Common Questions

  • Is yoga right for me?
  • What should I wear/bring to class?
  • Can I borrow a mat?
  • What time should I arrive?
  • Can I practice yoga if I have an injury or health condition?
  • What are the benefits of yoga?
  • When will I feel the benefits of yoga?
  • How can I develop a home practice?
  • Do you offer private classes?
  • What do the Sanskrit words used in class mean?
  • How long has yoga been practiced?

Is yoga right for me? Yes! Everyone can do yoga. The practice is adaptable to all ages, body types, fitness levels, and interests. Try out different classes to find a practice, day/time, and teacher that work for you!

What should I wear/bring to class?

  • Comfortable layers
  • A yoga mat, if you have one
  • Water bottle

Can I borrow a yoga mat? We encourage all students to bring a mat if possible. There are yoga mats available to borrow, as well as other props, as needed.

What time should I arrive? Please arrive 10 minutes before class. This allows time to sign in, pay, use the restroom, and roll out your mat. The teacher will begin class on time. Thank you for your courtesy.

Can I practice yoga if…

  • I have an injury or health condition? Please check with your doctor first. When you are cleared, please let your teacher know about your condition and make any modifications necessary to practice safely.
  • I am menstruating? This is a personal choice. If you wish to practice, avoid inversions and heat-producing breathwork, especially during heavy flow.

What are the benefits of yoga?

  • Relieves stress and tension
  • Improves flexibility in the spine and joints
  • Increases muscle and bone strength
  • Stimulates the circulatory and immune systems
  • Strengthens lung capacity and life force (prana)
  • Opens the seven energy channels, or chakras, in the body
  • Maintains vitality and good health
  • Reduces anxiety and depression
  • Cultivates clarity, focus and intuition
  • Develops a connection to the present moment
  • Opens your heart to kindness and love

When will I feel the benefits of yoga? We recommend that beginning students take four classes to start. This provides time to experience the initial benefits of yoga. Most benefit comes to those who commit to an on-going practice.

How can I develop a home practice? Choose a class at the studio and come to it weekly. Tune into the flow of the class. When you feel confident in the poses and sequences, bring the practice home. Set up a designated yoga space and a regular time to practice. It may be challenging at first but with dedication and an open mind, you will soon look forward to it.

Do you offer private classes? Yes. Please contact Rachel to set up a private session customized for your needs.

What do the Sanskrit words used in class mean?

  • Pranayama = breath or life force
  • Pratapana = warm-up
  • Asana = posture
  • Mantra = sound vibrations or chanting
  • Savasana = relaxation

How long has yoga been practiced? Classical yoga techniques have been practiced for more than 5,000 years.