New Student FAQs
This yoga is designed for any body type, fitness level, age or illness/injury; it does not discriminate. Always come prepared to sweat. The asanas coupled with the heat serve as powerful tools to help heal our bodies from the inside out – bones to skin. Take your time, listen to your body, take breaks and exercise wisdom & patience while on the mat.
What if I have never done yoga before?
No prior yoga experience is needed to attend any of our classes or join our community. All of our classes are beginner level. You will be able to do some form of the postures. Any body shape, any age, any fitness level can do this yoga; it does not discriminate.
What if I have an illness, injury or taking medication?
Please inform your instructor prior to class regarding any illnesses, injuries or medications you may be taking. If you have a physical injury or limitation, the instructor will guide you throughout the class so you feel comfortable and do not further injury yourself. Always listen to your body. It’s important to push yourself, but just as important to take it easy.
Why the heat?
The heat is not meant to make class difficult or improve flexibility; instead, the heat acts as a tool to heal the body inside out by thinning the blood. Thick blood creates acidity in the body, causing one to feel fatigued, tight, sore, cranky and unmotivated. Thinning the blood flushes toxins and enzymes out of the body in order to alkalize the blood and stabilize blood pH levels. Unlike acidic environments, alkaline environments hinder the growth of disease, illness, bacteria and viruses.
If you struggle with the heat, place your mat by the door or window and not near a heating panel. Try your best to stay in the room for the duration of the class. If you do not feel well at any point in the class, feel free to sit or lay down. Give yourself a few classes, and your body will adjust to the heat.
What should I bring?
We encourage you to bring a yoga mat, large towel and water. In case you forget any of these items or need new equipment, we have all of these items at the studio for purchase or rent.
What should do I wear?
We recommend wearing your yoga clothes to class and bringing clothes to change into for the ride home. Wear something you feel comfortable sweating in. You will leave class feeling as wet as if you went swimming. Wear as little or as much as you feel comfortable. We don’t notice what you are wearing.
What should I eat before?
Eat something light at least two hours before class. Start with something small until you know how your body will react in the room. Over the years, we have seen people who are able to eat right before class, while others need to eat several hours before class. Everyone’s body is different, and until you know how your body will react, it is best for you to start small. Too much food in your stomach before class will cause your body to digest during class. If your body is digesting while you are trying to stretch in a heated room, you may experience nausea and discomfort.
Additionally, if you come in the morning, be mindful of your morning coffee or tea, since caffeine can significantly raise your heart rate to an uncomfortable level in the room. If you need coffee or tea to start your day, try to a drink a small cup to start until you know how your body will react during class.
What about drinking water?
We recommend coming to class well-hydrated. Do not rely on the water you drink during class to hydrate you, since it takes anywhere between 5 to 120 minutes for the body to absorb any water you drink. If you come in the morning, hydrate before you go to bed. If you come in the afternoon, drink plenty of water throughout the day, especially at lunchtime. During class, take little sips to calm your mind. Try not to drink to fast or take big gulps as this can cause an upset stomach, dizziness and nausea.
Remember: Water is water. Coffee, tea, alcohol, soda, fruit juices and sports drinks do NOT count toward your daily water/hydration intake.
When should I arrive?
Try to come 15 minutes before class starts, so you have time to setup and complete any necessary paperwork. Our school is open 30 minutes prior to the start of each class. The doors lock promptly at the start of class and remain closed at all other times. We try to stay on time so everyone can plan their schedules accordingly. If we start class late, then it is going to run late, and we do not want to hold up the class.