Yoga Tips, Yoga Help & Yoga Class Preparation
The quality of your experience is very important to us. We strive for our studio environment to be an inviting, comfortable and uplifting experience.
We ask you to please be mindful when you attend class and remember a few things:
- Please enter and leave the yoga room quietly to enhance your focus and concentration, as well as acknowledge the relaxation of others.
- Remember to be respectful of other yoga students, which includes recognizing your own chatter, perfumes/colognes or anything that might be disruptive.
- Come to class prepared to let go of your expectations and turn your gaze inward. You will see changes occur rather quickly if you stick to yoga. There are so many ways to grow, learn and excel. We hope you take advantage of these opportunities.
- Please bring a bottle of water, a towel and a mat if you have one. Note that the studio rents towels and mats and also sells water.
- Wear fitted exercise clothing in which you can sweat. Also, please arrive to the studio about 15 minutes before your first class to meet your instructor and fill out a short “new student” form. This will also leave you ample time to ask any questions, prepare for class and relax onto your mat. Open your mind, and be prepared to have fun.
Yoga Frequently Asked Questions:
- My son/daughter would like to attend class with me. Is this a possibility?
- I arrived a few minutes late to class and the door was locked. Why is that?
- Can I use my free week/membership/class package at all studios?
- What should I wear to class? What should I bring?
- What are some of the benefits of yoga?
- Is yoga a cardiovascular workout?
- When can I expect to see progress in my yoga practice?
- How often should I practice yoga?
- What if I'm not that flexible?
- Why is the studio heated and will that make class more challenging for me?
- Can beginners attend CorePower Yoga classes? Do you offer help for new students?
- What does Namaste mean?
- What does Yoga mean?
My son/daughter would like to attend class with me. Is this a possibility?
The minimum age required to practice at CPY is 12 years of age. Students between the ages of 12 - 15 are not permitted to attend heated classes. Non-heated classes appropriate for students between the ages of 12 - 15 are the CorePower Yoga 1 (C1) and CoreRestore classes. Students ages 12 – 15 are not permitted to practice without their parent or guardian present. To attend heated classes, students must be 16 years of age. All minors (under 18) must have a parent signed waiver prior to practicing (the parent or guardian must sign the waiver in person at a studio).
I arrived a few minutes late to class and the door was locked. Why is that?
At CorePower Yoga, it's our priority to honor and respect our student’s time. It's often a challenge to devote an hour (or more) to ourselves during the day. Therefore, we promptly begin and end class on time, and we lock the door in between classes for the safety and security of our students who are taking class. Please show up to class on time (at least 5 - 15 minutes early is ideal) so you can be sure to squeeze in your yoga practice!
Can I use my free week/membership/class package at all studios?
Yes! All CorePower Yoga packages are valid at all CorePower Yoga studios.
What should I wear to yoga class? What should I bring?
Please bring a bottle of water, a towel and a mat if you have one. Note that the studio rents towels and mats and also sells water. What to wear to yoga class includes tight-fitting exercise clothing in which you can sweat. Also, please arrive to the studio about 15 minutes before your first class to meet your instructor and fill out a short “new student” form. This will also leave you ample time to ask any questions, prepare for class and relax onto your mat. Come with an open mind and be prepared to have fun.
What are some of the benefits of yoga?
There are countless benefits to CorePower Yoga classes, including stress reduction, increased blood circulation, flexibility, strength, improved sleep patterns and relaxation. A regular practice (at least three times a week) can reduce the symptoms of many chronic diseases (e.g. arthritis, diabetes, and thyroid disorders).
Is yoga a cardiovascular workout?
No matter what your level of fitness, you will find CorePower Yoga classes not only challenging, but powerful workouts that go beyond just cardiovascular workouts. All postures combine flexibility, strength and balance to work the entire body. With patience and dedication, you can lose weight, develop muscle tone and strength and become more flexible than with other forms of exercise. Physiologists agree that yoga provides benefits well beyond flexibility and relaxation. Recent research shows that yoga may also improve lung function, strength and aerobic capacity, according to Yoga Journal.
When can I expect to see progress in my yoga practice?
Each individual will respond differently to yoga, based on a myriad of factors including age, physical condition and genetics. What is far more important than measuring "progress" is to simply embrace where your practice is, and let go of any arbitrary self-imposed "goals." Yoga is truly a life-long pursuit, one that you can go on exploring as long as you live and never learn all there is to know. Yoga is about the journey, so enjoy the ride.
How often should I practice yoga?
A successful yoga practice requires discipline, consistency and commitment. To experience the true benefits of a yoga practice, we recommend practicing four to six days per week. A practice of two to three days per week, if consistent, will create transformation over time. Develop the spirit of repetition and dedication in your practice, and you will see results.
What if I'm not that flexible?
Flexibility is something yoga gives you; you don't have to be flexible to start a yoga practice. Yoga brings flexibility to the body. When you sit a lot during the work day, or when you're engaging in repetitive motion activities, you're shortening your muscles; yoga allows you to lengthen and expand and release toxins that build up during these activities.
Increased flexibility is not yoga's only objective nor its only benefit. The ultimate benefit of yoga - to harmoniously unite body, mind and spirit in a healthful physical practice - can be experienced regardless of whether you're able to easily touch your toes.
Why is the studio heated and will this make the class more challenging for me?
Hot Yoga, Hot Power Fusion, Yoga Sculpt and CorePower Yoga 2 & 3 classes are practiced in a heated room which helps stretch muscle fibers and tendons and helps prevent injuries to these areas while stretching. The heat also helps increase circulation to tissues and organs, enhances the functioning of the immune system and provides great healing influence to the entire body.
The heat will make the classes more challenging. However, we encourage students to pace themselves and determine the intensity that works best for them in each pose and throughout the class. CorePower Yoga classes will provide a healthy, challenging workout that will give you a strong and stress-free road map to life.
Can beginners attend CorePower Yoga classes? Do you offer yoga help for new students?
Yes. We have created an encouraging environment in which all levels and abilities can practice yoga. We recommend beginners start with a CorePower Yoga 1 class. This is an unheated beginner level Vinyasa class. Depending on the student's experience, we generally recommend taking anywhere from five to ten CorePower Yoga 1 classes before taking a CorePower Yoga 2 or a Yoga Sculpt class. CorePower Yoga also offers Hot Yoga and Hot Power Fusion, and these classes are open to all levels.
We encourage beginners to pace themselves in class and recommend beginners commit to attending three classes in the first week. This will create a solid physical base and an intellectual understanding that will eventually help build strength, focus, stamina and flexibility.
What does 'Namasté' mean?
CorePower Yoga instructors commonly end class with the traditional acknowledgement of "Namasté." This gesture is an acknowledgement of the soul in one by the soul in another. "Nama" means bow; "as" means I; and "te" means you. Therefore, Namasté literally means "bow me you" or "I bow to you." This gesture is a deep form of respect.
What does ‘Yoga' mean?
Yoga can be traced back to 5,000 years ago and is a Sanskrit word meaning to join, or yoke; union. Its full meaning is about the union of body, mind and spirit. It also is about the ending of the chatter of the mind, so that the mind can experience stillness, thus a meditative mind can be nurtured.