What should I wear?
Wear light, stretchy clothes. Keep in mind that you will be moving and twisting in many different directions, so your clothes need to stay put during any yoga class.
How should I prepare for class?
In order to prepare for a yoga class, drink plenty of water before coming to class. Also, avoid large meals at least three hours before class. If you are new, make sure you arrive to the studio at least 15 minutes before the class begins, and set up your yoga mat towards the back of the room so you can observe the experienced students. Listen to the yoga instructors who will give verbal cues on how to approach the postures. Don’t worry if you get tired or overwhelmed by the environment. Just sit out for a few postures and know that it will get easier over time.
Should I be aware of any studio policies?
The instructor locks the front door promptly at the class start time. This ensures that students’ belongings are safe while they are participating in class. If you are running late and the front door is locked, you will need to return for another class later in the day. If you see someone in the lobby and the door is locked, please don’t solicit them to let you in. This puts them in a tough position.
Our yoga instructors are well-versed in offering useful and safe physical adjustments during yoga classes. If you are uncomfortable with being touched, please pick up a red chip from the front desk to place near your yoga mat as a signal to your teacher that you do not want to be physically adjusted. If you do not bring a chip to class, your instructor will still ask permission to adjust you, so you will not be caught off guard or you can pass up an adjustment in a specific posture if you desire.
Please setup your mat so the top right corner is on a dot on the floor. This way we can make sure all mats are setup appropriately with enough space for all.
Notice if there is a sign on the door requesting a silent studio. Not all classes will request this, but if the class you have chosen does, please keep conversations out in the waiting room so that those in the studio can drop in quietly to their practice.
Can I practice yoga with a previous injury?
Absolutely! Yoga has an amazing ability to help heal injuries of all types. However, make sure you discuss a prior injury with your instructor before attending a class. Once made aware, he or she can help you get the most out of your yoga practice while remaining attentive to your limitations. If you are just starting your yoga practice and you have a chronic injury, consider attending a private yoga class first. This is a great forum for learning the best ways to tailor your yoga practice for healing.
Is yoga a good workout?
Yes! Yoga is unique in that it is a well-rounded workout that is healing to the body. In just a 60 or 90 minutes of yoga class, students will receive a cardiovascular experience that also increases both strength and flexibility. The owners of Habit believe wholeheartedly that yoga can be a student’s only physical activity while still achieving optimal health. However, students need not abandon their favorite athletic endeavors to become a yogi. Yoga is also a great complement to every sport. Come talk to us about our experiences with high school, collegiate, and professional athletes who have adopted a yoga practice and increased their performance level.
Will I lose weight with yoga?
All of our hot yoga classes offer an excellent cardiovascular workout and will burn fat. If you incorporate a minimum of three hot yoga classes per week along with low carb, nutrient dense food choices, you will soon notice weight stabilization. Hot yoga also works to help your digestive, endocrine, lymphatic, and respiratory systems work at an optimal level, and brings heightened body awareness. Taken together, these benefits help you crave better food choices and portions.
Why use heat and humidity? (Habit offers non heated classes too)
The elevated hot yoga temperature and humidity protects muscles by allowing for deeper range of motion, intensifies the cardiovascular workout, and detoxifies the body through sweating. As is true when adjusting to any new setting, the environment can be a formidable challenge for the new practitioner, but students adjust much more quickly than they expect. As an added benefit, the combination of heat & humidity experienced at our hot yoga studio, on a consistent basis, will help outdoor athletes better acclimate to summer conditions, without the harmful side effects of sun exposure, and therefore increase performance.
What should I bring to hot yoga class?
At a minimum, bring plenty of water and a change of clothes for after a hot yoga class. Please bring your own mat and mat towel, but know we provide hot yoga mats and towels for rent if needed. Habit has a shower if you need it after class (please bring your own towel and toiletries).
What is basic yoga class etiquette?
Be on time and only leave early if you must. It’s advised to inform your teacher ahead of time if you’re not planning to stay for the whole yoga class. Set up near the door and leave when it is least disruptive.
Bring only the essentials into the yoga room. We have cubbies for your things outside the studio room door. Please don’t bring your keys, shoes, bags, or cell phones into any yoga class.
The yoga room is a meditative space. Please enter and exit quietly. We love that you want to talk with your fellow yogis, and that’s why we have a comfy lobby space or Sunnyside Market downstairs. Please take your conversations outside of the yoga room, and observe silence during your practice.
Tailor your practice by skipping a pose or modifying its depth, but do not digress too much from the teacher’s instruction. Doing so has a noticeable impact on the energy of the class.
Be mindful of your neighbors’ space when setting up your mat.
Avoid strong smelling lotions, oils, or perfumes for the respect of others around you in a seemingly vulnerable environment.
What should I expect the next day after hot yoga?
After your first hot yoga class, or after an extended break from hot yoga, you may feel a little sore the next day and may have a headache. The headache is a sign of your body detoxing and maybe some dehydration. Make sure you drink a lot of water before and after a hot yoga class, and if you sweat a lot, consider using electrolytes (Amazing Grass). Try coming back to class to help your body become accustomed to practicing, and you may find it relieves your soreness.
What if I’m not flexible enough for yoga?
Contrary to popular belief, yoga is not all about bending yourself into a pretzel. Saying you don’t do yoga because you’re not flexible, is like saying you don’t eat because you’re hungry. Increased range of motion is one of the many benefits of yoga, but it is certainly not a prerequisite.