“Are there levels of yoga?”
At The Yoga Studio, we do not have “class levels.” All classes are appropriate regardless of student experience. If you are new to a yoga practice, we recommend your first class be a “Slow Flow.” Focusing on fluid movement, this class incorporates all aspects of a hot Vinyasa practice and yet flows with a somewhat lighter pace than other vigorous classes.
“Why is it so hot?”
When muscles are warm, they stretch. As we work at preventing injury, it makes sense to stretch when the body is heated. In a hot practice, twisting, bending, and moving assist the body to organically eliminate toxins which are shown to be “the number one cause of disease and aging.” Many people worry about perspiring, excessive sweating, and body odor during practice. With yoga’s natural detoxification process odor will gradually be diminished and possibly eliminated.
“What should I wear to yoga?”
Practiced barefoot, we recommend comfortable clothing preferably made with “moisture wicking fabrics.” Non-constrictive, yet snug fitting tops and bottoms are ideal therefore avoiding “yogi overexposure” during a hot practice.
“How often should I come?”
We encourage you to practice as often as possible especially during your first two weeks of unlimited yoga. Yoga is an ancient tradition, intended to be practiced daily and yet we understand it’s often unrealistic to attend class every day. We do ask that you make every attempt to try a variety of classes and teachers where you’ll have opportunities to connect with fellow students. Yoga is a lifelong journey and we are committed at The Yoga Studio to give you the tools where you’ll develop a daily practice that can be used either here or at home.
“Will I feel lightheaded?”
Because hot yoga is detoxifying, you may feel a little lightheaded or perhaps experience an upset stomach. This is, again, why we suggest coming as often as possible during your first two weeks. It may take several visits to become acclimated to the heat and if, at any time, your body tells you to rest, do so either in a seated posture or child’s pose.
What do I do if I have a pre-existing injury?
Injuries are, unfortunately, a part of life with that we all must deal with on occasion. If you have a pre-existing condition/injury, PLEASE make the teacher aware of this before class. If the injury is truly causing you pain, we ask that you do not attend class until the injury has had time to heal. If you have an injury that is healing and you want yoga to help you along that path, be certain you practice with awareness. Awareness is simple – it means “if it feels good, do it. If it doesn’t, don’t.” All of our yoga instructors offer adjustments to help students with alignment, and to make a deeper connection with the practice and with themselves. Our teachers have all been trained in assisting students and giving adjustments. The teachers do need to know about pre-existing injuries as certain adjustments could increase the possibility of further injury to the affected area. At The Yoga Studio, our teachers are here to help you in any way they can, and they do adjustments for the purpose of “connection”, not “correction”. If for any reason, you do not wish to receive adjustments, please let the teacher know prior to the start of class. And most importantly, we believe that, as a yoga practitioner, you are the teacher. You know your body and its abilities and limitations better than anyone. We always encourage you to stay focused, listening to what your body is telling you, being aware. As you practice, you are constantly receiving feedback. Using the breathing technique we teach will allow you to “be present” and aware of this feedback, letting it guide your practice. Proper breathing, along with being focused and “tuned-in” to your physical practice, is the best way to prevent new injuries and/or soothe existing ones.
“The teacher keeps encouraging students to “rest” during class, but I am new and don’t want to seem like I can’t keep up! Why should I rest?”
In our classes, the most experienced students are often the ones who choose to rest first. A big part of the yoga practice is learning how to relax and recharge your batteries while living in a society that is way too busy. Become “the teacher within” and know if you are holding your breath, pushing beyond your limits, or attempting to “muscle through” a pose, you are NOT practicing yoga. For it is only by honoring the breath and body, you’ll find a steady, mindful practice.
“How am I supposed to breathe in yoga?”
In a hot yoga practice, a controlled breathing technique is utilized. Commonly referred to as “Ujjayi,” this form of breathing can become both energizing and relaxing. In Ujjayi breathing, inhalations and exhalations are done smoothly through the nose with a closed mouth. This type of breathing comes with practice and awareness. We encourage you to ask any questions either before or after class.
“I saw a sign that said, “Come clean to Yoga.” “What does that mean?
In the effort of keeping our studio well maintained, we ask all students recognize “Saucha.” By definition, Saucha is a Sanskrit term referring to “purity and cleanliness in all aspects.” Essential to the “eight limb path of yoga,” a clean body assists in clearing unhealthy energy. Whereas when we fail to recognize purity and cleanliness, we become physically and spiritually dense as well as displeasing to those who share our space. Rule of thumb: clean body, clean towel, clean clothes EVERY CLASS.
“Should I come when I am ill with the thought of sweating it out?”
Please, if you have a fever, we ask that you do NOT come to yoga. Attending class with a cold is fine, but if you have been diagnosed with an illness or simply “feel contagious,” be sensitive to the health of other students and remain home.
“Can my child come with me to yoga?”
We do not offer childcare at our studio and unattended children are not permitted in the reception area. Because most children do not like to be hot, it is easily understood why hot yoga is not the yoga of choice for kids. The age requirement for ALL yoga classes at The Yoga Studio is sixteen, no exceptions. In addition, all children under the age of eighteen must have a parental consent signature on their waiver.
“Will my yoga package work at both The Yoga Studio Broad Ripple and The Yoga Studio City Center locations?”
Yes! Your package can be used at both studios.
“Will my yoga package work at the new InCycle?”
No, The Yoga Studio and InCycle are two separate businesses. However, there will be an unlimited month of rides/yoga available for purchase.