Why practice yoga naked?
There is a sense of freedom in practicing yoga naked. It's been described as the most liberating, self-loving and self-accepting thing you can experience. It's about being comfortable in a situation where you normally would not be comfortable. To understand how this applies to other situations in your life, take a few classes and see how much your confidence grows. Practicing yoga naked can help you release some of the negative feelings, that as humans we sometimes carry deep within our bodies. Read our list of reasons and benefits to practicing nude yoga.
What style of yoga do you teach?
We practice a Vinyasa style yoga, which is similar to Ashtanga. Vinyasa is often called flow yoga because of the smooth dance-like way the postures run together. Breath is the most important part of the sequence as your movements should be connected with your breath (inhale or exhale). The instructor normally puts the flow or sequence together and its a different sequence each class. This is an ideal class for someone who likes a fast paced cardio and strength workout. One of the main differences of our classes is that our room is dimly lit, this helps new students overcome their initial fears.
What should I expect when I arrive for class?
Expect to be a bit nervous and maybe even feel a little awkward (that is normal). As you arrive, you will be greeted by other students and possibly the instructor. There is a small entrance room where we gather until a few minutes before class. Once we move into the studio room, most people place their mat in their desired spot and begin to remove their clothes. Some people wrap their towel around them and have a seat on their mat until class begins. Don't forget to introduce yourself to someone and or make conversation (with or without you clothes on).... be friendly as we are an awesome group of people.
I've never practiced yoga before, can I still attend this class? Yes, yes and please yes! Yoga is for everyone, regardless of your strength and or level of flexibility. We all start somewhere and with yoga there is nothing more amazing then the eyes and experience of your first time on the mat. Yoga is about creating unity and having a connection between the heart, mind and body. It's important to listen to your body, move into the postures given or recommended by the instructor (including our warm up postures) and take as many breaks as you need too (a resting position called Childs Pose) is always available.
If it's your first yoga class with us or in general, please make sure you listen to the breathing instructions given within the first few minutes of our practice by our instructor and inform the instructor of any concerns or injuries that you might have.
What do I need to bring with me?
We are a "bring your own studio" - meaning, please bring your yoga mat, a towel or two (as you will sweat a lot) and plenty of H2O. If you like to practice with blocks, straps and or blankets... please feel free to bring these with you as well.
Can I join without being naked at first?
No, all participants must be naked in order to keep everyone at the same level.
What if I get an erection?
This rarely happens, it's okay and there nothing to be embarrassed about. Yoga moves a lot of energy and sometimes an erection will happen without any sexual thought. Since our yoga style is also a cardio workout, an erection can not be sustained for long periods do to the nature of how quickly we move. If it does happen, you can always move into a resting posture called Child's Pose.
If I don't have the perfect body will I feel out of place?
Absolutely not, people come in different shapes an sizes and thats a true reflection of our class. It's about learning to be comfortable and self accepting of yourself.
I have injuries or medical conditions is it safe for me to practice?
Generally speaking the answer is yes. Please inform your instructor about your issues before class so we can modify your practice. You should always consult a physician before you start any exercise program.
Why is it important to be on time?
Walking into class after it has started is extremely distracting and disrespectful to other students. Also if you arrive late, you will miss the warm up which is crucial for the rest of the practice.
I'm not flexible, can I still do yoga?
Of course, you are a perfect candidate for yoga. It's a common misconception that one needs to be super flexible to practice yoga. Yoga is a journey not a destination, this is an important fact to remember. Everyone has to start somewhere.
Ideally how many days a week should I take classes?
This depends on who you ask and what you are trying to achieve from a yoga practice. We recommend 5 or 6 days a week for at least 1 hour. However you will receive many benefits if you only practice 1 day a week for 1 hour.
Why can't I eat up to 2 hours before class?
In yoga we twist, turn, bend, invert upside down etc,.... so if your meal is not digested, well you know what could happen. That being said every digestive system is different, so if you must eat try snacking on fruit, nuts or vegetables up to an hour before class. Always drink lots of water before and especially after the class.
Where can I find more information about yoga?
In today's world the internet is full of information, this can often be contradictory or confusing. Our favourite site which is the most creditable in the yoga community is Yoga Journal.