The yoga we teach is called Hatha yoga. This is Sanskrit for union (yoga) of the sun (ha) and moon (tha).
Do I need a mat?
If you have your own mat, you are welcome to bring it. We do have mats you can use at the studio, as well as props if you need them (props support your body as you go into poses, until your body opens and releases so you can go fully into the poses).
What do I wear?
Wear clothes that are comfortable. You want to be able to move around easily and breathe into your belly. T-shirts, tank tops, shorts, sweatpants, yoga pants, stretch pants – pretty much anything other than jeans work well. It is preferable not to wear a hooded shirt during practice as we do fold forward in several poses.
Can men do yoga?
Many men are concerned that they will not be welcome in a yoga class or that they are not flexible enough to try yoga. This is a basic misconception: yoga will improve your flexibility, but you do not need to be flexible to do it. Since yoga has been practiced by men for so long, many of the poses actually make more sense for a man’s body and some require a lot of upper body strength, which women often lack at first.
I'm not flexible. Can I practice yoga?
95% of people who come to our studio for the first time state they are not flexible. That is a good reason to practice yoga, it helps you open your body and release tension. You will learn how to breathe into the resistance which allows your muscles to relax so that you will become more flexible. Someone once stated, “if you can breathe, you can do yoga” and we believe this to be true. You do not have to wrap yourself into a pretzel to practice yoga. As far as the asana or pose part of your yoga practice, there are modifications so you can go into poses according to where your body is during your class and you will get better at listening to your body with practice.
What kind of shoes do I need?
It is best to practice yoga barefoot. This is because you are better able to grip the mat with bare feet. I find that some people are uncomfortable with this at first, but it soon becomes second nature to shed your shoes at the front door. Besides, our studio is dimly lit and everybody is too busy practicing to be checking out each other’s feet!