FAQs for New Students
What class would you recommend for beginners?
If you are new to yoga or new to hot yoga, we would recommend starting with the Hot Sequence class. This class makes all of the benefits of yoga available to new students while, at the same time, challenging advanced practitioners. This is possible because the benefits of a yoga practice come from aligning your body with consciousness of the yoga poses. Advanced practitioners move deeper, new students begin to open their bodies but both are in the consciousness of the pose. Having students of all levels in this one class generates an amazing group energy that promotes the understanding of yoga.
This class is led at a deliberate pace with thorough instruction. The strength, flexibility and balance you gain by dedicating yourself to this sequence of postures will be a solid foundation that can support your yoga practice in whatever direction it leads.
How should I prepare for class?
You should be hydrated with water. Drink several glasses in the hours before class. You should also come to class on an empty stomach. Try not to eat for at least two hours before class. If that is not possible, try to limit your food intake and only have fresh fruit or vegetables. Wear lightweight, non-baggy clothing.
Arrive early to class. Ember's chill out space was designed to welcome you to come early and stay late. Leave yourself enough time to setup your mat and transition from an outside state of mind to an inside state of mind without any rush. Classes begin promptly and you will not be able to join a class after the first five minutes.
What do I need to bring?
You only need your body to practice yoga. At Ember that is even more true because we rent or sell everything you could need, from clothes, to mats, to towels, to water.
That being said, you should bring a mat if you have one. For hot classes we'd also recommend a towel or two; and maybe also a bottle of water. Ember has a water counter with reverse osmosis water filling station. We recommend bringing an empty stainless steel bottle and filling up before class. This water is as pure as water can be, healthier and less costly then water from plastic bottles.
Ember has locker rooms designed with your comfort in mind. Feel free to take a relaxing shower and prepare for the rest of your day in peace after class, bringing anything you need to do so.
I am not flexible, can I still practice yoga?
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.
How often should I practice yoga?
Yoga is a journey. The postures and techniques you learn are designed to guide your body and your mind. By approaching your yoga practice with discipline, consistency and commitment the benefits will become yours naturally.
We would recommend practicing 3 to 6 times per week and have developed our monthly unlimited plans to support this type of practice. With dedication, the long term results will be yours. In the meantime, you will enjoy the ongoing natural yoga highs and peace of mind that comes from a regular practice.