Practice More, Earn More
Heat Yoga has partnered with Perkville to offer an online reward system. It’s a fun and easy way to earn cash credits for attending classes, workshops, referring friends and following us on Facebook. You’ll automatically receive an opt-in email from Perkville after attending your first class. Sign up and start earning points right away (or click unsubscribe and you’ll never receive another notification).
HOW IT WORKS
Perkville integrates directly with MINDBODY so each time you attend a class or workshop, you’ll automatically earn points. You can track your points online at www.perkville.com. Once you earn enough points for FREE HEAT swag or classes, you’ll need to redeem your points on Perkville and bring in a printed voucher to use as payment at the studio.
Perkville is a trusted partner of MINDBODY, our scheduling system. Perkville will never share or use any Heat Yoga student information.
HOW DO I GET STARTED?
Create an account at www.perkville.com. Make sure to use the same email account that you signed up with at our studio. You’ll earn 25 points just for joining!
Here’s how you can rack up points:
Get 25 bonus points just for signing up!
Attend a class or workshop (1 point)
Book a class online (1 point)
Complete Facebook request (10 points)
Twitter follow (1 point)
Facebook check-in (1 point)
Tweet (1 point)
Refer a friend (25 points)
Friend becomes a member (10 points)
Birthday (20 points)
Redeem points for HEAT Rewards:
500 points FREE class
2000 points Manduka towel
2500 points FREE Manduka prolite mat
2500 points FREE 5 Class Pass
5000 points FREE Manduka limited edition mat
Yoga is a personal practice EVERYONE can do and benefit from. However, if you are new to yoga and don’t know what to expect coming into a studio for the first time it can be a little scary and uncomfortable. What should I wear? Why do we practice in the heat? Does doing yoga mean I need to chant and know the crazy yoga lingo, all the while with my foot behind my head and maintaining a vegan diet???
At Heat Yoga Studio we offer Yoga from a place of individual participation and expression and we meet you with what you feel comfortable with. There’s no right or wrong way to practice. Simply coming to your mat with an open mind and heart is all you need to reap the benefits of this 5,000 year old tradition. That said here are some tips to get you started on your first day. If that sounds familiar and you are intrigued Heat Yoga Studio is the place for you. We’re just happy you’re here and grateful to share the physical, mental, and emotionally charged practice of Yoga with you.
Deciding which class is right for you depends on a number of things. Are you a brand new to yoga or have you been practicing for years? Are you in the mood for an active practice or a gentle flow? How does your body and mind feel today? Do you have any injuries or health conditions? If you’re new to yoga or have never practiced in a hot studio selecting the right class is crucial to a positive first experience at Heat Yoga! Students who are familiar with yoga but have never practiced in heat might want to start in Heat A or B Classes, or any of the workshops offered throughout the year. For students with little or no yoga experience we recommend Yoga 101, Gentle Flow or Restorative/Therapeutic yoga. For advanced yogis who are looking to enhance their practice, we offer Intermediate or Power Vinyasa Flow classes. If you are a gym goer and looking for a calorie intense hour filled with total body movements with weights mixed with basic yoga stretches our Yoga Sculpt program is suited for you. Checking out all of the teachers and classes is a great way to see what program fits your needs.
For your first class arrive 20 minutes early as you will need to fill out a registration form. If you have a mat, bring it. If not, we have them for $1 for you to rent. Bring a bath, or a beach sized towel, a hand towel and a bottle of water. This is a barefoot practice, so please remove your shoes and put them in the cubbies in the studio. We have a men's and a women's locker room. Note: If you want to lock your things up in the lockers, please bring your own lock. After your first class, please make a habit of coming to class at least 10 minutes early. We strongly suggest in the busy months and class times that you take advantage of signing up online. If you are not going to make it to a class that you have signed up for, please cancel so that another yogi can have your spot.
When you’re ready, quietly enter the practice room and gently lay your mat on the floor. You may find other students sitting quietly in meditation, stretching or relaxing on their mats. Please make yourself comfortable and honor the quiet space as you wait for class to begin. It is very important to people to get a few moments of silence to mentally prepare themselves for class. Please respect the quiet.
In a class setting it’s natural to notice the other students and compare. You may even find yourself thinking some students are “better than you” at yoga. Do not be discouraged! We don’t expect you to do handstands on your first class and neither should you. Everyone starts somewhere and every place on the path is honorable. Notice if your mind starts to wander off to the laundry list of things to do, just bring it back to your breath and allow yourself to stay in the room. Be kind to yourself and your body; know that strength and flexibility come over time with practice. Yoga is not a competition, it’s an experience.
Yoga is not about being able to do the perfect pose or to touch your toes. In fact, perfect poses don’t exist and no two poses will look exactly alike! This is because each of us has a unique body type and structure. Yoga is a practice of meeting your body where it is on any given day and noticing how the body and mind respond. If every practice were the same life would be boring and predictable.
Your body and yoga practice are dynamic, so notice the postures may feel good one day and might feel uncomfortable the next. Listen to your body and if a posture doesn’t feel good don’t do it!!! You don’t need to practice every pose every time. If you’re tired, lightheaded or begin feeling sick, PAUSE, back off and take a breather in a resting posture like down dog, child’s pose or corpse pose. Honor your body and rejoin the class when you’re ready.
Yoga classes end with a final pose called “savasana” or corpse pose. You will be instructed to lay on your back, arms and legs outstretched. From there the teacher will guide you into relaxation. This restorative posture is very important as it enables you to absorb and integrate the benefits of the other postures and restore the body to its natural state. During this time the teacher may come around and massage shoulders or neck. The completion of class is as important as the beginning and middle. We strongly recommend that you stay in savasana 3-5 minutes and enjoy the life enhancing opportunity.
If there isn’t a class beginning right after yours concludes, your teacher might offer the option to remain in relaxation for an extended period of time. Feel free to remain longer if this option is given. When you are ready to depart quietly roll up your mat and exit the practice room. Leave silently in order to respect the quiet space. Drink plenty of water after class, especially if you practiced in a heated room. Coconut water is always a great option as it helps to replenish the electrolyte balance.
Wear comfortable clothes that “breath” and allow you to move freely. For women we recommend stretchy pants or shorts and a sports bra or tank top. For men we recommend shorts or trunks and a T shirt. And don’t worry about shoes and socks (but be sure to take them off upon entering the studio). Yoga is practiced barefoot.
No, our classes do not require pre-registration. Just come about 15 minutes before the class of your choice to allow time to sign in and get situated. If you decide to register online prior to class, your spot in class is held for you up to 10 minutes before class. If you are signed up for class and you do not arrive 10 minutes prior to class start, your spot can be given away to students who are waiting. If you are not going to be able to come to class and you have signed up, please cancel your self out of the class to let anyone waiting participate in the class. If you are on the waiting list and you are fortunate enough to get into class, you will receive an email telling you that you have been added.
We have a 2-hour cancellation policy for all pre-registered classes and you must log in to make a cancellation before the 2 hour cancellation window expires or be charged for the class as if you had attended. Voicemails will not be accepted. Unlimited memberships will be charged $5 for any absent classes that are not cancelled online at least 2 hours prior to class start. This policy is especially important when there are waiting lists.
Remember, if you do not arrive in the studio at least 10 minutes prior to class start and there are people waiting to get in, your spot will be given to someone waiting.
We don’t recommend eating too much prior to a hot class. With all its twists, bends and folds, it compresses and “detoxifies” our internal organs. Having a full stomach can make for an undesirable practice. If you’re hungry a light snack or small meal 90 minutes to 2 hours before class is okay.
If you have them, bring a yoga mat, a beach or a bath sized towel and a bottle of water. Mats and towels may be rented or purchased at the studio. Bottled water and coconut water are available for purchase as well.
Not a problem! If you want to leave class early quietly roll up our mat and exit the studio. However, we encourage you to try to finish the class if possible. There are a number of “resting postures” like corpse pose and child’s pose that you can do if you need a break. Resting postures help you recover so you can continue your practice.
In general no. Some classes may open or close with the chanting of “OM” but in most classes we simply start and end in a quiet meditative state. Chanting is not required.
Most new yoga students are not flexible, and while increased flexibility is one of the many benefits of practicing yoga it’s not the purpose. If you find yourself struggling with or unable to do a pose, back off and modify the posture (teachers will always give variations) or use a prop such as a block or strap. A gentle stretch is good but you should NEVER experience pain in yoga.
In addition to breath, optimal alignment is key in yoga. Our teachers walk around the room while teaching and offer verbal suggestions and/or physical adjustments to help students feel the pose in a deeper way and learn more about safe anatomical alignment. Hands on assists usually feel supportive to most but not everyone likes them. If you don’t want to be touched, just let your teacher know and they will respect your space.