What is Yoga?
The word Yoga comes from the Sanskrit word "Yuj" meaning to yoke, join or unite. This implies joining or integrating all aspects of the individual–body with mind and mind with soul–to assist in achieving a happy, balanced self.
I am not flexible/can't touch my toes, can I do yoga?
Of course you can! Flexibility is not the point of yoga, but yoga can help you improve your flexibility. Case in point: yours truly. I couldn't touch my toes for the life of me before starting yoga, now it looks like I can. But there's so much more to it
I've never done Yoga before! How can I find out which style is best for me?
There is only one serious answer: Try. Try as many classes as possible. Speak to your teacher, and ask questions. The bottom line is find out what feels good for you. Beginners should start with classes marked with one diamond (*) on the schedule. These classes move at a slower pace and offer more description of each pose.
What's with all this chanting–is yoga a religion?
No, yoga is not a religion. In the words of Master Teacher Gary Kraftsow,"Yoga is actually more correctly understood as a science of mind, oriented toward understanding the mind/body relationship." Yoga can support and complement the faith of all religious traditions. The chants are simply there as a tool to open up the mind and support that spiritual quest but don't worry, you don't have to chant if you don't feel like it.
What does the $50 trial include?
$50 unlimited 30 day trial is offered to any student who is new to Vayusha Yoga. This trial includes 30 days of daily practice at any of our studios. It does not include free mats and towels or free members-only clinics–those are for Members only. The trial is a stand alone offer and does not require renewal. Your consecutive 30 days start when you take your first class.
Good news! Sign up online and this 30-day membership is only $45!
What does a regular monthly membership include?
The $99 regular monthly membership is an auto-renew payment option that includes free mat rentals, daily practice at our studio and discounts with our business partners.
Will yoga help me lose weight?
A regular yoga practice can promote weight loss. If you’re looking to lose weight and you’re new to yoga, try beginner classes first so you can familiarize yourself with the postures. After that, you can work up to more advanced classes where you’ll work up more of a sweat.
I don’t have a mat yet, do you have them at the studio?
No worries! We have mats available for purchase starting at under $50 and mats available to rent for $2.
What should I wear?
Your clothing should be loose, comfortable, and easy to move around in. A tee and shorts or pants will work just fine.
What should I bring?
Bring yourself and a willingness to learn. You are welcome to bring a water bottle and a mat, but these are also available for purchase and rent in the studio.
Is it OK to eat before class?
Like with any moderate physical activity, it’s best to fuel up in advance. Try to eat an hour or two before class, but certainly have something to eat before class if you’re hungry.
So many teachers!! Whose class should I take?
All of our teachers would love to have you in class. During your unlimited month,try and take the class of as many different teachers as possible. That way, you can see whose teaching style suits your practice. You might be surprised!
Can I do yoga if I have arthritis?
Arthritis pain can be relieved through a regular yoga practice. Gentle and restorative classes are the best ones to start with. Heated classes can increase flexibility and loosen stiff muscles and joints. If you’re comfortable doing so, let your teacher know about your arthritis before class so she can provide appropriate modifications for you.
Can I practice while I’m pregnant?
Absolutely. If you had a regular yoga practice before becoming pregnant, you can continue to attend your regular classes. If not, try Pregnancy Yoga or another beginner class. Always let your teacher know that you’re pregnant, and always check with your doctor before making any changes to your fitness routine.
A few yoga etiquette tips to help you feel comfortable when entering an unfamiliar setting! These tips are both based on tradition as well as simple common courtesy for the people and space around you.
1. Remove Your Shoes
We have a space for your shoes just inside the studio doors. Since people will be walking around the studio barefoot, it is much more pleasant when the floors stay clean. Nothing worse than dirty feet on your yoga mat!
2. Turn Off Your Cell Phone
Make a habit of doing this as soon as you get to the yoga studio. You will be quite embarrassed if your phone rings during class. If this happens (and it has even happened to me!), I advocate owning up and going to turn the thing off immediately.
3. Arrive On Time
Arrive at least 10 minutes before the class is scheduled to start. If you arrive more than 10 minutes late and the class has already begun it is best to schedule another time to come.
4. Respect the Teacher
When you enter a yoga class, you sign on to respect the teacher for the next hour and a bit. You may discover halfway through the class that you don't care for the teacher, style, or hour of the day but you still should continue with the class, follow the teacher's instructions, take your Savasana, and chalk it up to experience.
5. Keep Variations Appropriate
Keep in mind the level of the class you are attending. If it is an advanced class and some of the poses are too hard, it is fine to take a more basic variation of the poses being taught. Usually the teacher will offer this option.
If you are attending a basic class, stick to the basic versions of the poses so you don't confuse new students. The teacher will offer you the option to take a more advanced variation when appropriate. When it comes time to take a vinyasa, always feel free to take either knees, chest, & chin and Cobra or Chaturanga & Updog.
6. Leaving Class
Please know that It is perfectly acceptable to leave class for a few minutes if you need a bathroom break! You do NOT need to ask permission from the instructor. If you are planning on leaving the class early or you are leaving due to feeling sick or for any emergencies it is best to let the instructor know before exiting the studio. Most instructors are pretty intuitive and will know when something is wrong in which case they will quietly speak with you.
7. Don't Skip Savasana!
Your final relaxation in Savasana is an important part of your practice. If you can, avoid leaving class early as this is truly the most yummy part of class!