What to Expect at the Funky Buddha

I'm new to the Funky Buddha, where on Earth do I start?

Congratulations! You are about to embark on a journey that will change your life.

All of the classes at the Funky Buddha are designed to be adaptable to any level of fitness and ability, as long as you are patient with yourself and give yourself permission to be new. It isn’t possible to get everything right away – do what you can do, and remember that everyone is in the process of learning.

If you are NEW NEW to yoga (as in never done yoga before at all or are nervous about the prospect of attempting hot yoga), we recommend attending our Absolute Beginner Class (ABC). The purpose of the ABC class is to give you a feel for what Funky Buddha Yoga is like, but in a slightly more relaxed setting, with lots of time for questions and breakdowns.

If you are NEW to the Funky Buddha, but not new to yoga, then feel free to drop into a regular class. We recommend making sure that you come a little bit early so that you have time to get acclimated to the studio and to chat with one of our super friendly Front Desk Staff.

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 to arrive early because your 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 to do hot yoga?

Be comfortable. Each class is heated to 95º  and kept at 30% humidity, so you are going to SWEAT. Dress lightly in close-fitting, synthetic sweat-wicking material. Avoid wearing 100% cotton, as it will soak up sweat and become heavy.

Funky Buddha Yoga is a physical practice with many varying poses (example: bending over, lifting a leg into the air, etc.). We recommend doing a “modesty check” of your attire. Loose shorts may look fine when you are standing in front of the mirror, but quickly become risque when lying on your back with your feet in the air. Similarly, yoga leggings that seem fine when you are walking around, can become embarrassingly sheer in a downdog.

How often should I practice hot yoga?

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 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 four to six 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 per week to change your life. Seriously. Funky Buddha Yoga.

What do I bring to do hot yoga?

You, of course! But no class is complete with a:

  • mat
  • hand-sized towel
  • water bottle

We offer mats and towels for rent, there are drinking fountains on-site, we also sell bottled water 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.

Remember that yoga involves quite a bit of forward folding, so eat enough to feel energized, but not so much as to be uncomfortable.

How much 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 loving 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 95º degrees with elevate 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? It often takes students several visits to “get used” to the heat, but once you do, 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 have committed ourselves to the guiding principle of ‘growth through practice,’ and to the development of yoga for real bodies and real life. 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!

We know that when you are first getting into a thing, that’s when you want to do all the Googling about that thing. So if you want to learn more about yoga ‘in general,’ click here.

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Eastown: (616) 459-9642
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