For your comfort, we recommend wearing lightweight exercise clothing that you can sweat in. T-shirts and capris or regular workout clothes all work well for women, and men can wear exercise shorts or swim trunks with an optional T-shirt. Remember some classes you will be sweating more than others. The studio has men’s and women’s bathrooms with showers.
You should bring water, mat, and a large towel. For your convenience, we have these items available for rent or purchase at the studio.
Yes! All of our classes are suitable for beginners, yet challenging enough for advanced practitioners. Anyone of any size, shape, condition or background can do the variety of yoga offered at Above and Beyond Hot Yoga.
Perfect! The most common misconception that prevents people from coming to yoga practice is that you need to be flexible. Yoga is not about how flexible you are today; it’s about increasing your flexibility to protect your mobility for the future.
Some classes offered are heated to some degree. The room is heated to warm the muscles to help prevent injuries, and to allow a deeper workout. Sweating is a side benefit because it cleanses the body by flushing toxins through the skin. Heat helps increase circulation to tissues and organs and enhances the functioning of the immune system producing a greater healing influence on the entire body. We closely manage both the heat and the humidity in our studio. We also offer Yoga Therapy, Gentle Flow and Restorative classes that are non heated classes for those who want to practice yoga without the addition of heat.
The studio opens 30 minutes before each class. Newbie’s must arrive at least 15-30 minutes in advance in order to fill out paper work and have a quick orientation. Arriving early allows you to meet the instructor, get oriented to the studio, relax on your mat and be present before class. Studio doors are locked 3 minutes before class starts, and late students are not admitted.
Absolutely Not, yoga is a philosophy. However, if you are practicing a religion, yoga may deepen your experience of it.
As a beginner, it takes about 3 classes for your body and mind to understand the postures. During the next 10 classes, digestion and respiration, as well as endocrine, lymphatic and elimination systems will begin to work harmoniously. Your appetite will normalize and unhealthy cravings will diminish. All of these results will help to normalize your weight if you devote yourself to regular practice at least, but preferably more than, 3 times per week. Unlike sports and other types of exercise, yoga is difficult to overdo. The more often you come, the greater the benefits. Daily practice rejuvenates the body, mind and spirit.
You will find every class no matter what style challenging. All the postures combine flexibility, strength, and balance to work the entire body. You heart rate will go up! With dedication and commitment many people have seen weight loss, muscle tone and strength.
We recommend you either refrain from eating or eat very lightly two hours before class and hydrate well throughout the day, as well as before and after class.
Absolutely, we have formed an encouraging environment in which all levels and abilities can practice yoga. We encourage beginners to pace themselves in class and recommend beginners commit to coming to 3 to 4 classes in the first week. This will build a solid physical base and awareness that will improve strength, focus, endurance, and flexibility.