What you need to know: Yoga

If you’re new to a hot yoga practice, don’t be intimidated. It’s not all that scary and people of all ages and abilities can attend and enjoy it. For all you newbees, we’ve put together this beginner’s guide to help you out.

 

Start with the basics.

For your first class, we recommend starting with Traditional Hot to see how you like the heat. Yes, it’s intense and it’s not for everyone – but you will get used to it surprisingly fast.

 

Be prepared.

Bring a mat, towel and water or rent or buy them at the studio. Show up at least 15 minutes before your class, and if you can, fill out your waiver form online first.

 

Know the etiquette.

This means removing your shoes when you walk in; staying quiet when you’re in the studio space; turning your cell phone off; and not wearing perfumes or fragrances. Learn more here.

 

Score a deal.

Try a drop-in, or enjoy our one-time offer for newcomers: $25 gets you a week of unlimited classes. It’s a great way to truly immerse yourself and see how hot yoga can fit into your weekly schedule. If you’d like to try more than one class, this is the way to go.

 

Take it easy.

Don’t be scared off by the heat – but don’t push yourself too hard, either. Go at your own pace and listen to your body over the instructor. You don’t have to do everything your first time! If you need a break, this is important – STAY IN THE ROOM. Just lay down and chill out for a few minutes. If you do leave, the instructor will probably stop the class to come see if you’re ok.

 

Hydrate, and hydrate some more.

Drink water during the day and before class, and bring enough water with you intothe room.  Adding electrolytes can be a great too.  As with any exercise, do not have heavy meal within a couple hours of class.  A snack within an hour is great though, and will keep your energy up.

 

Give us your feedback.

Send us an email after class and tell us what you liked – and what you didn’t.  We always want to make our studio even better.

 

Other things to keep in mind:

  • Day time classes are always quieter.  Evenings can busier, but some people really enjoy the energy a full room brings. Try out both if you can, and see what works for you.
  • Wear clothes that are not too loose, and not too bulky.
  • Oh, and: you will sweat. We guarantee it.

 

Need more info? We’ve prepared a handy new student FAQ.
  

What You Need to Know: Spin

Spinning, or indoor cycling, can be a bit intimidating your first time. But it’s our philosophy to make everyone as comfortable as possible while also providing a full-body workout. Below are some things you should know before signing up.

We ask that at all times you treat each other and our staff in a respectful way.

We require that you wear cycling shoes that clip into the bike. Clipping in provides a more efficient, powerful, stable, safer ride and also allows you to target the correct muscle groups.

Complimentary shoes are available or you are welcome to bring your own — they must be Look Keo! For all you newbees, we’ve put together this beginner’s guide to help you out.
 

Start with the basics.

All classes are about the same in term of duration and intensity. We don’t have “beginners” or “advanced” spin classes. It really is up to you to try as hard as you want, or modify as necessary.

We require that you wear cycling shoes that clip into the bike. Clipping in provides a more efficient ride and helps target the correct muscle groups. You can bring you own – Look Keo compatible, or borrow a complimentary pair at the front desk.
 

All for one…

With all spin classes, you must arrive on-time to make the class, and stay for the whole class. For the duration of it, we’re a team: we start and finish together. I know, we’re different than the big box gym – but that’s what makes it so much fun.
 

Be prepared.

Bring a towel and water. Show up at least 15 minutes before class, and if you can, fill out your waiver form online first – it will save time at the studio.
 

Know the etiquette.

As with our yoga classes, this means removing your shoes when you walk in; staying quiet when you’re in the common areas; and not wearing perfumes or fragrances. If your kid is sick or something else is going on and you need your cell phone on, we ask that you leave it with the front desk and they will come and get you if it rings. We also cater to yogis and yoginis, so please be respectful and keep your voices low. To prevent damage to our floors, please put your cycling shoes on in the spin room and not in the changing rooms.
 

Easy rider.

Come and work as hard as you want to. Go at your own pace and listen to your body over the instructor. If you need a break, this is important, it is way better and safer for body to have an active break, take off the resistance and keep your feet moving slowly – AND STAY IN THE SPIN ROOM. We need you in there! It is all about working together and keeping the everyone’s energy level up. If you leave, someone else will think about quitting the class, and we don’t want that. If you do leave, the instructor will probably stop the class to come see if you’re ok.
 

Talking and Cell Phones

Please turn off your cell phone when you enter the space. If your kid is sick or something else is going on and you need your cell phone on, we ask that you leave it with the front desk and they will come and get you if there is an emergency. No talking in classes as it is big distraction for everyone else.
 

Smelly Clothes

We do ride very close together, like we practice our yoga, so please, no smelly sweaty workout gear.
 

The Front Row

We do ask that everyone in the front row follow the instructions being provided by the instructor. If you do want to do your own thing, please move to the back rows, as our intention is for everyone to work together, and it can be distracting for others.
 

Hydrate, and hydrate some more.

Drink water during the day and before class, and bring enough water with you in to the room. Adding electrolytes can be great too. As with any exercise, do not have a heavy meal within a couple hours of class. A snack an hour before is great though, and will keep your energy up.
 

Give us your feedback.

Send us an email after class and tell us what you liked – and what you didn’t. We always want to make our studio even better.
 

Other things to keep in mind:

  • Daytime classes are always quieter. Evenings can busier, but some people really enjoy the energy. Try out both if you can.
  • Wear clothes that are not too loose, and not too bulky.
  • Oh, and: you WILL work hard, but you’ll also have fun.