Frequently Asked Questions
If you are new to yoga, learning class etiquette and knowing what to expect from your first class may be overwhelming. Fortunately, our yoga community is quite welcoming and glad to incorporate you into the fold. Here are some answers to commonly asked questions about yoga.
Why should I do yoga?
Yoga will improve your overall fitness level. Yoga also helps reduce stress. Consider that time in the yoga studio as "me time" where you get to shut out everything and take a break.
What are the benefits of yoga?
Yoga benefits your body, mind, and spirit. You can expect improved strength, stamina, balance, and flexibility. Regular yoga practice reduces cholesterol, and your body's aches and pain, often better than pain medication. Yoga can reduce stress and improve sleep. The spiritual aspects of yoga affect each person differently, but can be quite profound.
Do I need to be flexible to do yoga?
Not at all. Your flexibility will increase as you practice yoga. The more you stretch the better it begins to feel. The same goes for strength.
What is yoga like?
There are many styles of yoga and many different teachers making it hard to generalize. There are gentle yoga classes and rigorous yoga classes. Different people like different things and your yoga practice is a very personal experience. You will just have to come find out for yourself.
Will I have to bend in uncomfortable ways?
Provided you have an attentive instructor, you should not be uncomfortable, or need to twist yourself into a pretzel. Here at CYS, our teachers will offer different variations & modifications to accommodate all levels of practice and we will help you find the right class to fit your needs and comfort level.
I'm a beginner, what kind of class should I take?
The answer depends on your fitness goals and current physical condition. Usually the Basic class works well for a beginner to learn the fundamentals, lingo, & alignment. Most of our beginners also enjoy starting with the Gentle, Yin, Core, & Restorative yoga classes which are all beginner friendly.
What should I wear to class?
Comfortable clothing that allows you to move and bend freely is best. Many yogis wear capri or long, fitted, stretchy pants (yoga pants) and shirts that allow free movement of the arms and shoulders. We carry eco-friendly yoga clothes in our CYS Boutique. Please do NOT wear heavy perfumes or lotions to class.
What should I bring to class?
All you need to bring is a reusable water bottle, yoga mat (you can either buy or rent mats for $2 in the CYS Eco-Boutique), and maybe a hand towel. You will be able to use the studio's props for everything else. We do ask that you wipe or spray the mat after each use and neatly put them back in the supply closet for the next class. For yogis who already have personal yoga mats/bolsters/props you are welcome to bring them.
What do I need to know for my first class?
Wear comfortable clothing and arrive about ten minutes early to Sign In at the front desk and let the instructor know it is your first class and if you have any health conditions or injuries. You will be able to use the studio's props and rent/buy a mat if you need one in the CYS Eco-Boutique. You can do some yoga research beforehand, but it's not required.
I'm pregnant, can I still do yoga?
Yes, but always check with your doctor first to be safe. The breathing while holding a difficult pose will teach you to be comfortable when uncomfortable, which is a nice skill to have when you go into labor. For Prenatal Yoga clients, our Gentle Yoga, Yin Yoga & Restorative Yoga classes are ideal during pregnancy for both mom and baby.
Can children do yoga?
Yes. In fact, yoga offers great benefits to children including learning self-health and body awareness while reducing stress and increasing strength, stamina, mental focus, and flexibility. Your kids are welcome to come to yoga class with you as long as you feel they can keep their attention for the whole hour class. We do offer Kids Yoga and Family Yoga throughout the year, and Kids Yoga Camps each summer. For more information please read this article from our Newsletter Library, Kids and Yoga.
Will I pass out during Hot Yoga?
People passing out during hot yoga is not a common occurrence, but it is like doing yoga in a sauna. If you are overly sensitive to heat, have high blood pressure, going through menopause or are just beginning to exercise, it might not be the style for you. If you are interested in trying hot yoga be sure to hydrate before class and self pace, taking breaks and modifications when necessary.