Frequently Asked Questions
New to Yoga
What if I’ve never done yoga?
All our classes are for all levels of experience and flexibility. We encourage you to go at your own pace as you become accustomed to the postures, breathing and heat. Since we do offer beginner friendly classes we recommend you start of with them
What if I’m not naturally flexible?
Yoga is not only about flexibility but about strengthening your body and spine in all directions, learning to breathe and self-acceptance and love. All that matters is that you try the right way, go to your personal “edge” and you will get 100% of the benefit.
Will the heat be too much for me?
The practice room is heated to approximately 98 degrees. You will get used to the temperature fairly quickly, often within 2-3 sessions. That’s why it’s important not to make any immediate judgments about your response to it. You will soon discover that the heat is your best friend on the practice floor. It will warm your muscles more quickly and allow you to go deeper into posture and more safely too. If at any time you feel overwhelmed by the heat, take Child’s Pose for as long as you need to.
How often should I do yoga?
For life-changing results practice 4-6 days per week. A practice of 2-3 days per week, if consistent, will create transformation over time.
Can I do two yoga classes in 1 day?
- The second class is euphoric. Your body is already warmed and stretched out from the 1st class, so the 2nd class is less stiff.
- One of the reasons for hatha (physical) yoga is to quiet the body, so that the mind can be quieted and prepared for meditation. The 1st class helps you get all the “noise” out of your head. The 2nd class, you experience a focus, awareness and “present-mindedness” that is indescribable.Will I lose weight?
Many students with a regular hot yoga practice find excess pounds drop away without drastic changes in diet. In a 90 minute Beginners Flow class or Vinyasa Flow class you can burn anywhere from 350-600 calories depending upon your sex and size. Hot yoga can also be a natural catalyst for changing bad habits. When you feel better about your body no matter what your weight, you will begin to make better food choices. Many students discover they have fewer cravings for sugar, salt and caffeine too.
Whether this will be your first-ever yoga class or just your first class at Red Dragon, welcome! We’re happy you are here and want to prepare you to have the most positive first experience with us possible.
How To Prepare
Food – it’s best to practice on an empty or nearly-empty stomach. If it’s been many hours since your last meal, a light snack such as fruit or slice of cheese is fine.
Water – it’s important to be well-hydrated before you come to class. Drink water, coconut juice or other light, non-sugary, non-carbonated beverages in the hours leading up to your class.
What To Wear
Loose or moisture-wicking tights or shorts (men and women) and athletic bra tops, tunics or tees (women) that won’t restrict your movements. Leave your sweatpants and sweatshirts for after class – they will be too warm in the studio.
What To Bring
1. yoga mat
3. water bottle
What NOT To Bring To Class:
shoes, socks or slippers
cell phones or iPods
heavy, gangly jewelry
food, chewing gum or candy
heavily-scented skin and hair
What To Expect In The Studio
Make sure to identify yourself as a newcomer to your instructor. This will help him or her assist you and will result in a more enjoyable class. It can be helpful to take a spot in the middle or back of the studio. That way you will be able to see both the instructor and other students moving into the postures in front of you. That said, BE PATIENT and GENTLE with yourself. Do not compare yourself to other students or attempt to go further into postures than you feel ready to that day. Getting used to the heat will come surprisingly quickly. If you feel overwhelmed at any time during class, go into Child’s Pose for as long as you need to.
What To Do After Class
Be sure to drink lots of water after class and when you get home. Take a warm bath in epsom salts to prevent any muscle soreness.
- Arrive 15-20 minutes before class to register, sign-in and change.
- Enter the studio quietly and move mindfully; greet friends but refrain from loud conversation.
- Line the front corners of your mat up with two the corner of the mirror; this is important for crowded classes.
- Be prompt; consistent late arrival is disruptive and disrespectful.
- Let the instructor before class starts if you need to leave early; do so quietly and in between posture.
The best way to reserve your spot in any class is to sign up online. You may reserve your spot in a class up to 30 minutes before class starts. We reserve spots for walk-in clients in each class, so don’t stress if a class shows as full online. Just show up early, and your chances are good! If you reserve a spot online and do not come to class, you will be charged unless you cancel your reservation online 30 minutes in advance. We cannot take phone cancellations. If you reserve a spot online and do not check in at the front desk at least 2 minutes prior to class, your spot may be given away.
We lock the studio doors two minutes prior to class to ensure a prompt start time for classes. Please plan accordingly and do not expect to be let in the doors once they are locked.
Stress Relief: The practice of yoga is well-demonstrated to reduce the physical effects of stress on the body. The body responds to stress through a fight-or-flight response, which is a combination of the sympathetic nervous system and hormonal pathways activating, releasing cortisone – the stress hormone – from the adrenal glands. Cortisone is often used to measure the stress response. Yoga practice has been demonstrated to reduce the levels of cortisone. Most yoga classes end with savasana, a relaxation pose, which further reduces the experience of stress.
Pain Relief: Yoga can ease pain. Studies have shown that practicing yoga asanas (postures), meditation or a combination of the two, reduced pain for people with conditions such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, auto-immune diseases and hypertension as well as arthritis, back and neck pain and other chronic conditions.
Better Breathing: Yoga includes breathing practices known as pranayama, which can be effective for reducing our stress response, improving lung function and encouraging relaxation. Many pranayamas emphasize slowing down and deepening the breath, which activates the body’s parasympathetic system, or relaxation response. By changing our pattern of breathing, we can significantly affect our body’s experience of and response to stress. This may be one of the most profound lessons we can learn from our yoga practice.
Flexibility: Yoga can improve flexibility and mobility and increase range of motion. Over time, the ligaments, tendons and muscles lengthen, increasing elasticity.
Increased Strength: Yoga asanas use every muscle in the body, increasing strength literally from head to toe. A regular yoga practice can also relieve muscular tension throughout the whole body.
Weight management: While most of the evidence for the effects of yoga on weight loss is anecdotal or experiential, yoga teachers, students and practitioners across the country find that yoga helps to support weight loss. Many teachers specialize in yoga programs to promote weight management and find that even gentle yoga practices help support weight loss. People do not have to practice the most vigorous forms of yoga to lose weight. Yoga encourages development of a positive self-image, as more attention is paid to nutrition and the body as a whole. A study from the Journal of Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine found that regular yoga practice was associated with less age-related weight gain. The lifestyle study of 15,500 adults in their 50’s covered 10 years of participants’ weight history, physical activity, medical history and diet.
Improved circulation: Yoga helps to improve circulation by efficiently moving oxygenated blood to the body’s cells.
Cardiovascular Conditioning: Even a gentle yoga practice can provide cardiovascular benefits by lowering resting heart rate, increasing endurance and improving oxygen uptake during exercise.
Presence: Yoga connects us with the present moment. The more we practice, the more aware we become of our surroundings and the world around us. It opens the way to improved concentration, coordination, reaction time and memory.
Inner peace: The meditative effects of a consistent yoga practice help many cultivate inner peace and calm.
Selecting a Teacher
Don’t be afraid to ask your prospective teacher questions before you take his or her class, such as:Are they registered with Yoga Alliance? A Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT®) designation is a symbol of experience, dedication and commitment on the part of your yoga teacher.
Who did they train with, and for how long?
If you have special needs or a particular health condition, you will want to find a teacher trained to work with your needs. Specialized training can include, but is not limited to, prenatal yoga, seniors’ yoga, yoga for children d yoga for persons with disabilities.
Do they practice yoga regularly?
A dedicated teacher practices regularly if not daily. Are they continuing to study and train? The study of yoga is a lifelong practice. It is important that teachers deepen their knowledge of yoga with additional trainings, workshops and classes. Yoga Alliance requires teachers to complete such continuing education in order to remain registered
Yoga Alliance Code of Conduct
Our code of conduct is a declaration of acceptable ethical and professional behavior by which all registrants agree to conduct the teaching and business of yoga. It is not intended to supersede the ethics of any school or tradition but is intended to be a basis for yoga principles. As a RYT®, E-RYT® or representative of a RYS®, I agree to uphold the following ethical principles:1. Conduct myself in a professional and conscientious manner.
1. Conduct myself in a professional and conscientious manner.
2. Acknowledge the limitations of my skills and scope of practice and where appropriate, refer students to seek alternative instruction, advice, treatment or direction.
3. Create and maintain a safe, clean and comfortable environment for the practice of yoga.
4. Encourage diversity by respecting all students regardless of age, physical limitations, race, creed, gender, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation.
5. Respect the rights, dignity and privacy of all students.
6. Avoid words and actions that constitute sexual harassment.
7. Adhere to the traditional yoga principles as written in the Yamas and Niyamas.
8. Follow all local government and national laws that pertain to my yoga teaching and business.
Is Yoga a Religion?
In order to examine this question, it is helpful to look at the difference between religion and spirituality.
Those who participate in organized religion accept their denomination’s deity or deities and worship through a system of long-established rituals. They may read sacred texts that outline a moral code, which they follow, and they may attend worship meetings lead by religious leaders who have been ordained by an authority in that religion.
By contrast, we can define spirituality as the quest for understanding of ourselves and our place in the universe. Many use organized religion as the conduit for their spirituality, but spirituality can also exist outside the bounds of religion. In other words, spiritual practice is essential to religion, but religion is not essential to spiritual practice.
Yoga does share some things in common with religion, including the study of ancient texts and gathering of like-minded individuals for study under a learned teacher, but these things alone do not constitute a religion. Though some yoga practices encourage meditation on a universal spirit, which may even be called God, the nature of that God is left open to interpretation. Some are confused by yoga’s relationship with Hinduism, since yoga’s language borrows from the Hindu lexicon. Though yoga and Hinduism are both products of ancient India, they have evolved into separate practices as yoga (particularly hatha yoga, the study of yoga postures) has spread outside of its land of origin.
Yoga can be a spiritual practice, but it is not a religion, because it does not dictate the nature of a God to be worshipped.