What to expect when you come to a yoga studio or a yoga class?
- Remove Shoes - Please take off your shoes at the door and place them in the designated cubby. It is most hygienic if shoes are taken off first thing.
- Turn Off Your Cell Phone - Make a habit of turning your ringer to silent or leave your phone behind for class, so you and the others around you can have the full yogic experience. It can be embarrassing and disruptive if your phone rings during class.
- Be Prompt - Arrive at least 5-10 minutes early. If you arrive late, please don't enter a class by knocking or banging on the door. Just join us for another class.
- Attire- Wear comfortable and movable clothing that is form fitting. It is best not to wear baggy tops and bottoms because they will just get in the way.
- Yoga Mats & Props- We do recommend that you use your own yoga mat for sanitary and comfort reasons. We do have mats at the studio that you can use. We also supply all of the props you would need to get the most enjoyment out of your yoga experience.
- Eating before yoga class-In yoga practice we twist from side to side, turn upside down, bend forward and backward. If you have not fully digested your last meal, it will make itself known to you in ways that are not comfortable. If you are a person with a fast-acting digestive system and are afraid you might get hungry or feel weak during yoga class, experiment with a light snack such as yogurt, a few nuts, or juice about 30 minutes to an hour before class.
- Preparation for HOT YOGA-Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate for Hot yoga. It is recommended that you begin to hydrate at least 3 days prior to your Hot yoga class. You will sweat a lot during and after class. Lack of hydration will put undue stress on your body and can cause nausea and light headedness and even headaches after your practice.
Additional tips for a successful hot yoga experience: Refrain from drinking or eating 90 minutes before class. A light snack like fruit or nuts may be helpful a couple of hours before class. Bring water and two towels. Arrive at least 15-20 minutes before class to acclimate your body to the heat. Wear light or sweat wicking clothing. We do not recommend heavy lotions or perfumes.
- What does Hatha mean? It can be translated as "ha" meaning "sun" and "tha" meaning "moon." This refers to the balance of masculine aspects-active, hot, sun-and feminine aspects-receptive, cool, moon-within all of us. Hatha yoga is a path toward creating balance and uniting opposites. In our physical bodies we develop a balance of strength and flexibility. We also learn to balance our effort and surrender in each pose.
- Do I need to be flexible to practice yoga? NO! Many people think that they need to be flexible to begin yoga, but that's a little bit like thinking that you need to be able to play tennis in order to take tennis lessons. Come as you are and you will find that yoga practice will help you become more flexible.
- Is yoga for men too? Yes, lots of men practice yoga and definitely benefit from the stretching, strengthening, and relaxation. Sometimes you might be the only guy in class and other times there may be a few more men in class holding up the back row! If you are an athlete or work out regularly, adding yoga to your regimen will definitely improve your workouts/sport.
- Always consult your physician before beginning any exercise program.