FAQ & Yoga Myths
Q: I’m not in shape. Can I do yoga?
A: Yes. Everyone can do yoga. We welcome all students with all backgrounds at That Yoga Place. Remember to listen to your body and take breaks when needed. Our Warm Gentle and Candlelight Yoga classes are a great place to start for first time or beginner yoga students or for students looking for a slower-paced class that offers a range of variations and challenges fit for all levels.
Q: How does Hot Yoga differ from Regular/Warm Yoga?
A: Hot classes differ from warm/room temperature classes in that the practice room is heated to 38°C and the humidity in the room is 40%, allowing a detoxifying effect on the body and a safe and deep stretch of the muscles. Warm classes are 30°C and regular classes are room temperature (26°C).
Q: Do I need to sign up for classes in advance?
A: No. All the classes you see on our schedule are drop in, so you do not need to pre-register in order to attend. We encourage you to come at least 15 minutes early to get signed into class and acquainted with the studio prior to class. If you have a pass, you are welcome to create a MindBody account online and sign into classes in advance to reserve your spot. Create an account.
Q: How old do I need to be to practice hot yoga?
A: The recommended minimum age for hot yoga classes is 14 years old. At this age, sweat glands have matured and the body is able to sweat to cool the body down during hot classes.
Q: I am under the age of 18. Do I need my legal guardian to sign my new student waiver?
A: Yes. All yoga students who are not yet the legal age of 18 must have a legal guardian sign a new student waiver prior to attending class. Students under the age of 18 without a legal guardian to sign for them will not be permitted to attend. Once the waiver is signed, it will be kept on file for all future visits. Download Waiver.
Q: What is Ujjayi (oo-jai) breathing and why is it important?
A: Ujjayi is a breath control technique (pranayama) that is sometimes referred to as ‘ocean breath’. It is a balancing, calming technique that increases oxygenation of the blood, tones and brings oxygen to all parts of the lungs, and regulates blood pressure. It is an especially helpful breath for hot yoga, as it enables the practitioner to keep the breath (and therefore the heart rate) under control throughout the class.
To practice Ujjayi, slightly constrict the back of the throat, creating the smallest space for air to pass through. Inhale deeply through the nose, filling the lungs. Then exhale through the nose, keeping the throat very narrow, making sure you hear the breath as it leaves the lungs, creating the ‘ocean’ sound. The narrowing of the throat will allow you to lengthen out your inhales and exhales, slowly the pace of your breathing and bringing attention to taking long, full breaths.
Q: Do I have to chant or meditate?
A: No. Some teachers may invite you to chant Om, or Shanti at the beginning or end of class. In addition there may be other chants or sitting meditation. We encourage all students to participate in classes at the level they feel comfortable. When this is occurring during class, we invite you to bring your attention to your breath, to stay present, and rejoin participation in the class when you wish.
Q: Is there a lost & found at the studio?
A: Yes. We hold items that are left at the studio for 30 days.
Myth: Yoga is a religion.
Reality: At That Yoga Place yoga is a technique that is offered, not a religion. There is a lot of debate on whether yoga is a religion. We encourage people to research this as there is not necessarily a consensus on this subject. All people of all religious backgrounds are welcome to practice yoga and enjoy the benefits yoga can offer to the mind, body and soul. At That Yoga Place we invite you to ask questions, keep an open mind, practice skepticism, know for yourself, experience, learn and grow, and enjoy the benefits of your yoga practice.
Myth: I have to be (fill in the blank) to do yoga.
Reality: There is no pre-requisites to practise yoga. You do not need to be stronger, skinnier, more flexible or more physically fit than you are right now. There are many different styles of classes to choose from depending on what you are coming to class for. Yoga has something for everyone and the good news is there is no downside to yoga: if you listen to your body and go at your own pace, you will soon see what yoga has to offer to you. Come as you are!
Myth: Yoga is for women.
Reality: Yoga is for everyone. Many of the traditional founders of yoga in India were men. Whether you are male or female, yoga offers a physical challenge, a mental challenge, and the opportunity to experience a wide range of health benefits. From physical therapists to medical doctors, in regards to disease prevention techniques, injury rehabilitation, stress reduction, and overall health, yoga comes highly recommended.