Frequently Asked Questions

Why do we practice in a heated room?

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The many benefits of practicing in a heated room:

  • Your body burns fat more effectively; fat may be redistributed and burned as energy during the class. It is common to lose centimeters of shape in a very short time.
  • The heat produces a fluid-like stretch allowing for greater range of movement in joints, muscles, ligaments and other supporting structures of the body.
  • Capillaries dilate in the heat, which means more oxygen is delivered to then tissues, muscles, glands and organs, which also helps in the removal of waste products.
  • Increased metabolism speeds up the breakdown of glucose and fatty acids; aiding in weight loss.
  • The heat encourages focus, concentration and determination. These in turn, promote mindfulness and presence.
  • Your cardiovascular system gets a thorough workout.
  • Your muscles and connective tissue become more elastic and allow for greater flexibility with less chance of injury and improved resolution of injury.
  • Sweating promotes detoxification and elimination through the skin - which is the body's largest eliminating organ.
  • Just as when your body raises its temperature to fight infection, the raised temperature in the room will assist in improving T-cell function and the proper functioning of your immune system.
  • Your nervous system function is greatly improved and messages are carried more efficiently to and from your brain.

Metabolism improves in your digestive system and in the body's cells (that is food in the gut and nutrients in the cells)

Can I begin at your studio even if I have never practiced yoga before?

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Yes. Students new to yoga are welcome at any class. All instructors offer modifications of the poses so that they are accessible for all levels of practice. Please let the teacher know this is your first yoga experience.

What should I wear and bring with me?

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Hot Yoga and Power Vinyasa classes are always hot and very humid; wear a loose fitting t-shirt and shorts, yoga shorts, or sports top/bras; or whatever you will feel comfortable sweating profusely in. Bring a yoga mat, bath or beach towel to place on your mat, and plenty of water. Towels and mats are available for rental at the studio.

How much time should I put between eating and attending class?

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It is advisable not to eat two hours prior to class.

Would drinking too much water before class give me side-pain during class?

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Be prepared to lose water very rapidly during class. Make sure to drink plenty of water before and after class so you do not risk being dehydrated. It is strongly suggested that 16oz of water or non-caffeinated liquid be consumed 2 hours prior to class. In addition, caffeinated beverages such as coffee, many teas, and sodas will increase fluid loss by increasing urinary output. It is advisable to consume equal amounts of water to caffeinated beverages, (in addition to the daily recommendation of 8–10 glasses) to avoid dehydration.

Is it normal to feel sick, dizzy, and nauseous in class?

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Yes, these are all normal, especially for the beginner. The most important thing to do is to breathe, pace yourself, do the best you can, and rest when you feel the need. Learn to listen to your own body and take care of yourself in class. Drink lots of water the day before class to make sure you are well hydrated. A headache is a symptom of dehydration. Feeling tired or wiped out after class is a sign that you need to breathe more in class.