Q: Is the studio heated?
A: The studio is usually set to around 70° F. You may warm up once you begin to move. However, some classes are geared more for relaxation and the room may feel cool. Dress in layers, so you can remain comfortable.
Q: Do you offer prenatal classes?
A: Yes, we offer four classes a week. Beginning and advanced students are welcome. Talk to your doctor if you are unsure about attending yoga classes. We will guide you through postures, breath techniques and meditation to support you during pregnancy and prepare you for labor and delivery.
Q: Do you offer kids classes?
A: Yes, we offer classes for kids ages 3 – 5, 6 – 9 and tweens ages 10 and up, as well as, Yoga Together for families with 3 year olds and older.
Q: How early should I come to class?
A: Please arrive 10 minutes early for your first class. Our instructors arrive 15-20 minutes early. This will give you time to sign in, and ask any questions you have. We may lock the front door a few minutes after class begins to prevent people from entering the welcome area during class.
Q: What should I bring to class?
A: Bring yourself! We have mats, blankets, and other yoga props you are welcome to borrow at no cost, or you may bring your own. If you borrow a mat, please use the natural spray cleaner in the studio to wipe down your borrowed mat after use. We also sell ¼” thick eco-mats in our retail area.
Q: How should I prepare for class?
A: Sign up online for the class you would like to attend, and enter your account information and preferences. Wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing. We suggest you refrain from eating one to two hours before class, or only eat sparingly. Moving and breathing on a full stomach can be uncomfortable and distracting.
Q: I'm coming straight from work. Do you have a changing area?
A: Yes, we have two changing areas, and there's also a bathroom.
Q: Do you ever have special deals?
A: Yes! New students may purchase a special 2 class pass for $20. [‘New student special’ link: (Content #7 page link)] We also usually have a different special each month on class passes or retail items.
Q: I'm not flexible. Can I still do yoga?
A: Of course. We encourage our students to adapt the yoga practice to suit their abilities. For example, it’s not important to be able to touch your toes in a forward bend. It is okay to bend your knees to minimize hamstring tightness and maximize the stretch along your spine. With practice, you will become more flexible in body, breath and mind. Practicing yoga can help prevent injury, loss of mobility, discomfort and can be fun! We welcome students of all ages, shapes and sizes.
Q: I have an injury. Can I still do yoga?
A: We encourage students to honor where they are physically, mentally and emotionally. If you have an injury or other limitation, please let the instructor know. She or he can modify the pose to suit your comfort and physical abilities. We encourage students to work within their own range of abilities and comfort level.
Q: How many times a week should I practice?
A: Two or even three times a week is a great place to start. A once-a-week practice is the minimum. When you have some experience, we encourage you to practice between classes at home.
Q: What is the age range for your yoga classes?
A: We offer classes for kids, prenatal students and ongoing classes for teens to seniors. As long as the teens are willing participants, we welcome them to class. We offer a special teen and senior class rate for drop-in and class passes also. Please email us if you have any questions.
Q: I'm new to yoga. What class should I start with?
We recommend students new to yoga begin with our Yoga Basics or Level 1 classes. On occasion, we’ll also offer an Introduction to Yoga series. Look for these classes in our schedule online.
Q: I'm a guy. Am I going to be the only guy in a class?
A: You might! Then again, you might not. Guys take our classes too. In fact, two of our instructors are guys.
Q: How do you start a typical class?
A: We sit in a circle. In the prenatal classes, students sit next to the wall for additional support. At the beginning of each class the instructor checks in with each student. We ask students to share their name, what they would like to practice, and any restrictions they might have. The instructor weaves together these requests with their own intention for the class, factoring in the level of the students present.
Q: Do you do chanting, practice breathing techniques or guided meditation?
A: Our classes may use one or more of these techniques, in a manner appropriate to the level of that class.
Q: How do you end a typical class?
A: There is a relaxation time of five minutes or more after the physical postures, to allow our bodies to absorb the benefits of our practice. Following this there may be a chant, breathing technique, or brief meditation We then place our hands together at the heart and bow, saying “namaste.” This simply means, “I bow to the divine in you.” We check out with each student to again connect with them before leaving.
Q: Can you describe the different levels of classes?
A: Yoga Basics and Level 1 classes are appropriate for beginners and those who have never practiced yoga before. In All Levels classes, we expect students to know the basics of movement and breathing, and to be ready for a more challenging class. Instructors may offer a variety of modifications to a pose—some easier, some harder—to accommodate students of different abilities in the same class. Level 2 classes are intended to be challenging (both physically and mentally), and it is recommended that a student have at least six months experience practicing yoga. However every class is unique. We introduce similar postures and techniques in slightly different ways to keep the practice new, challenging, and to help the students be present.
Q: Do you do hands-on adjustments (will the teacher touch me)?
A: Only if it's OK with you. The instructor should always ask for permission before making any adjustments. Adjustments are intended to help the student get more out of the posture and be safe. If you feel uncomfortable with adjustments, please let the instructor know. We are here to support you.
Q: What style(s) of yoga do your classes teach?
A: The style of yoga we teach is based on the viniyoga [http://www.viniyoga.com/] tradition.
In the Viniyoga tradition,
• The student is encouraged to adapt the posture to suit the his or her needs, limitations and potential.
• The breath is the focus in both dynamic and static postures to link the awareness to the spine and create an inner focus.
• The yoga practice is sequenced in a harmonious and efficient way.
However each instructor is an independent contractor, and may have taken classes in other traditions, inside and outside of the yoga realm. They may incorporate that knowledge into their class to help emphasize the intention of that class.
Q: Do I need to be a Buddhist in order to practice yoga? Will yoga conflict with my religious beliefs?
A: We encourage you to incorporate your own spiritual beliefs into the practice. Whether you are a Christian, Buddhist, connect with the universe or follow a different belief system. Whatever your beliefs are, we at Discover Yoga practice and live the meaning of Namaste, a salutation honoring and acknowledging the Divine Presence in everyone.
Q: What can you tell me about your instructors?
A: Each Discover Yoga instructor is a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance [www.yogaalliance.org], which requires a minimum of 200 hours of training, as well as ongoing continuing education and actual teaching experience. They have a personal practice and may also attend classes as students themselves. Our instructors believe in the yoga teachings and want to share the benefits that yoga has brought to them. They personalize the teachings for each student, to meet the student where they are and share the many aspects of yoga. You can meet them here [www.discoveryoga.com/Instructors.htm]!
Q: What is the overall philosophy of the Discover Yoga studio?
A: We believe yoga is for “every body”. We welcome students of all ages, cultures and levels of yoga experience to participate in our classes.
Q: What makes Discover Yoga different from other yoga studios?
A: We keep the studio at room temperature. We are not a hot yoga studio. In addition, we offer a class beyond the poses. We begin seated in a circle. The class may include breathing techniques, meditation or a conversation about the yamas or niyamas. The yamas are our attitudes and behaviors towards others and our surroundings and the niyamas are our attitudes and behaviors (habits) towards ourselves. Our attitudes and behaviors relate to our sense of wellbeing.
Q: What are some comments about your teachers and the studio?
A: A student: “I am a busy professional who "works out" every day and thought myself fit. I never really understood the benefits of yoga until getting involved with Discover Yoga. Not only have I increased my flexibility but through the rhythmic breathing that accompanies each asana the feeling of peace, serenity and overall well-being after each practice is incredible...”
A prenatal student: “I practiced yoga throughout my entire pregnancy. It helped me feel more centered and relaxed, as well as ease back pain and general soreness from being pregnant. I noticed that when I missed a class my week didn't go as well. I would feel more anxious and moody. I feel that practicing yoga regularly really helped me to use my breath and stay calm and focused while giving birth. The people who attended my birth commented on how they thought my yoga practice helped me to have a peaceful home birth with no drugs and painkillers. "
A student: “I enjoy many aspects of class at Discover Yoga - especially the non-competitive nature of the classes. It’s a wonderful and comfortable place to learn."