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Yoga FAQ’s

Frequently Asked Questions

This is where you can find the answers to your yoga questions.  To help, we’ve broken down the topics by Practice Guidelines, Beginner FAQ’s and General FAQ’s.  If you don’t see your question answered here, please give us a call or ask your instructor before or after class!

TriangleStretch-YNSClassHere are some helpful guidelines to help make your yoga class an enjoyable experience.

  • On your very first visit, please arrive about 15 minutes early so that you can stop by our front desk and we can enter your information into our system. If possible, please print and complete our waiver form and bring it with you. If not, we have blank forms you can complete at the studio. On subsequent visits, please arrive about 5 minutes early.
  • Please make sure to sign in for your class on the sign-in sheet on the desk.
  • Please turn off your cell phone.
  • While waiting in the lobby for the previous class to end, please keep your voice low as that class is usually in savasana during this time.
  • Please leave your shoes and belongings in the cubbies provided in the lobby.
  • Please do not wear fragrance to class.
  • If you have any questions at all, please ask your teacher or the front desk staff, as we are here to assist you!

Thank you!

What Is Yoga?

The word yoga, from the Sanskrit word yuj means to yoke or bind and is often interpreted as “union” or a method of discipline. A male who practices yoga is called a yogi, a female practitioner, a yogini.

Today most people practice yoga in the form of physical postures, which are designed to purify the body and provide both flexibility and physical strength.

 

ChildsPose-YNSClassI’ve never done yoga before. What happens during a typical yoga class?

First and foremost, welcome to Yoga Nirvana and the practice of yoga! You are about to embark on a journey that will change your life and we are here to assist you in any way that we can! Come with an open mind, expect to have fun, and know that we at Yoga Nirvana are grateful to have you join us!

Our classes are between 60 and 90 minutes long. You will likely find students of all ages and levels of experience in your class and each of our classes are led by experienced instructors who are there to help you get the most out of your practice and to guide you through the series of poses by giving clear and complete explanations, helping you to find the best practice for your body and your current fitness level. Our instructors are also happy to answer any questions you may have.

Each class begins with a quiet time for centering and drawing your awareness fully into the practice room. This is followed by a series of movements and poses that will help to warm the body and to prepare you for the stronger, deeper portion of the practice. Every yoga class ends with a pose called savasasana, in which you lie on your back and rest in stillness for several minutes to close your practice. At the very end of your practice, you instructor will close the class with the greeting ‘Namaste’ which can be translated as “the divine in me, honors the divine in you.”

For every class you take, we encourage you to go at your own pace and to rest whenever you need to.

What are the best classes for a beginner?

We offer several classes that are appropriate for first time practitioners and beginners.

We recommend that students brand new to the practice start with either an “All Levels” class to help familiarize them with the practice and learn more about yoga overall, or a “Yin/Yang” class. As you become more familiar with practice, the poses and your body, other classes (and workshops!) can add to your routine.

In every class you take, please remember to go at your own pace and rest whenever you need to.

 

I am not very flexible. Can I still do yoga?

Yoga offers something for everyone and you don’t need to be physically flexible to take a yoga class. We encourage you to worry less about touching your toes and focus more of your time and energy on developing a practice that is appropriate for your current fitness level. All you need is to come as you are, and let the process unfold.

 

How often should I practice yoga?

There are no set rules for how often to practice. You can realize many benefits from practicing just 2 or 3 times a week. Many of our students start out small and then find the benefits of yoga to be so wonderful that they strive to find time to practice 4 or 5 times a week.

 

Am I too old to start a yoga practice?

No! Yoga has something to offer everyone, regardless of age. Please see our WHAT ARE THE BEST CLASSES FOR A BEGINNER question above for information on which class to take to start your yoga practice.

 

What should I bring to class with me?

It’s nice to bring a towel to class with you, and if you have one, a yoga mat. If you do not have a yoga mat, we rent them for $1 and ask that you clean your mat after your practice. The studio provides any props that you will need.

 

What should I wear to yoga class?

Please wear comfortable, fitted workout clothes. Loose clothing, such as T-shirts, baggy shorts or pants are not really appropriate for yoga, as it tends to get in the way of some of the poses and movements. No special footgear is required because you will be barefoot.

 

Can I bring water to yoga class?

Yes. But it is also important to come to class well-hydrated. At least 2 hours prior to class, drink 16 oz. of water or fluid without caffeine. Please bring a sealed water container and during class, drink as needed, preventing thirst.

 

Should I eat before I take a yoga class?

In yoga class, we twist from side to side, turn upside down, and bend forward and backward. If you have not fully digested your last meal, it will make itself known to you in ways that are not comfortable. It’s best to practice on a mostly empty stomach and to avoid eating a heavy meal 2 hours prior to class.

If you find yourself hungry before your yoga class, try some fruit, a few nuts or yogurt as a light snack 30-60 minutes before class.

What are some of the health benefits of a regular yoga practice?

The benefits of a regular yoga practice are numerous and include but are not limited to greater flexibility, strength and balance.  In addition, when practiced properly and under the guidance of an experienced teacher, yoga offers better back, neck, shoulder and hip health.  Yoga can also be a great way to tone and strengthen your core.  And because the practice works more than simply your physical body, a regular yoga practice can also reduce stress, help you to be more focused and improve your sleep.

 

ArmBalancePose-YNSClass-BWHow often should I practice yoga?

There are no set rules for how often to practice. You can realize many benefits from practicing just 2 or 3 times a week. Many of our students start out small and then find the benefits of yoga to be so wonderful that they strive to find time to practice 4 or 5 times a week.

 

What should I bring to class with me?

It’s nice to bring a towel to class with you, and if you have one, a yoga mat. If you do not have a yoga mat, we rent them for $1 and ask that you clean your mat after your practice. The studio provides any props that you will need.

 

What should I wear to yoga class?

Please wear comfortable, fitted workout clothes. Loose clothing, such as T-shirts, baggy shorts or pants are not really appropriate for yoga, as it tends to get in the way of some of the poses and movements. No special footgear is required because you will be barefoot.

 

Can I bring water to yoga class?

Yes. But it is also important to come to class well-hydrated. At least 2 hours prior to class, drink 16 oz. of water or fluid without caffeine. Please bring a sealed water container and during class, drink as needed, preventing thirst.

 

Should I eat before I take a yoga class?

In yoga class, we twist from side to side, turn upside down, and bend forward and backward. If you have not fully digested your last meal, it will make itself known to you in ways that are not comfortable. It’s best to practice on a mostly empty stomach and to avoid eating a heavy meal 2 hours prior to class.

If you find yourself hungry before your yoga class, try some fruit, a few nuts or yogurt as a light snack 30-60 minutes before class.

 

I am a runner / cyclist / weightlifter. Is yoga compatible with these forms of exercise?

Yes! You will find that a regular yoga practice yoga improves not only your flexibility, but your strength and balance as well, which will increase your ability for a higher endurance workout. The fundamentals of your practice will carry over into your exercise routine for proper breathing and a higher self awareness.

 

Do you offer private yoga instruction?

One to one instruction is a good way to deepen your practice and we offer private instruction with our studio owner, Jim Keegan. Please see the Private Yoga with Jim Keegan page (under the SERVICES menu) for more information.