You are about to embark on a beautiful and healthy journey with amazing rewards- from improved sleep, weight loss, stress reduction, strengthening your whole body and increased flexibility. It is about having fun and enjoying your practice.
Be proud of yourself for taking the time and putting yourself first, and doing something that is good for your mind, body and soul. YOU ARE HERE.
NEW STUDENT TIPS: We get it. Trying something new can be scary. Please don’t be anxious about your first class. We were all first-time yogis at one point! We are always available to answer any questions you may have, but in the meantime, here are a few tips.
HOW DO I GET STARTED: Just come to the studio 20 minutes before your first class. Bring a mat, beach towel and water or you can get them at the studio. Come on an empty stomach and well hydrated.
BE KIND TO YOURSELF IS OUR MOTTO.
WELL YOU SAY I HAVE NEVER TRIED YOGA: Yoga is coming onto your mat taking time for yourself - SELF LOVE. This is your yoga, your body and your practice! You come in with the body you have today and be you. Only you know how you are feeling. Our instructors will safely guide and support you on your journey.
DO MEN DO YOGA: ABSOLUTELY! Yoga is not just for women. We welcome all men. Yoga is for everybody and every body. Many of the health benefits you get from yoga are particularly relevant for men: lowering blood pressure, the effects of stress in daily life, improved flexibility, etc. The list is long and we could go on...
WHAT TO WEAR: Breathable and stretchable fabric is ideal. If you are joining the hot yoga classes, be prepared to sweat.
PROPS: We have straps, blocks, weights (for Sculpt) and blankets (for Gentle) for you to use during your practice. These items are washed and sanitized after every use.
WHAT IF I’M NOT FLEXIBLE OR OUT OF SHAPE: Yoga is designed for anyone, men and women. If you are not flexible or out of shape, those are great reasons to do yoga. Yoga will help increase your flexibility.
WHERE DO I PARK: Parking is available in the lot or side of the building on Nicholas Parkway.
SHOULD I EAT BEFORE CLASS: Try to avoid heavy meals before class. Also, be sure to stay well hydrated before, during and after class. We sell BPA-free water bottles that may be filled at the studio or feel free to bring your own bottle. For safety, reasons please do not bring glass containers into the studio.
WHY THE HEAT: The Bikram yoga and Hot Flow is practiced in a heated room-but don't let that intimidate you. You are changing the construction of your body as you perform these postures. The heat makes your body more malleable. Warm muscles are more elastic and less susceptible to injury. The heat also helps to increase the flexibility of the body so you can stretch safely in to the postures. Warming the muscles for greater flexibility helps achieve a deeper stretch and flushes toxins from the body, improves efficiency of the immune system, creates a cardiovascular workout, burns calories and builds endurance. The sweat releases toxins from the organs, muscles and tissues. The sweat is your friend.
IS IT NORMAL TO FEEL DIZZY, NAUSEOUS, OR LIGHTHEADED IN A HOT YOGA CLASS: In your first few classes it is normal to feel a little dizzy or nauseous at some point in class. If you feel these sensations don’t try to push through it, just take it easy and rest as needed. Remember to breathe through your nose, listen to your body and take care of yourself during class. In just a few classes your body will acclimate to the heat, detox and these sensations will disappear. A headache is a symptom of dehydration. Being well hydrated before class will help you feel better during class.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I PRACTICE: Come as much as you can! Yoga is cumulative. The more you practice, the better you will feel. We recommend a daily practice for one or two months for a new you. Regular practitioners average 3-5 times a week.
WHAT IF I HAVE A HEALTH CONCERN: Always follow your doctor’s orders and consult with your doctor if you are taking any medications or have any health issues.
WHAT IF I HAVE PAST INJURIES: Be mindful. With a consistent practice the yoga can help heal old injuries and break down scar tissue. Listen to your body, practice with presence, and experience the conscience moment of now.