New Student FAQ

  

New Student Info: Tips, Help & Preparation

 

 BRING A POSITIVE ATTITUDE & OPEN MIND!

Come to class ready to let go of your expectations and turn your gaze inward. You will see changes occur rather quickly if you are consistent. There are so many ways to grow, learn and excel. We hope you take advantage of it.

 

The quality of your experience is very important to us. We want your experience to be inviting, comfortable and uplifting. Our classes are suitable for all levels! Beginners and advanced are all welcome. Our instructors will give you beginning, moderate and difficult modifications as needed.

WHAT TO BRING & WEAR

Bring your yoga or pilates mat, towel and water. Wear light and fitted clothing that stretches as you move.

 

PERSPIRATION

You may sweat A LOT. Don't be embarassed. It's a good thing. Sweat is your body’s way of cooling itself. In the beginning, it may be difficult to hold on in certain postures because of the sweat. Just keep practicing and in time you will become accustomed to the heat and improve.

 

DURING CLASS

Remember to breathe calmly in and out through your nose, as it lowers your heart rate and calms your nervous system. Leaving the room is disruptive to other students. Take as many breaks as you need to by standing still, lying or sitting down, and pace yourself. If you MUST leave, please just let the teacher know you are okay by making eye contact and then quietly leave/enter in-between postures. Believe it or not staying in the room during a hot class is the best way for your body to get accustomed to the heat and receive the full benefits.

 

 

WHAT TO EXPECT

  • You may feel very tired.  Hot classes provide an intense detoxification of the body as well as an intense workout that may burn between 600 and 1,000 calories, so it is normal to feel fatigued. However, after a few classes, you will find it gives you energy, enhances your clarity of mind and sleep.
  • Your muscles may be stiff or sore after your first class. This is very normal, especially because you are using your body in a new way. Your body is transforming and becoming stronger as a result of your practice. The best way to release your stiffness and soreness is to come back again the second day!
  • You may have a headache after class. This is a sign your body is dehydrated. It is recommended to hydrate well before and after class.

 

Purchase a membership during your intro month & receive an additional discount.

 


 

FAQ

 

CAN MY CHILD PRACTICE WITH ME?

 

The minimum age required to practice in a HOT class is 12 years of age. Students ages 12 – 15 are allowed to practice with their parent or guardian present. All minors (under 18) must have a parent signed waiver prior to practicing (the parent or guardian must sign the waiver in person at the studio). Children ages 3-5 may participate in our Keiki Yoga™ class and ages 6-11 may participate in our Lil' Kahunas Yoga™ class as long as a parent or guardian is on the premises. Both of these classes are unheated.

 

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF YOGA? 

Benefits include stress reduction, increased blood circulation, flexibility, strength, burn calories, gaining lean muscle, improved sleep patterns and relaxation. A regular practice (at least three times a week) may reduce the symptoms of many chronic diseases (e.g. arthritis, diabetes, and thyroid disorders).

 

IS YOGA A CARDIOVASCULAR WORKOUT?

Your heart will rate will vary depending on the poses and how hard you work. No matter what your level of fitness, you will find classes not only challenging, but powerful workouts that go beyond just cardiovascular workouts. All postures combine flexibility, strength and balance to work the entire body. With patience and dedication, you can lose weight, develop muscle tone and strength, and become more flexible than with other forms of exercise. Recent research shows that yoga may also improve lung function, strength and aerobic capacity, according to The Yoga Journal.

 

WHEN CAN I EXPECT TO SEE PROGRESS IN MY YOGA PRACTICE?

Each individual will respond differently based on a myriad of factors including age, physical condition and genetics. What is far more important than measuring "progress" is to simply embrace where your practice is, and let go of any self-imposed "goals." It is truly a life-long pursuit, one that you can go on exploring as long as you live and never learn all there is to know. It is about the journey, not the destination, so enjoy the ride!

 

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I PRACTICE YOGA? 

A successful yoga practice requires discipline, consistency and commitment. To experience the true benefits of practice, we recommend practicing four to six days per week. A practice of two to three days per week, if consistent, will create transformation over time. Develop the spirit of repetition and dedication in your practice, and you will see results.

  

WHAT IF I AM NOT FLEXIBLE?

Flexibility is something yoga gives you; you don't have to be flexible to start a practice. Yoga brings flexibility to the body. When you sit a lot during the day, or when you're engaging in repetitive motion activities, you are shortening your muscles; yoga allows you to lengthen and expand and the heat allows you to release toxins that build up during these activities. Increased flexibility is not the only objective or benefit of yoga. The ultimate benefit of yoga - to harmoniously unite body, mind and spirit in a healthful physical practice - can be experienced regardless of whether you're able to easily touch your toes or do a backbend.

 

WHY IS THE STUDIO A CHALLENGE FOR ME? 

Classes are practiced in a heated room, which helps stretch fascia, muscle fibers and tendons and prevent injuries to these areas while stretching. The heat also helps increase circulation to tissues and organs, enhances the functioning of the immune system and provides great healing influence to the entire body. The heat makes the classes more challenging. However, we encourage you to pace yourself and determine the intensity that works best for you in each pose and throughout the class. Our classes provide a healthy, challenging workout that will help you lead a stress-free life.

 

CAN BEGINNERS ATTEND YOGA CLASSES? DO YOU OFFER YOGA HELP FOR NEW STUDENTS?

NO FLEXIBILITY REQUIRED!  :)  We have created an encouraging environment in which all levels and abilities can practice yoga. We encourage beginners to pace themselves and recommend you commit to attending three classes in your first week. This will create a solid physical base and an intellectual understanding that will eventually help build strength, focus, stamina and flexibility.

 

ADVISORS

We are here to help you get the most out of your visits to Hot Yoga Spa!

Please contact us with any questions or concerns you have regarding yoga, Pilates, barre or any of our fitness classes, our studios, spa, O2 oxygen bar, far-infrared sauna, nutrition & wellness services, instructors, your personal practice, teacher training or yoga retreats. We can recommend teachers and classes that suit you best, and services that would compliment your goals in your practice, and would love to hear how things are going, or help you get started. Let us know how we can assist you on your journey by sending us an e-mail or calling 571-989-1668. 

 

Are you interested in joining us but don’t know where to begin? Submit your information and we will be in touch to help you begin your yoga journey! And remember NO FLEXIBILITY REQUIRED!  :) You can also contact us at 571-989-1668.