If you have a mat, bring it. If you do not have a mat, or if you forgot it, we have mats that are free to use.
**We also have upgraded sticky mats available for rent for $2 per class**
Bring a water bottle, and a towel. Wear comfortable clothes that are easy to move in - yoga pants and a fitted dry fit tank or shirt are customary.
Take your shoes off prior to walking into the yoga studio, and place them under the bench or in the cubbies.
Find your spot, sit down, and relax. Congratulations for taking time for yourself!
Signing up for classes ahead of time helps your instructor to prepare for class, and as we get busier in the season it helps to saves your spot in class. Not to mention, we look forward to seeing you when we know you are coming!
That being said - it is not required to sign up prior to class. As long as there is space we would love to have you join us for some mat time. Getting to class5-10 minutes before it starts gives us time to get you set up, and time for you to settle in.
Chances are pretty good you may have a duplicate profile with the system. Think of it like an evil twin, or a misbehaving doppleganger. Just come on in to class a few minutes early and we will take care of it for you.
Bring a towel (preferable a non slip towel meant for yoga) water, and if you have one, a yoga mat. We have mats here for use, but they are generic mats - it is important that you have a mat towel to absorb your sweat. Look for mats that are made for grip/hot yoga/"sticky".
During class your body will detoxify and work on cooling you down by sweating. The combination of heat, moderate humidity, and sweat means most people will be completely wet and will want to wear the hot yoga equivalent of a bathing suit: for women, a sports bra and compression shorts, and for men, compression shorts. Loose clothing like shirts will get cumbersome as they get saturated with sweat and can also get in the way of breathing during inversion postures. Loose shorts will not provide full coverage during some postures unless a compression garment is worn underneath. If you wish to keep a shirt on during your hot yoga class, then cotton material is not ideal for this type of yoga practice. A form-fitting tank top of breathable material is advised.
Ideally, a happy medium number is 3 days per week. Based on scientific studies, it takes 7 days for your body to acclimate to training in the higher heat and humidity levels found in hot yoga studios. When you don't come for a week or more, your body has to start from the beginning again. However, different bodies react differently to heat, so it is important to listen to what your body is telling you and build your tolerance at a schedule that is healthy for you.
Yes, in fact a regular yoga practice will often improve your level of performance in other activities in your life. Yoga will often work on the slow twitch fibers in your muscles as opposed to the fast twitch fibers that are worked when doing weight training, running, etc. Yoga also works on lengthening the muscles of the body with various forms of stretching (static, dynamic, PNF, etc.), thereby counteracting any shortening of muscles caused by some sports activities.
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