Am I too inexperienced/inflexible/old/overweight/out of shape for a yoga class?
Yoga is a process that meets everyone where they are in their body and life and looks to improve overall health of body and mind. Finding a class at the right level and with proper instruction and modifications can make all the difference in the world.
I can’t sit still for 2 seconds. Will yoga be too slow for me?
We have classes from fast moving vinyasa to restorative on our weekly schedule. All classes do incorporate attention to breath and movement, and the higher level classes provide quite a whole body work out as well.
Why is there chanting in some of the classes?
Chanting ‘OM’ or an opening mantra is a traditional way to begin a yoga class, but not the only way. We chant to warm up the body and connect with the breath before class, and also to join in as a community in creating sound. Joining in the chanting is your choice, and many find they actually enjoy it once they give it a chance.
I have an injury, can take a yoga class?
It depends on the severity and degree of active inflammation. We always advise to talk to your doctor, and let the teacher know before class the nature of your injury. Private sessions can also be arranged that will allow you one on one instruction to address your concerns and support your healing.
I have to leave early, is this OK?
Please leave quietly after allowing yourself a few minutes of final relaxation.
What do I need to bring to class?
A mat if you have one, if not we rent for $1. Comfy clothes that allow you to move and stay close to your body are recommended. We provide all other props, shoes are not worn in the asana room.
I am expecting a call from my doctor/school/child. Can I bring my cell phone into class?
If necessary to have it close by, yes, but please put it on silent mode.
I already exercise and am in good shape. Why should I do yoga?
Although many forms of exercise provide a wonderful physical workout, only yoga can also claim to be a therapeutic system that helps heal injuries, improve chronic illness, and balance mental stress.
Do I have to be a vegetarian/not drink/not smoke/eat granola to do yoga?
Yoga is for all types of people and while many find if they commit to yoga that they naturally move toward a healthier lifestyle, yoga is about enjoying life and making skillful choices. Smoking is not recommended as it does interfere with the breathwork in yoga, but should not prevent anyone from giving yoga a try. Many things change if you embrace a yoga practice, and this may be one of them!
Why is the wearing of perfume, hairspray, cologne, etc discouraged in class?
As we move and breathe, the release of the chemicals in these scents does increase, and can intrude on the people around you and inhibit the ability of others to breathe deeply and cleanly.
Are there any men in the classes or are they only for women?
The majority of our students are women, but we have a consistent contingent of men who practice as well. Yoga traditionally was practiced by men, and many of the asanas (positions) are geared to help open hamstrings, shoulders, low back…areas of the body that men typically find very tight.
Am I doing something wrong when the teacher comes to adjust me?
In most cases, the assist of the teacher is to fine tune or help you move more deeply into the position in line with what your body is already doing. In cases where your position may be compromising your safety, a teacher may guide you to make the suitable modifications to keep your body healthy and happy.
What do I do if I am not able to do all the moves?
It is always a great idea to rest, watch, slow down, reconnect. Take the pressure off and enjoy!