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Why use heat and humidity?
The elevated temperature and humidity protects muscles by allowing for deeper range of motion, intensifies the cardiovascular workout, and detoxifies the body through sweat. As is true when adjusting to any new setting, the environment can be a formidable challenge for the new practitioner, but students adjust much more quickly than they expect. As an added benefit, the combination of heat & humidity experienced at our yoga studio, on a consistent basis, will help outdoor athletes better acclimate to summer conditions, without the harmful side effects of sun exposure, and therefore increase performance.
What should I wear?
Wear light, stretchy clothes that still cover the necessities. While covering as little skin as you feel comfortable with is beneficial for learning about and understanding your body, keep in mind that you will be moving and twisting in many different directions, so your clothes need to stay put.
What should I bring to class?
At a minimum, bring plenty of water and a change of clothes for after class. We provide complementary mats and towels for use during class, as well as shower towels and amenities in our locker rooms. Though we take sanitation and hygiene very seriously at SWEAT (check out our “facility” tab for details), if the idea of sharing mats and towels makes your head explode, you can most definitely bring your own.
What is basic class etiquette?
Be on time and only leave early if you must. It’s polite to inform your teacher ahead of time if you’re not planning to stay for the whole class. Set up near the door and leave when it is least disruptive.
Bring only the essentials into the yoga room. There are great places to keep your things in the locker rooms or outside the yoga room door. Please don’t bring your keys, shoes, bags, or cell phones into class.
The yoga room is a meditative space. Please enter and exit quietly. We love that you want to talk with your fellow yogis, and that’s why we have a large, comfy lobby space. Please take your conversations outside of the room, and observe silence during your practice.
Tailor your practice by skipping a pose or modifying its depth, but do not digress too much from the teacher’s instruction. Doing so has a noticeable impact on the energy of the class.
Be mindful of your neighbors’ space when setting up your mat.
Avoid strong smelling lotions, oils, or perfumes.
What should I expect the next day?
After your first class, or after an extended break from yoga, you may feel a little sore the next day and may have a headache. The headache is a sign of your body detoxing and maybe some dehydration. Make sure you drink a lot of water before and after class, and if you sweat a lot, consider using electrolytes, too. Try coming back to class to help your body become accustomed to practicing, and you may find it relieves your soreness.
Can I practice yoga with a previous injury?
Absolutely! Yoga has an amazing ability to help heal injuries of all types. However, make sure you discuss a prior injury with your instructor before class. Once made aware, he or she can help you get the most out of your practice while remaining attentive to your limitations. If you are just starting your yoga practice and you have a chronic injury, consider attending an Intro class first. This is a great forum for learning the best ways to tailor your practice for healing.
Will I get a good workout?
Yes! Yoga is unique in that it is a well-rounded workout that is healing to the body. In just 60 or 90 minutes, students will receive a cardiovascular experience that also increases both strength and flexibility. The owners of SWEAT believe whole-heartedly that yoga can be a student’s only physical activity while still achieving optimal health. However, students need not abandon their favorite athletic endeavors to become a yogi. Yoga is also a great complement to every sport. Come talk to us about our experiences with high school, collegiate, and professional athletes who have adopted a yoga practice and increased their performance level.
How should I prepare for class?
Try to drink as much water as you can before coming to class. Also, avoid large meals at least three hours before. If you are new, make sure you arrive to the studio at least 15 minutes before class, and set up your mat towards the back of the room so you can observe the experienced students. Listen to the instructors who will give verbal cues on how to approach the postures. Don’t worry if you get tired or overwhelmed by the environment. Just sit out for a few postures and know that it will get easier over time.
Should I be aware of any studio policies?
The instructor locks the front door promptly at the class start time. This ensures that students’ belongings are safe while they are participating in class. If you are running late and the front door is locked, you will need to return for another class later in the day. If you see someone in the lobby and the door is locked, please don’t solicit them to let you in. This puts them in a tough position.
Our instructors are well-versed in offering useful and safe physical adjustments during classes. If you are uncomfortable with being touched, please pick up a red chip from the front desk to place near your yoga mat as a signal to your teacher that you do not want to be physically adjusted. If you do not bring a chip to class, your instructor will still ask permission to adjust you, so you will not be caught off guard or you can pass up an adjustment in a specific posture if you desire.
What if I’m not flexible?
Contrary to popular belief, yoga is not all about bending yourself into a pretzel. Saying you don’t do yoga because you’re not flexible, is like saying you don’t eat because you’re hungry. Increased range of motion is one of the many benefits of yoga, but it is certainly not a prerequisite.
Will I lose weight?
All of our classes offer an excellent cardiovascular workout and will burn fat. If you incorporate a minimum of three classes per week along with healthy food choices, you will soon notice weight stabilization. Yoga also works to help your digestive, endocrine, lymphatic, and respiratory systems work at an optimal level, and brings heightened body awareness. Taken together, these benefits help you crave better food choices and portions.
What are the benefits of yoga?
In addition to providing a phenomenal workout, yoga heals the body holistically. Science has proven yoga’s positive impact on all body systems, and it has the added benefit of integrating increased mental aptitude into your practice. Students are often pleasantly surprised by things like their heightened ability to focus, reduced stress, and improved sleep patterns. Describing all of the benefits of yoga is not easily done in a short paragraph. If you are interested in the multitude of recent scientific findings touting the benefits yoga offers, visit the “Resources” page or check out our in-studio library.