WHAT THE F(AQ)
1. If you lose your balance you must smile!
2. If you fall over you must laugh!
6. Don’t take life so F#%@$!? Seriously!
We have never kicked out someone for not laughing but dammit we will!
Please note there is a $15 no show and late cancel fee (2 hours prior to class) for Auto Renew & Monthly members and 10 pass members Will be charged an attended class.
Please note, doors lock promptly on time so that class can begin. Please make sure that you are in studio before the scheduled class time!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
IS TALKING PERMITTED IN THE STUDIO?
YES! Please talk in our studio and make a new friend or two, better yet, go take them down for a coffee after class, you could even take your teacher too. :p
ARE THERE SHOWERS?
YES! Please feel free to shower before or after class! Along with showers we have towels for a $2 rental (free with an auto renew membership). We are happy to supply the simple things, a hair dryer, hair elastics and feminine products.
CAN I BRING A CELL PHONE IN STUDIO OR TAKE AN EPIC INSTAGRAM SELFIE?!
If you’re a doctor and you’re on call please let your teacher know otherwise we really recommend you turn your phone off and leave it in the washroom, in your car, or at home and if you feel like that is not adequate we can store behind the desk for you! We disconnect to reconnect to each other here.
You’re welcome to take pictures and sweet yoga pics in our studio (before or after class), in fact we encourage it! We are so proud of inspire and we want you to be as well #inspirelethbridge
WHAT IF I’M NOT FLEXIBLE?
This is the most common misconception that prevents people from coming to a yoga class. Yoga is not about how flexible you are, but about strengthening and healing your body and mind. All that matters is that you try, and you’ll reap the rewards.
IS IT A CARDIOVASCULAR WORKOUT AND CAN I LOSE WEIGHT?
YES and YES. No matter your level of fitness is, you will find hot yoga challenging. Each posture combines flexibility, strength and balance to work your whole body from your bones to your skin. With persistence, patience and dedication, you can lose inches and develop muscle tone and strength that might never come from other forms of exercise.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING AND WEAR TO CLASS?
You will need a yoga mat, bottle of water (preferably not glass), and a towel for your mat. If you don't have these items we rent mats for $2 and we sell high quality hot yoga mats and towels, yoga wear and accessories, bottled water, coconut water, kombucha, electrolytes and cliff bars. (Mat and Towel rentals are complimentary for Auto Renew members)
Men typically wear shorts and a light t-shirt or just shorts. Women wear anything from longer exercise pants to shorts and a light top. Dress like you are going to a tropical climate and plan on sweating.
WHY IS THE ROOM HEATED?
The room is heated to prevent injury, warm the muscles, and allow for a deeper release within the body. Sweat is good! Toxins and poisons are flushed out of your body through each practice. Fresh air is always circulating and humidity is raised for ideal comfort. The heat will soon become your friend and you’ll adjust accordingly.
HOW DO YOU GET IT SO DAMN HOT IN THERE?!
Inspire hot yoga is proud to offer (FIR) infrared radiant heat. This therapeutic heat directly permeates the body with a whole range of health benefits. Infrared radiant heat is also the most eco-friendly heating system available!
We invite you to experience the many health benefits that this offers:
Infrared heat warms the muscles, 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 an infrared environment. This will allow you to open up, melt deep into poses and gain confidence in your practice safely!
Infrared heat has been shown to stimulate blood flow by opening up the body’s capillaries. This has an incredible affect on the body. It can help lower blood pressure and oxygenate your organs.
Infrared heat will make you sweat, which is a good thing! 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. These impurities will be released from your body as you sweat, creating a deep, detoxifying cleanse on a cellular level!
Your 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 happens. As your body heats up, its natural cooling system kicks in, which takes energy and burns calories. An increased metabolism between the blood and tissue also burns additional calories.
Infrared heat directly penetrates tissue, muscles and joints, allowing them to heal and regenerate. This is accomplished through increased circulation, oxygenation and detoxification. This is incredibly beneficial for pain relief for both minor injuries and chronic ailments.
WHICH CLASS TYPE SHOULD I TRY FIRST?
Although all classes are suited for everyone, the Yin is chill AF and the Happy Hips will only half kick your ass! We do offer a great beginners Power Flow class called Foundations in action!
HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR MY CLASS?
Drink lots of water during the day and try not to eat a big meal before coming. It’s just like any form of exercise; come hydrated and don’t have a full stomach.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT MY FIRST CLASS?
Classes are open to all levels. We are a friendly studio that greets all practitioners with a sense of community, diversity and integrity. We encourage you to pace yourself and have fun. The rewards of hot yoga happen just by showing up and staying in the heated room.
DOES INSPIRE HOT YOGA OFFER HANDS ON ADJUSTMENT AND ALIGNMENT?
YES our Yoga teachers have a variety of tools available to guide students through their practice. From our own presence, attentiveness and energy. To our verbal instructions, to demonstrating the pose, to our use of metaphor and story–telling. Then there is the hands-on approach, which is referred to as an ‘adjustment or ‘assist’. Here are some reasons for the immense benefits of the hands-on approach:
• Help avoid unsafe alignment.
• Deepen release and relaxation.
• Cultivate a connection with each student.
• Encourage mindfulness.
• Provide insight into the energetics of a posture.
• Deepen the posture.
There are 5 types of assists or adjustments:
4. Adjusting /Deepening
5. Empowering/Stabilizing touch
The goal of any experienced teacher is to cultivate the greatest amount of empowerment with the least amount of force. From my personal experiences I have gained immense benefit and knowledge from being trained in hands on alignment and adjustment. Not only as a teacher but as a student it has helped me grow my personal practice in leaps and bounds and I am a huge advocate for this teaching style.
However there are many valid reasons you may not want to be adjusted or assisted. Injuries unknown to your teacher, illness, emotional or physical traumas your teacher may be unaware of. Sometimes we are simply having a day and we just want to be left alone. All choices are valid and for that reason we will have little tokens at the desk for your comfort that say YES or NO to hands on ajusting. You do not have to be a yes or a no. Your goals, needs and limits are of our upmost concern and we want EVERYONE to feel supported and safe in a hands on environment. Grab your token at the front desk before your class and place it top centre above your mat and simply return it to the jar after class!
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I PRACTICE HOT YOGA?
If you come 1-2 times a week, we promise you’ll feel good. At 3-4 times a week, a new awareness develops and the physical, mental and spiritual changes happen more rapidly. For life-changing results practice 5-6 times a week. That’s a lot of yoga though, and not always realistic for everyone’s schedule. Just come whenever you can.
IS THERE A MINIMUM AGE REQUIREMENT TO PARTICIPATE IN CLASSES?
Yes, the minimum age is 16 years old, and we will need a signed waiver from a parent or guardian if you are under 18.
I'M PREGNANT AND THINKING OF TRYING POWER VINYASA YOGA. IS IT SAFE FOR PREGNANT WOMEN?
As with any exercise program, the two general rules of thumb are to check with your physician and to listen to your own body and heed any warning signs that you are in a danger zone either for injury, overheating or overwork. Having said that, Power Vinyasa Yoga can be practiced by anyone, as long as modifications are done to accommodate for any individual's issues. If you had a strong practice before you became pregnant, it does help. It's usually not a good idea to start a yoga practice as a beginner when you're pregnant. There are some poses such as inversions and lying on the belly that are contraindicated for pregnancy. As we practice in a heated room, it is best to discuss with your physician your interest in starting or continuing your yoga practice when you are pregnant.
AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST!
If you’re one of the 7 thousand plus women in Lethbridge who own a pair of black flip flops or Ugg’s, please do my girlfriend a favor and write your own damn name on the sole of your foot like you’re owned by Andy from Toy Story and save us all the hassle of looking for that one darn flip flop!!!