Please arrive 10-15 minutes early to give yourself time to check-in, change, relax and set up your practice space.
Inform your teacher about any injuries, health concerns or pregnancy before class.
Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water before, during and after class.
Bring a mat; if you don’t have one, we have a limited supply of mats for purchase if you would like, however we will not be renting mats or other props at this time.
Please refrain from wearing fragrances.
Keep it light and refrain from eating large meals at least 2 hours before class.
I'm new to yoga, what can I expect? Congratulations! You are about to embark on a journey that will change your life in ways as unique as you are. As with anything new, please be compassionate with yourself. Remember it isn’t possible to get everything right away; even the most experienced student is still in the process of learning. Come with an open mind, expect to have fun, breathe, sweat and move. Don’t worry about doing it “right”- just show up!
But wait! I can't even touch my toes. If I'm not flexible, can I do yoga? Ahh, perhaps the greatest myth of all! (See our definition of Yoga above.) You only need to be mentally flexible and open to new possibilities to participate at Yoga Hive. Just show up and focus on breathing, moving, and honoring where you are today. Every body is different. Come to learn about and develop yours!
How often should I do yoga? Initially, there is great benefit to completing 10–15 classes in 30 days. This will give you a solid physical and intellectual base from which to catapult your growth. For optimal results in gaining energy, decreasing stress and building a strong, pain-free body, consistency is the key. A practice of 2-3 days per week, if consistent, will transform the way you may think and feel about yourself and others.
Where should I set up in the studio? If you are new, try to set yourself up in the back of the studio so that you can follow the people in front and around you. If you need to take a break or get lost, just relax in child’s pose (one of the poses you may experience at the beginning of the class) until you feel ready to proceed.
Can I eat before class? It is best to practice on a mostly empty stomach. Avoid heavy meals 2 hours before class. Foods appropriate for pre-class snacking include fruit, or light energy bars. And always water... hydration is key!
Will I lose weight? Build muscle? The amazing thing about yoga is that it has the ability to transform your whole body, mind and spirit. If you need to lose weight and combine Yoga Hive yoga with healthy, moderate eating habits, you will! If you want to build muscle, you will! It all depends on what shift needs to take place in your body to bring it back to its most natural state. This system of yoga can touch and awaken almost every cell in your body.
Is yoga safe for pregnant women? In many cases, absolutely. But as with any exercise program, the two general rules of thumb are to check with your physician and to listen to your own body for signs of injury or overwork. Always tell the instructor that you're pregnant... even if you want to tell him/her discreetly because you're not telling the world about your new babe yet — please find a way so we can make sure to give you cues that will be beneficial! When in doubt, poses during pregnancy should always "make space for baby" in the belly. Especially into the second trimester, avoid too much working of the core, heating breath practices (like Breath of Fire), navel pumping, etc. Also, into the third trimester, your body will become quite flexible, and while it might "feel good" in the moment to go super deep into hip openers, it is possible to overstretch. So... moderation is key, and if you have questions, please feel free to reach out in advance!
Why the “OM”? Om is a mantra, or vibration, that is traditionally chanted at the beginning and end of some types of yoga practices. Some spiritualists say it is the sound made by the universe. If that seems a little overwhelming, simple try chanting a-um and let the power of sound and vibration start to warm your body from the inside out. It may feel strange at first, but give it time and you may find yourself looking forward to those concluding meditative moments of harmonizing voices — not just because it honors the end of your yoga practice but because it can also leave you with a sense of connection with others in the class.