What should I wear?
Wear something comfortable in which you are able to move easily without restriction. Baggy clothes are not recommended. Practicing in bare feet is traditional, insures safety, and stimulates many health benefits. Avoid wearing jewelry, watches, cologne or perfume. Finally, do not apply lotion to your skin before class, especially on your hands and feet.
Do I need to have my own mat?
We have mats available for use free of charge. We just ask that you take a moment to clean the studio mat after use with the cleaner and towels provided.
If I am a beginner what classes are best?
Classes labeled basic and all levels are best for beginners. Check out our website for detailed descriptions of each class. If you are unsure about taking a particular class, feel free to talk to our knowledgeable front desk staff or instructors. They are specially trained to take great care of you. We can help guide you after talking about your needs and expectations. Or feel free to email us with any questions, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I just come in for one class?
One time visits are $15. The best deal we have is the $39 for 30 consecutive days, limit one time offer per yogi.
What’s the deal with eating before yoga and drinking water during yoga?
It is best not to eat for up to 2 hours before a yoga class. Many yoga postures stir things up in your internal organs which can be unpleasant on a full stomach. We also suggest that you do not drink water during class. You do not want to cool the internal heat that you create during yoga by drinking water in class. Hydrate before and after class.
Do you have a locker room?
We have a fitting room in the front retail shop as well as bathrooms in the back of the studio. We do not have a shower facility at the yoga center. You may leave personal belongings in the front under the benches or in the back cubbies. We lock up the studio during all classes; although, we are not responsible for lost or stolen items.
Can I do yoga if I’m not flexible?
Yoga is about transforming your mind through your body so don’t avoid yoga just because you think you aren’t flexible! In fact, if you have tight muscles, yoga is just the thing to enhance suppleness. The point of yoga postures-asana- is not to show off flexibility, but rather to become more flexible over time while enjoying yoga’s health benefits. Yoga is not a competitive sport. It is a uniquely personal practice, infinitely adaptable to fit your needs.
Is yoga mostly about stretching?
Although yoga involves stretching your muscles, it is a whole different ballgame than the few warm-up stretches you might do at the gym or before a run. Here are a few ways yoga is different:
- Yoga places emphasis on alignment, meaning that how you are touching your toes matters more than whether you can actually touch them or not.
- Most yoga postures do not stretch an isolated area, but involve coordinating the whole body in both stretching and strengthening.
- Many of today’s most popular yoga styles are vinyasa/flow. This means there is movement from pose to pose with an awareness of the breath, making this style of yoga very fluid.
- Asana, or the physical practice of postures, in only one aspect of a yoga practice, albeit the most well-known one these days. Even if you only engage in yoga through asana practice (an excellent place to start), be aware of the eight limbs of yoga.Visit www.yoga.about.com for more information.
How do I pick a type of yoga?
We encourage you to try as many different types of yoga as you can! This is precisely why NAYC offers so many styles for your yoga experience and well being! Don’t limit yourself to just one type right off the bat. Over time, you may find certain types of yoga suit your ever-changing abilities, temperament, lifestyle, and willingness.
Feel free to contact Malisa Bobbitt. She is here to answer any questions you have about yoga and/or our studio. (928) 774-3144