Frequently Asked Questions
What are the benefits of yoga?
Yoga offers numerous benefits for both the body and mind. It enhances flexibility, strength, and balance, while also promoting relaxation and stress reduction. Regular practice can improve posture, help alleviate back pain, and boost overall fitness. Yoga's focus on deep breathing and mindfulness can lead to reduced anxiety, improved mental clarity, and better emotional well-being. Additionally, it can aid in improving sleep quality, increasing body awareness, and fostering a sense of inner peace and harmony.
What are the benefits of hot yoga?
Hot yoga, practiced in a heated room, offers a unique set of benefits. The elevated temperature helps increase flexibility and allows muscles to stretch more deeply, reducing the risk of injury. The heat also promotes detoxification through increased sweating, aiding in the elimination of toxins. This form of yoga can enhance cardiovascular health by raising the heart rate and improving circulation.
Hot yoga's intense nature can lead to a higher calorie burn, assisting in weight management and improving metabolism. The combination of heat and challenging poses encourages mental focus and concentration, contributing to stress reduction and improved mental clarity. The practice can also provide a sense of accomplishment as practitioners often find themselves progressing more quickly in their poses. However, it's important to stay hydrated and listen to your body's limits, as the heat can be demanding.
Do I need to be flexible and strong to practice yoga?
It is a misunderstanding that you have to be flexible or strong to do yoga. We work on many levels including the body, the breath, the mind and the spirit in every class. However, you will find yourself becoming more flexible and stronger as you continue to practice yoga.
What class should I try?
It is a good idea to try different classes to get an idea of the style of yoga and teachers you like and is right for you.Power Vinyasa and ‘The 84’ classes tend to be the more physically demanding classes, while Yin Yoga and Yoga Nidra are less physically challenging.
What should I bring to class?
Bring water to stay hydrated, a yoga mat if you have one and a towel. You may want to purchase your own mat for reasons of personal hygiene and regularity of practice. Due to COVID, we currently provide no props like blocks or straps for use in the studio.
What should I wear in class?
Please wear athletic clothing that are comfortable, fast drying and do not restrict your movement. You also want them not too loose so that the instructor can evaluate your body alignment.
What about eating or drinking before class?
It is a good idea to come to class hydrated and drink plenty of water after yoga class. In most yoga traditions drinking water during class is not recommended. Try not to eat a full meal at least three hours before class.
What if I have pain or a previous injury?
It is always appropriate to talk to the instructor about any existing physical conditions and concerns you have about them. Yoga benefits many people with chronic pain by helping the body regain its balance. If you are under a doctor’s care for an acute situation, please be sure to discuss taking yoga classes with him or her.
Can pregnant women do yoga?
Yoga can be very beneficial during pregnancy, but make sure to let your instructor know you are pregnant. Make sure to avoid twisting, inversions, pranayama, any abdominal strengthening pose and lying on your belly. Remember, balancing poses may get tougher as you progress in your pregnancy so use the wall or blocks to keep yourself balanced and stay in the pose longer. Make sure to drink plenty of water and take bathroom breaks whenever needed.
Can my child come to yoga?
Children are allowed to attend class with their parent/legal guardian if they are able to participate in the entire class without disrupting others. Please be considerate of your fellow yogis.
Is there parking?
There is street parking if you are lucky. There is metered parking behind the building and towards the side of the building.
I left something at the studio, how can I get it?
If you have left your mat, towel, water bottle, etc at the studio after class, it will most likely be with our Lost & Found. Please go back between classes or when you take another class to pick it up as soon as possible to ensure it is still there. We clean out and donate our lost and found once a quarter.
What is Mindbody?
Mindbody is the software we are using to run the yoga studio. There is a highly recommended mobile app you can use to explore the schedule, purchase classes and make reservations. Get the app from Mindbody Online.
What are you doing to keep the studio healthy and safe?
We have had a complete inspection and update of the HVAC system. We have installed a medical grade air filtration system that aids in filtering both germs and smoke particles. Complimentary disposable masks and hand sanitizers are available. Furthermore, thorough sanitizing and studio air cycling occurs between classes and Junction Hot Yoga is a cashless studio.