Questions for Beginners
What is Yoga?
Yoga is the practice of linking physical poses or postures (asanas) with your breath and awareness. By bringing these three elements together, you reduce stress, you feel more vital, and you gain real physical strength and flexibility.
The term yoga is derived from the Sanskrit word yuj, meaning to yoke or bind and is often interpreted as union. Yoga can be as simple as a set of postures you practice while breathing and being present in the moment, resulting in improved physical fitness and reduced stress. For those wanting to dive deeper, yoga can also be an expansive set of teachings about how to live a life of purpose, joy and integrity.
I’m not flexible – can I do yoga?
Absolutely! In fact, you are the perfect candidate for yoga. Yoga will help you gain more flexibility, which loosens tight muscles and prevents injury. Flow Yoga offers yoga classes for beginners to ensure that you start off with the right foundation to help you develop the flexibility and strength!
What should I bring?
Water, a yoga mat and a smile! We have mat rentals available at the studio for $1.00. We also have filtered water so you can just bring a water container to fill up before class. Please allow time to find parking and check in. If you are new, you’ll need to register at the front desk and our friendly staff will help you get settled.
What clothing should I wear?
Wear comfortable clothing that is stretchy to your yoga classes. But, we ask that you please don’t wear any scent, so please avoid coming to class with any strong scents (good or bad!).
Should I eat before coming to class?
Going to a yoga class on a full stomach is not fun, yet doing yoga when you’re starving isn’t a good idea either. We recommend eating a light snack one hour before class or a meal 2-3 hours before your yoga class. This way your body is fueled, but not focused on digestion.
Should I let the teacher know about physical issues?
If you are new to Flow Yoga Studio or new to yoga, it’s important to let the teacher know about your restrictions. This way, our yoga instructors can offer the individual support that you might need throughout the class. Although the teacher will provide you with educated options throughout the class, you are the one who makes the final call. If something hurts or just doesn’t feel right, don’t do it. You’ve heard the old adage. The teacher will not be offended or take it personally, we are all here to help you. Ask any teacher before or after class if you need more information.
What should I expect during class?
During your yoga class, the teacher will lead the class through a sequence of asana (poses), with well thought out alignment directions or cues. They will also offer breathing directions as well as moments of silence or pause. The yoga instructor may or may not play music during class. Some teachers are more conversational in their style of teaching, offering moments of questions and answers weaved into the class; other teachers are more formal and will assist students individually while they walk through the yoga floor during class.
The Flow Yoga Foundations and Level 1 classes will be slower paced and more educational, focusing on correct posture, alignment, muscle action and movement. However, some of our more advanced classes will also be very slow and methodical focusing on a few specific poses, while others will flow and move through poses with less emphasis on each pose, fluidly moving like a dance. Our classes vary depending on focus, cadence and pace. Each individual teacher has their own style, so classes can differ from teacher to teacher.
What should I expect at the end of class?
The last pose of the class is a resting/restorative pose. The yoga instructor will ask the class to lie on the mat and relax for the last 5-10 minutes of class. This pose is all about comfort and rest, so if lying on your back is not comfortable for you, please let the teacher know; they will provide suggestions for modifications. After the last pose, it’s traditional for the teacher to say “Namaste” and for the class to repeat it back to the teacher. Some teachers will lead the class in an Om. The word Namaste is translated as “I bow to you” and the sound of Om is the sound of the universal vibration all around us. These two practices are meant to signify interconnectedness and unity.