Frequently Asked Questions

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Do I have to register online?

We recommend it. Registering online will save you time at the studio. If you are a Sunstone student, or you are thinking of becoming a Sunstone student, registering and participating in our website will expand your experience.

Will registering here sign me up for classes?

Yes. If you are not an existing Sunstone Yoga student, registering to this site will also register you on our studio system. When you go to the studio to take your first class, you can simply provide your signature, and you will be eligible for our Introductory offer.

Is my information secure on this site?

Absolutely. Registering on the site will allow you to connect with the membership information we already have for you in our studios. We keep all this information absolutely secure, and it will be used only to enhance your experience with Sunstone Yoga. We will never share this information with outsiders, and any information - such as email addresses - is encoded to protect it from data gathering software.

How do I get started?

Just click on the Register button in the Login area of the home page. You will be directed next to a page asking for your email address. If you are an existing Sunstone yoga student, we should have your email address on file, and you've received a recent email from us with an ID number. Enter that email address and the ID number here. If you are not a Sunstone Yoga student yet, just enter your preferred email address here. Then you will be directed to the full registration page. Here you can enter your full name and address, assign yourself a password, and a user name. Please choose your user name carefully - it is hard to change it afterwards. All your information is secure with us. We won't share it. Click update at the bottom when you are done.

Can I make changes after I register?

Yes. Any time you want to go into your profile, just click on your name in the top right corner of the page and you will be taken back to the registration area. Make any changes you like. If you are changing your name or email address, you might want to follow up with an email to service@sunstoneFIT.com to ensure it is in the system before your next visit to the studio.

How do I use the Forums?

Click on the Forums in the link under the Community tab on the left, or from the Community page. Then click on any forum that interests you. You can reply to an existing forum by clicking on the "Add a Reply" link, or scroll to the bottom of the page and type in a reply in the Quick Reply section. Or click on "Add a New Topic" to post your own question or comment.

Try the "Test" forum first if you want to explore how it works freely - choose a Smiley face to put into your test, play around with type styles, or just type in the text box and click on "Submit" - you'll get the hang of it very quickly.

Please note - except for "Test", all our forums are moderated to protect everyone, so your comment won't show up right away. It may take a few hours for one of our moderators to see your comment and post it for you.

I've heard of several different kinds of yoga. What style does Sunstone offer?

At Sunstone we offer 5 unique classes of hot, core strengthening, and power yoga, which are consistent routines of yoga postures done in a heated room. The postures are done in a specific synergistic and cumulative order. All of our classes are designed to reduce stress, increase strength, improve flexibility, and balance the weight of your body. Sunstone students are encouraged to combine our many offerings to achieve a harmonious physical and mental experience unique to their needs.

I've tried yoga before and didn't like it. Why should I try Sunstone?

Sunstone is probably unlike any yoga you've experienced before. Our system builds on thousands of years of knowledge and practice, but is completely contemporary in nature and designed for today's busy professionals. We understand you want to make the most of your limited time, and our focus is on giving you the most effective total body experience available in a yoga practice. Our chosen postures are within the range of motion of the majority of people, so you'll be able to perform each posture after just a few classes, yet each are also a constant challenge. The combination of moving through and holding each posture in the heated environment work to improve strength, balance, flexibility, stamina, breath control, as well as reducing stress, producing more energy in your body, and generating overall healing. Our students tell us they've lost weight, reduced or eliminated chronic pain, and completely changed their lives. It is worth it to find out if Sunstone can change your life!

How long are classes?

30-minute Progressions (Fire 30, Earth 30, Wood 30 & Metal 30)
45-minute classes (HIIT)
60-minute classes (Fire 60, Earth 60, Wood 60, Water 60 & Metal 60)
90-minute classes (Water 90 & Fire 90)

Classes are a long time - will I be bored?

Most students find that Sunstone's series are as challenging to the mind as they are to the body and that the class goes by quickly. Practicing classes in series encourages concentration during the poses. Focusing on your body and how it responds is not just an experience for expert practitioners. Additionally, working through a sequence of poses means a new challenge is always just a minute or two away!

I have a yoga video at home. Is your yoga similar to that?

No. The specific sequence of poses in each series and the heated room are unique to Sunstone Yoga. These factors are very important to the overall experience. Additionally, the presence of an experienced instructor is an invaluable part of your practice because the poses require specific instructions.

I've never done yoga before, or I'm new to doing yoga in the heat. Is there a beginners' class?

Our Orientation is perfect is the right place to start. There you will get introduced to the different class types and can make a decision which class is the best place for you to start.

How should I prepare for class?

Just pick a class time that works for you and arrive about 10 minutes before the class starts. We have full men's and women's dressing and shower rooms, so feel free to bring your workout clothes to the studio. The best yoga attire is what you would wear at the beach - shorts and t-shirt that allow you a full range of motion, or workout stretch clothes. Be prepared to sweat ; you'll want to have a bottle of water handy. We have filtered water at the studio so all you need is a bottle. We also offer complementary mat and towel service, so bring your own if you like, or we will provide them. You will get the best results if you don't eat for the 2 or 3 hours leading up to class time, but be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day to get your body fully hydrated. Please read our Welcome Letter before and after your first class. It is full of useful guidelines and helpful tips.

What happens during a class?

Our classes are 30, 45, 60 & 90 minutes long and led by an experienced instructor who is there to help you get the most out of your session. Sunstone provides members with a fresh towel and a mat to do your poses on at no additional charge, or you can bring your own if you like. You will likely find students of all ages and levels of experience in your class as the instructor guides you through the series of poses/exercises by giving clear and complete explanations over our sound system.

I'm trying to lose weight, tone my body, or improve my condition - is Sunstone right for me?

Yes. To put it simply, all our classes are a great workout. The poses in our yoga classes require strength, and balance, which means as you attempt them you will be working virtually every major muscle group in the body. While there are periods of rest, the poses are done one after another, which makes them an excellent aerobic workout as well. You will be able to burn calories at a similar rate to riding an exercise bike. We are constantly being told by experienced athletes that yoga is an extremely effective workout. However, the classroom setting allows you to set a level of intensity that suits your style and your goals. Our HIIT, Core, Sweat & Metal classes get the heart rate up and add the extra intensity you need to lose weight, tone and improve your cardiovascular system.

Why should yoga be done in a heated room?

Heating the room to body temperature (98.6 degrees) in our hot yoga class, the Fire Series, facilitates deeper stretching, reduces the chance of injury, and stimulates the circulatory system. The temperature increases blood flow to all areas of the body, which is essential to distributing oxygen and removing toxins. As with any physical activity, warming up the body is part of the preparation process that will increase muscle performance and reduce risk of injury. Warming the body involves bringing the body's interior core temperature to the surface of the body. When the exterior temperature is equivalent to or greater than the body's interior temperature, the process of warming up the body is aided and maintained. For students who have never practiced hot yoga, the heat can be daunting at first, but you will find that this perception quickly changes. In fact, the heat is something you will look forward to, because it contributes to the overall experience and you will actually be able to feel it help your body.

Why should yoga be done in a consistent series?

Yoga poses are most effective in sequences, especially complementary muscle and joint group sequences. For example, if you stretch your right arm, then you would stretch your left arm. Or, if you stretched the right side of your spine, then you would stretch the left side of your spine. Becoming familiar with the exact series you are doing is essential to your ability to use the series as a whole. Some yoga classes have no set sequence or an impromptu sequence, so the student will stretch one muscle and joint group, without stretching the complementary group. At Sunstone, each series is a carefully planned sequence of poses that works complementary muscle and joint group sequences in order to keep the body balanced. Our APY Flow class is teacher sequenced if you want to mix it up!

How often should I practice?

There are no set rules for how often to practice. Sunstone's various class series are an excellent path to physical fitness for busy people because you can realize many benefits from practicing 2 or 3 times a week. If you are looking to make a real impact on your body in terms of your conditioning, strength, muscle tone, or weight, you should consider coming 4 or 5 times a week. Practicing in a heated environment is a fantastic way to achieve results rapidly when trying to overhaul your body. As a new student you should try to give yourself as much opportunity to practice as possible. Unlike sports and other types of exercise, yoga and Pilates are difficult to overdo. Feel free to call or email us to discuss how Sunstone can fit into your fitness goals, or talk to your instructor about it before or after class.

Is it hard?

Yoga, Pilates, Barre and Fitness classes are challenging in many ways. You are learning to have a balance of strength, flexibility and concentration. In the beginning, you will be challenged by the poses/exercises simply because you are learning a combination of unfamiliar movements. As you gain experience, you will find that you will want to challenge yourself and strive toward perfecting each of the poses. If you come without unreasonable expectations from yourself and the class you are likely to find the challenge rewarding and fulfilling.

Does yoga hurt?

In yoga stretching the muscles is a unique sensation and should not be associated with pain. For many students the sensation of stretching takes a little getting used to, but is not unpleasant. It won't take long to appreciate and understand how your body responds to stretching and discover your own limits.

Is the Fire class too hot?

The heat feels good; come and see for yourself! Our Fire Series is the hottest, yet we closely manage both the heat (98.6 degrees) and the humidity (60 percent) in our studios. You will find this ratio of heat and humidity to be safe and very manageable.

I can barely touch my toes, will I be able to do all the positions?

Our various series have been designed as a cumulative experience, and each posture we have selected is in the range of motion of most people. Like any other form of exercise, you will gradually build the strength and flexibility required to do the poses. When you are starting out, we encourage you to simply do your best. Rest assured that the next time you practice you will notice improvement. When people hear yoga they often get images of students in extreme positions. Though some people who do yoga are contortionists, extraordinary positions are not the goal of yoga. Everyone in the classroom, expert students and instructors included, had a first class once - nobody expects you to be an expert the first day.

I'm self-conscious about my body. Is doing poses in a classroom setting among <br>lots of

Probably not. Although we practice in a classroom, you'll quickly discover that you will be in a state of intense concentration on doing the poses correctly. The same is true for everyone in the room - they will be intently focused on themselves and the instructor's direction. Although you are with other people, there is an element of solitude in the experience.

Will I get yelled at?

Absolutely not. Yelling and threats are not a part of our teaching method at Sunstone . Our instructors are here to teach, encourage, and motivate you. Our standard procedure is to strike a balance that brings the most out of your practice, while maintaining a positive experience for the individual, and the class as a whole. Intimidation and hostility works against these principles. Feel free to talk to your instructor before the class if you are seeking more of a direct 'push' from us to improve your practice. By staying still, calm and balanced you will find that you have been worked harder than you realize!

Can I wear headphones, talk on the phone, or chat with my neighbor?

In the HIIT class, yes. For our other classes, no. The classroom setting is meant to be calm, peaceful, and free of distractions. This environment will help you get the most out of your practice, and you will find that the 3 0- 90 quiet minutes spent focusing on the poses and on your body is a very enjoyable experience. Remember, this is not an exercise bike, a Stairmaster, or a long jog where the only reward is at the finish line. Practicing yoga is a great workout, but also an engaging process that you will want to experience to its fullest.

Isn't yoga chanting and meditation?

Chanting and meditation are not a part of Sunstone's yoga series'. However, the balance between flexibility, strength and concentration required in fitness styles of yoga can become a very meditative experience once a student has developed their practice.

I've notice a lot of students wearing colored wristbands in class. Can I have one?

Yes. Our Focus Wristbands™ are designed to encourage and assist you in developing your practice. You will receive your first Sunstone Wristband after completing 10 classes, and you earn your first Focus Wristband when you reach class 25. As you continue to develop your practice, building strength and balance in your body, your needs and goals will evolve as well. Each new level of achievement is marked by a different color wristband, corresponding with the chakras in the body, and providing you with new areas of focus and specific goals to keep you motivated and challenged in your practice. Wearing your wristbands in the classroom will also help your instructors identify where you are in your journey, so they can offer specific guidance suited to your level. Our community is a unique and special mix of people from all walks of life and all levels of fitness. As a beginner, we want you to feel welcome and appreciated; your Wristband is a symbol of belonging.

Classes are a long time - can I leave early?

No. Maintain the balance of the room by staying throughout the class. Coming to a class with the intention of leaving early is considered poor etiquette. Come to a class that matches your availability. We have a variety of class lengths:

  • 30-minute Progressions (Fire 30, Earth 30, Wood 30 & Metal 30)
  • 45-minute classes (HIIT)

  • 60-minute classes (Fire 60, Earth 60, Wood 60, Water 60 & Metal 60)
  • 90-minute classes (Fire 90 & Water 90)

How many calories will I burn in a class?

To the right is a calculator that will let you estimate your calorie burn based on your weight, class type, and class duration. Your actual calorie burn is also a function of the intensity you bring into your practice so it could be more or less than these estimates!

What is Pilates?

Pilates is a physical fitness system developed in the 1900s by Joseph Pilates. Pilates is a body conditioning routine that may help build flexibility, muscle strength, and endurance in the legs, abdominals, arms, hips, and back. It puts emphasis on spinal and pelvic alignment, breathing, and developing a strong core or center, and improving coordination and balance. Pilates' system allows for different exercises to be modified in range of difficulty from beginning to advanced. Intensity can be increased over time as the body conditions and adapts to the exercises. Pilates classes can be mat based or done with the use of equipment, such as the Reformer.

What is Hot Pilates?

Hot Pilates is Sunstone’s version of traditional Pilates Mat-based exercises infused with higher intensity cardiovascular intervals performed to up-beat music in a warm and humid room. Hot Pilates uses many of the traditional exercises from Pilates Mat and merges them with our own Sunstone principles, language and experienced training knowledge. Hot Pilates combines a series of exercises to address areas in the body that needs strengthening, balance and coordination. By training the muscles to work together, the body improves efficiency as it moves through normal ranges of motion. The result is a challenging, inspiring and perspiring all-body workout that strengthens and sculpts the powerhouse muscles (abs, back, butt, thighs).

What’s the difference between Pilates and Hot Pilates?

There are subtle differences between Hot Pilates by Sunstone and traditional Pilates Mat classes. Here are a few areas where the subtle differences are noticed:

  • Overall pace and experience of the class – Hot Pilates is done typically at a faster pace as it is infused with up-beat music and boasts a cardiovascular workout.  It is also done in a body temperature room so the heat adds to the intensity and overall challenge of the class.
  • Breathing – Hot Pilates encourages exhaling on the work or effort, through the mouth and utilizing Accordion and Percussive breaths throughout most of the class. Traditional Pilates Mat exercises can have a different breathing technique for each exercise.
  • Breathing – Hot Pilates encourages exhaling on the work or effort, through the mouth and utilizing Accordion and Percussive breaths throughout most of the class. Traditional Pilates Mat exercises can have a different breathing technique for each exercise.
  • Terminology – In our experience at Sunstone, the use of imagery and visuals are great in facilitating a student’s overall class experience. Hot Pilates continues to use Sunstone’s biomechanical language in the Metal Playbook. Hot Pilates uses unique terms or slightly adapted traditional Pilates’ language to fit with the Sunstone experience (“Engage Pilates Core”, “Pilates Bridge”, “Pilates Legs/Position”).

How are Pilates and Hot Pilates similar?

In Hot Pilates we focus primarily on creating strength and stability in the core or center of the body. This comes first before advancing to the smaller details or increasing ranges of motion, foot flexion and specific and coordinated breathing. Hot Pilates also follows the progressing order of the exercises as well as doing the exercises only one time. Hot Pilates maintains the traditional Pilates Principles of control, breath, flowing movement, precision, centering, stability, range of motion and opposition in all of the exercises throughout the class. Both Hot Pilates and Pilates focus on increasing the health and flexibility of the spine often times result in improved postural changes.

What is your policy on feedback and comments?

Sunstone invites constructive commenting through a variety of social tools.

We don’t accept anonymous or inappropriate comments.  We reserve the right to remove comments we consider to be inappropriate including those that contain links, scripts, profanity, vulgarity, obscenity, racism, adult material, threats, abusive language, political, religious or social commentary rather than genuine remarks relevant to Sunstone.  We don't retain comments on our site that advertise other products or services directly or indirectly.

Sunstone will, on a quarterly basis, archive comments at our discretion.  Remarks related to a specific event no longer relevant in our community, or comments that are non-specific, unconstructive, or not informative may be removed during this process.  Be specific in your postings to ensure their longevity.

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