Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some common questions and concerns students new to Yoga often have. If you have any other questions about Yoga, please feel free to contact us any time and we will be happy to try to answer them for you.
What should I bring?
You don’t need much for Yoga class. Bring a bottle of water, your mat (but we have some at the studio as well if you need one). Maybe a face cloth or small towel, a lot of enthusiasm & an eagerness to learn & you are ready to Yoga!
What clothing should I wear?
Wear comfortable clothing for stretching and breathing. Out of courtesy for the other students, please come to class clean and try not to wear strong perfumes or colognes. You may want to leave your jewelry at home as well, so it doesn't get in your way during some of the postures.
Do I wear shoes in class?
No. There is a place to store your shoes at the studio during classes.
Can I eat before class?
Please try not to eat for at least two hours prior to a Yoga class. This is for your comfort completely. If you must eat something, try to have something light like fruits, raw veggies, juice, crackers, tea...etc
What do I do if I'm late or I know I'll be missing class?
Please try to arrive on time, which means at least 5 minutes before the start of class. If you do come in after class has started, quietly join the class as soon as you are able and take a minute to center yourself, and then join in. If you are running very late (over 10 minutes) stop rushing, go home and try again tomorrow. We don't want you to miss anything, but it's best for you and the class not to join any later than that.
I am a beginner, how do I start?
We always suggest beginner students to dive right in! There is really no other way to feel the profound benefits of a Yoga Practice than to do it every day - and learn step-by-step, day-by-day, all about relaxation, breathing, the Yoga postures and their physiological benefits, psychological benefits, and spiritual benefits.
After I do Yoga, what should I do for “cardio” exercise? I am an athlete and want to stay fit.
We get asked this question A LOT. Come for a class, and you will see what a workout you can get without stepping foot off your mat! Although it is not the primary goal of Yoga, if you really put effort into your practice, you can achieve ALL the benefits you need for a healthy, fit, energized body. Of course, if you love to walk, swim, run, bike, golf, ski, play tennis, soccer…you can still add yoga to your daily exercise routine. Practicing Yoga will improve your game significantly by increasing stamina, concentration, breathing capacity and flexibility!
I don’t have time to do yoga every day?
We know that everyone is so busy these days, and it is very hard to find time, even a minute for your Self. But you must. If you can’t come every day, come as many days as you can. encouraging students to try to come every day, for at least a month, strictly for your own experience of how profound a regular Yoga practice can be for you. You are more than welcome to call us any time to try to arrange something that works for you
I am a bit overweight/anxious/depressed can I still practice yoga?
Yes, most definitely! There is something for everyone. You will see that in just a few days, the postures can deepen and become more manageable, and just about every element of a yoga practice can help to reduce weight. The Sun Salutations, (a warming up exercise practiced at the beginning of every class,) brings flexibility, increases circulation, nourishes the heart with oxygen-rich blood, and tones and lengthens the bodies’ muscles. The Asanas (Yoga postures) stretch muscles in the body most people didn’t know they had, from the inside out. Asanas improve digestion, relieve depression, constipation, thyroid issues and Asthma, and they can also reduce blood pressure and bring down cholesterol. Relaxation and concentration can bring relief for those suffering from anxiety, stress, ADD and ADHD…the list goes on and on. It is so easy to fall out of balance. Yoga aims to bring it back into your life; be it physically with your weight, mentally with anxiety or emotionally with feelings of depression. Please let us know before you come for your Yoga course if you have any of these feelings or medical conditions so we can discuss your individual needs with you.
Is there an age limit for practicing yoga?
You are not too old to start your Yoga. Yoga knows no age. You can start your Yoga practice at any age, and practice forever! We are all at a different "level" in our practice, but there are options for just about everyone. Please don't let your age be a limiting factor in starting or developing your Yoga practice.
Can I practice yoga during "my cycle"?
The answer is that it is entirely up to you. Firstly, we don’t claim to be doctors or know what is best for each woman, so if you have a special situation or any specific concern, please consult your doctor. If you are menstruating, deep breathing, Yoga postures and relaxation can be very relieving for cramps, heavy flows, and PMS. Again, it is up to you. It may be a time to completely take a break, and just do some relaxation at home, or a few rounds of sun salutations, or you may feel up for a full class, and feel just great! Please feel free to discuss this further with your instructor(s).
Do I Have to Be Vegetarian to Practice Yoga?
The first principle of yoga philosophy is ahimsa, which means non-harming to self and others. Some people interpret this to include not eating animal products. There is debate about this in the yoga community—I believe that it is a personal decision that everyone has to make for themselves. If you are considering becoming a vegetarian, be sure to take into account your personal health issues as well how your choices will affect those with whom you live. Being a vegetarian should not be something that you impose on others—that kind of aggressive action in itself is not an expression of ahimsa.
Is Yoga a religion? I already have a religion.
Yoga is not a religion. It is a way in which you develop your body and mind and bring balance and connection with the spirit. Yoga can be practiced in whichever form you chose, and accommodates all religious beliefs. True, Yoga’s deep roots originated in India, and some of the words and concepts in the “Yogic vocabulary” may seem foreign or different than what you are used to, but the main goal of Yoga is to bring back balance with your true nature, to bring you back in to harmony with God, the Universe - whatever name you prefer to call it. This goal of finding happiness and peace resonates through all religious beliefs. Yoga has been a tool for literally millions of people, of all different religions, all over the world to actually further develop their religious beliefs and practices. Yoga brings awareness to the present moment, and emphasizes concentration, discipline, observation, service, truth and effort, which have helped many people see their religion even clearer and deeper than before. We welcome all people, of all backgrounds and faiths, and are happy to discuss any concerns or questions you may have regarding your Yoga practice. You will never be asked to change the way you feel or alter your beliefs and ideas about religion. We simply invite you to practice Yoga for your health and peace of mind. It can be as little or as much as you want it to be for you.