What is Yoga?
Yoga is the Sanskrit word for “yolk” or “union”. The practice of yoga is a discipline in bringing mind, body, and spirit together through mediation, movement, and breath.
What are the benefits to the practice of yoga, specifically moving classes (Gentle Yoga, Grow and Flow)?
There are benefits to every style of yoga out there, but for the active ones:
- Bolsters strength, stamina, and flexibility.
- Improves one’s ability to focus.
- Aids in releasing tension and anxiety.
- Helps maintain proper posture.
- An overall toning of the entire body.
- A great detoxification for the body and mind!
- Serves as an excellent source of cross-training for athletes looking to improve upon their sport of choice.
What are the benefits to the restorative resting classes (Restore)?
- Soothes the nervous system, allowing for relief from anxiety and tension
- Allows for the body and mind to normalize and re-center
- Cultivates an increased body awareness
- Enhance flexibility
- Healing from both physical and emotional trauma
Do you offer both heated and non-heated classes?
You know it! We have two studios at our location. Our Tapas (heat) Studio is heated via infrared panels, and our Moksha (freedom) studio is held at a comfortable room temperature. Various class styles are held in both studios in order to provide options for all yogis!
Why the heat?
As the body is heated both externally and internally, many benefits are received. These include but are not limited to:
- Heat allows your muscles and connective tissues to become more elastic, increasing the depth of each pose in the practice as well as reducing the chance of injury.
- Your body will burn fat more effectively as fat is burned and distributed during class. It is common to notice a loss of centimeters in a very short time!
- The heat produces a fluid-like stretch that allows for a greater range of movement in joints, muscles, ligaments, and other supporting structures of the body.
- Capillaries dilate in the heat allowing the tissues, muscles, glands, and organs to oxygenate more effectively. This helps in the detoxification process. The toxins are ultimately eliminated through sweat.
- Your metabolism speeds up the breakdown of glucose and fatty acids.
- Heat promotes the functioning of the body’s T-cells, improving the functioning of the immune system.
- Because the environment is challenging; you will increase your self control and ability to focus.
What if I feel out of shape and not flexible?
Great news! You do not need to be in shape or flexible to benefit from the practice of yoga. Yoga is for EVERYbody at any stage in the game. By practicing regularly you will notice your physical health improve as well as your flexibility. Touching your toes is NOT a prerequisite to yoga. We promise.
What class should I take?
How often should I practice?
This is a tough one to answer as everyone is different, but as with anything, consistency and dedication make all the difference. It all depends on what you are looking for as an individual. Any time you practice yoga you are giving your body a gift. Two to three times a week will provide you with a transformation over time. However, for life changing results, it is recommended to practice four to six times a week on a consistent basis.
Should I practice if I’m pregnant?
It is not recommended that students start a heated yoga practice while pregnant. However, generally speaking, yoga can be very safe and beneficial for expecting mamas. Each student is encouraged to listen to her own body throughout her pregnancy. Individual limitations should always be respected. In addition, we periodically offer specialized Prenatal Yoga. In all instances, yoga should not be practiced without the consent of a doctor.
What do I need to bring to practice?
- Mat: Students are encouraged to buy their own mat once they have decided to practice on a regular basis. A good mat is key! alo, Manduka and Jade mats can be purchased at the studio. Mats can also be rented for $2.00.
- Water: Each student should bring a large water bottle to class and take advantage of our hydration station to keep it full. Students lose a significant amount of liquid during practice, therefore, it is encouraged to hydrate throughout the day before and after practice. The more hydrated your body is, the better your practice will be! Hint: Adding ice to your water will counter-effect the heat, so keep your water room temp!
- IF HEATED CLASS: Large Towel(s): As our bodies heat up and we begin to sweat, our mats quickly become very slippery. To prevent slipping, each student should bring a towel to put over his/her mat and a face towel. A commonly used product used at yoga V is a flat towel called a yogitoe. We sell and also rent mat and face yogitoes. These are super helpful in keeping you in place!
Can I just drop in?
Absolutely! We open our doors about 15 minutes before class. Just show up and we’ll get you set up!
Can I reserve a spot online?
Yes. You can create an account, register for a class, sign our waiver and buy classes.
What should I wear?
Women: Fitted sports pants and or athletic shorts with a fit tank top and/or sports bra/athletic bra.
Men: Shorts. Depending upon if the class is heated, some men prefer to practice topless; however, fitted T-shirts will work as well.
Loose T-shirts are not recommended as they tend to fall over students heads when in a pose where the head is down.
What else should I know before I go?
- Yoga is best practiced on an empty stomach.
- All classes are first come, first serve.
- Studio doors will be closed two minutes before class begins and during class.
- Doors to the studio will be locked from the outside-in during and periodically between classes.
- Check out our yogi etiquette for more tips for your visit.