Here are some things people frequently ask us (and videos, on the bottom!)
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Can I do yoga if I can’t even touch my toes?
As my favorite yoga teacher likes to ask, “How do you cut your toe nails?” You bend your knees! Yoga is called a practice for a reason. It is full of wonderful modifications for each and every body.
What should I expect from my first yoga class?
You should expect to have fun, sweat, breath, and move. Remember that with most things that are new, you probably won’t “get it” the first time. So be compassionate with yourself and know that even the most experienced yogis are in a continual process of learning because everyday our bodies are different than the day before. Sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worse. There is no “right” in yoga only new openings and possibilities!
What should I bring?
Clothes that you feel comfortable sweating in- preferably synthetic- since cotton gets heavy and uncomfortable when it is wet. A change of clothes for after class is nice. A yoga mat, towel, and water. No worries if you don’t have those three things. We will set you up for free your first class. After that you can rent or purchase them from the studio.
What is yoga ettiquette?
Arrive about 10-15 minutes before class so that you have time to settle onto your mat and let go of your day before you practice. Let the teacher know if you have any injuries, health concerns, or are pregnant. Stay hydrated before, during, and after class. Please avoid wearing strong fragrances or eating a heavy meal 1-2 hours before you practice. Be prepared to sweat and remember if you need a time out, rather than stopping and staring at the people around you, find “child’s pose” and breath.
How often should I practice yoga?
Within the first 30 days it is recommended that you practice 10-15 times to establish a strong foundation both physically and mentally. Consistency is the key to letting things sink in and decrease stress and tension. 2-3 times a week will tranform over time. 4-6 times a week will change your life!
What should I eat before practicing yoga?
It is best to keep the tummy fairly empty 1-2 hours before class. An appropriate pre-yoga snack might be: yoghurt, fruit, or a light energy bar.
What should I wear to yoga?
Clothes that you feel comfortable sweating in, preferably synthetic, since cotton feels heavy and uncomfortable when it is wet.
What is the best way to replace electrolytes lost from a sweaty yoga practice?
Our preference is coconut water. It is a natural way to replace salts and sugars. Emergen-C is also a good substitute.
Why does it need to be so hot in the yoga studio?
You muscles are a lot like chewing gum. When it hasn’t been warmed up it will just break. Otherwise it is supple and more easily stretched. The heat in the studio helps the body to stretch more easily and prevents injuries. Also, sweating is an incredible natural way to detoxify the body.
Will I lose weight and build muscles?
If you are consistent and need to lose weight, you will lose weight. If you are consistent and need to build muscle, you will build muscle. Power Vinyasa Yoga will get your heart rate up at times during the practice and transform your mind, body and spirit!
Is yoga safe if you are pregnant?
I like to stick with two rules of thumb: 1- Check with your physician. 2- Listen to your body for clues of signs of injury and overwork.
What’s with the “OM” at the beginning and end of class?
Try it! Make the sound “aaaaaaah-ooooohuuuuuum”. The vibrations you feel when you let go of your concern for looking good feel great and brings your focus inward. I remember making the “sound of the Universe” feeling strange at first. But staying open to it brings a feeling of unity and oneness over time.