Following, we address some of the most frequently asked questions about Hot Yoga.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q. What does ‘Yoga’ mean?
Yoga can be traced back to 5,000 years ago and is a Sanskrit word meaning to join, or yoke; union. Its’ full meaning is about the union of body, mind and spirit. It also is about the ending of the chatter of the mind, so that the mind can experience stillness, thus a meditative mind can be nurtured. For our culture yoga is about the lessening of stress and anxiety of modern life; about relaxation, strength, and flexibility. A quiet mind and body can awaken the depths of being.
Q. Can beginners attend classes?
Yes. We have created an encouraging environment in which all levels and abilities can practice yoga.
We encourage beginners to pace themselves in class and recommend beginners commit to attending three classes in the first week. This will create a solid physical base and an intellectual understanding that will eventually help build strength, focus, stamina and flexibility.
Q. Can I do Hot Yoga if I have never done yoga?
Yes! Our “Traditional Hot Yoga Class” is designed for beginners. It is simple, yet challenging.
Q. Why is the studio heated and will this make the class more challenging for me?
Hot Yoga is practiced in a heated room because the heat helps stretch muscle fibers and tendons, and helps prevent injuries to these areas while stretching. The heat also helps increase circulation to tissues and organs, enhances the functioning of the immune system, and provides great healing influence to the entire body.
The heat will make the classes more challenging. However, we encourage students to pace themselves and determine the intensity that works best for them in each pose and throughout the class. Your first few classes may be difficult. In fact, you may feel dizzy or even nauseous, but these feelings will soon pass and you will sense a renewed strength and power. With hard work and dedication, Hot Yoga will provide a healthy, challenging workout that will give you a strong and stress-free road map to life.
Q. What if I’m not that flexible?
We encourage you to develop a flexible mind. You don’t need to be physically flexible. All you need is to focus on letting go, sweating, breathing, moving, and respecting your limitations. A yoga pose will expose blocks and imbalances and regularly practicing yoga will increase anyone’s flexibility level.
However, increased flexibility alone is not yoga’s only objective, nor its only benefit. The ultimate benefit of yoga – to harmoniously unite body, mind and spirit in a healthful physical practice – can be experienced regardless of whether you’re able to easily touch your toes.
Q. What if I have pre-existing injuries?
You will practice to your own ability. Please tell the teacher in advance about any conditions you have. Feel free to call or email us if you have any specific questions.
Q. How often should I practice?
Successful yoga practice requires discipline and wisdom. Consistency is the key to success.
We recommend practicing at least 3 times per week in order to see and feel the physical and mental benefits associated with practicing yoga. It is also important to set a practice routine that fits in well with your daily life.
For life-changing results we recommend practicing four to six days per week. A practice of two to three days per week, if consistent, will create transformation over time. Develop the spirit of repetition and dedication in your practice and you will see results.
Q. When can I expect to see progress in my yoga practice?
Each individual will respond differently to yoga, based on a myriad of factors including age, physical condition, and genetics. What is far more important than measuring “progress” is to simply embrace where your practice is, and let go of any arbitrary self-imposed “goals.” Yoga is truly a life-long pursuit, one that you can go on exploring as long as you live and never learn all there is to know. Yoga is about the journey, so enjoy the ride.
Q. Is Hot Yoga a cardiovascular workout?
Yes! No matter what your level of fitness, you will find Hot Yoga not only challenging, but also a powerful workout that goes beyond just a cardiovascular workout. All postures combine flexibility, strength, and balance to work the entire body. With patience and dedication, you can lose weight, develop muscle tone and strength, and become more flexible than with other forms of exercise.
Q. What are some of the benefits of Hot Yoga?
There are countless benefits to Hot Yoga, including stress reduction; increased blood circulation, flexibility, and strength; and improved sleep patterns and relaxation. A regular practice (at least three times a week) can reduce the symptoms of many chronic diseases (e.g. arthritis, diabetes, and thyroid disorders). Read more here: postures and benefits and here: Hot Yoga
Q. Can I still do other exercise/sports if I practice Hot Yoga?
Yes. Our Hot Yoga Class is the perfect complement to any exercise program. It will help you improve any other athletic activity you do. Many professional athletes have practiced Hot Yoga for years citing its ability to limit sports-related injuries and to increase performance.
Q. What should I wear/bring to class?
Since the room is heated, you should wear light stretch clothing comfortable for sweating. Materials that wick moisture tend to be more comfortable than cotton. Bring a yoga mat, a large towel and a water bottle. If you do not have a yoga mat, for your first “Intro Week”, our studio will provide you with a mat and after that mats are for rent. You may want to bring an extra towel for after class. We also have towels for rent.