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Getting Started with Yoga
We want you to have the best experience possible so here's what you need to know.

Do I need to be flexible to practice yoga?
No experience necessary - Many people think that they need to be flexible to begin yoga, but that's a little bit like thinking that you need to be able to play tennis in order to take tennis lessons. Come as you are and you will find that yoga practice will help you become more flexible.  We offer classes for evey level so you will find exactly what is right for you.  Plus our teachers are experts at showing modificaitons and prop use to make poses more accessible or even more challenging.

What is membership?

YP Memberships - Membership is our way of making yoga available to all — from the once a week warrior to the daily practitioner. These are our most affordable payment options. Our memberships promote yoga as a regular and sustained practice so you can get the most benefits from your practice. You can pause your account once per 12 months for a maximum of one month in order to return to your previous rate.  You can cancel at anytime. These are auto-renewal memberships but there's no minimum commitment, so you can cancel at any time just by sending an email request 7 days before the renewal date to info@yogapointe.com

Should I register online for classes?

Register for class - Yes!  Preregistration is a good habit to help you commit to your practice.  We hold the spot for you until 5 minutes before clas begins.  Our class sizes are limited still as we continue to practice with social distancing the mats so please de-register 4 hours before class if you are unable to attend.  

What should I wear & bring?
Attire- Wear comfortable and movable clothing that is form fitting. It is best not to wear baggy tops and bottoms because they will just get in the way.

Water/Towels - Bring water so you can always hydrate whether doing a heated or non-heated class.  You can also bring a towel(s) to towel off and/or to place over your mat.

Eating before yoga class-In yoga practice we twist from side to side, turn upside down, bend forward and backward. If you have not fully digested your last meal, it will make itself known to you in ways that are not comfortable. If you are a person with a fast-acting digestive system and are afraid you might get hungry or feel weak during yoga class, experiment with a light snack such as yogurt, a few nuts, or juice about 30 minutes to an hour before class.

What do I do when I'm at the studio?
Be Prompt - We ask that you arrive at least 5-10 minutes early. If you arrive late, please don't enter a class by knocking or banging on the door. Just join us for another class.

Remove Shoes and Leave belongings in cubbies - Yoga is done in bare feet so when you arrive take off your shoes and place them in the designated cubby.  We keep the doors locked during class so you can place all of your belongings in the cubbies with your shoes. 

Turn Off Your Cell Phone & Leave in cubbie - Make a habit of turning your ringer to silent or leave your phone behind for class, so you and the others around you can have the full yogic experience. It can be embarrassing and disruptive if your phone rings during class.

Silence Smart Watches - Yoga is an experience best practices without interrumtion of yours or another person's watch going off.  Please either leave smart watches at home, in the cubbies or put them in airplane mode before class.

Yoga Mats & Props- We do recommend that you use your own yoga mat for sanitary and comfort reasons. We do have mats at the studio that you can use. We also supply all of the props you would need to get the most enjoyment out of your yoga experience.  Your teacher will let you know what props to have before class begins.

How do I prepare for Hot Yoga?
Preparation for HOT YOGA-Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate for Hot yoga. It is recommended that you begin to hydrate at least 3 days prior to your Hot yoga class. You will sweat a lot during and after class. Lack of hydration will put undue stress on your body and can cause nausea and light headedness and even headaches after your practice.

Don't eat right before class - Refrain from eating 90 minutes before class. A light snack like fruit or nuts may be helpful a couple of hours before class.

Come prepared with towels - You will no doubt sweat a lot during the heated classes.  We don't have towels for student use.  Bring a large towel for your mat and a smaller one to wipe all of the wonderful sweat! 

Can my kids come with me to Yoga Class?
We do offer kids yoga classes at times so check out website.  For regular classes here's what you need to know:

As safety is our primary concern, children may not be left unattended in our lobby.  Any student under 18 years of age must have a parent/guardian’s signature on a Yoga Pointe waiver.  This may be completed at the studio or downloaded here. 

Non-Heated Yoga Classes
Students 14 and over are welcome to attend any of our non-heated classes, without a parent, that is appropriate for their level of physical and emotional health.  

Students between the ages of 10-13 may attend non-heated yoga classes with a parent or guardian at the discretion of the teacher and management.  Our classes are designed for adults so may not be best at engaging young minds.  For children under the age of 10 please contact Yoga Pointe.

Heated Yoga Classes
Students 16 years old and older who are free from health issues and injuries can attend the heated classes.
Students 15 years and younger may attend our heated classes on a case by case basis determined by Yoga Pointe management.  

Download Yoga Pointe Waiver 

 

Benefits of Hot/Heated Yoga  

When you step into our infrared heated Prana studio, you will immediately notice the therapeutic heat.  It directly permeates the body, alleviating aches, increasing circulation, and offers a whole range of health benefits. We invite you to experience the many health benefits that infrared heat has to offer when you practice at Yoga Pointe.

Physical Benefits of Hot Yoga

Increased Flexibility - Because Infrared heat is directly warming the muscles, it opens them up allowing for a greater range of motion. A study at Auburn University compared athletes stretching in a training room to how far they were able to stretch in an infrared sauna. Researchers concluded participants were able to stretch as much as three times their normal amount in the infrared environment. This will allow yoga students to open up, melt deep into the poses and gain confidence in their practice while being mindful. 

Increased Circulation - Infrared heat has been shown to stimulate blood flow by opening up the body’s capillaries. This has an incredible affect on the body and offers a variety of benefits. It can help lower blood pressure, oxygenate the organs and rid the body of toxins.

Detoxification - Simply put, infrared heat will make you sweat, which is a good thing because it is your body’s natural way of flushing toxins. As your body absorbs infrared heat, water molecules begin to vibrate, which causes them to wring out impurities from the cells and expel them into the blood. These impurities will then be released from your body as you sweat, creating a deep, detoxifying cleanse on the cellular level.

Metabolism Booster - The human body has an impressive temperature regulation system. It wants to stay at a consistent  temperature and its willing to work very hard to ensure that this happens. As the body heats up, its natural cooling systems kick in, which takes energy and burns calories. Infrared heat also increases metabolism between the blood and tissue, which also burns calories.

Pain Relief - Infrared heat directly penetrates tissue, muscles and joints, allowing them to heal and regenerate. This is  accomplished through a combination of the previously mentioned increased circulation, oxygenation and detoxification. Infrared radiation is incredibly useful for pain relief for both minor injuries and chronic ailments. 

Mental & Emotional Benefits of Hot Yoga

Decreases Your Stress - The mental/emotional experience of hot yoga is like no other yoga.  Sometimes, emotional energy gets stuck and stagnates in your joints, organs, tissues, and other parts of your body. As it intensifies, it will eventually cause a great deal of stress. By doing hot yoga, certain movements will help release such energy, while making you feel good at the same time.  

Calms Your Anxiety - It can be easy for you to become overwhelmed and anxious most of the time, especially when you have a busy daily schedule. As you may already know, anxiety and stress go hand in hand. In fact, both of these conditions are the main causes of that feeling of imbalance you experience from time to time. With regular hot yoga practice, you will be able to gradually eliminate anxiety and stress, giving you back that state of physical and mental balance. As a result, you can maintain a better and stable mood.

Focuses Your Mind - With our schedules being more packed than every before, our mind it split in multiple directions at any given moment, making it extremely challenging to maintain focus and clarity on any one of them.  Regular hot yoga practice helps the mind to become focused and to 'melt' away all of the internal distractions.

Reduces Depression symptoms - Depression symptoms are not limited to the mind but are also buried in the body.  The physical aspects of yoga combined with the practice of focused attention, breathing exercises, and deep relaxation reduce symptoms of depression holistically.  Also, recent studies found that practicing in a group setting is more beneficial to reducing depression than practicing alone at home.