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You are about to embark on a journey of self-discovery and transformation. Whether this is your very first yoga class or your first visit to Buddhi Mat, please read the following information to help prepare you for the process your are about to begin.

Why Power Yoga?
Buddhi Power Yoga is yoga in its purest sense. A no distractions, get down in the trenches, challenging, sweaty, no ego allowed, moving meditation, where your breath is the music yoga practice. A true workout for your body, mind and spirit.

From a physical standpoint, Power yoga is probably the most physical type of exercise you can do. However, our Power yoga classes are designed for all levels, which makes them accessible to most.

If this is your first class, as long as you remind yourself that no two bodies are alike and you are not meant to look the same way in the pose as the person next to you, you will be fine. And if it is your 101st class, you will be challenged to play your edge mindfully. It will make your body stronger, leaner, suppler and more balanced. If you keep coming back to your mat, you will see all those changes and so much more.

However, yoga was originally created to help quiet the mind so the wisdom and truth that resides inside could be found. And this process, as well, is meant to be experienced from the inside out.  It is not about adding more distractions, like music and lots of props, that encourage you to tune out more and be in a place where you are not. It’s about taking time to tune in and find contentment right where you are. Because when it comes down to it, it doesn’t matter whether your hand reaches the floor with a straight leg, a bent leg or not at all. It doesn’t matter how open your hips are or how open they are not. It is about slowing things down and being less reactive by just observing, feeling, listening, breathing and simply being.

Tips to get the most out of your practice:

If you are new, please inform the instructor and also let them know about any injuries or illnesses.
Classes consist of hands-on adjustments. If you prefer not to be adjusted, please inform the instructor.
Refrain from eating large or heavy meals 2-3 hours before class.
Wear appropriate attire. The rooms are warm to hot, depending on the class. Dressing lightly will help your body’s cooling system work more efficiently. Also remember you will be bending and twisting, wearing something a little more form fitting will be less likely to get in your way.
Consistency is the key to seeing progress in your practice. 2-3 times a week will show progress over time; 5-6 times a week will bring around life changing results.
While this is a vigorous style of yoga, the emphasis is on moving your body with awareness and intention. We do not recommend pushing, forcing or muscling your way through. We encourage you to find your own edge with mindfulness and breath.

 

NEW TO BUDDHI MAT?

NEW STUDENTS
Read Etiquette before your first class!

Below is a collection of tips and frequently asked questions that will help you maximize your Buddhi Mat experience.

Frequently Asked Questions:
Do I have to be Flexible?
No! Yoga is designed to allow you to work from your own point of flexibility. What we do encourage is showing up with a flexible mind and a willingness to sweat! You will be amazed at what you can do physically when you let go of preconceived ideas of what you think you should be able to do. Being able to put your foot behind your head won’t make you healthier and certainly won’t solve all your problems. But breathing, sweating, bending and honoring your limits will guide you in the right direction.

Why the heat?
The heat warms the body, which will allows you to stretch more safely and go a little deeper. The sweat creates a wonderful cleansing, “ringing out” effect. Leaving you with a sense of total release and letting go. With that in mind, be aware you should give yourself time to adjust to the heat. Rest often, pace yourself, and drink lots of water – before, during and after. Pay attention to any warning signs that might lead to over heating: a heart rate that speeds up and will not slow down, dizziness, nausea, etc. You should rest immediately and let the teacher know. If you have any illnesses or are on any medications that you think might have an adverse reaction to the heat, please speak with your physician. As with doing anything new, there is an adjustment period. If you pay attention to your body and your own limits, this should be a transformational experience for you.

Can beginners do Power Yoga?
Our Power yoga classes are open to all levels and specifically designed to allow you to jump right in and determine your own pace.  We encourage you to drink lots of water and rest when needed. Joining back in when you feel ready. For best results, try to get in 10 classes in a three week period. This will help you to build a solid foundation for the physical practice and an intellectual understanding of the process.

Along with our Power class, we do offer an all level Power Basics class. This class focuses on the fundamentals of our Power classes, which will help you to build a sound foundation for your practice.

Do I have to do “traditional” exercise, as well as Power Yoga? Is it considered a “cardio” activity?
Power yoga is all you need! When most of us think of fitness, we separate it into three different categories: strength, flexibility and cardiovascular. Most traditional exercise activities only include two of those at a time, at most. Power yoga includes all three and so much more! This practice builds strength, muscle tone, flexibility, cardiovascular fitness, balance and can promote weight loss. Plus, with its emphasis on breath and presence you learn to become more focused, moving towards greater peace of mind. It is a complete body and mind workout.

I am an athlete, will Power Yoga help my sport?
Yes! The fact is, when we participate in sports they don’t really get us “into shape”. They actually can cause imbalances in our body since the focus is usually on specific areas of strength or flexibility that benefit that particular sport. This can lead to injury. The Power yoga practice will help to reveal these imbalances and help you to strengthen the areas that are weak and open the areas that are tight. This will help you to avoid injury and allow you to be more efficient in your sport.

Can I do Power Yoga if I have an injury?
Yoga is known for it’s healing benefits. However, always tell your instructor of any injuries and check with a doctor first if you do not know the cause or problem. With that said, yoga can help with most sports type related injuries if you listen to your body and incorporate recommended modifications. A lot of injuries happen because of imbalances in the body. A lot of people make the mistake of continuing to rest, even after the initial inflammation subsides.
If you just allow the injury to heal by resting, you are not really fixing the problem. Think of the example of a car that is out of alignment. If it is causing a tire to wear down and you just change the tire, but don’t fix the alignment, you will have the same problem. You need to fix the alignment! And that is what your Power yoga practice will help you to do. Keep in mind, that during times of injury you should be especially vigilant of being mindful on how you move during your practice.

Can I do Power Yoga if I am pregnant?
As with any exercise program, you should check with your physician and listen to your own body. Generally speaking, however, if you had a strong practice beforehand you can usually continue with some modifications. Now would not be the time to start a new, strenuous program that you were not doing before your pregnancy.  Be sure to inform you instructor, so he or she can guide you with the appropriate modifications. Also, remember this practice is done in a heated room. You should discuss this with your physician before continuing.

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