Nobody is flexible when they start yoga! That’s the reason to do it! With regular practice your flexibility will quickly improve. No two bodies are alike so don’t worry if your pose doesn’t look like the person’s next to you. There are modifications for most poses so there are several “correct” ways to do them. For beginners, we recommend our Level 1 classes or a private session to learn the alignment and any modifications for your body and fitness or flexibility level. Always listen to your body, it’s the best teacher – yoga may be challenging at times but should never be painful!
Yoga is for women.
Men can and will experience the same benefits as women with regular yoga practice. Women tend to be slightly more flexible than men. So that’s all the more reason for men to practice! The more muscular the individual the more yoga is needed to balance the body.
I’m too old for yoga.
Once you establish a yoga practice, you can safely and enjoyably practice at any age. If you’re a mature beginner, discuss it with your doctor and let us recommendations classes that are suitable for you.
Yoga is too slow, I need to do more than stretch.
Some classes Yin yoga can be slow and focus on stretching. However, most of our classes are dynamic fast-paced, challenging workouts. You’ll love our power and hot power classes, core strength vinyasa™, and yoga body bootcamp™ classes. Even in the most “gentle” class, don’t be surprised to discover muscles you never knew you had!
I stretch before and after my other workouts so I don’t need yoga.
Even if you stretch pre- or post-workout, you are usually just stretching the muscles in the same direction in which they will be exercising. Yoga goes beyond simple stretching by working the muscles and joints through all ranges of motion--activating the little-used muscles that support the primary movers.
You have to adhere to certain lifestyle choices (such as becoming a vegetarian or giving up drinking) if you do yoga.
Relax! While you may find yourself making healthier choices over time, there are no restrictions like that. One of the key philosophies with yoga is non-judgment. The choice of what to eat or drink yours!