FAQ

Why do yoga?
The postures promote the free flow of energy throughout the nervous system and assist in the elimination of toxins and poisons from the joints and other body parts. The yoga postures exert a beneficial pressure on various glands and internal organs, flushing and stimulating them. In addition, there are a host of physical and mental benefits from practicing yoga.

I am not flexible. Can I do yoga?
Yes! You are a perfect candidate for yoga. Many people think they need to be flexible to begin yoga, but that’s like thinking you need to be able to play tennis to take tennis lessons. Come as you are and you will find that yoga practice will help you become more flexible.

Will class be challenging for me?
Yes. But you determine the intensity of each pose. No matter what your age or experience level, this yoga will take you to your edge . . . and pull more out of you than you ever thought possible.

How many times per week should I practice?
If possible, start with two or three times per week minimum. Don’t let time constraint or unrealistic goals be an obstacle . . . do what you can and do not worry about it. You will likely find your desire to practice will expand naturally and you’ll end up doing more and more.

How is yoga different from stretching or other kinds of fitness?
Unlike stretching or fitness, yoga is more than just physical postures. Connecting the mind, body, and breath helps us to direct our attention inward. Through this process of inward attention, we learn to recognize our habitual thought patterns without labeling them, judging them, or trying to change them. We become more aware of our experiences from moment to moment.

Why the heat?
Muscles, fascia, and connective tissue become elastic, allowing for greater flexibility and helping to create structural change to the body. It also promotes sweating which assists the detoxification process, thins the blood which clears the circulatory system, and elevates the heart rate which improves the cardiovascular system.

Why did I feel dizzy and nauseous during my first class? Is this normal?
This is not unusual. Practicing yoga in a heated room reveals to us our present condition, and inspires us to take much better care of ourselves. In the heated yoga room, your body needs an adequate fund of water to allow perspiration to release the heat from the body as you practice. We estimate you need 64-80 ounces of water during the day to prepare for 90 minutes in the heated room. Once you are drinking enough water your body will tolerate the heat better, and you will actually start to enjoy the heat.