FAQ – Yoga for all ages, bodies and levels of fitness
We believe that yoga should be accessible to everyone. Our studio is an encouraging, non-judgmental environment in which people at all levels can practice. However, it is understandable that if you are new to the practice of yoga, you will have questions or concerns about whether yoga is right for you.
If we have not answered your question below, please call the studio at 321.749.9642 and we will be happy to answer your question.
I have never done Yoga before, is this yoga suitable for beginners?
Yes. The classes are geared to suit all students ranging from complete novices to seasoned yogis. Hatha yoga postures are simple and easy to grasp, therefore well-suited to beginners. However, the sequence is also challenging enough to fully engage more experienced students because the postures can be done at greater and greater depth.
The first class might be a little confusing for beginners; however, the postures are learned very quickly.
We encourage beginners to pace themselves in class and recommend relatively frequent attendance in the first week (3 to 4 classes). This will create a solid physical base and an understanding of the postures that will be the foundation of strength, focus, stamina and flexibility in yoga practice.
What does yoga mean?
‘Yoga’ is an ancient Sanskrit word meaning to join or to yoke, thereby creating a union. Its origins can be traced back to 5000 years ago.
The word’s meaning encompasses the union of body, mind and spirit. It also refers to taming incessant thought waves of the mind so that the soul can experience stillness and a meditative state can be nurtured.
For our culture, yoga is about reducing the stress of a modern lifestyle through deep relaxation and body work. A quiet mind and healthy body can counteract tension and instil balance in everyday life.
How often should I practice?
Ideally you want to practice 3 to 6 times a week – more or less depending on your lifestyle.
A successful yoga practice requires commitment, discipline and wisdom.
Attending classes regularly is the key to receiving all of yoga’s benefits. You will see results if you cultivate the spirit of repetition and dedication in your practice.
What If I am not flexible?
It doesn’t matter.Yoga is not about being able to bend into impressive postures. It is about stretching and strengthening your body according to your own personal capacity; it is about breathing and staying present in the moment. If you maintain the correct form of the asana (posture) and practice with effort, energy and enthusiasm you are guaranteed to receive 100% of the benefit yielded by yoga. Above all, we encourage you to develop a flexible mind. Focus on letting go, breathing and respecting your own limitations.
Frequent yoga practice will undoubtedly increase your flexibility. However, until that time remember that the ultimate benefit of yoga (to unite body, mind and spirit) can be experienced regardless of whether or not you’re able to touch your toes.
Are there any specific rules or etiquettes in the studio?
Please click over to our Studio Etiquette page for more detailed information.
Is yoga a cardiovascular workout and can I lose weight?
No matter what your fitness level you will find that yoga can be a very challenging cardiovascular workout. Each posture combines strength, flexibility and balance to work your whole body from the inside out. With persistence, patience, and dedication, you can shed excess fat in addition to developing muscle tone and strength that might never come from other forms of exercise.
It is vital to respect that there are many different body types and that not all bodies are meant to be slim. What is important is that your body is healthy, your metabolism steady and that you are not carrying excess weight for your body-type. Let’s not prescribe to the “got to be thin to look good” craze. What you will see is a general toning of the body: your clothes will fit better, your posture will improve and your skin will GLOW!
What is the purpose of the hot yoga and will it make the class more challenging for me?
The Hot 26 yoga is practiced in a hot room because the heat helps to stretch muscle fibers and tendons, helping to prevent injuries to these areas while exercising. The heat also increases blood circulation to tissues and organs, enhancing the immune system functions.
In addition, the heat makes classes more challenging. It raises the heart rate, stimulates detoxing perspiration and makes for an great cardiovascular workout. Your first few classes may be challenging and some people may feel momentarily dizzy at times. Do not be alarmed, these feelings will very soon pass and you will find a renewed sense of strength and power.
Having said that, this is good news for beginners. As you become more familiar with the postures and stretching, you can practice in a non-heated yoga room, creating the heat internally through control of breath and holding the postures longer.
When can I expect to see progress in my yoga practice?
Each person will respond differently to yoga depending on numerous factors such as age, physical condition, body history and genetics.
Rather than measuring “progress,” it is far more valuable to simply embrace where your practice is at present and let go of any self-imposed goals.
Yoga is truly a life-long pursuit; one that you can explore as long as you live and never learn all there is to know. Yoga practice is about the journey, not the destination.
What should I wear/bring to class?
For HOT classes: Dress in cool, comfortable clothes, like you’re going to the beach. Most folks wear running or biking shorts, and women wear a sports bra or fitted tank top. Bring plenty of water and a towel to put on your mat.
It is not a good idea to wear long sleeve shirts or pants, it will be hot and you will sweat and the clothes will stick to your body. It is also not a good idea to wear white sport garments, as you sweat they may become transparent.
Please do not wear your underwear, even if it is from Armani.
For Vinyasa, Hatha Master, Ashtanga classes: Wear comfortable clothes you can freely stretch in. You might work up a bit of a sweat even though the room is not heated for this type of class. Wear clothes in layers so you can adjust to your comfort level during class. Bring plenty of water and a yoga mat.
For Yin Yoga: Wear clothes that are comfortable and warm! We hold the postures for a length of time (3-5 minutes) on the floor and depending on your comfort level, might prefer to wear long sleeve shirts and pants. Everyone is different, best is to layer clothes so you can adjust to your comfort level. Bring plenty of water and a yoga mat.
How can I be sure to be properly hydrated?
Drinking lots of water and making sure you are hydrated is one of the best things you can do for your healthI. It is important to drink plenty of water the entire day before and after you come to class. Also, we recommend bringing a bottle of water to each class. The amount of water one should drink depends on body weight.
Typically a good formula is to take your body weight and divide by 2. This is how many ounces of water you should consume daily. For example a 140 pound person would need to consume 140 lb/2 = 70 oz. 64 oz, or half of a gallon. Seem like a lot?
Remember our bodies are mostly water. Being fully hydrated helps take pressure off of organs to do their jobs and helps flush the body and keep it running smoothly.