First – and most importantly – talk with your doctor to be sure yoga is right for you. We encourage you to read our class descriptions and call us with any questions. Our knowledgeable team can help you decide which class might work best for your needs. Then, give it a try! Your teacher will work with you to ensure your safety and comfort in class. Our teaching staff is very familiar with many forms of exercise, so if yoga isn’t for you, they may be able to help you choose something else. Our main concern is to help you get moving, whether it’s in our studio or somewhere else!
Do I have to be flexible to do yoga?
No. Yoga will help your body become stronger and more flexible over time. Your teacher will work with you to make appropriate adjustments to meet your body’s needs in each pose. We use props such as blocks and bolsters to support the body so it can ease into a pose and benefit from the effort. In time, you will experience improvements in both strength and flexibility.
What class should I register for?
First, check with your doctor to be sure that yoga is right for you. Then read the class descriptions and make note of the levels on each class (beginner to advanced) to find something that interests you. If you still aren’t sure, call us and we will help you choose an appropriate starting class for your needs. We want you to be comfortable and excited about your first class with us!
Do I have to register in advance? What if I have to cancel?
To ensure your space in class, we encourage you to register and pay online through our website. If you choose to pay when you arrive at the studio, please allow a few minutes to complete that process prior to entering the classroom. If you need to cancel for a class, you must do so at least two hours prior to the published class time to receive credit for your class payment. Late cancellations (within two hours of class) are not refundable.
What should I expect at my first yoga class?
Expect to be greeted with warmth and a smile! From the moment you enter HeartSong, our team will make sure you feel welcome and comfortable. When you enter the classroom, your teacher will chat with you for a few minutes to learn about your health and exercise goals and to inquire about any mobility or other health issues that need to be considered during class. All of these conversations are held in the strictest confidence and are only to ensure your safety and comfort. Then, roll out your mat and relax! You will be guided through class with specific instructions, modifications and instructions for using props throughout your practice. At the end of class, the final pose is Savasana, a few minutes of rest to help transition from your class back into your daily life. Please do not skip Savasana, as it is a very important part of your practice.
What should I wear for yoga class?
Please wear comfortable clothing appropriate for movement. Leggings or sweatpants with a tank or tee are just fine. In warmer weather, or if you’re participating in a "warm" class, you may choose to wear yoga shorts. No jeans or other restrictive clothing, please. Shoes are not permitted beyond the front lobby of the studio. Students are strongly encouraged to practice in their bare feet, as this allows for maximum "grip" on the mat providing for more secure and safe movement throughout the practice.
Do I need any special equipment for yoga?
No. Mats and props are available for use at the studio. However, we recommend that you consider purchasing your own mat. If you should decide to purchase your own equipment check out our retail area where you will find lots of options.
Why can’t I wear tennis shoes or socks to practice?
Shoes are not permitted beyond the front lobby. Clean socks can be worn beyond the lobby, but should be removed prior to starting any activity where grip is important. During a yoga practice, various parts of your body could make contact with the floor and it is our goal to maintain a safe and clean environment. Students are strongly encouraged to practice in their bare feet, as this allows for maximum "grip" on the mat providing for more secure and safe movement throughout the practice. If bare feet are not an option special yoga socks or mat shoes can be worn during practice, but keep in mind these could impact the connection with your mat and your ability to access various yoga poses.
Will practicing yoga help me lose weight?
Adding more movement to your daily routine will help your body build muscle and burn calories, so you might indeed lose weight. Also, adopting one healthy practice, like yoga, generally leads to adopting other healthy practices, like eating a healthier diet and drinking more water. Consider your yoga practice to be just one part of your overall health plan, to be the best YOU you can possible be.
How often should I practice yoga for the best results?
This depends on your personal goals and current fitness. Some individuals practice daily, to maintain both physical and mental health. Others consider their yoga practice to be a compliment to other forms of exercise like running or cross fit. For best results, we encourage you to practice two to three times per week, adjusting as needed to meet your body’s needs.
Can I practice yoga while pregnant?
Always check with your doctor first! If he/she believes that yoga is safe for you during your pregnancy, you are welcome to practice with us. There are a number of precautions for pregnant women –click herefor more information. Our teachers will help you modify your practice to meet your body’s needs and to keep you and your baby safe during this exciting time.
Can I practice yoga while menstruating?
Yes. Some women prefer to avoid inversions if practicing during their menstrual cycle. However, this is purely a personal choice. Most find that practicing yoga during their cycle can help relieve symptoms like bloating and cramps, and can provide some relief from stress due to more active hormones. Just be sure to listen to your body and take a break if you need to.
Should I eat before my yoga class?
Practicing yoga on an empty stomach is beneficial for your digestive organs. If possible, we recommend that you refrain from eating for a couple of hours before your yoga class. If you need to eat prior to class, we recommend something light like fresh fruit or yogurt. Avoid heavy meals and caffeinated beverages.
Can children attend class?
Children age 12 and older are welcome to attend class in the company of a parent or guardian, or other responsible adult.
Is child care available while I’m in class?
We do not provide child care at this time. Children under the age of 12 are not permitted in the classroom, so please arrange for child care prior to coming to the studio.
What is Namaste?
Most yoga classes end with the hands in prayer position, either at the heart or the third eye center, bowing and saying "Namaste" The translation of namaste is "the divine light in me honors the divine light in you." This closing gesture symbolizes a deep respect between teacher and student, and symbolizes the connection we all have to one another and to the Universe.
What is OM?
Many yoga classes begin or end with the chanting of OM. This tradition is deeply rooted in yoga, going back thousands of years. OM is considered to be the sound of the universe, the first and last sound. When we chant OM in class, we are aligning our body, mind, and spirit with those of others around us, and with the universe itself. The vibration that is generated is calming and allows us to end class in peace. You may feel free to participate, or to just listen and enjoy the sound vibrating around you.
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