FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do I get started?
Getting started can be a little overwhelming, we know. There seems to be a lot of different options to choose from, not to mention that it is always a little intimidating to begin a new endeavor. Don’t worry! We are here to help.
Take a moment to think a little bit about what you want to gain from a yoga practice, what are your wants and needs, your expectations and intentions, and any personal obstacles or limitations that may affect the way you practice yoga. You may want to consider your answers to the following questions:
Do you want a strong and vigorous form of aerobic exercise?
If so, then you may be interested in classes called Flow (check out our popular Community Flow classes!), Vin-to-Yin, or Core Connection. They tend to include a more active and challenging type of yoga practice.
Do you want a quiet, soothing, and relaxing experience?
If so, then you may be interested in classes called Gentle, Restorative, or Yin. They tend to include a milder and sometimes more passive type of yoga practice.
Do you want a beginner’s friendly class to help you learn the basics, and are you more-or-less in good health and up for a little challenge?
If so, then you may be interested in classes called Form Level 1 (Basics). They offer the most remedial information designed to help a newer student begin a safe and effective practice through detailed instructions and good habits. Do note that while these classes aim at keeping yoga simple, that does not mean that they are easy. Students should be mostly injury free and capable of a moderate amount of physical exertion, including having the capability of getting up and down from the floor multiple times within each class.
Do you have a background of physical activity, yoga, sports, aerobics, or dance?
If so, then you may be able to jump right into the challenge of Flow or Form & Flow Level 2 classes as you already have a general understanding of biomechanics, kinetics, and body awareness. If not, then you may benefit from the Form Level I (Basics) or the Form & Flow Level 1 classes which will help establish a foundation of the ways in which the body works and moves.
Do you have any physical or health related obstacles, such as illness, injury, excessive weight, or advanced age which limits your activity levels and mobility?
If so, then you may be interested in classes called Gentle or Restorative as they tend to be milder and more slowly paced. They might offer your immune, nervous, and metabolic systems exactly what they need most. Also note that Gentle and Restorative classes are going to minimize the number of times you need to get up from and down to the floor, whereas most other types of yoga practice require that you frequently shift between sitting, standing, and reclining. Those students with limited amounts of energy or mobility may find that type of repetitive postural change overly demanding.
Do you have only a very limited amount of availability to attend class?
If so, then the type of yoga you practice may be decided by when you can attend class. It may not be your favorite style of practice, but we think that any yoga is better than no yoga. We offer early morning, mid-morning, late-afternoon, evening, and weekend classes. Hopefully at least one or two, if not more, of those offerings fits well into your availability. We also offer private yoga instruction; click here for more information.
Once you have an idea about what kind of yoga you may be interested in or which may best suit your needs, take a look at the class descriptions as well as the class schedule and pick a class to try as your first one. Then just show up!
We will need to collect a small amount of information from you. You can click here to download a copy of theNew Student Registration sheet to print out and bring with you, or give yourself a few extra minutes on your first day to fill it out when you arrive.
Do I need to register for class ahead of time?
Typically, no, you do not need to register ahead of time to attend one of our regularly scheduled weekly group classes. You may choose to use our MindBody software to reserve your space in class, but it is not a requirement. However, you will need to register (and make appropriate payment arrangements) to attend any specially offered classes, guest teacher events, or workshops. You can do so through our MindBody software or at the front desk.
What do I do if I have purchased a Groupon pass?
We do occasionally work together with Groupon to offer discounted class passes. If you have purchased a Groupon pass, then the hardest part is over. Now you get to just enjoy some great yoga at a great price!
By the way, do be aware that Groupon passes are valid for new students only! To redeem your Groupon pass, simply bring your invoice with you to class (either on paper or on your mobile device), and present it to the front desk when you check-in for your first class.
You do not need to register in advance to attend any class. Just show up approximately 15 minutes early to your first class with printed or electronic proof of your Groupon pass. It’s that easy!
What do I need to bring with me when I attend class?
When you come to your first class all you really need to bring is yourself and a willingness to try yoga! Traditionally, yoga is practiced on a sticky mat. Mats are easily purchasable from a variety of retail stores or online. They come in a wide selection of materials and the cost varies. If you do not have your own sticky mat, we do have mats available to borrow at no additional charge. However, borrowing one of our mats should really only be temporary. You are encouraged to invest in your own mat as it will help you to feel more connected and committed to your practice—you get to pick out the best material, the perfect fun color, and the right size for you!—and it’s more hygienic as well.
Yoga often incorporates a variety of specialized props which serve as support during practice. Typical items include Mexican style wool blankets, foam or wooden blocks, straps, and bolsters (big, firm pillows). If you own any yoga props and wish to bring them with you, that is okay to do. Otherwise we have all the props you will need and you are welcome to borrow ours.
What should or shouldn’t I wear?
Most people prefer to practice yoga in soft, comfortable clothes including pants, shorts, leggings, capris, t-shirts, and tank tops. Items should be loose enough to not be restricting yet form-fitting, because articles of clothing that are too baggy or otherwise ill-fitting may leave you feeling exposed. Light layers (sweat pants over shorts, thin sweater, or long-sleeve tee, for example) are encouraged so that you can control your own comfort-level.
Yoga is practiced in bare feet, so please be prepared to remove your shoes immediately upon entering the building (we ask that you do not walk into the classroom area wearing your shoes). You are welcome to wear socks before and after practice, but they should be removed for the duration of class.
Scents are a tricky matter in the yoga classroom. We all want to smell nice and be in an environment which smells nice. However, out of respect for those students with sensitivities or allergies we ask that you please forgo scents in class and practice fragrance-free. Save your perfumes, colognes, soaps, and lotions for after practice. Likewise we do our best to make sure the classroom is cleaned and ventilated well during non-practice times so as to provide the best possible environment for all of us.
What temperature do you keep the classroom?
We are not a “hot yoga” studio, but the most comfortable temperature for any given student is very subjective. We mostly keep the classroom between 75 and 80 degrees. You might sweat. You may want to make a small towel part of your regular practice gear. Some of the milder forms of yoga practice or the periods of relaxation may actually leave you feeling a little chilly rather than heated. You may want to be prepared to adjust your clothes by wearing more or less accordingly.
What should I do with my personal belongings?
We have shelves available in which to store your personal belongings during class. As soon as you enter the building, we ask that you remove your shoes and find an empty shelf to put them on. Purses, bags, and coats tend to be too bulky to be kept with you in the classroom. It is best to store anything that is not necessary for practice on the shelves to help maintain neatness, safety, and good traffic flow in the classroom. If you prefer, you can certainly leave personal belongings in your car, but we recommend locking them in the trunk.
When should I arrive for class?
We start class promptly as scheduled, and you are always encouraged to be a few minutes early in order to get situated in the classroom before class begins. If it is your first class, please make it a point to arrive 15 minutes early to take care of any paperwork or payment necessities and also to get a brief orientation of the space. We are a small studio and often your instructor will be the one checking you in, so please respect their time by being on time.
Why was the door locked when I came to the studio?
We apologize for the inconvenience if you stopped by our space and found yourself locked out. There are two reasons why the door is locked: either we aren’t there or a class is in session.
We do not keep regular hours the way an office or a retailer does, so there are times in the middle of an otherwise normal business day in which there is no one at the studio. Unfortunately there is no easy way for us to predict when we are and are not present, so it may be better for you to contact us via email (email@example.com) or telephone (859-285-0009) rather than dropping by in person. If there is something you need to handle in person, or if you want to visit the space before registering for class, just give us a heads up and we can arrange a time to meet which works for both of us.
We do lock the door once a class is in session both for privacy and safety. By locking the door we prevent unexpected visitors or disruptions, and we also ensure that all of the people and things (such as personal belongings) are safe inside.
Because we lock the door during class, it is that much more important that you make a concerted effort to arrive promptly as you may not be granted entrance if class has begun. It is so disappointing for you as well as for us to miss out on a class for that reason. Be on time!
There are many times that our classes are scheduled just 15 minutes apart, so if you arrive for a class a little too early and the previous one has not yet finished, please wait patiently. If you have not yet experienced it, you will quickly learn just how important the quiet relaxation time is at the end of a yoga practice, and it will not be hard to understand how unpleasant disruptions can be. Let’s all be respectful of each others’ practices, and arrive on time, stay until the end, and wait patiently while someone else’s session is taking place.
Who can practice yoga?
Yoga can be practiced by nearly anyone. There is an appropriate form of yoga for you regardless of your age, gender, culture, athletic ability, weight, body type, medical condition, profession, religion, political party, or income level. Yoga compliments many lifestyles and interests.
Am I too (adjective) to practice yoga?
There are as many different ways to fill in that blank space as there are people in the world. We all have concerns about our ability to participate, be a good fit, and be included. The truth is that there is a yoga for all of us; it’s simply a matter of finding the best yoga for you. There is no such thing as too stiff, too weak, too inexperienced, too overweight, too old, too young, too broke, too busy, or any other thing that you think might be problematic. We can, and genuinely want to, help you figure out what you most need and want from yoga, and it just takes a little bit of communication for that to happen. If you are uncertain about what you can or should be doing, let us know. And we will do whatever is within our capacity to get you started and headed in the right direction.
Do I need to have any yoga experience?
No, you do not need to have any experience with yoga to take a yoga class. Thinking you have to have yoga experience to start practicing yoga is like thinking you have to know how to play the piano before taking piano lessons. Everybody has to start somewhere, and we have lots of opportunities for new students to begin. Look at the class schedule and read the descriptions provided to determine the best class for you.
There is no one right or best class to start with. Selecting your first class(es) will depend on what you most want from a practice as well as when you are available to attend class. If you want help in selecting your first class, let us know.
Do you offer private or semi-private yoga classes?
Yes, we do. Find more information on them in our classes pages.
What if I have injuries or medical issues?
If you have concerns about your safety or well-being regarding a yoga practice, please start by discussing it with your doctor before attending a class. Do your best to explain to your doctor exactly what you will be doing in yoga class, so that they can help determine if that type of exercise is appropriate for you. If you need help figuring out what your doctor should know about your yoga practice, let us know. Then if your doctor feels as though yoga is safe for you, please communicate with your instructor about any health or medical concerns you have before class begins.
Do keep in mind that yoga instructors are not doctors, physical or occupational therapists, chiropractors, orthopedists, or massage therapists. We only teach yoga, and it is not within our scope of professional expertise to offer you any kind of medical or therapeutic diagnosis or treatment. We will do all that we can to offer modifications during the class so that you receive the greatest benefit and stay safe, but you are ultimately responsible for your safety, health, and well-being.
If anything within the framework of the practice feels painful or dangerous, stop doing it immediately! Feel free to talk to your instructor before or after class, and share any concerns you have with them so that informed decisions can be made.
Do you offer discounts for new students?
We have an introductory offer for students new to our studio. The cost is $30 for 30 days of unlimited yoga. We also offer a "drop in" rate if you are not ready to commit to a more frequent practice. We accept cash, checks, or credit cards for payment.
How often should I practice yoga?
Many people feel a benefit from yoga right away, even after their first class. However, the more yoga you practice, the better the benefits can become. A yoga practice is just that: a practice. It is best done regularly and over a long period of time, but the frequency is best determined by each person’s needs and desires. A well-balanced yoga practice often includes group classes, private instruction with a qualified instructor, and a personal practice at home. Please don’t be discouraged and think “I am way too busy to do that much yoga.” It all develops over time as you figure out what best suits your needs, and it does not have to take a lot of time to be a beneficial experience.
We do recommend setting a goal of attending class 2-3 times a week, especially in the first months of practice in order to get a feel for the full benefits as well as to develop a routine. Not all yoga is about vigorous exercise, so if you need a milder or gentler form of practice once in the while to complement the more active ones, we offer classes of varying intensities. Classes such as Restorative and Yin can feel more like “work-ins” than work-outs.
It is far better to practice just 15 minutes every day than an hour or more just once a week. But in the end, each practitioner must learn what is best and most right for them.
What if I am not flexible or strong enough to do what the teacher is instructing?
All of our classes are designed with individuality in mind. It is our goal to provide a valued experience to each and every student to the best of our ability. Teachers aim to emphasize ways in which to modify or adjust the postures and movements to fit your specific needs. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to ask before, during, or after class. And if something hurts or feels risky or dangerous, stop doing it immediately.
Somebody told me that I have to be a vegetarian to practice yoga. Is that true?
No, it is not true. Some people who choose to practice yoga also choose to be vegetarian, and some vegetarians don’t practice yoga.
One of the fundamental principles of yoga is harmlessness and compassion (ahimsa in Sanskrit). Yogis often take pride in their efforts to be kind towards all fellow human beings, animals, the environment, and, of course, themselves. For some yoga students this intention includes refraining from eating meat or other animal products. For them it may be an act of respect towards animals and the environment, and it may also be their means of maintaining a healthy and happy digestive system. You do not have to be vegetarian or vegan to practice yoga, but you may feel a natural inclination towards making more attentive dietary choices and developing better food habits as your practice grows.
Somebody told me that yoga is a religion. Is that true?
Yoga is not a religion. It is a philosophy and a lifestyle technique, and is even often described as a technology or a science. Yoga did originate in India where the primary religion is Hindu, but yoga is saturated with the ideas and philosophies of many cultures from all over the world. If you choose to allow it to do so, yoga can compliment and even enhance your preferred method of spirituality. If religion or spirituality does not interest you at all, then yoga can compliment that as well.