New to Yoga
I am new to yoga, what should I expect?
Congratulations! You are at the beginning of a journey that will change your life and bring you so much joy. You WILL be transformed by this practice. As with anything new, be compassionate with yourself and remember that you don't have to get everything right away. Practicing yoga is a lifelong endeavor and the basics you learn will be crucial as you build a strong practice. We encourage beginners to pace themselves in class, and, for best results, to complete 10 classes in 3 weeks. This creates a solid physical base and an intellectual understanding in which to continue your journey into power! In increments, you'll build strength, focus, stamina and flexibility.
What should I wear?
You will want to wear clothes that you feel comfortable sweating in. Pretty much what you would wear to work out or run in....minus the socks and shoes. We recommend bringing a change of clothes to go home nice and dry. We love Lululemon yoga clothes!
What should I bring?
You will need a yoga mat, towel and bottle of water. If you do not have these, no worries as we rent mats and towels and sell water bottles at the studio.
Can I eat before class?
We recommend that you practice yoga on a fairly empty stomach, but a light snack before class like fruit or a granola bar may be just what you need for extra energy.
How much water should I drink?
You will want to drink a good sized bottle of water before you arrive for class. Coming to yoga hydrated will be most beneficial for you in the heat. During the class you can sip water when ever you need to.
What are electrolytes?
When you sweat you loose minerals and salt, that need to be replenished. Muscle cramping can be a sign of low potassium, and a headache is quite often just a sign of dehydration. Our drink of choice to revitalize is coconut water! It is the most natural way to get your sugars and salts back after sweating. Vitamin Water, Gatorade, or Emergen-C are all good too.
How hot will it get?
We heat the room to about 37 degrees and we keep the humidity nice and juicy. The heat is a natural way for your muscles to stretch and it also helps prevent injury. It is SO healing to detoxify through the act of sweating. Your first few classes may be challenging. If you are new to hot yoga you may experience dizziness or nausea but these symptoms will pass. We ask that you pace yourself and take a resting pose if you feel over heated, this allows your body to acclimate to the heat and to practice being with your experience.
But I’m not flexible, how can I do yoga?
This practice invites you to just be with where you are at in your body in the moment. Whether you feel tight and can’t touch your toes, or you are tired after a long day at work, a regular Power Yoga practice will yield amazing results. You do not need to know anything about yoga to begin, there is no preparation for beginning, you just step onto the mat and open yourself up to a new experience.
Will I lose weight? Build muscles?
The amazing thing about Power Yoga is that it will completely transform your whole body, mind and spirit. If you need to lose weight you will, if you need to build muscle you will. It all depends on what shift needs to take place in your body to bring it back to it’s most natural state. This system of yoga torches calories and awakens every cell in your body.
How often should I practice?
We know you have a hectic life so Power Yoga Canada offers many classes throughout the day. For optimal results in gaining energy, decreasing stress and building a strong, pain-free body consistency is the key to success. A practice of 2-3 days per week, if consistent, will create transformation over time. For life-changing results practice 4-6 days per week.
How does Power Yoga Canada differ from other forms of yoga?
Power Yoga Canada offers a different kind of yoga practice. It's based on intuition rather than tradition. If you think you need to go to a health club to be fit and beautiful, think again. If you think that you need to escape to a cave in the Himalayas to find the enlightenment that yoga promises, think again. Power Yoga Canada offers more than the familiar poses and breathing techniques; it offers a way to face life with a renewed personal strength.
Is Power Yoga Canada safe for pregnant women?
As with any exercise program, the two general rules of thumb are to check with your physician and to listen to your own body and heed any warning signs that you are in a danger zone either for injury, overheating or overwork. Having said that, Power Yoga Canada can be practiced by anyone, as long as modifications are done to accommodate for any individual's issues. Also, if you had a strong practice before you became pregnant, it does help. It's usually not a good idea to start a yoga practice as a beginner when you're pregnant. Also, there are some poses such as inversions and lying on the belly that are truly contraindicated for pregnancy. Also, as we practice in a heated room, again, it is best to discuss with your physician your interest in starting or continuing your yoga practice when you are pregnant.