I’m new to yoga, where on Earth do I start?
Congratulations! You are about to embark on a journey that will change your life. As with anything new, please be patient with yourself. It isn’t possible to get everything right away, everyone is in the process of learning.
Don’t know where to begin? Join our FREE, 60-minute Absolute Beginners Class every Saturday in Eastown from 12:00 – 1:00 pm. This class is as beginner friendly as it gets. View class times or pre-register for a class. Must be 16 years or older to participate in any Funky Buddha Yoga class. Waiver must be filled out by first time yogis before class or at front desk. If participant is 16-18 years old, guardian must fill out and sign waiver.
When do I show up?
We typically recommend students show up 20 minutes before class begins in order to find parking, unpack, and find a spot in the studio without feeling rushed. Due to special events or busy classes, spots can fill up quickly. We ask you arrive early because our policy is: if you aren’t here 5 minutes before class, your reserved spot will be given to a standby student when the class is full. Moral of the story, it pays to be early!
What do I wear?
Be comfortable. Each class is heated to 95 degrees so dress lightly and in synthetic material if possible. Try to avoid wearing 100% cotton since it will soak up sweat and become heavy.
How often should I practice?
When first starting to develop a consistent practice, there is great benefit to diving in head first. Momentum is your friend.
We recommend not letting more than 1-3 days pass between practices. Even experienced yogis feel the the siren call of the couch after taking three days in a row off from their practice. Set yourself up for success by coming as FREQUENTLY AS YOU CAN for the first two weeks. After that, you will have a much better idea of how yoga will fit into your life. Practice 2–3 times per week to change your body or practice 4–6 times per week to change your life. Seriously. Funky Buddha Yoga.
What do I bring?
You, of course! But no class is complete without a mat, a hand-sized towel and a water bottle. We offer mats and towels for rent, there are drinking fountains on-site, we also sell bottled water, electrolyte replacers and light snacks.
Can I eat before class?
It’s best to eat a light snack within one hour prior to class. Foods appropriate for pre-class snacking include fruit, yogurt, toast with peanut butter and light energy bars.
How much water should I drink?
Always come to class well-hydrated. Dehydration can happen quickly and is no picnic. 12-ounces of water in the hours before class is recommended and we love seeing you sip during class whenever necessary. Another 12–16 ounces of water or electrolyte replacer after class is also recommended for optimal recovery.
How hot will class be?
Our practice space is heated to 95 degrees with elevated humidity at all times, and temps rise in accordance with the number of students in the room. It’s always summer at The Funky Buddha!
What are the benefits of a heated class?
In a Funky Buddha class, you’ll experience deeper levels of stretching with less risk of injury. And did we mention that it’s physically and mentally purifying to sweat? We promise, you’re gonna like it hot.
What can I expect physically?
Funky Buddhas committed to a regular practice can expect an increase in flexibility, muscle tone, strength, stamina and overall health. Hot yoga efficiently stokes your own internal heat, resulting in an increased metabolism. Translation: Funky Buddhas are happy, healthy, fat-burning machines.
How does Funky Buddha Yoga differ from other forms of yoga?
Funky Buddha Yoga offers a different kind of yoga practice, one that is based on functional movement and science, rather than yogic tradition. We believe Funky Buddhas are their own best gurus and our classes are designed to help you become a better listener to the teacher that already exists inside you. We’re not a health club or a Himalayan cave, but we can promise you the healthy body you deserve and the tools necessary for kicking stress’s ass. Go YOU.
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