New Students

So, you’re thinking about trying yoga? You’ve come to the right place. 

Even the thought of starting a yoga practice can be daunting–not to mention, actually going to a studio and trying a class. Even the most flexible, strong, and proficient yoga practitioners have all been new, and have all had their own very first class. Our teachers are experienced with introducing new students to yoga and are so happy to share their love of the practice with you. So, if you are looking to improve your overall health, keep your body in optimal condition (strong bones, supple and toned muscles, and increased circulation which helps to prime the processes of the body’s systems), and improve your quality of living, yoga is right for you.

We ask that you arrive 10-15 minutes before your first class so we can talk with you about the practice before class. At this time, please inform us of any injuries or conditions you are recovering from and/or are currently working with.

But you have a few questions. Of course!

Read below to see the answers to commonly posed questions and concerns.

Q: What do I need to bring to class?
A:  A mat, a towel (we require a full, bath-sized towel for our Hot Yoga and Fire Series classes so you don’t slip on your mat), and some water. If you don’t have a mat and/or towel, we rent mats for $2 and towels for $3. Please note–towels are required for all Hot Yoga and Hot Foundations classes. We also sell bottled water for $2, and have filtered water available at the studio should you prefer to BYO bottle.

Q: I’m not very flexible. I won’t be good at yoga.
A: You are not alone! Many of those yogis you see doing pretzel-like things in photos didn’t start out very flexible either. Certainly, there are some who have genes or life experiences that lend to longer ligaments or above-average flexibility, but don’t underestimate your own potential for increased strength and flexibility! New students start to see changes in as little as a week. With frequent, regular practice, you too will be in your best shape yet–physically and mentally.

Q: But isn’t it really hot? How hot is Hot Yoga?
A:  As the name suggests, yes, it is hot, but not oppressive. We use heat for the practice to assist in warming the muscles and help them to be more pliable as we practice. For Hot Yoga and Fire Series, the room is heated between 100-105 degrees. For Power Yoga and Yinyasa, the room is heated between 90-95 degrees.
If you have ever been in a sauna, then you have already experienced heat of at least 130 degrees. It is doable, with ample preparation and continued practice.

Q: How do I prepare for the heat?
A: Come to class well hydrated. Start preparing for class the day before by drinking plenty of water (many sugary sports drinks, sodas, and coffee can be de-hydrating). You don’t have to overdo it. Between 1.5 – 3 liters should be sufficient. At the very least, aim for the 8 glasses that is widely recommended. Get enough sleep. and avoid eating heavy foods 3 hours prior to class. If you need something light, try to eat at least an hour before class. You’ll want to cease water intake within 30 minutes of your practice, so you won’t need to answer nature’s call while class is in session. Taking these steps will help to reduce the likelihood of cramping, dizziness, nausea, or fatigue during your practice.

Q: What if the heat gets to me? What if I need to sit down or take a rest?
A: We encourage you to take care of yourself in your practice. Especially when just starting out, your body may not be as acclimated to the heat. You might be someone who is more sensitive to hotter environments (please inform us if you have a condition). Should you start to feel dizzy, lightheaded, or nauseous, don’t hesitate to take a break by sitting down or kneeling on your mat. We ask that you remain in the room for the duration of the practice.

Q: How often should I practice? Can I practice every day?
A: As long as you are hydrating and eating well, and getting ample sleep, yoga is an excellent daily practice. Because we are not tearing muscles in the same way as weight training and some other forms of fitness exercise, you can practice every day. In order to make progress and see results, we recommend that you practice at least three times a week.

Q: I want to do this. What is the best deal for new students?
A: For first-time students, you can choose one of two intro packages:

  • 1st week unlimited intro offer for $20.
  • 1st month for $50

If you have additional questions, feel free to email us at hotyogaoceanave@gmail.com or call (415) 225 – 5182