New to Yoga? Questions about what to expect? We have the answers for you!
What is yoga?
One definition of yoga is the union of two opposites, the “yoking” together of the body and the mind, the balancing of right-left, heating-cooling, masculine-feminine, up-down, contraction-expansion. Yoga embodies not only the physical postures associated with the practice, but also a lifestyle that includes practicing kindness, compassion and patience.
What are the benefits of yoga?
People report experiencing many benefits from a regular yoga practice. The most common are improved strength and flexibility, improved mental clarity, a reduction of stress and anxiety, better cardiovascular health, improved self esteem and awareness, along with weight loss.
I’m not flexible, how can I do yoga?
You do not need to be physically flexible to do yoga! You only need to be mentally flexible and open to new possibilities. Just show up and focus on letting go, breathing, moving and honoring where you are today. A regular yoga practice will increase your flexibility and improve your shape. There is a reason yoga is referred to as a “practice”! If a pose is uncomfortable for you, feel free to come out of the pose and the instructor will help you with modifications.
What can I expect from my first class?
Please pre-register for your first class on-line. Plan to arrive 15 minutes early so an associate can give you a studio tour and help you sign in. All our instructors are a minimum 200 hour trained and certified. Modifications for all levels will be offered throughout class, but please read the class descriptions to choose a class level that will be appropriate for you. If you have any questions about which class to take, please contact us.
What should I wear?
Wear comfortable clothing and dress in layers. As yoga is practiced barefoot, be sure to remove your shoes and leave them in the studio reception area. We encourage comfortable, modest attire that allows students to work safely in poses and move freely. Loose fitted tee shirts are not always the best option, as we do tend to end up upside down from time to time.
What should I bring?
We suggest that you bring a yoga mat and water. If you are prone to sweating, a hand towel is a great option as well. If you do not own a yoga mat, we do have some available for you to use during class. We also have all the props that you will need including straps, blocks, bolsters and blankets which you are welcome to use to assist in your practice.
Should I eat before class?
During class your body is in motion, twisting, turning upside down, bending forward, etc.. It is best to practice on a mostly empty stomach. Avoid heavy meals 1-2 hours before class or you may be uncomfortable. If you are concerned about your energy level, we suggest you eat a light snack such as fruit, nuts or yogurt.
Why the “Om” and do I have to participate?
Om (Aum) is a mantra, or vibration, that is traditionally chanted at the beginning and end of a yoga practice. It is said to be the sound of the universe. If that seems a little bit out in left field for your taste, simply try chanting a-um and let the incredible power of the sound and vibration work for you. Om will bring your mind to a singular (yet universal) focus. It may feel strange at first, but give it time and you may find yourself looking forward to those concluding meditative moments of harmonizing voices. “Om”s are not mandatory and you are perfectly welcome to sit in silence and just take it all in!
Any additional questions that we haven’t answered? Please just let us know. We are here for you!