Frequently Asked Questions
What is radiant heat?
Radiant heat is what you feel when heat transfers from a warm surface to a cooler surface. Radiant heat works with the laws of physics – not against them. It heats objects in its path, which then re-radiate heat to the air. This is how the sun heats the earth. (Notice how much warmer you feel standing in direct sunlight, as opposed to a shaded area under a tree.)
Which classes are not heated?
Ra Vinyasa Level 1, Ra-storative, Yin Stretch, Meditation, Prenatal, and Little Ra-scals yoga classes are not heated. Intro to Ra Vinyasa Level 2 is a nice introduction to heated classes as it is gently heated. The hottest classes we offer are Hot Ra 1, Hot Ra 2, Ra Strength, and Ra Vinyasa Level 2. Our class schedule (under the “Classes” tab at the top menu) provides a feature through which you can filter classes based on the desired temperature range.
What are the benefits of hot yoga?
Don’t fear the heat! The benefits of practicing yoga in a heated environment are endless, however there are 4 points to be listed here:
- Warms the body to allow for deeper stretching without injury
- Facilitates an excellent cardiovascular workout
- Helps to detoxify the body through sweating
- Weight loss
Being in the heat may be a challenge in the beginning because most people are not accustomed to being in that kind of environment, and because most of us have an aversion to intense sweating. After a few classes however, most students begin to get acclimated to the temperature. Most students are surprised that they start to crave being in the hot yoga room – yes, even in the summer.
Why is radiant heat better than convection heat?
Unlike other yoga studios which heat their classes using convection heat, Ra Yoga Studio has installed a world-class, eco-friendly radiant heating system (the most efficient form of heat transfer). Since radiant energy heats objects, there is no air to blow and no stratification of hot or cold air pockets. Radiant heat is healthy, comfortable, and hypoallergenic heat. No convection heat air movement means no distribution of unhealthy bacteria and/or allergens and no dust. The radiant heaters at Ra Yoga Studio also have a low carbon footprint and are fully recyclable.
What is convection heat?
Convection heat is what you feel from air heated by warm air furnaces, heat pumps, and baseboards. The warm air is usually distributed mechanically.
Memberships & Accounts
What is the difference between a membership and a package?
- Memberships are valid for a specific amount of time
- Packages are valid for a specific amount of class sessions
We offer various memberships and packages at Ra Yoga, as well as several other specialized services. Please visit our package offerings page for more information.
How much does a membership cost?
Ra yoga understands that many clients have different needs, so we designed many affordable yoga memberships with different time requirements.
Ra offers a one month unlimited membership (no contract), an unlimited yoga membership (6 month minimum), or a year of unlimited yoga.
I'm going out of town for a few weeks. Can I put my membership on hold?
Yes, we are able to put your membership on hold once per year. To request a hold, please email email@example.com.
How do I enroll?
You can start your personal enrollment for Ra Yoga by clicking here and submitting the required information. Our current intro offer is 2 weeks for $30 and it will begin once you come take your first class. Please be aware that all classes are first come, first serve. Sorry no online reservation is allowed.
I work out often. Can I take the intermediate/advanced classes?
You are welcome to participate in any class you’d like, but if you’ve never done yoga before we recommend first trying one or two classes designated as “all ranges” in order to learn the postures and alignment. A good place to start, for example, is Ra Vinyasa Level 1. Honor what your body needs and respect that if you end up in a class beyond your level it can be very distracting for other students.
Do I have to be flexible to do yoga?
Thinking you have to be flexible to do yoga is a myth. Yoga was actually created to help you gain more flexibility, which loosens tight muscles and prevents injury. Yoga is not about bending and contorting yourself into difficult poses – it is simply a process for you to explore and get to know yourself. The quality of your practice doesn’t depend on whether you can touch your toes, but how much you are able to tune into yourself. If you, or anyone you know, are still hesitating to try yoga because you can’t touch your toes, remember that you can always bend your knees.
Do you have showers and a place to keep my belongings?
Ra Yoga has changing areas, showers, and shower amenities available for you to use. In our changing area, we have a wall of shelving units which are also available for you to use to keep your belongings in during class. If you would feel more comfortable bringing certain valuables into class with you (wallet, keys, etc), you certainly may do so.
What are the health benefits of yoga?
Yoga has a myriad of health benefits. Breathing deeply keeps the mind focused, cleans out the lungs, and increases circulation, which oxygenates your entire system. Stretching increases flexibility, which can prevent injuries. Strength and muscle tone are the result of supporting your body weight in various poses. And, physical exertion of any kind is super important for stress reduction. Because of the concentration required, your daily troubles seem to melt away during the time you are doing yoga. These are just a few of the magical benefits of practicing the art of yoga.
Should I eat before coming to class?
Doing yoga on a full stomach is not fun, yet doing yoga when you’re starving isn’t a good idea either. We recommend eating a light snack one hour before class or a meal 2-3 hours before class. This way your body is fueled but not focused on digestion. Also, make sure to drink a moderate amount of water throughout the 12 hours prior to class. You may sweat a lot during class, we advise you to be well-hydrated both before and after class.
What if I can’t do a pose?
No need to worry! It’s no problem if there are poses that you can’t fully extend into. The teacher will offer different variations so that everyone can benefit from the postures. Each time you come to class, you will learn a little bit more, practice moving with your breath a little bit more, and most likely, you will be able to achieve the pose you are working towards at some point. Having said that, remember that the flexible yogis you see in pictures did not achieve those poses overnight. Be patient, and give yourself time, and see how the impossible slowly becomes doable.
Do I need a mat? Can I rent or purchase one at the studio?
Feel free to bring your own mat for any of our yoga classes or workshops. If participating in a heated class, you may also find it helpful to bring a bath-sized towel. We also have these items available at the studio for purchase and/or rental. Yoga mats and towels can be rented from the studio for $3 each.
What should I wear?
Wear comfortable clothes that you can easily move and stretch in. Many yogis tend to wear lightweight work-out clothes, such as a t-shirt, biking shorts, sports top, or a pair of easy fit shorts. Bottom-line: You want your clothes to move with you, not against you.
Do I have to register for class beforehand?
No, just drop in for class anytime. All scheduled classes are on a first-come, first-serve basis. On your first visit to Ra Yoga, we ask that you please arrive at least 15 minutes early so that we have time to collect your information and orient you to our studio.
How do I know which class is best for me?
It is a good idea to try several different styles to see what resonates with you best.
For those looking to stay away from the heat:
Ra Vinyasa Level 1, Restorative, and Yin Stretch classes are a great place to start for new people to yoga. Restorative and Yin Stretch classes flow at a much slower pace, while Ra Vinyasa Level 1 is a bit more involved and is taught at a faster pace.
For those looking to step into the heat:
Hot Ra Level 1 is a good class to introduce you to the heated environment with a slower pace than Hot Ra Level 2.
If you are a more experienced yogi looking to be challenged try Introduction to Ra Vinyasa Level 2, Yogalates, Ra Vinyasa Level 2, or our most challenging class Ra Strength.
What kind of classes do you have?
Ra Yoga offers a wide range of heated and non-heated yoga asanas and styles including:
1) Vinyasa Flow (Heated Power Yoga & Non-Heated Hatha)
2) Hot Yoga
3) Yoga with Pilates (called Yogalates)
4) Strength (yoga with weights)
5) a special 45-minute Lunchtime class
6) Prenatal Yoga
7) Restorative & Yin
8) Mommy and Me (yoga with your infant)
9) Yoga for Kids (called Little Ra-scals)
For more details on group classes, click here.
In addition to these group classes, Ra Yoga also offers private yoga instruction with our on-site yoga therapists.
How can Ra Yoga help me with my practice?
If you have never practiced yoga, Ra Yoga offers a vast array of styles to teach you the basics and help you learn all the details of behind the poses.
If you have been practicing yoga at another studio in the area, most of our current clients say they enjoy how Ra has helped to inspire their yogic and personal life through our community spirit and positive vibes we try to pass to everyone who walks through our doors.
What is the best way to learn about Ra Yoga?
While Yelp! is a great way to learn about Ra, the best way to learn about Ra Yoga is to experience it for yourself! Feel free to stop by the studio to begin our intro offer of 2 weeks for $30 which is available to all new clients in Orange County.
Where is the studio located?
Ra Yoga has 4 main locations and 1 location specifically for teacher training. More details.
3077 Bristol St, Suite A
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
1617 Westcliff Dr.
Newport Beach, CA 92660
3860 Worsham Ave, Suite 310
Long Beach, CA 90808
854 Spectrum Center Dr
Irvine, CA 92618
18242 W McDurmott Suite A
Irvine, CA 92614
What does ‘Ra’ stand for?
‘Ra’ is the ancient Egyptian sun god; Patron of: the sun, heaven, warmth, growth, creative power, and light.
How often should I practice?
Your yoga practice is very personal. Each person is working with his/her own mind, body, finances, and schedules. People practice for different reasons: to calm their mind or lose weight, build greater strength or increase flexibility.
There are no set rules for how often to practice, but it is imperative that you listen to your mind/body in terms of the type and amount of physical activity that is right for you. Ra Yoga offers a variety of style and level options to ensure that you have a supportive, challenging, yet versatile path to physical fitness and higher awareness.
As a new student, you should try to give yourself as many opportunities to practice as possible. Come to class when you can (don’t beat yourself up when you can’t), and remember that some is better than none!
What qualities set Ra Yoga apart from other studios?
Ra Yoga offers a wide range of yoga classes (heated and non-heated), workshops and healthy lifestyle events.
Showers, changing facilities and meditation rooms are provided for your convenience.
Ra Yoga offers childcare for most morning classes at most locations.
Ra Yoga’s hot classes are heated by world-class, hypoallergenic radiant heating panels which have a low carbon footprint.
Ra Yoga is not owned or affiliated with a larger corporate entity; it is a commUNITY that is owned and operated amongst friends.
Ra welcomes all: beginner to advanced, athletes to math-letes.