Frequently Asked Questions
We want you to feel comfortable the minute you walk through the door at The Yoga Loft. Below, please find some Frequently Asked Questions and commonly used Yoga Terminology.
How do I choose a class?
We encourage students who are new to yoga to start with our Essentials & Slow Flow classes. Both of these move at a slower pace and allow more time for alignment instruction. The Slow Flow & Restore classes begin with 30 minutes of beginner/intermediate yoga, followed by 45 minutes of deep relaxation in restorative postures.. Please read our Class Descriptions page for information.
What if I'm not flexible?
A good reason to begin a yoga practice! Yoga is appropriate for every fitness level and every stage of life. Each pose has many variations and modifications making it either more accessible or more challenging. Over time a student's flexibility (and strength) will improve.
What should I wear?
Comfortable and appropriate clothing for movement. Layers are a good idea. Please refrain from wearing perfume or scented lotion/oils as other students may be sensitive.
What should I bring?
Bring a yoga mat or rent one from us. A towel and water bottle are recommended.
What should I do when I arrive?
Please arrive 10 minutes before the class start time to check-in at the front desk. Signing up in advance through the MindBody app will streamline your check-in process.
Om is believed to be the mystical sound or vibration of the universe and represents the infinite or universal consciousness. Chanting the sound of Om at the beginning and/or end of a class creates harmony and unity among students and teacher.
Namaste is a greeting, taken as a sign of gratitude or respect. It translates to "the light inside of me bows to the light inside of you". Namaste is often said at the close of a yoga class with hands in prayer position at the heart center as a way to acknowledge and celebrate our interconnectedness.
Asana translates into "seat", and was originally used to describe the posture yogis took for meditation. Over time asana became the word used to group all postures, since all poses are a preparation for mediation.
Savasana, also known as "Resting" or "Corpse" pose, is taken at the end of a yoga class allowing all of the effort put forth in the practice to integrate into the body.
Pranayama is the word used for breathing techniques. Broken down, prana means "life force energy" and yama means "control". The most basic pranayama in yoga is to simply breathe in and out the nose, but teachers may guide students to practice other forms of pranayama which each have different physical and energetic benefits.