asana yoga
class

FAQs

 

 

What is yoga?

"Yoga" means "union" in the ancient language of Sanskrit, which was used 5,000 years ago when yoga first originated. Put simply, through our practice of yoga, we learn to develop union of body, mind, and spirit.

I’m not flexible, can I still practice yoga?

YES! You don’t practice yoga because you are flexible; practicing yoga helps you grow more flexible. Listen to your body, respect your limitations, and keep a consistent practice, and you will find your body and mind growing more flexible.

I’m ______, can I still practice yoga?

It doesn’t matter how you fill in the blank; YES, you can practice yoga! Yoga is accessible to everyone, and there are as many different styles of yoga as there are people practicing it. Always listen to your body and be open to trying different styles to find the one that makes you feel the best.

How do I know which class is right for me?

Most students start with our Yoga 101 series or Gentle Yoga class. These classes are great for beginners and those working with injuries or limitations because they help you learn proper alignment of poses at a relaxed pace so you can build a solid foundation for your practice.

Traditional Hatha classes (including Lunch Hour Yoga, Healthy Hour Yoga, and TGIF Yoga) vary in pace and intensity, but modifications are offered to make them appropriate for all levels.

Restorative Yoga is more quiet. You will use props to support the body and invite the mind to stillness as well. This class is deeply relaxing and appropriate for all levels.

Yin Yoga is more meditative. You will hold poses to get a deeper stretch, particularly in the hips, pelvis, and lower back. This class is great for athletes and those looking to work on flexibility.

Vinyasa Flow and Hot Flow classes move at a faster pace and typically include more challenging postures, so it is best to have a good understanding of the poses before progressing to these more intense classes.

We encourage you to try different classes and instructors, as each has something different and wonderful to offer you!

How often should I practice yoga?

As often as possible! The more consistent and regular you are with your practice, the more you will see and feel the benefits.

Should I eat something before class?

Eat a snack two hours before your class so you have time to digest.

What if I can’t do a pose?

Don’t worry, we can’t do every pose and we’re not here to judge! How boring would life be if we could do everything perfectly the first time we tried?

The beauty of yoga is that it is a practice, something we return to and continue to grow in. So keep showing up, breathe deeply, and listen to your body and modify when you need to.

What should I wear?

Wear comfortable clothing that does not restrict movement. A stretchy, fitted top and bottom are good options because they won’t ride up towards your face when you’re in a pose like downward-facing dog.

How do I get started?

Just show up! Please arrive 10-15 minutes early to complete some paperwork and get acquainted. You have the option to pre-register online, but it is not required.