Hot Power Yoga: Q & A Before Your First Hot Power Yoga Class
Here's A Few Tidbits about The Melting Spot
If you are looking for a house of zen to call your own, The Melting Spot welcomes you with open arms. We offer a mind-blowing yoga experience sure to leave you relaxed, detoxed, and sweaty! We are a hot yoga studio, with temperatures around 90-95 degrees. Classes are approximately one hour. Our new studio has an infrared sauna, complimentary water/hot tea, massage services, and a relaxing yogi den! So come early and enjoy a little you time!
The new studio features a natural, yet eclectic atmosphere. We offer a full class schedule, in addition to our signature Power Vinyasa Flow (Fire Flow) and PowerFit classes. Our hot yoga studio is separate from our lobby area. We want to keep the heat in and minimize outside distractions. We ask that conversation is limited inside the yoga room to maintain a peaceful, serene environment. NO CELL PHONES IN THE YOGA ROOM PLEASE. Below you will find a set of F, A, Qs that should help answer any additional questions.
Q: I am pregnant. Can I do hot yoga?
A: Yoga should be avoided in the first trimester, especially at elevated temperatures. Once in the second trimester and only if you have been previously practicing yoga or some type of exercise, hot yoga may be performed with the consent of your physician. Poses lying on the back should be avoided, and floor poses on your stomach only if it's comfortable. When taking savasana, you should lie on your side. Also, you might want to start balancing type poses with your feet hip width apart instead of together ... No deep twists, and no deep back bends. Your body will tell you what feels best! Take plenty of breaks if you need them, and make sure to stay hydrated and drinking plenty of water! We keep our room 85-95 degrees and have had lots of pregnant mommies take class! They always just stay by the door. We also offer a wide variety of not hot classes.
Q: What should I bring?
A: Something you can move and sweat in. ONLY water is permitted in the yoga room, other than your mat and TOWEL. We provide pro quality mats that you may rent at $3/use and small hand towel service for FREE, but you may want to bring a mat towel as well. You are welcome to bring your own mat. We do sell Manduka mats and hot yoga towels in the studio.
Q: What if I'm not flexible?
A: You do not have to be flexible to practice yoga. In yoga, you will stretch to the maximum of your ability, without harming the body. Over time, your flexibility will be enhanced.
Q: How will yoga help me?
A: Yoga can help strengthen your body, improve flexibility, lower your stress and anxiety levels and blood pressure, and change old patterns of negative behavior. Yoga can assist in a long list of physical ailments and help the body heal in a more natural approach. Yoga can complement any other form of exercise you are currently doing and take your endurance and performance levels to a higher level.
Q: I'm on medication for many things. Can I still do this yoga?
A: It is always good to talk to your doctor before beginning any physical activity. But remember, yoga has been around longer than prescription medications.
Q: I have old injuries, such as knee, back, hip, and neck. Can power yoga help me and are there any modifications to the yoga?
A: Let the teacher know about any injury you may have, so that the teacher can make any necessary adjustments for you. Any amount of yoga you do will be beneficial – the worst thing a body can do is nothing at all.
Q: Should I eat anything before class?
A: It is best not to eat at least 1 1/2 - 2 hours before class.
Q: How often do I have to come to class to receive the benefits?
A: The more you practice, the quicker you will see the results. It is as simple as that.
Q: How long are the classes?
A: Most classes are 60-75 minutes. Early morning 6 am classes are always 60 minutes, as we know most people must be on their way to work. The Restorative and PowerFit Recharge classes are 90-120 minutes. See schedule for hours/times.
Q: What should I wear?
A: Wear anything that you are comfortable working out in. Longer pants or longer shorts that cover the knees will keep you from slipping and sliding and protect your knees. Tight fitting or spandex tops are best for any inverted asanas that we may practice. However, if a loose fitting tee is more comfortable for you, then that is fine!
Q: What If I need a rest?
A: There are three postures to aid in restoring your vitality and energy during class, which the teacher will show at the start of each class. If at any time you are uncomfortable and need a break, you can simply take advantage of one of the less taxing postures. It is not advisable that you leave the room. A teacher can only assist you when they can SEE YOU.
Q: Can I watch a class before I try it?
A: Unfortunately, yogis, especially new practitioners, do not like to be watched. Frankly, it is a little creepy. The group dynamic is called "yoga", which means to "join" or "yoke". You will appreciate this rule when you practice. So sign up and join in – only participants are allowed in the room.
Q: What time should I be there for my first class?
A: Please arrive 15 minutes before class starts. This gives you time to get here, turn off your cell phone, get situated, and find a spot on the floor to start your class. ALL CLASSES START PROMPTLY and the doors are locked at the start of class (so no one steals any personal belongings outside the yoga room). :)
Q: Is yoga good for my back, head, spine, bad knees, wrists, ankles, hips, depression or anxiety, skin disorders, or other ailments?
A: Yes. Of course, you should seek the advice of a physician before starting a new physical regiment, but yoga can actually heal and strengthen the body to help it heal on its own. Yoga has been scientifically proven to assist in the healing process of many injuries. When you move and breathe, the body heals – emotionally and physically.
Q: If I have never done yoga before, can I still do yoga?
A: Sure you can. Get right into it every day and feel how yoga works every system of the body. If you are not sure you are ready for a class setting, consider taking a private one hour session or one of our yoga for beginners seminars.
Q: What are the private sessions like as opposed to a group setting?
A: Private classes are $75.00 an hour. The room is warm, but not hot. The teacher will instruct you about proper breathing, the name and benefits of each posture, and the modifications of the postures depending on your strength and flexibility. Private classes can assist current students in deepening their practice and taking their yoga to a whole new level. We also have a corrective exercise specialist on staff for private sessions. Corrective exercise can dramatically benefit those recovering from injuries, aches and pains, and/or surgeries.
Q: I am an athlete, how can yoga help me improve my performance as an athlete?
A: If any activity that you do involves balance, coordination, focus, breath, stamina, and endurance, then power yoga can help you. Yoga is a great part of a cross-training regimen to build strength and flexibility in a way your other activity may not. To find out and really understand how this works, stop reading about it, come in, and do some yoga – every day...
Q: Are there any etiquette rules for yoga?
A: Yes, come to class 10 minutes early, turn off cell phones, and dedicate your full attention and time that you have come to class. Also please do not come to class smelling strongly of perfumes, colognes, excessive body odor, or smoke. The yoga room is enclosed and heated, so we can all appreciate the elimination of strong smells.
Q: How is Power & Vinyasa Flow Yoga different than any other yoga style?
A: We are a warm/hot yoga studio. Every class is different. We have 56 postures for the teacher to choose from. It is fun. It is challenging- emotionally, mentally, and physically. If you think it's something you have done before - try us out to see for sure.
Q: How warm is it?
A: Since the body is moving so much, not alot of heat is needed. It's all from inside. The room is about 90-95 degrees in our hot classes. The room is warm, but not air conditioned in our NOT SO HOT classes. In our NOT HOT classes, the average room temp is 75 degrees.
Q: How is this different from other "Hot" yoga studios?
A: Every class you come into is different, one day it will focus on one thing, other days something else. You never know what you will get, but we do give you great yoga!
Q: What should I expect my first Hot yoga class?
A: Expect to sweat and rest a lot. We do not encourage leaving the room, rather, staying with the group whether in rest or doing the poses with the class. To leave the room takes away the energy and focus we as a class are building. Come hydrated and aware of the class time you will be taking. Be prepared to stay for the entire class time out of respect for the other students and teacher.
Q: Any new tips for a new student to "survive" my first few yoga classes?
A: Yes, When class starts: practice 5 minutes of poses, then take 5 minutes in child's pose, then 5 minutes doing the poses the class is doing, then rest in Child's pose for 5 minutes. This will help you get used to the heat and the room.
Q: How can I tell what classes to go to and which classes are which?
A: If you have never done yoga, that is ok! The teacher will usually ask all new students questions about their prior experience with yoga and give any needed information to the student. All yoga class are "all levels." Most are hot. Some are not hot yoga. Look to the schedule for the designated not hot classes.
Q: Do i have to sign up before i come in to class?
A: No. Come in 10-15 minutes before class to get a spot in the room. It is first come first served for yoga. Once we move into the new studio, we will have a limited number of spots per class. So if you know you are coming in advance, you can make a reservation using our online system to reserve your spot. Once the spots fill up, the class is closed.