JBY IS NEW YOGIS!
We’re excited that you’re here! All of us at Juice Box Yoga want to welcome you to what we hope will be one of the most life-changing, empowering, and healing experiences of your life. If you’re a new student, this page is the place where you’ll learn how to make the most of your first experiences with us at Juice Box Yoga. You’ll also find answers to some of our most frequently asked questions. When you’re ready for your first class, it will be important that you check out our studio etiquette and preregister for your first class. If you find yourself asking, "What exactly is Bikram yoga, anyway?" then click here for an explanation. Still curious about something? Feel free to contact our studios for more information.
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Be prepared to stretch and strengthen your mind and body alike. Bikram yoga is intended to be mentally and physically challenging in order to develop a stronger mind-body connection.
Be ready to sweat! Some people fear Bikram yoga because of the heat, and this is normal! But the truth is that most grow to love and appreciate it. It’s the heat that acts as a catalyst for the benefits you’ll receive, allowing your body to open up for safe stretching and facilitating a healthy detox. Few people experience extreme negative reactions to the heat. If it still seems like a little much at first, keep in mind that the average student will begin to focus less and less on the heat after their first few classes.
Bikram yoga is not a free-form gym workout. All classes are 90 minutes and are required to be taken in their entirety. It is important that you allow for this time in your day. Check out our studio etiquette page for more information.
Get yourself together: Due to the nature of Bikram yoga, mats and towels are required for class and are available for rent and sale at the studios. Extra thick mats can be challenging to balance on and are therefore not recommended. While some experienced (and well hydrated!) students may eventually learn to practice without water, it is suggested you bring water to class as you become familiar with the yoga.
Wear light, breathable clothing to class. We'll be doing yoga, so you’ll be bending and flexing your body quite a bit. Heavy clothes that limit your range of motion and absorb a lot of sweat can quickly become uncomfortable. Men typically wear shorts, and women wear shorts and a sports top. Classes are done barefoot, so leave the socks in the changing room!
Come to class well hydrated and on an empty stomach. The less you have to drink in the yoga room, the more your body will be able to focus on the yoga, so be sure to drink plenty before class. Like any exercise, yoga too becomes more challenging when our bodies need to be focused on digestion. We suggest you give yourself two to three hours to digest your last meal before class. Avoid heavy, spicy, or greasy meals before your first class, as you may find them coming back to give you trouble in the yoga room. With time, you’ll learn what eating and drinking habits are most beneficial for you. Also remember it is important that you provide your body with plenty of healthy fuel to sustain it, so be wise about fasting while you practice.
WONDER IF YOGA IS RIGHT FOR YOU?
Prior yoga experience or knowledge is not necessary. And no matter how you feel, you’re never too old, too big or too small, too sick or too inflexible to do yoga. Everyone will bring a unique ‘limitation’ with them to class, yet while Bikram yoga may be challenging, the classes are purposefully designed to gradually immerse the new student into the practice over time.
Yoga is a practice. As long as you are attending class regularly, keeping the form of the postures, and working as hard as you can, your depth will improve with time. We strongly discourage students from using class as a time to show off, judge others, or compete. It is important that you attend each class with an open mind and are ready to work with the suggestions from our instructors. Remember, everyone has good and bad days. Be willing to work with where you are today.
Take as many classes as you can, as often as you can. Practicing yoga on sequential days is perfectly safe and will actually enhance your practice. Yoga is itself designed to heal your body from the inside out. Of course you may not feel like coming back the day after your first class ... But the best way to progress and see the changes you’re looking for is to come as often as possible. So keep at it!
GETTING TO CLASS
You’ll need to register online. Whether you do it from home or at the studio, you’ll be required to create your account with JBY so we can check you into classes. We suggest taking the time to register from the comfort of your home (here) so your only focus once you get to the studio is the yoga itself. Once you arrive at the studio, ask our staff about our new student intro specials!
Plan to arrive early. Nobody likes to be rushed. Our friendly instructors and staff will need to meet you before class to learn about any injuries or concerns you may have, as well as to give you some last-minute tips and suggestions.
Make time for YOU. At JBY, we encourage you to make your yoga time YOU time. It is an opportunity to leave your cares outside the yoga room — or sweat them out and forget them when you leave. We want you to simply focus on the moment when you're in the room, changing your life one drop of sweat at a time, so you can leave refreshed and better prepared make ripples of peace in your families and communities.
REHYDRATE AFTER CLASS
Rehydrate! One of the most important things your body will need after class is hydration. Hopefully you came to class well hydrated, but even after 90 minutes of sweating and detoxing, your body will need more water.
Get electrolytes. Water is most important, but during the cleansing and detoxing process, you will have lost much of your electrolyte reserve. Avoid soda, coffee, or other sugary and dehydrating drinks, and stick to things like coconut water. If you feel extra depleted, don't hesitate to add a little sea salt to your food or drinks today. Your body will appreciate it!
Listen to your body. It's normal to feel just about anything after class. Some days you'll be energized and others you'll just want to go to sleep; some days your appetite will seem to all but disappear and others you'll crave the strangest of things. The important thing to remember is that yoga puts your body in a place to get exactly what it needs. So listen to it! If you need a nap, find a quiet dark place to rest your eyes. If you're craving that one thing you promised yourself you'd never again eat ... It may just be time to indulge yourself, just once more, before you get back to class tomorrow!
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