Do I need a yoga mat?
We recommend that you bring a yoga mat. Our studio has mats that you can borrow; we simply ask that you clean the mat when you are done. We have a yoga mat spray and paper towels in each studio for your convenience. You are also welcome to bring a blanket and/or eye pillow for relaxation.
What should I wear?
You will be moving and bending in many different ways in yoga class. Wear comfortable clothes with some stretch and coverage. You will feel more sturdy and slip less on your mat with bare feet. We recommend non-slip gripper socks if you prefer to wear socks.
Can I eat before I come to class?
It’s easier to practice postures or breathe deeply if you come to class on an empty stomach. A good rule of thumb is to eat bigger meals a few hours before class. A light snack an hour before class is fine. If you’d like to bring a water bottle to class, you are welcome to do so.
Can I come to class if I’m injured or in pain?
Please feel free to touch base with your teacher with an email or phone call if you are unsure about whether or not you should come to class or by arriving to class early. If you have seen a health care provider and they want you to rest, we recommend that you follow their advice.
If you have an injury or are in pain, please let your teacher know. Your safety is dependent on your teacher knowing what’s going on with you.
If you have a bum knee, sore back, cranky shoulders, overstressed wrists or other physical or health challenges, your teacher will help you adapt the practice and the postures.
Some of our classes are specifically designed to help you reduce pain. We want you to start where you are, pay attention to what’s happening as you practice, and stop and tell us about it if something hurts.
Will yoga conflict with my faith, spirituality or religion?
Yoga isn’t a religion. The philosophical teachings of yoga are non-sectarian, meaning that they aren’t connected to any particular religion. Most students find that if anything, having a yoga practice helps them re-connect with the spiritual teachings and traditions that they hold most dearly in their hearts.
Do men attend yoga classes?
Yes! You will find men attending most classes. Once class begins, most people develop an inward focus, and find no reason to be self-conscious around others.
Do I have to be flexible to do yoga?
No. Many individuals attend yoga class to cultivate flexibility, mobility, strength and balance.