Frequently Asked Questions
Welcome to Prana Yoga! Yoga, like any form of exercise takes practice. You can't expect to know everything immediately, so be patient with yourself. Listening to your body and resting when you feel fatigued are vital. You will be amazed at how quickly you build strength, flexibility and endurance. Vinyasa is a physical form of yoga and a set of postures that flow from one to another. Because of this, you can expect weight loss, toned muscles and improved cardiovascular stamina.
Can beginners attend classes?Beginners are always welcome to attend any All Levels classes. The most important thing to remember is to listen to your body, go at your own pace and take modifications instructed by teachers. Beginner classes are offered a few times a week. They are the same yoga flow, with emphasis on foundation and alignment. We suggest these classes for those who are new to yoga and exercise in general and to those who have done yoga as a way to remind one of the important basics.
How often should I practice yoga?We recommend practicing 3 days a week to maintain consistency throughout the practice. Practicing only one day a week will not lead to a quick grasp of the basics or set a strong foundation. Remember that practice makes perfect and you will not see results if you do not put in the time and effort.
What should I wear/bring with me to practice yoga?Wear whatever fitness clothing you are most comfortable sweating in. Because the room is heated, a tank top or short sleeved shirt and pants or shorts are recommended. No footwear is needed. Bring a mat, water and a towel. Mats are available to rent and water is available for purchase.
Why is the room heated?Heating the room in winter time is beneficial for the following reasons:
- Rochester's winters can be brutal. Heating the room is a way for the body to be safe and injury free.
- At Prana, we heat the room to remove the chill allowing students to still breathe freely. The breath is the most important part of the practice.
- Increased heart rate (cardiovascular workout) and calorie burn (estimated 500-1000 calories per class)
- Increased flexibility, with less risk of injury
- Sweating promotes detoxification and elimination through the skin, which is the body's largest elimination organ