Do I need to sign up online before taking class?
Not for all classes, sign up for non-heated yoga classes (Vinyasa/Restorative) is strongly encouraged. That yoga room is smaller and we encourage students wishing to take this class to sign up online to secure your spot. If you walk in and there's room, you're welcome to take class!
*Students for the hot yoga classes do not need to sign up online.
Why Are Some Classes Heated?
Hot yoga is practiced in a heated room, to promote cellular metabolism, detoxification, and suppleness of the muscular system – all of which provides greater safety and health benefits to the student when doing the poses. The room is heated to make your stretching more pleasurable and effective. Practicing yoga not only increases our supplies of oxygen, but it also teaches us how to use that oxygen properly – we learn to control the breath through pranayama.
How soon should I take my second class?
Take your second class within 24 hours of your first. You have awakened and stimulated every system in your body with your first class, even if it seems like all you did was struggle and sweat! In your 2nd class, your circulatory, respiratory, digestive, and nervous systems receive 2-3 times the nourishment and healing that they did in the first class. Each class builds exponentially on the next.
How many classes should I take if I'm a beginner?
Take at least 10 classes as close together as possible. If you commit to this new form of physical and mental exercise, we know that after your first ten classes you will feel like a new person, physically, mentally, and emotionally. Some of the benefits of the yoga will be noticeable after the first class or two, however, to really soar, you need the cumulative effect of at least ten classes in a as short of period of time as possible.
How much water should I drink?
We recommend that you drink 3-4 liters of water daily. This helps flush toxins from your body that may be stirred up during your class. You should also be replenishing your electrolytes with supplements or beverages such as coconut water, V-8 or Gatorade which are all available for purchase
Should I eat before class?
We recommend that first timers do not eat for 2-3 hours before your class. As you practice, you may find that you can digest something small before class, so listen to your body. If you need something to tide you over before class, we recommend a piece of fruit or granola bar.
I feel like I'm not progressing and I'm getting frustrated.
Be patient with yourself and your practice. Yoga is a process that takes time to master and is a constant challenge to improve. Be aware of where you are today and what you've accomplished so far. Notice your steady improvement, and be proud when you achieve something in your practice, such as the first time you can touch your toes. Acknowledge all achievements, no matter how small.
Why is it so hard for me to be still between postures?
As you build you ability to focus your mind and still your body, the heat and struggle during class will quickly disappear. Keep your mind focused on yourself in the front mirror, and tell yourself that you can and will do the best you can today.
Why do I sometimes feel like I want to cry or laugh?
This is a very powerful yoga that works on all levels to heal us. Your body and mind will go through emotional releases such as anger or laughter that will feel strange at first. These releases can also include soreness, the flare up of old injuries, etc. This is all normal. Typically, students think that they are injuring themselves further in class, and often stop coming. The opposite is true. This is part of the healing process. You will heal faster if you continue your yoga practice and, if possible, come more often. (Always check with your doctor if you have any medical concerns)
Why does it seem like my practice isn't getting progressively better but goes up and down?
Let go of preconceived notions and experience each class like it is your first class. Through your practice, you body will go through many changes, and these changes will show in changing difficulty of postures. One day, you will struggle through your favorite posture and master your least favorite or one class will be miserable. Don’t become discouraged, as this is also part of the healing and learning process. Very soon the miserable class will be followed by a major breakthrough in your practice.
I'm not as good as the other students and I feel awkward.
No one is going to judge or criticize you. Your fellow students are working too hard to notice you. As long as you give your best effort, and attempt all of the postures to your best ability, you gain 100% of the benefits; exactly the same as the person who can do every posture perfectly. Concentrate on yourself during class, drop all expectations and you will see your body, practice, mind and life transform in front of your eyes.
Will the instructor correct my postures and give me advice?
The teachers may offer corrections during class. Proper alignment in poses is very important to avoid injury. Ask your instructor questions! They love to share their knowledge about yoga with anyone who will listen. Along with our regular instructors, San Diego Yoga Center will host visiting teachers and posture clinics. Posture clinics will be held periodically and provide the opportunity to have certain postures deconstructed and explained in detail. These clinics will have a very limited enrollment so that students may receive personalized corrections and feedback about their postures and students may ask questions . All posture clinics will be in addition to our a regular classes and require a fee to attend. Check our website for posture clinic dates or sign up for our emails and receive notices to your inbox.
Keep up to date by signing up for our emails list at the front desk or online at www.sdyogacenter.com. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and explore deeper into the yoga than is allowed in our regular classes. We would love to see you there and feel free to bring family and friends to these fun and informative events.