ॐ Answers to Everyday Inquiries ॐ
What if I've never done yoga before?
No problem! If you're not sure which class would be good to start with, please reach out! We would be happy to help direct you to the class best suited for you. When you come to class, feel free to mention to the teacher prior to start of class that you are new to yoga- we want to make sure you feel confident in your journey, knowing if you are a newbie helps us make sure you don't feel overwhelmed with information and get a little more attention/guidance when needed.
What should I bring to class? What should I wear? What should I eat?
Please bring your own mat. We do have a limited number of mats that can be borrowed if needed. Some people like to bring extra props such as yoga blocks, a yoga strap, and a light blanket, however, if you do not have these we have several props available to borrow. You may also want to bring a water bottle to have if needed, the studio will have water available for purchase.
It is best to wear light weight clothing that allows your body to move freely. Most people wear yoga attire, but any active wear type of clothing will work. Classes are generally practiced barefoot, however, some people may prefer to have yoga or pilates "socks" with grips for comfort.
It is best to practice yoga on an empty stomach, but it might be a good idea to have a light snack 1-2 hours prior to class such as an apple with peanut butter. Please be sure to drink plenty of water through out the day, and especially after your practice to avoid injury and avoid dehydration.
Which of your classes is best suited for me?
Feel free to reach out to the studio if you aren't sure where to start, we will be happy to guide you. Perhaps try each class once or twice to know for yourself!
What if I'm not flexible?
Yoga is for the willing, not the flexible!! Touching your toes is certainly not a requirement. The goal of yoga is honoring our body and understanding our limits and boundaries. With continued practice, the majority of people notice increased flexibility (among other benefits!) but if you still can't reach your toes, that's ok! With continued practice you will notice how yoga has improved your life physically, mentally, and spiritually.
I'm ready to start. What should I expect?
After arriving to the studio and signing in, you'll have a cubby in which you can place any personal belongings not needed for practice. From there, find a spot and unroll your mat!
Most classes begin with guided breathwork or breathing exercises. You'll quickly learn the connection the breath has on the body and its importance for practice. From there you'll be guided through the postures whether they are seated or standing. Generally you'll be provided an option/modification or variation of each of the poses, then you'll be able to decide which option feels best for you. Sometimes the instructor might offer hands on adjustments in some of the postures if it's comfortable for you.
Class is ended with "savasana"-which might feel like nap time! Most people tend to enjoy this part the most and it is the most important part of class- by inviting complete relaxation to the body and the mind, the perfect space for mediation is created, allowing our bodies to absorb all the good energy created from our physical practice. Hands on adjustments may also be offered during savasana using essential oils. If you have any allergies please let your instructor know before class, and hands on adjustments are not required, your instructor should provide a signal you will use to cue the teacher to pass you. Most of the time this can be done by placing your hands on your lap or over your heart.