I am new to yoga, what should I expect?
Congratulations! You are at the beginning of a journey that will change your relationship with your physical body! As with anything new, be compassionate with yourself and remember that you don’t have to get everything right away. Practicing yoga is a personal journey; we get and respect that and want your mat to become a safe place for you to land.
What should I wear?
You will want to wear clothes that you feel comfortable moving in. Pretty much what you would wear to work out or run in….minus the socks and shoes. We recommend bringing a change of clothes to go home nice and dry.
What should I bring?
You will need a yoga mat, towel and bottle of water.
Can I eat before class?
We recommend that you practice yoga on a fairly empty stomach, but a light snack before class like fruit or a granola bar may be just what you need for extra energy.
How much water should I drink?
You will want to drink a good sized bottle of water before you arrive for class. Coming to yoga hydrated will be most beneficial for you. During the class you can sip water whenever you need to.
What are electrolytes?
When you sweat you lose minerals and salt, that need to be replenished. Muscle cramping can be a sign of low potassium, and a headache is quite often just a sign of dehydration. Our drink of choice to revitalize is coconut water! It is the most natural way to get your sugars and salts back after sweating. Vitamin Water, Gatorade, or Emergen-C are all good too.
But I’m not flexible, how can I do yoga?
This practice invites you to just be with where you are at in your body in the moment. Whether you feel tight and can’t touch your toes, or you are tired after a long day at work, a regular practice will yield amazing results. You do not need to know anything about yoga to begin, there is no preparation for beginning, you just step onto the mat and open yourself up to a new experience starting exactly where you are right now.
Will I lose weight? Build muscles?
The amazing thing about yoga is that it will completely transform your whole body, mind and spirit. If you need to lose weight you will, if you need to build muscle you will. It all depends on what shift needs to take place in your body to bring it back to it’s most natural state. This system of yoga torches calories and awakens every cell in your body.
How often should I practice?
We know you have a hectic life so Healing Heroes offers classes on site where you work – in gyms, training facilities and other wellness areas, including outside in the nice weather! For optimal results in gaining energy, decreasing stress and building a strong, pain-free body consistency is the key to success. A practice of 2-3 days per week, if consistent, will create transformation over time. For life-changing results practice 4-6 days per week.
Is yoga safe for pregnant women?
As with any exercise program, the two general rules of thumb are to check with your physician and to listen to your own body and heed any warning signs that you are in a danger zone either for injury, overheating or overwork. Having said that, yoga can be practiced by anyone, as long as modifications are done to accommodate for any individual’s issues. Also, if you had a strong practice before you became pregnant, it does help. It’s usually not a good idea to start a yoga practice as a beginner when you’re pregnant. Also, there are some poses such as inversions and lying on the belly that are truly contraindicated for pregnancy.