Frequently Asked Questions
Yoga is designed for any body type, fitness level, age or illness/injury. It does not discriminate. Always come prepared to sweat. Take your time, listen to your body and exercise wisdom & patience while on the mat.
I am not strong or flexible, is yoga for me?
You don't have to be flexible or strong to practice yoga, and prior yoga experience is not necessary. As with anything new in life, we all start somewhere. All of our classes are beginner friendly (with the exception of Hot Yoga 26 + 2 Plus). Let us know that you are new to yoga, and we will be happy to modify postures according to your ability.
What if I have an injury or illness?
Prior to the start of class, please inform your instructor of any injuries or illnesses you may have, and your instructor will modify postures accordingly. Most importantly, always listen to your body. Feel free to take breaks or omit any postures as needed.
What is hot yoga?
One difference between Hot Yoga and other styles of Hatha Yoga is the heat. In Calcutta (Kolkata), India, where Hot Yoga originated, it gets very hot with high levels of humidity. When Bikram Choudhury, the creator of Hot Yoga (26 + 2), moved to Japan to teach yoga, the temperatures were much cooler and he needed to improvise. He came up with the idea to heat the room to mimic the conditions in Calcutta.
But there are many other differences between Hot Yoga and other styles of Yoga besides the heat which are much more important.
Alignment: In Hot Yoga, we do many postures - not practiced in other styles of yoga - that curl & round the spine, such as Standing Head to Knee.
Names of Postures: In Hot Yoga, not every style of yoga names poses the same way. For example, what in Hot Yoga we call Wheel Pose (Chakrasana), other styles call the same pose Upper Bow (Urdhva Danurasana).
Some Yogis claim their style is superior or original. Yoga is too old and the science too vast for any one style of Yoga to be traditional. Most styles have a lineage and history sacred to its practitioners. Some Yogis can also be dogmatic in thinking their style is the best or most authentic, but Yoga is first and foremost about connection. It's what the word means - "yoke" or "union". Dogma does the exact opposite; it separates and judges. Who are we to judge what kind of Yoga others are practicing. We are simply happy that more people are practicing Yoga than ever before in history. If someone wants to practice Gentle Yoga and do "puppy pose" or "little mermaid pose", God Bless them at least they are making an effort to change their lives!
What should I bring?
We encourage you to bring a yoga mat, hand towel, full size towel (for hot yoga) and water. In case you forget any of these items or need new equipment, we have these items at the studio for rent or purchase. For more information about yoga mats, click here.
What should I wear?
We suggest wearing whatever you feel comfortable moving and sweating in.
How should I hydrate?
We recommend coming to class well-hydrated. If you come in the morning, drink plenty of water before going to bed. If you come in the afternoon, drink plenty of water throughout the day, especially during lunchtime. During class, take little sips to calm your mind. Try to avoid drinking too quickly or taking big gulps as this can cause an upset your stomach, nausea and dizziness. Please keep in mind - water is water. Coffee, tea, alcohol, soda, fruit juices and sports drinks do NOT count toward your daily hydration intake.
How do I register for class?
We suggest pre-registering for class via the Yoga Revive app or CowTinker; however, you can also come into the studio 15 minutes prior to the start of class. One of our instructors will be happy to create an account for you.
When should I arrive?
Please arrive at least 15 minutes before class starts, so you have time to setup for class. Our school opens 30 minutes prior to the start of each class. The doors lock promptly at the start of class and remain closed at all other times. We try our best to stay on time, so everyone can plan their schedules accordingly.
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask any of our instructors or reach out to us via email.