Below are some of yoga's most frequently asked questions, paired with our answers to them, but please feel free to contact us if you have other questions not mentioned here.
What is Yoga?
To us, yoga embodies not only the physical postures associated with the practice but a lifestyle that includes practicing kindness, compassion, and patience.
What are the benefits of yoga?
People report experiencing many benefits from regularly practicing yoga. 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.
Do I need to be flexible or in shape to practice yoga?
No. A regular yoga practice will increase your flexibility and improve your shape! As we like to say, "There's no yoga perfect. There's only yoga practice." If a pose feels uncomfortable for you, feel free to come out of it. The instructor will help you with modifications.
What can I expect for my first class?
Please pre-register for your first class online. Plan to arrive 10 minutes early so a guest experience associate can give you a studio tour and help you sign in. We have mats, straps, blocks and blankets available for you to borrow.
Super efficient? Print and fill out this intake form and hand it to the front desk person when you arrive.
What should I wear?
We recommend wearing comfortable clothing and dressing in layers. As yoga is practiced barefoot, be sure to remove your shoes and leave them in the cubbies in the studio reception area. We encourage comfortable, modest attire that allows students to work safely in poses and move freely.
Should I bring my own yoga mat to class?
You can bring your own mat if that is your preference. We do also have a prop room with mats, blankets, blocks and straps, and we welcome you to use anything you need to assist you in your practice.
Why should I refrain from eating 2-3 hours before class?
During class, your body is in motion and is twisting, turning upside down, bending forward, etc. If you have recently eaten, in particular a large meal, you may be uncomfortable. If you are concerned about your energy level during class, you are more than welcome to try eating a light snack, such as fruit, nuts or yogurt. We frequently stock a fruit bowl with complimentary bananas and apples. You're more than welcome to grab a snack when you need it.
What are some common yoga terms?
- Asana: pose or posture
- Dristi: gaze
- Mudra: yoga of the hands
- Namaste: “that which is good in me honors that which is good in you”
- Om: universal sound
- Pranayama: yogic breathing
- Savasana: relaxation pose
- Surya Namaskar: sun salutation