Whether this will be your first yoga class ever or just your first class at Red Dragon, welcome! We’re happy you are here and want to prepare you to have the most positive first experience with us possible.
How To Prepare
Food – it’s best to practice on an empty or nearly-empty stomach. If it’s been many hours since your last meal, a light snack such as fruit, some nuts or slice of cheese is fine. (Please note: Inferno Hot Pilates below)
Water – it’s important to be well-hydrated before you come to class. Drink water, coconut juice or other light, non-surgary, non-carbonated beverages in the hours leading up to your class.
What To Wear
Loose or moisture-wicking tights or shorts (men and women) and athletic bra tops, tunics or tees (women) that won’t restrict your movements are best. Leave your sweatpants and sweatshirts for after class—they will be too warm in the studio.
What To Bring
- Yoga mat
- Water bottle
If you don’t have a yoga mat, no problem! We’ll lend you one of ours for FREE on your first visit. Mats, towels and water are all available for $2 thereafter. Also available for purchase are Yogitoes towels specifically designed for the yoga mat.
What NOT To Bring To Class:
- Shoes, socks or slippers
- Cell phones or iPods
- Heavy, jangly jewelry
- Food, chewing gum or candy
- Heavily-scented skin and hair
- Your pets (only Downward Dogs are allowed in the studio).
Where To Store Your Stuff
Men and women’s changing rooms have personal cubbies and hooks for your personal belongings. Please store valuables in one of our short-term lockers or leave in your car or at home.
What To Expect In The Studio
Make sure to identify yourself as a newcomer to your instructor. This will help him or her assist you and will result in a more enjoyable class. It can be helpful to take a spot in the middle or back of the studio. That way you will be able to see both the instructor and other students moving into the postures in front of you.
That said, BE PATIENT and GENTLE with yourself. Do not compare yourself to other students or attempt to go further into postures than you feel ready to. Getting used to the heat will come surprisingly quickly. If you feel overwhelmed at any time during class, go into Child’s Pose for as long as you need to.
What To Do After Class
Be sure to drink lots of water directly after class and when you get home. Take a warm bath in epsom salts to prevent any muscle soreness.
What To Eat for Inferno Hot Pilates
When and How Much to Eat Before a Pilates Session
Since there is so much emphasis in Pilates on using your abdominal muscles, you will want to have a fairly empty stomach.
Your core will be fully engaged and it’s best that you have eaten only lightly at your last meal. You will probably tolerate it best to have a small snack an hour or two before your class.
Another consideration is that you need to eat so you have good energy for your workout. If you skip breakfast or it’s been too many hours since you’ve eaten, you may run out of energy in the middle of your workout. It’s best to eat at least a light snack.
What to Eat
To fully take advantage of Pilates as a mind/body fitness method, you will want to take a look at what kinds of foods keep you feeling the most balanced. Avoid anything that will make you gassy or you know will give you a queasy stomach.
Complex carbohydrates and lean proteins, with a little high-quality fat, are good choices for a pre-Pilates meal as they sustain energy better than simple carbs or sugary things. A protein shake that uses fruit can be a convenient, light choice.
You can adjust the portion size to suit you. Yogurt with fruit or a small portion of oatmeal can provide complex carbohydrates. Peanut butter on whole grain bread or on fruit in another quick option with complex carbs and protein.