1. Should I eat before class?
- You shouldn't eat during 2-3 hour period prior to class.
- Some practitioners sip electrolyte water or water fortified with electrolytes and nutrients. There is a lot of information with many options, so it's a good idea to get nutritional advice specifically for your habits and body type.
2. How should I take care of my skin?
- Remove make-up & wash face before and after class.
- Some practitioners shower before class.
- Apply aloe-vera before and after class.
- Moisturize after class based on your skin's needs.
- Consult with a dermatologist to address your questions/observations
about your skin and sweating as you progress with your practice.
3. How should I take care of my hair?
- Some practitioners apply fragrance free oil or leave-in conditioner.
- Loosely pull your hair back using a style which won't disrupt movement during pranayama breathing and poses such as half moon, fixed firm, rabbit and savasana.
4. Why am I experiencing headache after class?
- You are potentially dehydrated. Add electrolytes to your water.
- Hydrate the day & evening prior to class and follow water intake guidelines for your body type.
- Consult with your doctor.
5. Can I practice if I am pregnant?
- First obtain clearance from your doctor.
- Schedule a private session to learn the pregnancy series and modifications for your comfort.
- Practice in lower heat and honor your body.
6. Can I practice if I am injured?
- First, get approval from your doctor.
- Share your injury information with the instructor fso that modifications and restrictions can be discussed.
- You are welcome to email or call us before class. Scheduling a consultation is recommended and worthwhile.
7. Why do I feel dizzy? What should I do?
- When beginning practice, your body is adjusting to heat & humidity conditions. There is some self-discovery to accomplish, so listen to your body and do not over-exert yourself.
- You may not be optimally hydrated with proper electrolyte balance.
- Breathe, breathe, breathe. It is so important to be aware of your breathing. We have a tendency to hold breath. Notice if you are breathing heavily. If you struggle to maintain comfortable inhale & exhale through your nose, then back-off effort and regain control of your breathing.
- Don't force your practice, relax as needed.
- First sit down or kneel down - this will signal the teacher.
- Keep your head above your heart, don't bend forward.
- Try to stay in the room (your body is shocked by the temperature drop when leaving the room and the feeling can intensify); move to a cooler section within the room.
8. What should I wear?
- The more you wear, the less you will observe and learn about your body movement. View of your arms, legs, rib cage, abdominal region is recommended so that you can observe your breathing, alignment, engagement of muscles.
- Athletic tops and shorts are common for women. Tankini tops and capri leggings are also options based on your personal comfort and preference.
- Form-fitting and flexible athletic shorts are common for men ("basketball" or "running"). Swim trunks also worn, but caution that baggy shorts can restrict movement and disrupt practice.
9. I'm experiencing cramping - what should I do?
- This is common, in particular with legs, feet, hands, and perhaps sides. Potassium supplement such as coconut water will help subside.
- Relax and breathe. Notify the instructor of concerns.
10. Should I wear deodorant?
- There are 2 very important words: SCENT FREE
- Avoid scents & perfumes. They can disrupt practice and potentially nauseate you and other practitioners.
- Some practitioners prefer to shower before class.