Frequently Asked Questions
Can I eat before yoga?
- 1-2 hours before class
- Ensures maximum digestion and minimum discomfort
What should I wear?
- Comfortable clothes that allow freedom of movement
- Top should tuck in or be tight enough not to fall into your face in an upside-down pose.
Do I need to bring any equipment?
- No, the studio has everything you need.
- Your own mat, if you prefer
How early should I come for class?
- Preferably ten minutes before class starts
- Take time to quiet your mind and prepare for class
- Allow extra time to change into yoga clothes at the studio
Do I need to fill out any paperwork?
- First time only: member registration form
- Or print it here, complete and bring it
What should I do when I arrive?
- Silence your cell phone
- Store shoes and other items in space provided
- Gather equipment for class and settle onto mat in yoga room
- Until class begins, stretch or simply relax, sitting quietly and breathing
What if I have an injury or condition that may affect my ability to do the poses?
- Let the instructor know
- Instructor will suggest modifications/alternative poses to accommodate special needs
I don’t think my body can handle yoga. What should I do?
- Yoga isn’t only for fit people. It is for all people to become fit.
- Almost any body type and athletic level can do yoga.
- With practice comes greater flexibility and strength, even after the first class.
What is yoga?
- A system of psychological and physiological self-disciplines
- A state of equilibrium and stillness; mind/body balance
- In yoga, the method is the goal.
Why do yoga?
- Revitalize low energy
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Improve posture and coordination
- Strengthen and tone muscles; decrease back pain
- Lengthen muscles; increase joint mobility
- Improve circulation, especially in hands and feet
- Draw attention to the breath
- Develop focus and concentration and prepare for meditation
- Learn to live in the present moment
- Listen to your inner voice and learnself-trust
- Move through the world with more confidence
- Increase the capacity to experience joy
What is Hatha Yoga?
- A collection of physical exercises/postures/“asanas”
- Strengthens and aligns muscles and spine
- Focuses on the breath; helps to disengage from stresses of the outside world
- Increased strength, flexibility and concentration facilitate meditation
What does Akasha mean?
- Space, sky, ether
- The all-encompassing and unifying spirit and energy of all living things
- Limitless possibilities, as in “the sky’s the limit”
What is “Om”?
- The sound of the eternal vibration of nature
- A mantra, often chanted at the end of a yoga session
- A way to connect ourselves with the rest of the universe