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April 30, 2016

What to Bring to Class

  • Yoga Mat (Rentals are $2)
  • Large Towel (Rentals are $2)
  • Water Bottle (We offer complimentary reverse osmosis filtered water)

We offer a variety of items for purchase in studio, such as mats, towels, and apparel.

What to Wear

For hot classes, shorts are generally best! Tank tops, crop tops, sports bras are also great…whatever you are comfortable moving and sweating in!

For non-heated classes, just wear something comfortable that allows for free movement.

How to Prepare Before a Hot Yoga Class

Hydrate! Drink lots of water throughout the day, small sips more frequently are better for hydrating than taking big gulps We do recommend having water in class, but you will have a much better experience if you are hydrated before class.

Come to class free of odors or other scents, including perfume and essential oils, as many people have allergies to these.

Avoid eating anything 2-3 hours before class, when possible. If you do need to eat before class, you’d feel best in class if you keep it light.

Talk to your teachers! Teachers are generally available to students 30 minutes before and 30 minutes after each class. Let them know about any new injures or concerns before class and use this time to address concerns and ask questions.

How to Get the Most out of Your First Hot Yoga Class

The goal for your first hot yoga class is just to stay in the room for the entire session! If you need a break, just take child’s pose at any time and stay as long as you’d like. If you don’t know what child’s pose is, just ask us!

Open your ears. With this particular method of hot yoga, the teacher will use specific verbal alignment cues for each pose. Listen and apply what you can, but if you don’t catch something, don’t worry about it and keep trying! Every class you attend will gradually help to build your practice and you will continue to pick up more cues each time.

Let go of expectations and fear. No matter where you’re starting from physically, it takes the vast majority of us a few classes to adjust to the heat mentally.

Eyes on your own mat! Though we can certainly learn from those around us, we highly recommend that you resist the urge to compare yourself to others. You are not exactly like anyone else. Your body is not exactly like anyone else’s. Your progress will, likewise, not be exactly like anyone else’s. This heated practice is also unique in that it challenges us to focus on ourselves, our own progress, our own practice. This allows us the privacy to take our personal practice to our own level, at our own pace.

Breathe and Meditate. Focus on your breathing and on relaxing your mind in meditation. The breath is the key to this practice! Remember that the physical postures (asana) are always secondary to breathing, mental focus, and relaxation.

After Class

Keep hydrated! Drinking water is necessary for the detoxification process, so continue to sip on water frequently throughout the day.

Come back at least 3 days in a row to get acclimated to the heated room.

Practice 3-5 times a week for maximum benefit.

Practice patience and self-love. Recognize and honor yourself, your progress, and your practice. Give yourself some credit for stepping outside of your comfort zone, taking that first step, and sticking with it! Every day will be different, sometimes your practice will be easy and other times, it will feel really challenging. No matter how long you practice, you will always have “on” and “off” days. That’s okay! This is really where yoga begins to teach us at the most about life, and ourselves. What we learn on the mat, we begin to learn in life.

Studio Etiquette

  • Arrive on time (At least 15 minutes before class for your first one)
  • No shoes in the yoga room
  • No cell phones in the yoga room
  • Lay mat down quietly
  • Please no talking in the yoga room