FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Should I practice on an empty stomach?
It is advised that you leave at least one and a half to two hours after eating a main meal before practicing to avoid discomfort during class. Many postures - especially twists and those done laying on your stomach - are specifically designed to facilitate digestion and aid in the elimination of toxins from the body. A light snack, such as a banana, about an hour before class, will help tide you over until after class, when you may find that your appetite is actually somewhat depleted.
Is the studio heated?
The temperature of a yoga studio is generally kept warmer than that in a traditional gym, usually at around 75 degrees. For some classes, the temperature is warmer still, up to around 78-85 degrees. This may take a little getting used to in the beginning, but be sure to hydrate fully before and after class, and your body, especially your muscles, will indeed benefit from the heat over time. Even so, you may wish to bring with you a sweatshirt or other layer to put on before Savasana, when your body temperature will likely decrease.
What should I bring?
Yoga is commonly practiced in bare feet. This helps avoid slippage by enabling us to connect more solidly with our mat and the earth beneath it, and encourages the use of the many tiny bones and muscles in our feet. Some people choose to wear a sticky soled sock, like Yogitoes, especially if they suffer from poor circulation and cold feet, which, incidentally, a regular yoga practice will help rectify :)
Please Note: We will have a selection of yoga related items, including Manduka™ mats, available for purchase in the studio.
Please stay hydrated!
We cannot stress the importance of this enough! Although it is generally advised not to drink water during your practice (unless you become uncomfortably thirsty) as this can negatively affect your internal energy, please hydrate fully before and after your practice to replace any lost fluid and aid in the purification of your system.
Coconut water after class can help replace depleted electrolytes. Your personal water bottle can be refilled at the studio from our water cooler.
What should I wear? What about footwear?
There are many options available to women as far as what to wear, but a pair of comfortable yoga style pants or capris and a fairly form fitting athletic top or shirt is good. Why form fitting? So that your shirt doesn’t fall over your face or rise up in some postures, impeding your practice.
For men, standard athletic attire - shorts and t-shirts, or whatever is comfortable, is good, perhaps in moisture-wicking fabrics, and again, nothing too baggy.
Yoga is usually practiced in bare feet, and footwear should be left outside the studio. Practicing in bare feet helps avoid slippage by enabling us to connect more solidly with our mat and the earth beneath it, and encourages the use of the many tiny bones and muscles in our feet. Sticky-soled socks with or without toes (Yogitoes) can be worn if you wish, especially if you suffer from poor circulation and cold feet, which, incidentally, a regular yoga practice with help rectify :)
Words of Encouragement
And lastly, some encouraging words for those new to Yoga, taken from Tara Stiles’ wonderful book Yoga Cures:
Step 1: Become an observer
It’s quite interesting to step outside and watch yourself. You will learn something new every time. Observing your actions takes you out of reacting mode. You gain more time to see what’s going on and adjust accordingly.
Step 2: Watch, don’t judge
While doing this, remember not to judge. You can learn a lot more about your habits and behaviors if you can simply observe without judgment. This does not mean you abandon all ability to discern good from not good! It just means you get to take a break from instant reactivity, just to watch.
Step 3: Wait
The reason it’s called yoga practice is because it requires practice. Every day you keep at it. At first, it may not seem like much of anything is happening. But if you keep at it your body will open and strengthen and your mind will calm and settle. Have patience with yourself. Yoga doesn’t always work on the schedule you may want it to. Allow time for its lessons to simmer. Enjoy the process Remember if is a work in progress and you’re always right in the middle of it, so that progress is sometimes hard to see.
Step 4: Keep it up
If you feel like giving up, because nothing good seems to be happening, keep practicing. Things are changing in your body and mind. Trust the process. Trust yourself. neither will let you down.
Step 5: Don’t worry
There is nothing to worry about. You are right where you need to be and you have all the tools you need.
When you calm your mind, everything opens up. Stress melts away, worries dissolve, the body gets crazy healthy, and your energy levels skyrocket. The only thing standing in your way is your own limited thinking about yourself. Remember, you have it all within you, you really do. You just need to quiet down and listen.
Enjoy the journey!
Guide to terminology and Sanskrit phrases
The five thousand year old practice of yoga, and the language in which it is delivered, can often appear steeped in mysticism, and can prove daunting for some new practitioners. There are literally thousands of books, videos and other online resources that will help you unravel the ancient philosophy, translation and meaning of this ancient tradition, but here, we have tried to distill this information by explaining some of the more common terms and concepts you will likely encounter: