NEW STUDENTS YOGA 101



WHAT IS SLPY YOGA?

At Salt Lake Power Yoga, we teach power vinyasa yoga inspired by Baron Baptiste. Our flow is an intelligently sequenced series of asanas (poses) taught in 11 phases in a HOT room. This practice helps you build greater physical awareness of your muscles, joints, and skeletal structure, as well as increase mental and emotional well-being for a whole-body, whole-brain experience.

While many studios trace their contemporary postural forms of yoga back to ancient Indian traditions and the metaphysics of Patanjali and the Bhagavad Gita, SLPY understands modern yoga as a combination of western fitness and a search for peace and comfort in a fast-paced, complex world. We have developed a methodology that combines physical asana, mindfulness, and self-discovery to shape your body holistically and without dependence on external equipment. Our methodology also empowers you to take control of your own choices in a time of rapid change, social instability, and environmental and other threats.  For us, yoga involves:

  • Learning to care for your body.

  • Socializing with peers who care about you.

  • Becoming aware of how past and inherited filters may determine your experience of the present moment.


WHAT TO WEAR & BRING

Our classes are heated to a reasonable 85-95 degrees, so dress lightly in synthetics you’re comfortable sweating in—100% cotton will soak up sweat and become heavy. You’ll soon be wearing your sweat as a badge of honor and a sign of your comfort with your own body. Your SLPY community will embrace you despite or because of it!

You will also need a yoga mat, towel, and a bottle of water. If you do not have these, no worries! If you mention that you read this page, we’ll get you geared up for your first class free of charge. After that, we rent mats and towels. Want to buy your own? We also sell yoga gear at the studio.



YOGA ETIQUETTE

  • Please arrive 10-15 minutes early to give yourself time to check in, change, relax, and set up your practice space.

  • Inform your teacher about any injuries, health concerns, or pregnancy before class. They don’t bite and would love to hear from you.

  • Stay hydrated—drink plenty of water before, during, and after class.

  • Bring a mat and towel—you’ll need both! Rentals are available.

  • Please avoid wearing fragrances. Deodorant is more than welcome!

  • Refrain from eating large meals at least 2 hours before class.

  • Be prepared to sweat! We practice in a heated room (85-95 degrees).


Power Yoga FAQ



I'm new to HOT Power Vinyasa Yoga—what can I expect?

Congratulations! You are about to embark on a journey that will change your life. As with anything new, please be compassionate with yourself. Let go of the expectation that you’ll “get” everything on day one—even the most experienced students are always learning. There is no “right” way to practice yoga, so come with an open mind, expect to have fun, and focus on breathing, sweating, and moving. You did the hard work of just showing up, and all of us at SLPY are here to support your growth!

I’m not flexible. How can I do yoga?

You don’t need to be flexible to do yoga! You only need to be open to new possibilities. Focus on breath and movement, and honor where you are today. Every individual body is different, so come learn about and develop yours.

How often should I practice?

If you’re new to practicing yoga (and/or to HOT Power Vinyasa Yoga), there is great benefit to completing 10-15 classes in 30 days. This will give you a solid physical and intellectual base from which to grow. Consistency is key when it comes to increasing energy, decreasing stress, and building a strong, pain-free body. Practicing 2-3 days per week—every week—will transform the way you think and feel about yourself and others.

What do I wear?

Our studio is HOT. Expect classes to be held at a reasonable 85-95 degrees, and wear clothes that you feel comfortable sweating in. Dress lightly in synthetic materials, as 100% cotton will soak up sweat and become heavy. We always like to have a dry change of clothes for after class.

Where should I set up my mat?

If you are new, set your mat up in the back of the studio so you can follow the people in front of and around you. Seeing what’s possible in other bodies in the room is a great way to find inspiration to grow your own practice! If you get lost or need to take a break, just drop into child’s pose until you feel ready to proceed.

What do I bring?

You will need a yoga mat, towel, and a bottle of water. If you do not have these, no worries! If you mention that you read this page, we’ll get you geared up for your first class free of charge. After that, we rent mats and towels.

Can I eat before class?

It is best to practice on a mostly empty stomach. Avoid heavy meals two hours before class, and stick to light snacks like fruit, yogurt, and/or energy bars.

What should I drink to replace electrolytes?

Good options for rehydrating include coconut water, Gatorade, or other fluids containing added electrolytes in addition to plain water.

What are the benefits of a HOT class?

Try bending glass and it will shatter. Add different amounts of heat and you can mold it into any desired shape. The human body responds to moderate heat in much the same way. The heat is a natural way to help  your muscles relax and it also may help prevent injury. Not sure about the whole sweat thing? The act of sweating is incredibly detoxifying! You’ll grow to love it!

Will I lose weight? Build muscle?

HOT Power Vinyasa Yoga has the capacity to transform your whole body, mind, and spirit. If you combine a regular SLPY practice with healthy eating habits and other self-care practices, you may lose weight and/or build muscle—it just depends on what shift needs to take place in your body to bring it back to its most natural state.

Is heated Power Vinyasa Yoga safe for pregnant women?

As with any exercise program, good rules of thumb are to 1) check with your physician and 2) listen to your own body for signs of injury or overwork.


Why the “OM”?

OM is a mantra, or vibration, that is traditionally chanted at the beginning and end of some yoga practices. Some say it is the sound made by the universe. If that seems a little overwhelming, try chanting “a-um” and let the power of sound and vibration start to warm your body from the inside out. It may feel strange at first, but over time you may find yourself looking forward to those meditative moments of harmonizing voices—not just because it honors the end of your yoga practice but also because it can leave you with a sense of connection with other students in the class.