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YOGA 101


WHAT IS SLPY YOGA?


At Salt Lake Power Yoga, we teach Power Vinyasa Yoga inspired by Baron Baptiste. This style of yoga consists of an intelligently sequenced series of asanas, or poses, in 11 phases in a heated room that gradually introduce you to greater physical awareness and control of your muscles, joints, skeletal structure and thoughts to increase your overall wellbeing and relationships.
While many studios trace 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 body fitness cultivation and a quest to find peace and comfort in an increasingly complex, layered world.   We have developed a physical asana (or fitness), mindfulness and self-discovery methodology that offers you the tools to shape your body holistically--without external mechanical equipment that may condition strength on machine dependency.  Our methodology also empowers you to take control of your own choice-based  comfort 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, and
  • Being a person who cares about her or his awareness of how past and inherited filters may determine her or his experience of the present moment

WHAT TO WEAR & BRING


Odd, as it sounds, we encourage you to wear clothes that you feel comfortable sweating in. Each class is heated to a reasonable 85-95 degrees 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. 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, 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 supplies at the studio. As to the sweat, you’ll soon be wearing it with others as a badge of honor and a sign of your comfort with your own body and your expanding group of friends who may embrace you despite or because of it.

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 will love to hear from you.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water before, during and after class.
  • Bring a mat and towel (you’ll need both!),; if you don’t have one, no problem, as rentals are available.
  • Please refrain from wearing fragrances
  • Keep it light and refrain from eating large meals at least 2 hours before class.
  • Be prepared to sweat as we practice in a heated room (85-95 degrees).

   


   

Still have questions? Read over our FAQ below:


I'm new to heated Power Vinyasa 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; even the most experienced student 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 Salt Lake Power Yoga 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! (See our definition of Yoga above.) You only need to be mentally flexible and open to new possibilities. Just show up and focus on breathing, moving, and honoring where you are today. Every body is different. Come to learn about and develop yours!

How often should I practice?


Initially, 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 catapult your growth. For optimal results in gaining energy, decreasing stress and building a strong, pain-free body, consistency is the key. A practice of 2-3 days per week, if consistent, will transform the way you may think and feel about yourself and others.

What do I wear?


Wear clothes that you feel comfortable sweating in. Each class is heated to a reasonable 85-95 degrees 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.

Where should I set up in the studio?


If you are new, try to set yourself up in the back of the studio so that you can follow the people in front and around you. If you need to take a break or get lost, just relax in child’s pose (one of the poses you may experience at the beginning of the class) 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, we’ll get you geared up for your first class free of charge. After that, we rent mats for $1, small towels for $1 and Yogitoes for $3. Want to buy your own mat? We also sell yoga supplies at the studio.

Can I eat before class?


It is best to practice on a mostly empty stomach. Avoid heavy meals 2 hours before class. Foods appropriate for pre-class snacking include fruit, yogurt, or light energy bars.


What should I drink to replace electrolytes?


Drinking water will not replace lost electrolytes.  Many people drink coconut water, Gatorade or other electrolyte replenishing fluids.

What are the benefits of a heated 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?


The amazing thing about heated Power Vinyasa Yoga is that it has the ability to transform your whole body, mind and spirit. If you need to lose weight and combine SLPY yoga with healthy, moderate eating habits, you will! If you want 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. This system of yoga can torch calories and touch and awaken almost every cell in your body.

Is heated Power Vinyasa Yoga safe for pregnant women?


As with any exercise program, the two general rules of thumb are to check with your physician and to 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 types of yoga practices. Some spiritualists say it is the sound made by the universe. If that seems a little overwhelming, simple 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 give it time and you may find yourself looking forward to those concluding meditative moments of harmonizing voices — not just because it honors the end of your yoga practice but because it can also leave you with a sense of connection with others in the class.