Practically speaking, it will depend on what type of class you are going to. If you are going to a power yoga class or a hot yoga class, you are going to sweat, so you would want to wear clothes that wick away sweat.
Baggy T-shirts are fine for guys, but women should wear a tight-fitting top so that when you are in an inversion (like Downward Dog), your top doesn’t come down over your head. I often see women trying to pull their tops up in Shoulder Stand because they don’t want their stomachs showing — this can be dangerous.
Wear quick-dry shorts, capri or full-length fitted pants; this will help your instructor check your alignment.
If you are new to yoga and haven’t bought a mat yet, Pure Yoga has a mat for you to borrow for the day. I suggest buying your own mat after you have tried a few yoga classes. Yoga mats come in all kinds of colors and materials, from natural rubber to synthetic, as well as different levels of thickness. Use a sponge to wash your mat with soap and water, and let it air-dry.
Pure Yoga can provide basic props, such as blocks, which are used to help with alignment, and straps, which can help if you are new to yoga.
Truth be told, just about any type towel will do if you’re prone to sweating profusely. Sweaty palms and feet can make practicing on even the stickiest of mats like a game of slip ‘n slide. Plus, as mentioned above, if you don’t yet have your own mat and are wary of placing your sensitive skin on a used one, an unrolled towel placed right on top of your rental should do the trick. Lastly, there are many “yoga towels” you can buy at an affordable price (and cheaper than a high-quality mat) that have a grippy side on the bottom to help it (and you!) stay in place.
We also supply cold infused water and small chilled towels.
*Try to arrive to class early enough to be prepared and on your mat at the start time. Consider this part of your practice.
*Please turn your cell phone off. Additionally, maintain awareness of others in the room: the time before class is often a quiet, meditative space for us. Protect that space for others and they will do so for you. During class, maintain that space. Do ask for help if you need it, but questions and comments should be reserved until after class has ended.
*Yoga is practiced in bare feet, so please take off shoes and socks. Our feet have tiny receptors on the bottom that will not be able to touch the ground with socks or shoes on. Bare feet also prevent slips and falls and teach us balance.
*Come to class on an empty stomach. Wait about two hours after a big meal, one hour after a light snack.
*The aim is to calm the mind, open the heart, and stimulate personal transformation.
*You do not need to be flexible, strong, or ‘healthy’ to do yoga. The benefits of yoga begin in the most basic expressions of the postures, and can be reached by children, the aged, and the injured with ease.
*If it hurts, don’t do it.
*Sensation is the language of the body. Listen.
*Yoga opens your awareness to the world both within your body and outside it; be sensitive.
*The breath is the link between body and mind, conscious and unconscious, inside and outside. It directly affects the health and vitality of every tissue and every cell in the body. Changing the breath has immediate effect on the nervous system. Learning to use your breath allows you to change your energy level, ability to focus and concentrate capacity to respond well, and be at ease. It changes our bio-chemistry, lowers sucrose and serum cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and heart rate; balances secretion of hormones, enzymes, and neurotransmitters throughout the body; and works through both current and accumulated stress.
*In every class, there will be a posture that you can’t do. There may be times you need to rest. Rest when you need. Do what you can. With an ongoing practice, you will change quickly and profoundly.
You just never know what teacher or class style you will connect with. We have people that swear they hate hot yoga that fall head over heels for our classes! Let yourself have no preconceived ideas and just open up to letting the experience guide you.
Also, we have beginners starting every week in every class – don’t worry about being new – you will learn as you go. The teacher gives modifications allowing you do experience the asana (pose) at where you are today.
If you have injuries, please inform the staff prior to class so the teacher can make the appropriate suggestions to you.
You can always take a break. Besides taking a break when you’re tired and just want to rest for a moment (in child’s pose), you are also free to get up and get another prop that you might need, or leave the room to go to the bathroom. You’re not stuck in the class for the entire hour.
There are cubbies at the front of the studio to store your belongings. The front door will be locked during classes to ensure safety of your belongings.
To avoid compounding your injuries, it’s important to let your teacher know if you’re injured so he or she doesn’t encourage you to try moves that might exacerbate your injury. And as always, check with your doctor before performing any physical activities—they went to med school for a reason! If your doctor tells you to wear an air cast or a compression sleeve while exercising, be sure to do so. Use common sense—if something in your body is tight, yoga can be great to release it, but if you have broken bones, you need to slow down and give your body space to heal.
Many people turn to yoga when they’re injured, but having a less-than-100-percent-healthy body is not the time to push your practice; it’s the time to tune in and listen to your body’s signals. Never do anything that doesn’t feel good.
Our heated classes reach 40 degrees, through a combination of central heat and state of the art infrared panels.
But because you are free to leave the room at any time if you need + we have fresh chilled towels and plenty of cold infused waters for you to drink at any time – our classes are much more enjoyable. We urge you to give it another try – so many of our clients have changed their minds on hot yoga after trying out our classes.
Our heat is clean, you can still breathe easily and the heat in other studios gets unbearable because of the additional body heat generated by jamming too many people in one room. We never do that. Always ample room, always heated to comfort.
And if it’s just not for you? We have regular temperature classes or infrared only classes that will be more your style.
Infrared rays provide numerous proven benefits. It uses the same technology as infrared saunas. Some of the proven benefits include:
(1) may help in fat loss, chronic fatigue , water retention, skin disorders, as well as in the elimination heavy metals, poisons, and carcinogenic material from our bodies.
(2) help clean the liver and kidneys, instead of overworking the skin in processing our toxins out through the dermis.
(3) increases oxygenation and regeneration of the blood, deeply detoxifying it for the improved functioning of all of the major organs in the body. This detoxification is on the deepest level, allowing hidden toxins in the blood and tissue to be dissolved or immobilized.
(4) boosts our immune system, increasing the amount of white blood cells and killer T-cells. It is an excellent therapy for promoting healing, reducing muscle soreness, muscle spasms and relief for rheumatoid arthritis
(5) increase the processing enzyme activity in our digestive tract, as well as boost metabolism. An hour of this therapy can burn up to 900 calories, showing excellent results in breaking down trapped fat, waste, cellulite and other forms of toxic substances.
(6) help heal scar tissue
The sweating quality that comes from Infrared Therapy truly helps us detox from the enormous levels of pollution in modern times. This is not the same result in a regular hot yoga class – you need our infrared panel