Q: I’ve never done yoga before…
A: All of our classes are appropriate for any level of experience. Truly, if you have a body, you can do it. You don’t need to know anything about yoga to attend class. Instructors give very detailed, easy-to-follow instructions in all classes.
Q: What if I’m not very flexible or out of shape?
A: Come to yoga! Both of these issues can be addressed with the practice of Yoga. Increased flexibility and a toned, healthy body are both possible with regular practice. Yoga is a process; your flexibility and level of fitness will improve as you continue to come to class.
Q: Why is the heat necessary?
A: There are several reasons for the heat: This heat is helpful in allowing the body to go deeper into postures safely, minimizing risk of injury by increasing elasticity of the muscles, ligaments and tendons, allowing greater flexibility with a lower risk of injury.The heat also facilitates sweating, detoxifying through the pores and skin – the body’s largest eliminating organ. Heat increases cardiovascular workout.The intensity of the heat deepens the need for concentration and focus, strengthening willpower and self-control.
Our Vinyasa and barre classes are warm but not hot. Yin is also not intentionally heated. You can learn more about these two new classes on our about page
Q: What if I dislike heat or am worried about exercising in heat?
A: The only way to know if yoga is for you is to come and try it. Our instructors will guide you and help you to work safely within your own personal limits. We believe this is the most effective life-changing method of yoga – come in, take a few classes and see how it feels to you.There is a very small number of conditions and medicinal regimens for which the heated room is contraindicated, most typically anti-retroviral regimens and MS. Talk to your doctor if you are talking HIV medications before beginning your practice.
Q: How often should I practice?
A: Medical benefits are usually evident with 3 practices per week, minimum. The more you practice, the greater the health and well-being benefits. We suggest you practice as often as you can. Many of our students aim for 5-6 classes a week. Every day is not too much!
Q: Is it safe to practice yoga every day? I have heard you should give your body a day of rest after exercise.
A: YES! All classes can be safely practiced daily, and even twice daily. Many of our students enjoy taking more than 1 class a day as our classes compliment each other.
Q: I’m just starting out, how should I expect to feel?
A: It is common to feel a variety of impacts when you first start practicing Yoga. As the body takes some time to adjust to a new form of exercise, it is not uncommon for some students to experience fatigue and new areas of muscle soreness. While for some a feeling of fatigue is normal in the first few weeks, others report extra energy and exhilaration. Each person is different. For all new practitioners, it is recommended that you increase your daily water intake considerably and be well-hydrated throughout the day. You’ll find this easy to accommodate, as you will crave water. Once you’ve practiced for a while, your hydration will balance out and the heat will be less noticeable. Many practitioners who had difficulty adjusting to the heat in the beginning come to enjoy the heat after the first few weeks or regular practice.
Depending on your level of fitness, when you begin to practice you may feel especially tired after your first few classes. This is also quite normal. Your body is cleansing itself as a result of the yoga practice – don’t be afraid of this process. Keep coming, and after a few weeks, you will find the sensation passes, replaced by a new sense of vitality in your body and mind.
Enhances vasodilatation so that more blood is delivered to the muscles. This means that the capillaries that weave around the muscles respond to the heat by dilation. This brings more oxygen to the muscles and helps in the removal of waste products such as carbon dioxide and lactic acid.
Allows oxygen in the blood to detach from the hemoglobin more easily. When blood passes through warm muscles, oxygen releases more easily from the hemoglobin. Blood passing through cold muscles release less oxygen.
Speeds up the breakdown of glucose and fatty acids.
Makes muscles more elastic and less susceptible to injury and improves coordination.
Reduces heart irregularities associated with sudden exercise.Burns fat more easily. Warmed muscles burn fat more easily than cold ones.
Fat is released during stress. The stress of intense exercise causes a deluge of fatty acids into the blood stream.
If you exercise with cold muscles, they can’t use the fatty acids and they end up in places where they aren’t wanted, such as in the lining of your arteries.
Note: Muscles aren’t the only beneficiaries of the heat. Higher temperatures improve the function of the nervous system, meaning that messages are carried more rapidly to and from the brain or spinal cord. Warm muscles are more elastic and are less susceptible to injury. Warmer temperatures produce a more fluid stretch, allowing for a greater range of motion. Cold muscles don’t absorb shock and impact as well and do not stretch as easily, so cold muscles get injured more readily.
*An excerpt fromSmart Exercise by Covert Bailey further describes the benefits of heated exercise.