YOGA FAQ

Below you will find answers to many of the questions we commonly get about Yoga and Bikram Yoga.
If your question is not answered here, please contact us and we will be happy to speak with you by phone or email.
Please call us at +971 4 431 1758, or email us at info@clubstretch.ae.

I’m a beginner... Can I practice Hot Yoga?

Every Classic Bikram – 90 min Class and Absolute Hot Yoga Class is open to beginners! You do not need to have any previous yoga experience to join. There are beginners in almost every single class, so don’t feel nervous or out of place. Our instructors will guide you through the series of postures and all we ask is that you try to the best of your ability whatever that may be. Every student around you has gone through their first class too and as you continue to progress you may be the one inspiring the newcomers!

Do I Have To Make A Reservation for Class, or Can I Just Drop In?

Drop-ins and new students are always welcome! Please make sure that you arrive early to fill out a bit of paperwork and take care of payment so that you can be set up and in the studio before the class starts. Once you have joined and have class credits with us you can easily reserve a spot in any class by visiting our website and clicking the class schedule tab. Many of our evening and weekend classes can get quite busy so reserving a spot in advance is always a good idea!

What Can Yoga Do for Me?

  • Flexibility: The heat will allow you to safely reach new levels of personal flexibility in beginner’s postures, which is therapeutic for your body.  However, respect your limits always remember we are striving healthy range of motion, not hypermobility.
  • Strength: Yoga postures will help you build functional strength, endurance, and joint stability/mobility.  The focus is always on creating balanced muscles that will support good posture and healthy movement.  Also, a prime focus is on spinal health and strength, which is key to a long healthy satisfying life!
  • Breath: The definition of Hatha Yoga asana is: stillness in a posture while breathing normally. With the added element of the heat, you won’t make it far if you don’t breathe calmly and easily! If there is no breathing, there is no yoga. It won’t take long before you learn to breathe in a full and controlled manner.
  • Cardio: Your heart can work the same way doing yoga postures in a heated room as it does when running a mile, and you never even leave your mat. Particularly in postures when you are balancing and contracting your muscles at the same time. A 90-minute class can burn a significant amount of calories. The series of postures combine stretching and opening tissues with alternating  compression that has a pump like affect on  your internal organs and glands which works to stimulate metabolism and improve organ function so that even after class all your systems are working more effectively to keep you healthy.
  • Detox: The sequencing of the postures and alternating between stretching and compressing helps to move fluid through the tissues and organs which helps to flush your muscles, organs, and glands.  The warm room promotes sweating which furthers increases the detoxifying effect.
  • Focus:  Our Classic Bikram Yoga classes consist of the same 26 postures and two breathing exercise. The routine helps you to advance your practice through repetition. As you become familiar with the postures you will be able to find more connection to breath and find the stillness and meditative aspects of your practice. The ability to focus carries over to your daily life. When you can focus on the task at hand, you’ll excel and you can enjoy it more.
  • Healing: The primary purpose of this yoga is vibrant, good health. With a regular practice, these postures can help to heal old injuries and also prevent them in the future. Hot Yoga is also known to reduce symptoms of  diabetes, asthma, high blood pressure, depression, arthritis and obesity.

I have an injury, does it matter?

If you have injuries or physical limitations please let the teacher know before the start of class. If your injury is recent or you are currently in pain it would be advisable to start with a private lesson or consultation with an instructor or our program director.

How should I prepare for class?

  • Drink plenty of water before class! Being properly hydrated before class will help regulate your body temperature
  • Avoid eating a heavy meal within 2 hours before your class.
  • Arrive to the studio at least 15 minutes before your first class so that we can sign you in and get you settled. Please note that all of our classes start on time. To support students in maintaining their focus and the integrity of their practice, latecomers are not permitted to enter the studio once class has begun.

What Do I Need for Class?

  • Yoga mat
  • Towel
  • Bottle of water
  • Bring a friend and have fun!

We have bottled water and coconut waters for sale to keep you hydrated. We will provide you with one large towel and one small face towel at no additional charge.  We have rental mats (5 AED) and high quality yoga mats available for purchase at the studio if you don’t have your own.  We have plenty of showers and lockers available in our spacious changing rooms, just ask the reception for a locker key and extra towels may be rented for 5 AED each.

What Should I Wear?

You will be most comfortable in lightweight, breathable and fitted sports attire such as: sport bras, shorts, spandex short/leggings. Avoid heavyweight and bulky fabrics, baggy t-shirts and long track pants or sweats. Remember you will be in heated room and it is important for your skin to be able to sweat freely and breath. All of our classes are open to men and women and to show respect for local culture we ask our male students keep their shirts on! Men, sleeveless shirts or tank top will work best in the hot room. Shoes or slippers are not allowed in the yoga room, please leave them in the racks provided.

What is the Yoga Studio’s Etiquette?

For Everyone’s Comfort in the Yoga Room, Please:

  • Leave your mobile phones in your locker on silent. We do not allow mobile phones or other electronic devices in the yoga room.  Your time in the yoga room should be free of outside interference and distraction.
  • Avoid heavy perfumes or cologne.   If you have strong body odor after a long day please use the showers before class.  Smells intensify in the hot room can create discomfort for others.
  • Please make sure that your feet are clean and fresh.  A quick rinse before class is always refreshing.  Showers are available for use before and after class and good hygiene is always appreciated!
  • Inform your instructor of any recent injuries or limitations that you may have before the class starts

What Should I Do During Class?

  • Listen carefully to your instructor
  • Remain focused throughout the session
  • Breath calmly
  • Pay close attention to what your body is telling you and take rest when directed by the instructor or when you feel to need.
  • Try to stay in the room.  If you need to sit out a posture please remain quiet and still.  If you absolutely must leave the room please try to exit between postures so as not to disturb the class.

What Should I Do After Class?

  • All classes
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Come back the next day, even if you’re sore

How Often Should I Attend Class?

As often as you can! Consistency is the key to experiencing the full benefits of your practice. However, start small, come to class 2-4 times a week.

Can Hot Yoga Help Me Lose Weight?

YES! Our classes offer the combination of strength and cardiovascular exercise, and helps to raise the core body temperature to a level that helps regulate metabolism and appetite. Additionally, studies have shown that yoga’s stress-busting benefits help you stay committed to good nutrition and fitness habits.

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