Beginners

Are you a Funky Buddha?

I'm new to yoga, where can I start?

Congratulations! You are about to embark on a journey that will change your life in ways as unique as you are. As with anything new, please be compassionate with yourself. Remember it isn’t possible to get everything right away, and even the most advanced yogi is still in the process of learning. A great place to start is in our 90 minute Absolute Beginners Class, held Saturdays for only $10.  If this class doesn't jive with your schedule, another great place to start is with one of our Basics Classes.  Click here to view class times and pre-register, or call ahead to our Eastown location # 616-459-9642, Holland location # 616-392-3225, or Forest Hills # 616-940-8831.

How often should I practice?

Initially, there is great benefit to completing 10–15 classes in 30 days. This will give you a solid physical and intellectual base from which to catapult your growth. After that, expect a regular practice of 2–3 classes per week to result in the changes you desire over time. For life changing results, come 4–6 times per week. Funk Yeah!

What do I wear?

Be comfortable. Each class is heated to 95 degrees, so dress lightly and in synthetics whenever possible. 100% cotton will soak up sweat and become heavy. A dry change of clothing for after class is a nice option.

What do I bring?

You, of course! But no class is complete without a mat, a good sized towel, and a water bottle. We rent mats and towels in studio, have drinking fountains, and sell bottled water, electrolyte replacers, and light snacks.

Can I eat before class?

It’s best to have a light snack within one hour prior to class. Foods appropriate for pre-class snacking include fruit, yogurt, toast with peanut butter, or light energy bars.

How much water should I drink?

Always come to class well-hydrated. Dehydration can happen quickly and is no picnic. 12-ounces in the hours before class is recommended, and we love seeing you sip during class when necessary. Another 12–16 ounces of water or electrolyte replacer after class is also recommended.

Should I replace electrolytes?

Yes! You will lose valuable minerals as you sweat. Drinking water does not replace them, and can actually dilute the electrolytes that remain in your system. One electrolyte replacer per class is recommended, unless you have a medical condition that prohibits such intake. Vitamin Water, coconut water, and Gatorade are great choices. We sell a variety of replacers in studio.

How hot will class be?

Think Michigan in July. Our practice space is heated to 95 degrees at all times, but expect temps to rise in accordance with the number of Funky Buddhas in the room.

What are the benefits of a heated class?

Try bending cold glass and it will shatter. Add heat and you can mold it into any desired shape. The human body responds to heat in much the same way. In a heated yoga class you’ll experience deeper levels of stretching, with less risk of injury. And did we mention that it is so purifying to sweat? Shed decades of toxins, and give an overworked liver and/or kidneys much needed rest. We promise, you’re gonna like it hot.

What can I expect physically?

Funky Buddhas committed to a regular practice can expect an increase in flexibility, muscle tone, strength, stamina, and overall health. Hot yoga efficiently stokes your own internal heat, resulting in an increased metabolism. Translation: Funky Buddhas are fat-burning machines.

How does Funky Buddha Power Vinyasa differ from other forms of yoga?

The Funky Buddha offers a different kind of yoga practice, one that is based on intuition rather than yogic tradition. We believe Funky Buddhas are their own best guru, and our classes seek to help you become a better listener to the teacher that already exists inside you. We’re not a health club and we’re not a Himalayan cave, but we can promise you the beautiful, healthy body you deserve, and the enlightenment necessary to inflict change in every area of your life. Ready, Set, Go get YOU!

Still Have Questions?

Call the studio at (Eastown) 616-459-9642, (Holland) 616-392-3225. or (Forest Hills) 616-940-8831 or use the contact form below.

Funky Buddha Etiquette

  • Complete registration forms.

    Please fill out our liability form now, and we'll avoid a clerical logjam later.  Ages 16-18 require a parent's signature.  No buddhas under 16 please.
  • Arrive 15 minutes early.

    Pre-registered spots will be given away at 5 minutes to if we have a full-house.
  • Wear comfy clothing.

    Class temps exceed 95°. There are bathrooms and changing areas, but no showers. We'll get you funky but you'll need alternatives for getting fresh.
  • Stay hydrated.

    Did we mention you'll sweat? Water is available in the studio, but please bring your own refillable bottle.
  • Bring a mat and towel.

    Don't have either? Rentals are available for just $3.
  • Bun in the oven?

    Please notify your Instructor to chat about important modifications.

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