There’s a lot of complexity to what we do at the Foundry, but it’s not very complicated. Still, if you’re wondering about our approach or how to prepare for your Hot Yoga, Pilates, HIIT, or Barre class, read below. Chances are we have it covered.

WhaT IS the best class for a new student?

  • The Basic yoga class is a great place to start if you want to ease your way in. The room is warm, the postures are gentle and class is shorter.

  • Bikram Beginning Hot Yoga class is a bit more intense, and there’s more heat, but all the postures are safe for new students and there is plenty of time to build a solid foundation.

  • Hot Pilates class is an intense workout, but you can go at your own pace while building core strength.

What should I wear?

Wear clothes that you feel comfortable sweating in and that allow for a wide range of movement.

What should I bring?

Just bring mat, towel, and water! Pro tip: Please arrive 10 minutes before class starts so we can show you around. 

What's the deal with the heat?

Heat helps to limber up your muscles, allowing for deeper stretching. It also helps detoxify the body, thin the blood to improve circulation, increase heart rate for a better cardiovascular workout, improve strength by putting muscle tissue in optimal state for reorganization, and reorganize lipids (a fancy word for fat) in the muscular structure. That means a hot pilates or hot yoga class will do much more for your body than a room temperature class.

Remember: you’re literally changing the construction of your body. It’s much like forging a samurai sword. It all starts with a piece of cold, rigid steel. When heated, the steel softens and becomes malleable, so it can be hammered into the proper shape. If not heated, the steel would shatter while being shaped. The same thing happens when you do any exercise, even hatha yoga, in a cold environment. That’s why we keep the yoga and pilates rooms hot. It’s rough on our utility bill, but great for your body.

Any other helpful hints?

  • Arrive early. We have a friendly staff that will welcome you to the studio and make sure you have everything you need.

  • Drink plenty of water and electrolytes to prepare your body for the demands of hot exercise and sweating.

  • We recommend not eating 2 hours before you take class to avoid nausea and to allow the body to fully digest.

  • Deodorant is great; smelly perfumes and lotions are not. Many people are allergic and sensitive to strong perfumes, so please rinse off if you are wearing scented lotions or perfumes before class, and refrain from applying them in the studio after class.

  • Give yourself plenty of time. The benefits of your class are maximized by relaxation. So give yourself time to come in early and get settled before your class, and stay for a while in Savasana after class to really relax.

  • Take your second class within 24 hours if possible to keep the momentum going.