You may have said, “I can’t do yoga. I’m not flexible at all!” Well this is precisely why you should give yoga a try. Flexibility is important not only to athletes of all levels (reducing injury), but also important for activities as simple as getting out of bed and lifting young children. Yoga can even support those recovering injury, illness or addiction.
Benefits of Yoga
You’ve probably heard that yoga is good for you. Maybe you have even tried yoga and discovered that it makes you feel better. A regular practice can offer a variety of mental and physical health benefits. Improved flexibility is certainly an evident result. Other benefits, including mental clarity and stress reduction may be more subtle, but are just as powerful. With a committed yoga practice, you can expect an increased feeling of well-being and physical strength, which explains why so many people find yoga so powerful. Some additional benefits may be:
- Better Flexibility
- Improved Cardiovascular Health
- Joint Health and Mobility
- Balance and Coordination
- Strength and Muscle Tone
- Pain Prevention
- Better Breathing
- Stress Reduction & Improved Mental Health
Adding Heat to Your Yoga Practice
As it is normal to be uncertain about taking a heated yoga class, this uncertainty will subside after you are exhilarated by the temperature of our radiant heat panels. Think of a cold day when the sun is behind the clouds and then suddenly your mood and energy shifts once the sun peeks out. Just as the sun heats the objects on the ground, our radiant panels act in a similar way. By your second or third class, you will understand why hot yoga has become such a popular practice. The heated environment will increase your heart rate and metabolism and allow your body to surrender to it’s ultimate flexibility and cardio capacity. Often times, workouts are began with cold muscles which result in injury. The hot temperatures will enable your muscles to warm up quicker giving you the most out of your 60 minute practice. Even beyond improving flexibility and strength, yoga is detoxifying for your muscles and organs, sweating increases the process. Additionally, with the element of heat, you won’t make it far without learning to control your breath. If there is no breathing, there is no yoga!
Frequently Asked Questions:
What if I’ve never taken yoga?
Don’t worry about it! Never be concerned by what the person on the mat next to you is doing. Listen to your body and push back into child’s pose when needed. Even in child’s pose your body will benefit.
What should I bring?
Bring yourself and a willingness to learn. You are welcome to bring a water bottle and a mat, but these are also available for purchase and rent in the studio. Please bring a valid identification with photograph upon your first visit to the studio.
30 days for $30 trial is offered to any student who is new to Yoga Centric. This trial includes 30 days of daily practice at our studio. Your consecutive 30 days begins the day of purchase. Each new client will receive a welcome gift and studio tour upon arrival from one of Yoga Centric‘s Community Managers.
What does a regular monthly membership include?
The $89 regular monthly membership is a 4-month minimum auto-renew payment option that includes free mat and towel rentals, 10% off of non-sale yoga boutique merchandise, workshops, and other member promotions. Memberships also include Aerial Yoga, starting at $60.
Will yoga help me lose weight?
A regular yoga practice can promote weight loss. If you’re looking to lose weight and you’re new to yoga, try novice classes first so you can familiarize yourself with the postures. Keep in mind that all Yoga Centric classes are accessible to everyone regardless of experience, physicality or age. The more time you spend on your mat, the more you’ll appreciate and give attention to the care of your body.
Just HOW hot is hot yoga?
The studio “heat factor” is dependent on class format, weather conditions and the number of practitioners in class. Although Yoga Centric is a hot yoga studio, our schedule offers a variety of low to non-heated class formats. For those classes that are heated, temperatures range from 80 to 100 degrees.
I don’t have a mat yet, do you have them at the studio?
No worries! We have mats available for purchase and rent. We sell Jade® mats & YogiToes™ towels. If you practice hot yoga regularly, you will want to invest in a slip resistant towel and mat. Both are available in the yoga boutique.
What should I wear?
Standard sweat-wicking workout attire is suggested, however your individual comfort is most important.
Is it OK to eat before class?
Like with any moderate physical activity, it’s best to fuel up in advance. Always stay hydrated, drinking water regularly between classes. Try to eat an hour or two before class, but certainly have something to eat before class if you’re hungry.
So many options!! Whose class should I take?
All of our teachers would love to have you in class. During your 30 days for $30, try and take as many different classes as possible. You may surprise yourself! The mission at Yoga Centric is to encourage practitioners to feel content on their mats regardless of class format or teacher.
Is it OK to take yoga if I have arthritis?
Arthritis pain can be relieved through a regular yoga practice. Gentle and restorative classes are the best ones to start with. Heated classes can increase flexibility and loosen stiff muscles and joints. If you’re comfortable doing so, let your teacher know about your arthritis before class so she can provide appropriate modifications for you.
Can I practice while I’m pregnant?
Absolutely! If you had a regular yoga practice before becoming pregnant, you can continue to attend the same classes. If not, try a beginner class, let your teacher know that you’re pregnant, and always consult with your doctor before making any changes to your fitness routine. Keep a look out for Prenatal Workshops and Prenatal classes!