FAQs/New Students

What do I wear/bring to class?
Wear comfortable clothing that you can move in and leave shoes at the door: Yoga is done barefoot. The studio does offer complimentary mats and props if needed. Water is available for purchase. Mats and props are also for sale. Please arrive at the studio about 15 minutes before your first class to meet your teacher and fill out a short Class Participant Form. This will leave you ample time to ask any questions, prepare for class, and relax onto your mat.

How old do I need to be?
Yoga is for all ages; it is never too late to start.

Can I bring my son/daughter to class?
If your child is between 10-14 years of age he or she may attend with you; if 14 or older he or she may attend class with you or solo as long as a consent form has been signed. Appropriate behavior is expected.

What are the benefits of yoga?
There are countless benefits to yoga including stress reduction, increased blood circulation, flexibility and strength, improved sleep patterns and relaxation. A regular practice (at least three times a week) can reduce the symptoms of many chronic diseases (e.g., arthritis, diabetes, and thyroid disorders).

Why is Yoga on the Lake a good place to start?
All Yoga on the Lake teachers are nationally certified and are well versed in assisting students of all levels.

Would it be better to start out doing privates before joining a class?
While it is not necessary to take private sessions before joining a class, many students will enjoy the one-on-one experience. This is also a good way to get comfortable with the basics or work on personal issues/goals in a private setting.

What if I am not flexible?
Flexibility is something yoga gives you; you don't have to be flexible to start a yoga practice. Yoga brings flexibility to the body. When you sit a lot during the workday, or when you're engaging in repetitive motion activities, you're shortening your muscles; yoga allows you to lengthen and expand, and to release toxins that build up during these activities. Increased flexibility is not yoga's only objective, nor its only benefit. The ultimate benefit of yoga – to harmoniously unite body, mind and spirit in a healthful physical practice – can be experienced regardless of whether you're able to easily touch your toes.

What does “yoga” mean?
Yoga can be traced back to 5,000 years ago and is a Sanskrit word meaning to join, or yoke, a union. Its full meaning is about the union of body, mind and spirit. It also is about the ending of the chatter of the mind, so that the mind can experience stillness, thus a meditative mind can be nurtured.

What does "namasté" mean?
Teachers commonly end class with the traditional acknowledgement of "namasté." This gesture is an acknowledgement that simply means the good in me honors the good in you. "Nama" means bow; "as" means I; and "te" means you. Therefore, Namasté literally means "bow me you" or "I bow to you." This gesture is a deep form of respect.

Should I bring my cell phone to class?
Please do not bring pagers or cell phones to your mat, leave with belongings.


Why practice HOT Yoga?

Benefits: Inducing sweat for detoxification is an ancient practice in many traditions. Hot yoga is stimulating and cleansing on many levels. The process of producing sweat to cool the body is a form of passive exercise. Your heart rate increases and blood vessels dilate to increase blood flow to your heart. Your heart pumps more efficiently and lowers your blood pressure. Heat aids in detoxification of the internal organs and your skin. Other benefits include stimulation of white blood cells, immunity boost, quicker healing of connective tissues and the practice gives you an overall sense of overall well-being.

Hot Yoga for New Practitioners: It can take time for new practitioners to accumulate and adjust to a heated practice. If you feel overheated, please rest and rehydrate. Never feel pressured to stay in the room. It is recommended that pregnant women avoid hot yoga in their first trimester.

Compression poses in Hot Yoga Fusion (HYF) sequence have tremendous health benefits including: Compression of your thyroid, pineal and pituitary glands (in forward bends) to help to regulate your hormone system · Regulates metabolism · Compression of your lymphnodes helps to flush your body, circulate your lymphatic system and boost circulation · Stretches your spine, from tail bone all the way to the base of your neck · Balances out backbends, moving from back bend to compression helps restore the natural flexion of your spine · Stimulates and massages internal organs including your liver, kidneys, pancreas (regulating sugar digestion) and more · Helps with digestion, through compressing your stomach and lower abdomen

Can I bring my son/daughter to class?
If your child is between 10-14 years of age he or she may attend with you; if 14 or older he or she may attend class with you or solo as long as a consent form has been signed. Appropriate behavior is expected. Students must be 16 years of age to practice in a heated environment with parental consent.