I have never done yoga before, where do I start?
Welcome to Sculpt DC! You are about to embark on a journey that will change your life. Curiosity and a desire to feel better brought us all to our mats. The amazing transformation that a regular yoga practice offers has kept us here. But it all starts with the first class. You have taken the first step, now all you have to do is show up! Come with an open mind, expect to have fun, and know that we at Sculpt DC value your personal growth more than anything else.
We offer several beginner classes, please check our schedule for timings. All of our classes marked “Open” are for all levels of experience and flexibility. We encourage you to go at your own pace as you become accustomed to the postures, breathing and heat. We will also be offering a Yoga Fundamentals series every 6-8 weeks that covers basic poses and will focus on alignment and injury prevention.
What do I wear?
Clothing that you are comfortable sweating in. Women typically wear yoga pants or shorts with a workout top. Men wear running shorts or light pants and a fitted shirt that won’t get in the way of practice.
Can I eat before class?
It’s best to practice on a mostly empty stomach. Avoid eating a heavy meal 2 hours prior to class. Foods appropriate for pre-class snacking include fruit, yogurt, or light energy bars.
How much water should I drink?
Always come to class well-hydrated. Follow the guidelines below to prepare for class:
- Consume 8–10 glasses of water (8 oz. per glass) daily for normal activity, not including exercise.
- At least 2 hours prior to exercise, drink 16 oz. of water or fluid without caffeine.
- During exercise, drink frequently, preventing thirst. Your goal is to replenish fluids at the same rate you are sweating.
Will I lose weight?
Many students with a regular yoga practice find excess pounds drop away without drastic changes in diet. A typical 60 minute session of our yoga classes will burn anywhere from 350-600 calories depending on a number of factors including your weight, gender and how strenuous your practice is. Sculpt Yoga can also be a natural catalyst for changing bad habits. When you feel better about your body, no matter what your weight, you will begin to make better food choices. Many students discover they have fewer cravings for sugar, salt and caffeine.
Is yoga compatible with other forms of exercise (i.e. indoor cycling, lifting weights, marathon running, etc.)?
Yes. Practicing yoga consistently improves your flexibility and strength, which will increase your ability for a higher endurance workout. The fundamentals of your practice will carry over into your exercise routine for proper breathing and a higher self awareness.
How often should I practice?
There are no set rules for how often to practice. The Sculpt DC yoga series are an excellent path to physical fitness for busy people because you can realize many benefits from practicing 2 or 3 times a week. If you are looking to make a real impact on your body in terms of your conditioning, strength, muscle tone, or weight, you should consider coming 4 or 5 times a week. As a new student you should try to give yourself as much opportunity to practice as possible. Unlike sports and other types of exercise, yoga is difficult to overdo. Feel free to call or email us to discuss how your yoga practice at Sculpt DC can help you achieve your fitness goals, or talk to your instructor about it before or after class.
What if I am not flexible?
We encourage you to worry less about touching your toes and more about developing a flexible mind. You don’t need to be physically flexible. Practicing yoga will help you to develop both. All you need is to come as you are, and let the process unfold. 99% of yoga is simply showing up to your mat. It’s that simple.
The awkwardness and fear in the early days of your practice will fade soon enough, and you’ll forget very quickly the things you weren’t able to do. It’s a funny thing about yoga; over time you tend to forget the physical struggles you experienced along the way. So do not despise the days of small beginning, for it is in those moments that you open new doors to discovery through which all things are possible.
- Baron Baptiste, Journey Into Power