Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to your burning questions!
What is Yoga?
Yoga has many forms, but it is essentially a set of practices that create physical and mental well-being. In the west, most students of yoga practice Hatha yoga, which focuses on the use of physical postures to create health and vitality. In a Power Yoga practice, we link the postures to the breath, connecting the mind with the body. This connection calms the nervous system and soothes the mind, helping to protect us from the stress of our 21st century lives. Over time, many yoga practitioners find that their practice creates enough mental space in their life to begin to connect with themselves and others on a deeper level.
Will Yoga help me lose weight?
A typical power vinyasa yoga class includes strength building and cardiovascular conditioning and burns about 600 calories an hour. If you eat a healthy balanced diet along with developing a dedicated yoga practice, you are likely to reshape your body and may lose weight. If you are already fit and trim, yoga can help you maintain your ideal weight.
Is this HOT yoga?We teach a flowing style of yoga called Baptiste Power Vinyasa, which is practiced in a room heated to 85-90 degrees. The heat helps purify and detoxify the body and enhances flexibility. This practice is different from Bikram Yoga, which is typically referred to as "Hot Yoga."
What if I am not flexible?
Then you are the perfect candidate for a yoga class! Many students of power yoga come from an athletic background - and this often means your hamstrings, hips and shoulders are tight. The postures in a power yoga class are designed to open up the body and enhance your flexibility over time. Your teacher will offer modifications to help you adjust each pose to your level of flexibility. It's not about how deep you get into each pose, it's about patience and right intention.
How often should I practice yoga?
It depends on what you want from your yoga. In addition to all of the physical and mental health benefits of yoga, Power Yoga can provide a complete cardiovascular and strength-building workout. If you already have a fitness routine and just want to maintain flexibility and de-stress, 1-2 classs per week might be enough for you. If you are looking for a practice that will change in your body, come at least 3x per week. Practice 4-6 times per week to see a change in your life!
What/when should I eat before I practice?
In general it is best for the stomach to be empty when you practice. You'll have to know your own body to decide exactly what/when to eat, but general guidelines are to wait 2-3 hours after a large meal and 30-60 minutes after eating fruits and vegetables. Dried fruit and nuts are a good choice if you need a small snack before you practice.
Do you have a shower at the studio?