Believe it or not, your yoga journey begins long before stepping into the studio. Be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day so you’ll be well hydrated before coming into class. Good hydration supports the healthy function of all your body’s systems, and it makes the heat feel comfortable rather than overwhelming. Also, avoid eating heavily for at least the two hours leading up to class.
It is important to arrive 15 – 20 minutes early for your first class. This will allow us to get your profile set up, your enrollment processed, and show you around the studio before you should enter the room for savasana. Be sure to let our staff know of any injuries or illnesses which may require additional attention or modification during the class.
Drink plenty of water throughout the day so you’re well hydrated before coming to class. Good hydration supports the healthy function of all of your body’s systems, and it makes the heat feel comfortable rather than overwhelming. Don’t eat heavily within 2 hours of the start of class.
Bring a mat, large towel, and water bottle with you. If you don’t have these items, we have them for sale or rent at the studio. You’ll want to wear light, non-restrictive clothing. Try to avoid long sleeve shirts and long pants. The room is hot, and you’ll feel it immediately. Following these steps will ensure you a stress free and relaxed beginning to a life changing practice.
Follow your teacher’s instruction. Our staff is trained to help you through all of the postures, and modifications done on one’s own are done at one’s own risk. Listen carefully and do your best to follow along with the rest of the class. If you miss a posture or fall out of one, there is another chance to try it.
If you feel like you need a break, take one. Don’t be afraid to lay down. However, do your best to stay in the room. Your body will take some time to adjust to the heat, and the best way to do that is to stay in it. It doesn’t matter if you can only do the first posture and then need to stay in savasana the rest of the class. Just do your best, and the rest will come in time. You get out what you put in, so give it your best, and you will get the best results.
The main thing to remember is: BREATH.
The very first thing you can do to get the most benefit from your class is to stay in savasana. Keeping this post for a few extra minutes after class will help you recover from the workout your body isn’t used it, and it will allow your heart rate and breath to return to normal.
Once you leave the room, be sure to drink lots of water. It is important to keep hydrated. It is equally important to replenish your electrolytes. We have several types of coconut water at the studio, as well as offer electrolyte supplements for your water, and kombucha on tap. These are all excellent ways to bring your body back into balance.
Finally, be sure to come back. We highly recommend taking your second class within 24 hours of your first. The second class will help you bypass any soreness you’d experience otherwise. Make up your mind to take the class before you leave, and keep that commitment.