MY FIRST CLASS
We all have to start somewhere! It’s important to understand that practice takes time, and patience. The goal of yoga is not to achieve perfect posture, but rather to experience your body and breathe in harmony. By trying the right way, to the best of your ability, you too will experience this harmony. Trust and listen to your teachers and body, they will keep you safe and grounded throughout your practice. And remember, the most important principle of practice, is to practice, and practice often.
WHY WE DO, WHAT WE DO
We practice yoga in a heated room of about 105F. We do this in order to warm up our bodies, preparing to move safely through postures. The heat helps the body burn fat, and effectively detoxifies the different systems of the body. The heat also helps prevent cholesterol from sticking to the walls of your arteries and veins. And just as your body temperature rises to fight infection, the heat in the yoga room improves T-cell function and strengthens the immune system. The heat allows for a deep cellular stretch and increases your cardiovascular workout, and as a result, we sweat.. a lot! Sweating is your body’s natural way of cooling off, so don’t wipe away your liquid awesome, just let it roll! We use the heat as a tool to improve circulation carrying fresh oxygen and nutrient rich blood to each and every organ, glad, muscle, bone, nerve and tissue of the body. The sweat and movements flush your system of toxins and waste, leaving you with an exhilarating feeling of rejuvenation. It’s good to be alive!
PREPARING FOR CLASS
Arrive at least 10 minutes before class starts. Hydrate well, and come on an empty stomach. Bring a yoga mat, two towels (one as long as your mat for practice, and another to shower) as well as a bottle of water. These items are available for purchase or rent at the studio. Dress comfortably, allowing your body to move freely throughout practice. Less is more in the hot room!
Hatha Yoga is an individual journey we practice as a group. Be respectful to the space and other yogis by observing the silence around you. Allow yourself to build confidence and concentration within this silence, contributing to your personal growth, as well as to the growth of the students around you. We meet ourselves on our mats; do the best with what you have today. Know that each day is unique, and as you challenge your body and mind, expect things to change. Approach your practice without hesitation, or judgment. Taking care of you is as important as challenging yourself - for many that is the challenge. Take breaks as needed; there is no room for ego on your mat.
Drink plenty of water, replenish your electrolytes, and eat all the fresh vibrant food your body will crave! You may experience some soreness post yoga, good for you! This is a sign that you have challenged your body in a new way. What’s the best cure? More yoga of course! Come back for your next class as soon as you can, the heat and stretching will help to alleviate any discomfort you may feel. Feel free to express your experiences with us as teachers; we are here to guide and support.