I’m new to Yoga, what can I expect?

Congratulations! You are about to embark on a journey that will change your life in ways as unique as you are. As with anything new, please be compassionate with yourself. Remember it isn’t possible to get everything right away, and even the most advanced yogi is still in the process of learning. Come with an open mind, expect to have fun, breathe, sweat and move. Don’t worry about doing it “right”- just show up! Know that all of us at Perennial value your growth and are here to support you!

But I’m not flexible, how can I do yoga?

You don’t need to be physically flexible to do yoga! You only need to be mentally flexible and open to new possibilities. Just show up and focus on letting go, breathing, moving, and honoring where you are today. A yoga pose will expose your weaknesses and strengths but trust the idea that you’ll learn so much from your weaknesses and become so much stronger by accepting them and working through them rather than running from them. You will be amazed that as soon as you let go and simply allow the process to unfold, the tension in your body and mind will too, and your range of motion and strength will increase.

How often should I practice?

Initially, there is great benefit to completing 10–15 classes in 30 days, that’s why we offer such a great introductory offer.  It takes 30 days to instill a new habit and we’ll help you and support you along the way. The first 30 days will give you a solid physical and intellectual base from which to catapult your growth. For optimal results in gaining energy, decreasing stress and building a strong, pain-free body, consistency is the key to success. A practice of 2-3 days per week, if consistent, will create transformation over time. For life-changing results practice 4-6 days per week.

What do I wear?

Wear clothes that you feel comfortable sweating in. Every class is heated so dress lightly, and in synthetics whenever possible. 100% cotton will soak up sweat and become heavy. A dry change of clothing for after class is a nice option.

What do I bring?

You will need a yoga mat, towel and a bottle of water. Don’t worry if you don’t have these things, we’ll supply them for your first few classes free of charge. After that, we rent mats and towels for $1 each. Want to buy your own? We sell yoga supplies at the studio.

How much water should I drink?

Always come to class well-hydrated. Most of us should consume at least 64 ounces of water per day-more if you are active. Dehydration can happen quickly and is no fun. 12-24 ounces in the hour before class is recommended, and we love seeing you sip during class when necessary. Another 12–16 ounces of water or electrolyte replacer after class is also recommended.

How hot will class be and what are the benefits?

All our yoga classes are taught in a heated studio.  You will find the temperature in the mid 80 degree range, except for Vigorous Flow when it will go higher, into the low 90’s. Why the heat you may ask? Try bending glass and it will shatter. Add heat and you can mold it into any desired shape. The human body responds to heat in much the same way. The heat is a natural way for your muscles to stretch and it also helps prevent injury. At Perennial we’re all about growth…everything grows better in the heat!

Will I lose weight? Build muscle?
The amazing thing about heated Yoga is that it will completely transform your whole body, mind and spirit. If you need to lose weight, you will! If you need to build muscle, you will! It all depends on what shift needs to take place in your body to bring it back to its most natural state.

What about the spiritual aspects of yoga?

The spiritual aspects of yoga will show up at Perennial. How much or how little this aspect of yoga becomes important to you is completely up to you. When you’re at Perennial use what serves you and leave the rest behind. But we’ll assure you that when your body, mind and breath connect you’ll experience a gentle but amazing transformation on and off your mat. The power of the inner peace you grow at Perennial will go with you into your world off your mat.

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