Yoga Instructor

Yoga Instructor

JYogi

7 Years Experience

Delray Beach, FL

Female, 33

I'm a certified yoga instructor specializing in Bikram Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Restorative Yoga, and Children's Yoga. My style of teaching emphasizes a safe, supportive environment in which students can explore, be challenged, and find their own inner teacher. I want students to emerge from the classes feeling relaxed, open and alive. Ask me anything about yoga. Anything!

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Last Answer on May 04, 2017

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What's the best way to avoid a heat stroke or something similar during bikram? Seems as though keeping hydrated is an obvious answer, but I wonder how much water is too little or too much. Also, I normally do yoga on an empty stomach. As for bikram, what do you recommend when it comes to eating? Before or after?

Asked by rh24 over 5 years ago

I personally know people that don't eat 3 hours before class, and a small amount of folks that can eat before class. That being said; I myself must have an empty stomach because there are so many poses with tremendous compression on the abdomen. Heat stroke is unlikely when you're hydrated, but what becomes more essential are your electrolyte's. Potassium, Sodium and Magnesium are what we lose the most in the hot yoga room. Drinking water and replenishing those electrolyte's are essential to a strong practice, and recovery. I recommend coconut water, and some sort of electrolyte replenisher. I use "Ultima Replenisher" at my studio's. There are a few others.

What are your thoughts on Lululemon clothing? Grossly overpriced, or worth every penny?

Asked by yoga_budgeteer over 4 years ago

Lululemon has some clothing that is worth every penny, and some that is not. Overall, it doesn't matter. It has nothing to do with your yoga practice and shouldn't. Your yoga clothes should allow for room to stretch and move freely. That can be purchased anywhere.

Does doing yoga make you taller?

Asked by Steph over 4 years ago

It will certainly make you stand taller, which will give the perception of becoming taller.

Does yoga build muscle? I just want to tone and not be bulky. All yoga teachers are lean and toned, but they also say it builds muscle, so I'm confused.

Asked by Carolyn over 4 years ago

Yes Yoga builds muscle. A very common misconception about yoga is that it is only stretching. Practicing yoga has three major benefits. The components of stretching, strengthening and compression. A deeper and more focused practice is necessary to strengthen, because most poses are held for five full breaths versus the usual one to three breaths. The muscles are challenged while the mind and body have to work together simultaneously to hold a position without giving up. Breath, posture, movement and more flexibility happen at the same time, which allows for a deeper practice.

What is a good way to combine a physically demanding yoga flow such as ashtanga yoga with strength training? How can we allow enough time for our muscles to restore between each practice?

Asked by Mads about 4 years ago

Ashtanga Yoga is strength training. Any yoga is strength training. Yoga is not just physical. We train our minds to accept where we are in our journey. Acceptance takes STRENGTH! Listen to your body, and you will know how much time is needed for restoration. No one can tell you how much time your muscles need. God is your best teacher, and we listen to God. We know when we are listening, and when we are fighting truth.

Does hot yoga really DETOX your body? Every actual doctor I've heard scoffs at the notion of 'toxins', and says that SWEAT is just regulating your body temperature, not getting rid of anything bad for you.

Asked by jessica over 4 years ago

Yes It absolutely is a detoxifying practice. Sweat is not the only indication of detoxification. However, your doctor is correct in that sweat is primarily regulating your body temperature. Much of the detoxification takes place internally as opposed to externally. Stress actually releases a TOXIN in your body which builds up around your muscles and joints. When we stretch and moves these parts of the body (passively and deeply) we are releasing these toxins into the bloodstream which we eventually release when urinating. This is largely why teachers will stress the importance of drinking water!

Do you need to be able to do advanced poses to start a teacher training? Are there certain poses you should definitely be able to do?

Asked by Nicole almost 4 years ago

Absolutely not. In fact, you will learn how to do so much in your teacher training. TT doesn't just teach you how to teach a class. It will undoubtedly deeped your asana practice. Jump in!