How does Yogalicious compare to other yoga classes?
Yogalicious Fitness is a unique class which starts with a foundation of basic yoga poses (asanas) and sequences, then adds a variety of fitness exercises, many of which most people are familiar with– jumping jacks, squats, mountain climbers, leg lifts, arm circles, crunches etc. — which makes the class extremely accessible and easily adaptable to all fitness levels. Each segment of the class is designed to stretch, tone and strengthen multiple muscle groups, while connecting the breath to the movement and coming back to a centering or resting pranayama (breathing). In this way, YF classes are the perfect union of yoga practice and traditional fitness routines– a holistic, comprehensive approach to exercise– in only about an hour!
Do I have to have taken a yoga class before attending YF?
No, Yogalicious Fitness classes welcome the novice and beginner Yoginis right along side of those who have practiced for longer. One of the purposes of the class is to find your own pace, listening to the wisdom of your body, and to sort of do your own thing on the mat within the structure of the class. Most of the poses and exercises can be varied to make them easier or more challenging. All that having been said, you may want to learn a few of the more basic poses prior to coming to class– click on our Resources button and find the page which provides links for sites that demonstrate Form and/or Flow.
What can I expect in a YF class?
Classes begin with a few minutes of centering and breathing, & internally visualizing goals and setting intentions for the class, as well as dedicating the practice to someone or something else. This quiet work is done standing– to help us make the transition from the outside world to the mat, but also, since we do this transitioning in a standing Mountain or Tadasana pose, we have already begun to engage our bodies, minds and spirits for the work to come. We move into standing flows and sequences– stretching and toning and posturing our bodies– for about 30-35 minutes. Then we transition to the mat to do kneeling, sitting and supine work. The class ends with final stretches to prepare us for Savasana or Corpse (Resting) Pose. Generally, students will return to breath work (Pranayama) & be assisted through a guided relaxation/meditation which lasts about 5 minutes. During Savasanah, lavendar aromatherapy oil is placed on your third eye (the area between your brows) unless you request not to have this. Sometimes there is incense burning, sometimes the class has music– other times the class wont. Classes generally last from an hour to an hour and fifteen minutes.
What should I wear/bring to a YF class?
Please wear comfortable clothes you can move freely in. Often it is best to wear a form-fitting top so that when we do forward bends or other movements your shirt doesnt expose your belly button and other bits! Class must be done barefoot to ensure safety (Time for that pedi 🙂 ). You will need a yoga or exercise mat (although there are a few available on a first-come-first-serve basis) Its probably also a good idea to bring a small towel, water bottle and perhaps a healthy snack for when class is over.
Can I eat before class? If so, what should I eat?
This is an excellent question. Since yoga often helps with detoxification of the body, it is important that you do not come to class without having eaten yet that day. I strongly suggest that you have a small-ish healthy meal (something with lean protein, good fat (nuts, avocado) & good carbs (fruit, veggies)) about an hour and a half to two hours before class. This way, your blood sugar will be stable, you will have energy for class, you will mitigate any detox effects — yet you will be empty and light enough to move freely and without discomfort or fullness. An example would be a green apple with almond butter or a handful of nuts & raisins or dates or a bunch of baby carrots with some hummus. Or a cup of veggie soup with a small salad topped with a bit of protein and avocado and olive oil/lemon juice to dress it. Or two eggs with sauteed veggies and fresh berries.
Will YF help me lose weight?
The simple answer is YES! But ONLY if you are coming to class weekly and sneaking in some practice as many days as possible at home. Also, the class alone will definitely tone and streamline your body- but you will not lose significant amounts of fat without also changing your eating habits. This is why Yogalicious Fitness is more than just a class– its a lifestyle. Once you become more in touch with your body, your breath, the lightness you feel when you eat well and moderately for class– the higher the probability that you will want to make choices that care for your body at least as often as you make choices that are not as healthy. This is the mentality that leads to effortless weight loss- because the focus is on cultivating discipline and wellness through gentleness and self-love.
What is “SCS Conditioning”?
I noticed that myself and just about every other woman I know have three major “trouble zones” that need to be focused on if we hope to reshape and transform our bodies: S is for Shoulders–The Shoulders are often neglected in most female-centric workouts, but are essential to creating a beautiful hourglass figure– when the shoulders are toned and built up just a bit, the waist automatically looks smaller, and symmetry is created with fuller hips. Additionally, women tend to lack strength and definition in their shoulders, often leading to the flabby stuff that hangs over your bra– YF is designed to help change this!! C is for Core–the Core is often called “the powerhouse” because so many yoga and pilates movements require strong, stabilized cores. Core muscles make up the abdominal girdle that wraps around the whole midsection and includes the upper/lower abs, the obliques or side muscles (love handles) and back. YF is known for many exercises that target the love-handle/back fat issue, while toning and strengthening the whole midsection, to widdle away at that waistline. The last S is for Seat– which includes the glutes or buttocks, as well as the inner and outer thighs. Most students feel much soreness in this seat area the day or two after a YF class! Many poses have been modified to target these areas. No more endless squats that get into the fronts of the legs and bulk them up— @ Yogalicious, we are all about lifting up and rounding out that booty, killing those saddle-bags and tightening up those inner thighs! SCS conditioning is designed to help women create strong, bold, tight curves!!
How do I make sure that I am comfortable in the YF class?
Another good question. I have met so many people who are intimidated by yoga and/or fitness classes. They are afraid to look silly or not be able to keep up. One of the things I bring to the class which is unique is my perspective as a psychotherapist (my day job lol)– I care just as much about your emotional state as I do about your physical well-being. I know it can be hard to do something new, or to start over again after not exercising for a while, or to have to workout with people who might be in great shape when you dont feel your best. I truly want you to succeed, and you will not succeed if you dont show up. But guess what–you wont show up if you feel uncomfortable & arent enjoying the class!! YF classes were designed with this in mind. The tone of the class is light, fun and above all else, unconditionally supportive. Participants are encouraged to commiserate when it gets hard, to boost each other the way I try to boost everyone to keep going. With that, is also the fundamental principal of YF that every class you attend is about you and your experience. It is about self-awareness and being present in the moment with others. It is about exploring your limitations and tapping into strength you may have forgotten you have, not about having to come into the poses perfectly or do every rep. Progress IS perfection @ YF. And all you need to progress is to keep coming back and being exactly where you need to be that day on the mat. You will find that in every class you function a bit differently. Some days you have more or less balance or strength or energy. And it is all good!!
Please feel free to ask any additional questions you may have in the comments section below– I will do my best to periodically update this Q&A section to answer them!