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What is yoga?

Yoga is the art and science of harmonizing and balancing the body, mind and spirit. The roots of Yoga can be traced to ancient India although the practice of yoga as most of us know it is a fairly recent manifestation. In a yoga class you will practice mind/body awareness by coordinating the movement of the body with the breath in various poses (asana). Along with the postures you will also learn introductory yoga philosophy, breathing techniques, meditation practices and deep relaxation.

What are some of the benefits of Yoga?

The benefits of practicing yoga are well documented. It is now commonly recognized that yoga is a wonderful stress reducer by the way it focuses the mind, deepens the breath and enlivens the physical body. Yoga, practiced with good alignment, is also very therapeutic and can often relieve chronic pain in the back, hips and shoulders. It reduces blood pressure and heart rate, providing wonderful cardiovascular benefits. The practice is also a good way to control weight by cultivating awareness of the mind to the body and thereby helping one make better choices, food or otherwise. The increase in flexibility is obvious but you will also become very strong…deep to the core of each muscle.

I can’t touch my toes. Can I still practice Yoga?

Yes, yes, yes. Yoga is not about touching your toes and you will not attain enlightenment any faster if you do. At City Yoga, we offer several levels of classes so that you can progress slowly and safely, and move at a pace that is appropriate for you. We also instruct modifications to poses as necessary and will help you use props, like blocks & straps, as well.

I’ve never done yoga before, what level class should I begin with?

Yoga is a journey and one that is meant to be savored. If you are brand new to yoga, it is recommended that you begin at either the Basic Yoga or Level 1.5 classes. These classes move a bit more slowly than Level 2 and will introduce you to the Universal Principles of Alignment within foundational poses. Staying in this level for 8 weeks is best although not necessary. At any point you are welcome to shift levels after seeking the advice of your instructor. Gentle Yoga is appropriate for new students who wish to move even more slowly or for those who may be recovering from an injury or illness.

How many classes should I take each week?

Yoga is meant to be practiced daily so the number of classes you take depends on your schedule and intentions. You will gain the most by taking at least two classes a week although attending one class a week is common and enjoyable, too.

Do I need to pre-register for classes before coming to the studio?

No. We have two large studios and there is always room in classes. However, we do offer online early sign-in for students who purchase class cards, which allows you to reserve a space in class before arriving at the studio. We do suggest that you plan to arrive about 15 minutes early for your first class so you can complete a short health evaluation form, meet your instructor and get settled.

Do I have to come to the same class each week?

You are welcome to attend any class on the schedule which is at or below your current level of practice. If you plan to attend a higher level class please speak with your instructor first for their recommendations.

What do I do when I come to the studio?

Please sign-in and pay at the front desk for every class. When entering the practice space please take off your shoes and turn off your cell phone or pager. You can place your personal belongings in the ‘cubbie’ space provided inside each studio. We recommend that you bring your valuables inside the studio. Collect any props that you may need and then set up your mat. Sit back and enjoy. We also have a fenced garden & deck and an interior sitting area which you are invited to use before or after any class.

Do I need to pre-register for special events & workshops?

We encourage you to register early for weekend workshops and trainings, and you do may do so in person at the studio. Students will often travel from out of town to attend these events and signing up ahead of time guarantees your place. Payment is not required at registration unless noted. It is not necessary to register for free events like our book club.

What should I wear and do I need my own yoga mat?

Please wear comfortable, non-binding clothes. We ask that you remove all footwear, including socks, so that you have better control on your mat. Overly baggy clothes are not recommended. We also have plenty of yoga mats which you may borrow for a class along with all the other commonly used props (blankets, blocks, straps). At some point, you may wish to purchase your own mat for class and home practice.

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