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FAQ

I have never tried yoga. Where do I start?


Yoga meets you where you are, meaning that no matter your skill level, you can do yoga! We recommend that you take a look at the class descriptions that we offer and see what interests you. Most of our classes are for mixed levels, which are fine for complete beginners. We often offer variations to our yoga asanas (poses) for all levels. We also recommend that you purchase a New Student Trial for $20. This will give you seven days to try out as many classes and instructors as you like so you can see what is a good fit.




Do I have to be in good shape or flexible before I start?


No, it is a misconception that people who practice yoga are super flexible and in great shape. Forget what you see on social media! Yoga is for everybody and every BODY. In yoga, we work in many levels to benefit the mind, body and spirit and you will become more flexible as you practice. Come as you are!




What is yoga?


The word "yoga" means to "yoke" or "unite". We use yoga to unite our breath and bodies, mind and spirit. Yoga is not just about the physical practice. There are actually 8 "limbs" of yoga, and the physical practice is just one of those. A physical yoga practice we connect the body to our movements and breath. This helps focus and relax the mind by directing attention inward. Yoga can improve strength, flexibilty, balance, posture as well helping you calm the mind and improve breath control.




What are the benefits of yoga?


There are many benefits of yoga. First, you will gain flexibility and strength. You will also learn to use your breath to your advantage (calming, relaxation). Yoga also: -imrpoves balance -helps alleviate back pain -can ease joint and muscular pain/tension -lowers blood pressure -practiced regularly can help with weight loss -helps you relax and get a better night of sleep -brings you energy and a better mood -helps you manage stress and anxiety -helps improve athletic performance -improves posture -connects you with like-minded people




What do I wear to yoga class?


When you come to yoga class, we recommend that you wear something that is comfortable to you. You don't have to wear leggings, although those are fine! Many people wear sweat pants and a t-shirt. Just come ready to stretch and move. We do ask that you remove your shoes and socks for class.




What should I bring to class?


We recommend that you bring a yoga mat and a bottle of water. If you don't have a mat, we have a few you can borrow or you can purchase one at the studio. We often use additional props such as yoga blocks, straps, bolsters, blankets and eye pillows, but we have those to borrow at the studio.




What if I have an injury or health issue?


We always recommend that if you have an injury or health issue that you discuss this with the instructor prior to starting class. The good news is that yoga can benefit people who have such issues and there are many modifications and accomodations that can be made to help you.




How do I sign up?


Signing up with One Soul is easy. Simply go to our "Classes" page to look at our schedule. You can click "book" on any class and that will take you to our online registration page. From there, fill out the online form, choose which payment option you prefer and book your class. If you prefer, you can sign up in person at One Soul. We do recommend that you arrive about 15 minutes early to fill out paper work.




What if I arrive late to class?


Ideally, it is best to arrive to the studio 5-10 minutes before the start of class. This will give you enough time to sign in, store your belongings and get your mat set up before we start. If you do arrive late, please enter the studio quietly and find a place as not to disturb others.




I have heard the words "savasana", "om" and "namaste'" used when talking about yoga. What do those words mean?


Savasana is the final resting pose you will find at the end of most yoga practice. Simply put, it's a 10-15 minute time of complete relaxation, sometimes in silence, other times the instructor will talk. OM is a mantra often used in yoga that represents the sacred sound of the Universe. When chanting the word "om" we are symbolically acknowledging our connection to nature, the Universe and all other living beings. Namaste' is a Sanskrit greeting that means to "bow" and we often say "the light in me, honors the light in you". It simply means you are being seen and recognized for everything that you are.