frequently asked questions
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What if i've never done yoga before?
Congratulations! You have just taken your first step toward trying yoga by asking this question. You may be most comfortable in our 4-Week Yoga Essentials for Beginners workshop where you can learn the foundations and principles of yoga before attending a regular weekly class.
Another alternative is to come to one of our Gentle/Restorative or Beginning Yoga for All Bodies classes. Our certified yoga instructors provide direction for easing into and out of the poses safely, and are there to assist you. There are many variations of each pose, and your instructor will guide you into the one that is best for you.
Something to remember is that yoga is referred to as a “practice.” That means every yogi is always learning regardless of what level of experience he or she may have. In the end, we are all new to yoga because each time we roll out our mat, we are exploring something new.
Is yoga for me? I don't look like a yogi!
We love this question because you are not alone in holding the misconception that a yogi is young, lithe and flexible like a rubber band. A yogi is anyone who practices yoga. We practice yoga for the physical benefits of improved strength, balance and flexibility; for the restorative benefits of relaxation, stress control and improved breathing; and for some, the spiritual benefits of quieting the mind and finding something deeper within. One does not need to “look like a yogi” to achieve these benefits. They are available to all.
What should I wear to class?
We recommend wearing comfortable clothing so you can move your body in all directions, including bending forward. Peace through Yoga is a relaxed, non-judgmental environment. Wear what makes you feel good, whether its yoga attire or workout pants and t-shirts.
Which class is best for me?
Sometimes the “best” class for you depends on the day. Take a moment to check in and see how you are feeling. Energetic? Register for a Vinyasa class. Lethargic? Try a Gentle/Restorative class. Rusty? Our Beginning Yoga for All Bodies classes will get you back in the game.
We encourage you to try different styles of classes. There is always something to be learned from each instructor and class format, and variations can be offered to ease you into a pose or to challenge you. If you are pregnant or have any physical limitations, we suggest starting with a Beginning Yoga for All Bodies or Vinyasa Level I class (and please inform your instructor before class).
How do I register for classes?
We strongly encourage you to register for all classes. It’s easy to do with our free app, Peace through Yoga, available wherever you get your apps. Once you arrive at the studio, sign-in at the front desk and find your spot in class. In the event of an emergency or cancellation, we will call or text preregistered students (once we had a tree fall on an instructor’s car before class). Thank you for registering online!
What should I eat before class?
You will feel most comfortable if you come to class with an empty stomach (think of forward bends on a full tummy). Eat no less than 2 hours before class so your food has time to digest. Drink water before and after class so your body is well hydrated. Yoga poses can cleanse your body of toxins, so water aids in moving these out of the body.
What if I can't do a pose?
Yoga is a practice, so everyone is somewhere on the learning curve no matter how experienced a yoga they may be. When you say you “can’t” do a pose, we interpret that as meaning you are “learning” to do a pose. Your instructor will offer you assistance and variations to help you gain the benefits of the pose. Ultimately, the benefits are the purpose of the practice, not the poses themselves.
Is yoga a religion?
Yoga is a popular practice with roots that are thousands of years old.
People of all faiths and religions practice yoga. Their reasons for coming to the mat are as individual as they are. Some desire the physical benefits of the practice – the stretching, strength-building and skeletal alignment. Others seek refuge from our busy modern world – yoga is 75 minutes of being unplugged from all electronics. Yet still others come for spiritual reasons because the mindfulness of the physical practice, the attention to the breath and the relaxation techniques allow them to quiet the mind and focus within.