Are there prerequisites for taking yoga?
Absolutely not. No matter what your experience with yoga, your age or level of physical fitness, yoga requires nothing of you other than a willingness to practice.
I am not flexible. Can I still practice yoga?
Absolutely. Flexibility is just one of the many benefits that comes with regular practice.
Should I be concerned that I can’t do all of the postures?
No. Yoga postures can be modified to suit your ability. Yoga is not about achieving the perfect posture. It is about working with your body rather than against it, it is about learning to respect your current limitations while challenging your ability.
I have an injury/illness and am concerned that I cannot practice yoga.
Discuss your concern with your teacher so that your needs can be considered during class.
What will I do in my yoga session?
A balanced yoga session will include Pranayama (the breathing exercises of yoga) to calm the mind, relax the body and release physical and mental stress; Gentle Opening Exercises to loosen and relax the muscles and joints for practice; Asanas (the physical postures of yoga) including seated, standing, and balance postures, forward bends, back bends, inversions and twists, all of which promote balance, strength and flexibility; and Final Relaxation to release remaining stress, practice relaxed awareness and assimilate the benefits and therapeutic effects of the postures
for Your Practice
Preparing for Your Practice
Arriving for your Session
Try to arrive 10 minutes before class to give yourself time to settle and relax before the session begins. New students must arrive early to complete a registration form in advance of their first session.
Advise the Instructor
In advance of your yoga session, please be sure to advise the instructor of any injuries or medical conditions that should be considered during practice (i.e. neck, back, joint injuries, high blood pressure, post-surgery, post-pregnancy etc.). Also be sure to let the instructor know, in advance of class, if you are pregnant.
Yoga is practiced with bare feet. Wear comfortable, non-restrictive clothing that is fuss-free, allows you to breath and move easily.
Food & Drink
It is best to practice yoga on an empty stomach or 2-3 hours after a regular meal. Light snacks such as nuts or fruit are fine. If you can, please try to avoid drinking water during practice (unless of course, you are pregnant). Yoga generates body heat and drinking water will cool the body.
Perfume & Colognes
Please avoid wearing perfume or cologne as a courtesy to others who may have allergies or are sensitive to such scents.
What to Bring
Just yourself. If you do not have a yoga mat, mats are available at the studio. All necessary props will also be available to you.