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 learn self-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
  • Facilitates 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