FAQs - YOGA

 

WHAT IF I'VE NEVER DONE YOGA BEFORE?

Welcome to a journey that will change your life! It's never too late to begin a fulfilling yoga practice, no matter your age, experience or level of fitness! We recommend that you begin with one of our Power Fundamentals classes, or sign up for our Introduction to Yoga series to help you familiarize yourself with the poses, and build a strong foundation of safe, correct alignment. Many students also elect to sign up for 1-5 yoga privates, for a more one-on-one, individually-oriented experience. Several Power Fundamentals classes are on our schedule weekly, and our Introduction to Yoga series are offered every few months or so. For those beginning their yoga practice with a moderate to high level of existing fitness, we recommend our Power Flow classes with modifications as necessary. Most importantly, always listen to your body, and give yourself permission to take rest as needed. Also, ask lots of questions after class; your teacher is your best and most valuable resource to a knowledgeable, safe practice!

WHAT IF I'M NOT FLEXIBLE?

This is the most common myth that stops people from coming to yoga class and developing a dedicated practice. All you truly need to do yoga is an open, flexible mind! Yoga is not about the ability to contort yourself into pretzel-like positions, but about learning to, respectfully move, breathe, and work through the tight, difficult places in your mind and body with informed power and purpose. Commit to coming to your mat (3x a week, more if at all feasible) and, over time, your range of motion will increase naturally, as your body strengthens and unfolds in ways you might never have thought possible!

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I PRACTICE?

Like most of the truly great things in life, yoga requires discipline, and commitment, but oh the benefits you will receive! Come to your mat at least 3 times per week and, with consistent practice, your body will gradually build stamina, strength, and flexibility. Practice 4 or more times per week, and you will see truly transformational results – guaranteed! The more you practice, the faster you'll reap the extraordinary benefits of yoga and change your body, your spirit and your life.

WILL YOUR POWER FLOW CLASS BE HARD FOR ME?

H.Y.P.'s Power Flow class is most definitely a vigorous, physical workout that will challenge every major muscle group in your body. But it is YOUR practice at all times; you set the intensity of each class you attend. Our instructors will teach appropriate modifications to keep you moving safely in the flow, and knowing when to back-off and rest is equally as important as the work you do in any given pose. Your first few classes may very well seem difficult; you might even feel dizzy or nauseous as you work muscles you didn't know existed, and release toxins from your body as you sweat in our heated studio. The good news is that these symptoms will soon pass, and you will be elated with the newfound sense of strength, power and freedom that will emerge in each class as your body and practice evolves!

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR/BRING TO CLASS?

Bring your intent, a towel, water and an open mind; we have all the yoga props you will need at the Studio. For reasons of hygiene, we strongly encourage you to purchase and bring your own personal mat. We have high quality mats available for sale at the Studio, and provide per class rental mats for a $2.00 fee. Come to class dressed in lightweight, comfortable workout wear. Try to avoid wearing anything too baggy or bulky, such as sweats, as this type of clothing tends to impede your freedom of movement and can get heavy and uncomfortable when you sweat.

WHY IS THE ROOM HEATED DURING YOGA CLASSES?

Practicing yoga in a heated studio (we heat ours to 90-95 degrees for 'hot' classes, and 85-90 degress for 'low heat' classes) provides a myriad of benefits, which enhance your practice, and supports optimum wellness.

  • Promotes flexibility by keeping muscles warm, loose and relaxed throughout practice, dramatically decreasing incidences of strain and injury.
  • Relieves the stiffness of sore muscles.
  • Melts away stress and produces a deep sense of release and surrender.
  • Produces a deep, cleansing sweat, that helps your body rid itself of toxins that get stored in the muscles.
  • Accelerates the cardiovascular benefits of our Power Flow sequence and facilitates calorie burning and weight loss.

Once your body has acclimated to the heat, you'll wonder how you ever practiced without it – believe it! You will leave your mat feeling invigorated, centered and wonderfully cleansed from the inside out!

SHOULD I EAT/DRINK BEFORE COMING TO YOGA CLASS?

Try to refrain from eating 2-3 hours before coming to class. During practice, we twist from side to side, turn upside down and bend in all directions. If you are still digesting food from your last meal, your body will probably let you know its 'displeasure' in ways that may not be conducive to an enjoyable practice! If you are concerned that you might feel hungry or weak during class, try having a light snack, such as yogurt, a handful of nuts, or an energy bar, about 30 minutes before class. On the other hand, proper hydration is vital to your performance and stamina during class. Be sure to drink lots of fluid before coming to practice, and bring enough water or electrolyte-type drinks to keep your body continuously hydrated throughout class.

"I have been part of the H.Y.P. community for five years, and I never get bored of my workouts there. Owner Debra Goodman runs a professional business that is unique in the fitness industry, and her instructors are extremely knowledgable. The impact of a regular Pilates and yoga program go beyond the mere physical. I not only recommend the studio, I encourage people to make it a part of their lives."

— Lisa L.