We get that you may have a handful of questions about SoulShine Power Yoga and how things work here, from signing up for a class to studio etiquette and beyond. Below you’ll find a list of FAQs, compiled to help you get the answers you’re looking for. If you still have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us!
I’ve never done yoga before. What should I expect?
First of all, congratulations! You’re taking an important first step in bettering your health and physical wellbeing, as well as your mood and emotional wellbeing, and we guarantee you’ll enjoy the practice. As with anything new, remember to honor your limitations and be accepting of your own learning curve. Practicing yoga is a lifelong endeavor -- something even the most seasoned yogis can learn from each and every day. While you certainly don’t need to be an expert, we do recommend that you at least know basic yoga postures in order to get the most out of our classes. If you go as fast and hard as you feel comfortable and listen to your body, you’ll do just fine! Sticking with the practice is sure to increase strength, stamina, flexibility and focus. And remember – there’s no shame in child’s pose.
What if I’m not flexible or coordinated?
Don’t worry -- everyone starts somewhere, and yoga brings flexibility and balance to the body by strengthening and stretching it over time. Practicing yoga in a heated studio also helps make the muscles more pliable, so you may surprise yourself! We all have our own set of strengths and weaknesses, and yoga is not about being perfect, but about exploring and accepting our bodies as they are. Our studio remains a judgment-free zone!
What are the benefits of yoga?
We might be partial, but we think yoga is the most perfect form of exercise. It has been around for a really long time, and only increases in popularity. Extending beyond the physical transformation that occurs with ongoing practice, yoga also guides us in mental and spiritual transformations, connecting our body, heart and soul in a powerful way. Yoga has been proven to gently cultivate cardiovascular health, increase strength and flexibility of the musculoskeletal system, and tune us up internally, including our respiratory, digestive, reproductive, endocrine, lymphatic and nervous systems. Yoga can also play a big role in toning the body and building muscle, losing weight, and increasing energy. Furthermore, yoga has been shown to aid dramatically in reducing the negative effects of stress on our bodies, resulting in better breathing habits, better sleeping habits, and an overall better mood. Hot yoga, specifically, aids in detoxification, improves circulation, enhances the function of our immune systems and increases muscle, tendon and joint flexibility.
What is power yoga, and how hot is the studio?
Power yoga has many meanings, and can range from a fast-paced Vinyasa style yoga to a slower-paced practice focused on more intentional postures. Vinyasa yoga -- “flowing with breath” -- is a type of yoga that is based on the connection between breath and bodily movement, creating a steady rhythm of inhales and exhales to set the pace and guide us throughout our practice. This pairing ensures that the body and mind are being challenged at the same time, increasing our awareness of ourselves and our bodies in the present moment. Vinyasa yoga is a form of “hatha” yoga, a type of yoga that focuses on physical and mental strength-building exercises and posturing. All of SoulShine Power Yoga’s classes are held in a room that is heated between 85-95 degrees with 40-50% humidity (with the exception of Bikram classes, which are heated to 105 degrees). Our classes are hot enough to make your muscles pliable, help prevent injury and make you sweat out toxins. (See individual class descriptions for more information, like specific temperatures and class levels). If you’re new to hot yoga, we suggest that you pace yourself as needed, listen to your body, and take a resting pose, such as child’s pose, and/or drink water if you happen to feel over-heated or faint. You will acclimate to the heat over time, and it’ll serve you well!
How should I prepare for class?
Just show up and get ready to sweat! Yoga requires no stretching or pre-workout, but we do suggest that you come to your yoga class hydrated as it will help increase your sweat output. You should also feel free to bring a water bottle with you and drink as needed during class.
What should I bring to class?
Aside from yourself, you will need a yoga mat, towel and water bottle. We recommend bringing a towel because mats alone can get slippery once your start sweating. If you do not have any of these things, don’t fret -- we will have mats to borrow and for sale, as well as water and coconut water for sale. We’ll also provide a small, cool towel at the end of each session (but still insist you bring your own, larger towel). If you do need to borrow or purchase any of these items, please arrive early and bring cash or a debit/credit.
What should I wear?
You can wear whatever you feel comfortable in, be that yoga pants, leggings, exercise shorts and a tank, t-shirt or long-sleeve -- just dress in whatever you feel most comfortable, and be sure that you can move and breathe freely in whatever you wear. If you need any recommendations, please ask! Also consider personal hygiene; you’ll want to wear deodorant, of course, but please refrain from wearing heavy perfume or cologne.
Are there changing rooms and showers?
We have storage space for coats, shoes and handbags, three changing stalls, and two bathrooms, but no showers.
What type of classes do you offer?
Everyone is welcome at SoulShine Power Yoga! We offer a broad selection of yoga classes and one-on-one sessions, thoughtfully designed to meet the needs of every skill level, inspire those who seek a challenge, and work for everyone’s schedule. For class-specific descriptions and times held, please see our ‘Schedule’ tab; also check out our ‘Teacher Bios’ page for information on those who are here to guide you!
Can I come to any class?
Yes -- all students are welcome to attend any class on the schedule, but we recommend that you stay within comfortable boundaries (meaning a beginner shouldn’t attend an advanced class). Please keep in mind that classes do and will often sellout, so we recommend registering for your desired class online and arriving at least 15 minutes early to expedite the check-in process. Also remember that registering online for a class does not necessarily secure your spot; if you arrive late, it is possible for walk-in students to have filled your spot.
How do I sign up for a class?
You can register for any class using our online system, or you can opt to sign up for a class at the studio (again, ideally coming in at least 15 minutes before it begins). It’s easy to create a profile with our online system and register for classes or one-on-one sessions with any of our instructors that offer them. Our system can also store your payment and purchase information, keep track of pass usage and send you class reminders -- we highly recommend that you take advantage of all it has to offer!
What if I’m late for class, or am not feeling well and want to leave?
If you are late for class or need to leave early, please enter or exit the studio as quietly and respectfully as possible so as not to disturb the teacher or other students. If the class is currently in meditation or final relaxation pose, please do not enter or exit. If you are more than 10 minutes late for a class, please do not enter the room at all. It will disrupt the established flow. If you’re not feeling well, we suggest taking child’s pose or lying on your back and taking some deep breaths before choosing to leave the class. The front and back rooms of the studio are heated to normal temperatures, so feel free to take a break there if necessary.
How often should I practice yoga?
Practicing yoga consistently requires discipline and dedication. If you’re looking to improve your practice over time, we recommend practicing at least 2-3 times a week; if you’re looking to change your life, we recommend practicing at least 4-5 times a week, if not daily.
Can I do yoga if I'm pregnant?
Pregnant women should practice only gentle forms of Yoga, and refrain from inversions, laying on the belly, twisting on the back and compressing the belly.
Is there an age requirement?
Individuals 16 & under can practice on their own, but a guardian must sign a waiver. Individuals ages 14-16 can practice but need a guardian present in the class and to sign a wavier. We ask that individuals ages 13 and under do not practice in group classes, but we invite you to all specialized kids/teen/tween classes!