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FAQs


What are some of the benefits of yoga?

Yoga can be as much as you want it to be. It can be a physical practice that enhances flexibility, balance, posture, and breathing… and so much more. And it can also be really transformative, on many levels: mentally, socially, spiritually, even nutritionally. Learn more on our 8 Limbs of Yoga page.

 

What is yoga?

Yoga defines itself as a science--that is, as a practical, methodical, and systematic discipline or set of techniques that have the lofty goal of helping human beings to become more self-aware. The goal of seeking to experience this deepest potential is not part of a religious process, but an experiential science of self-study.

 

The most important teaching of yoga has to do with our nature as human beings. It states that our "true nature" goes far beyond the limits of the human mind and personality--that instead, our human potential is infinite and transcends our individual minds and our sense of self.

 

Yoga. The root, "yuj" (meaning "unity" or "yoke"), indicates that the purpose of yoga is to unite ourselves with our highest self. This re-integration is accomplished through the practices of the various yoga disciplines.

 

We need good health, a calm mind, sincerity, and a burning desire to rise above our human imperfections.

 

Given the increasing pace and conflict present in modern life, with all its resulting stress, one could say that yoga has become an essential tool for survival, as well as for expanding the creativity and joy of our lives.

Have a beginners mind, accept where you are (we all start somewhere), have patience, let go of the outcome, trust in yourself and most importantly have fun and enjoy the journey!

 

What is hot yoga?

Hot Yoga is simply yoga done in a heated room. Our Hot 26 and Hot 26x are the traditional 26 postures extracted from Patanjali’s 84 postures, like the Bikram Yoga series.

 

What is the difference between MYNULIFSTUDIO’s Hot 26 series and the “Bikram Yoga” method?

The name “Bikram” has been trademarked and may not be used by any non-Bikram studio to describe any of its classes. We do not offer Bikram yoga classes. Our Hot Yoga is a series of 26 static postures which derives from Patanjali’s 84 postures (as was the “Bikram” yoga series). These 84 postures were first documented by Patanjali over 4,000 years ago and may not be copyrighted by anyone including Bikram. Unlike a typical Bikram Studio, our teachers at My NULIF Studio do not follow a dialogue. Instead, we focus more on proper alignment and guiding our students in a way that promotes safety.

Another difference is that we have bamboo flooring in lieu of carpet traditionally found in Bikram studios.

 

Which yoga practice is right for me?

All classes are appropriate for all levels. Hot Yoga is more static, Heated Vinyasa offers more movement, and Hot Pilates is a fast paced, high intensity workout. TRX classes are challenging and also offer a fun, fast paced workout. Contact us for additional help in choosing the right class for you.

 

How often should I practice?

Start with 2-3 times per week. Your body will tell you how often you need to practice. Most people begin to notice that they just feel better on the days they practice. Daily practice rejuvenates body, mind and spirit. Eventually you will likely make the time to practice five or more times a week, but any amount is better than none.

 

Which classes are best for beginners?

All classes offer modifications for beginners but we encourage all beginners to start with our Beginners Series which will provide a solid foundation to your budding new practice.

 

What if I am not flexible?

A common misconception of yoga is the need to be flexible in order to do the postures. To the contrary, it is those who are not flexible that benefit most from the physical practice. Flexibility is something you will gain through yoga practice.

 

Why is the studio heated and will this make the class more challenging?

The heat allows for a deeper stretch, faster, preparing muscles for easier movement. Heat helps increase circulation, improves the immune system, and detoxifies the body through sweating. Come properly hydrated to class and the heat will be much more tolerable. Ideally, drink plenty of water the day before practice, and at a minimum, drink at least 16-24 oz an hour or so before class.

 

How should I prepare for class?

Come properly hydrated to class and the heat will be much more tolerable. Ideally, drink plenty of water the day before practice, and at a minimum, drink at least 16-24 oz an hour or so before class. It is most comfortable to practice on an empty stomach so eat lightly prior to your next class.


Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your first visit to complete the new student form and get acquainted with the studio.

 

What should I wear?

Light weight, fitted clothes are best. Men are typically most comfortable in shorts with a lining and a tank top, t-shirt, or no shirt. Women typically wear yoga pants, capris, or shorts and an athletic top. Material that allows movement and wicks away sweat is most comfortable. Keep in mind that there are several forward bends that may be revealing.

 

What should I bring to class?

Bring a mat, a large towel, a hand towel, and water. If you forget any of these items, we have them available for rent or purchase.


You will need a mat, a large towel, a hand towel (optional), and water. We have all of these items available for rent or purchase. Consider any after class needs… change of clothes perhaps, or additional towel for post shower.

 

What is basic class etiquette?
  • Be on time and stay for the entire class. If you absolutely must leave early, inform your teacher ahead of time. If you are late, wait for the teacher to acknowledge you and find the best space for you.
  • Please leave your shoes outside of the yoga room.
  • Observe silence during practice.
  • Be mindful of your neighbors when setting up your mat. Be sure not to set up directly in front of someone else, obstructing visual access to the front mirror.
  • Tailor your practice to accommodate any injuries or physical limitations, but do not digress from the teacher's instruction. Ask for a modification for a particular posture if needed. The energy in the class changes radically when people start doing their own thing.
  • Wear fragrance free products.
  • Please use cell phones outside of the studio, and silence them when you enter the building. Cell phones are not permitted inside of the yoga room.

 

How will I know when class schedules change?

Any class or instructor changes will be updated on our website and noted on our Facebook page.

 

Why do you offer TRX classes?

From a physical perspective TRX Suspension Training is available for all levels, and a great complement to yoga and will improve your yoga practice. It builds strength – allowing for longer holds in various postures and, strength is also helpful in more advanced postures like arm balances. TRX also aids in developing flexibility and core stability (balance!).