Yoga is a practice that you begin exactly where you are. A person who is very flexible will look different in the pose than one who is less flexible. At the edge of their ability, both people get the same benefit. This is a personal practice that encourages connection with yourself, and a healthy relationship with your body.
Our intention at Suntouch Yoga is to provide a space for individuals at any place in their path to explore the impact that movement and breath can have on personal growth, inner and outer strength, and the deep work of self-love. We believe that yoga is not about bending into pretzel-like positions or standing on your head, it’s about using the practice to take care of your body, to strengthen the positive qualities that already exist inside of you and to clear your mind and help you find a greater sense of awareness in your life.
Arrive at least 5 minutes prior to class start time. This 5 minutes gives you time to put your bags in the hall and get set up in the yoga room. If you arrive later than class start time, you may be considered late and not allowed to enter that class. This policy is in place as a courtesy to the students who have arrived on time and are settled in the yoga room, ready for class to begin. We appreciate your cooperation with this practice. Sincerely!
(Many times, our front door is locked at class start time for security purposes. Arrive early - don't get locked out!)
Come with an empty stomach. Allow 3 hours digestion after a large meal.
Be on time - Punctuality is important and classes will begin and end on time, so please make sure you are in the classroom when the class is due to start. If you are more than 1 minute late, you will not be allowed into the class. New students, please arrive 15 minutes before class start time.
Wear comfortable clothes: This could be shorts, leggings, yoga pants, singlet, T-shirts, tank tops, runners/yoga tops. If taking a Hot or Warm yoga class you may want to bring extra clothes to change after class, totally optional.
Let us know- we care about your well-being: Tell your teacher about any injuries or special health conditions that might affect your practice. If you are injured or tired, skip poses you can't or shouldn't do or try a modified version. If you are not sure, ask.
Keep your eyes on your own practice: Do not compare yourself to others. Yoga is an individual journey. Always create your own intention. The mirrors are there to help you see and adjust your alignment in the poses.
Don't Skip Savasana! Your final relaxation pose is an important part of your practice. Don't plan to leave class early. If you must, tell the teacher in advance and take a short Savasana before you go. Don't make a habit of this.
What you need for class:
Water & Heated Yoga Classes
Sweating helps expel toxins through the skin, your body's largest organ of elimination. Exercising to the point of perspiration offers benefits, too. Tests show that when athletes sweat, they excrete cancer-causing elements like heavy metals and pesticide PCB's. Furthermore, the Far-Infrared heaters make this process up to 7 times faster and in a deeper level.
The body's ability to function in heat is not a measure of physical conditioning, but heat conditioning. Being in good condition will help, but only consistent exposure to heat will allow the body to adjust (similar to the acclimation process at higher altitudes)
The process of heat acclimatization is a physiological process that takes time. Full acclimatization takes as long as 14 days, but most students will feel more comfortable after attending a few classes in a row.
Hydration is key to successful Hot & Warm yoga practice. Hydration must occur BEFORE heat exposure and/or exercise. DRINK PLENTY OF WATER BEFORE COMING TO CLASS. Some guidelines are:
8 (8 ounce) glasses of water a day (conventional)
1 ounce of water for every two pounds of body weight a day (revised)
1 liter for every 30 pounds of body weight a day (super hydrate)
Remember: your body needs a certain amount of water every day just to maintain its normal functions. Participating in hot yoga increases the body's water requirements.