Yoga FAQs

Yoga FAQs

You’ve Got Questions, We’ve Got Answers! Go Ahead… Ask Away!

What is yoga?

Yoga is a powerful method of keeping your body and mind healthy. Designed over 5,000 years ago, it utilizes mental focus and deep breathing while performing a series of physical movements. Though many come to yoga for the great physical benefits many often discover the incredible positive effects the practice has upon the emotional and mental body.

Is Yoga a religion?

Yoga is not a religion. You will find people of many beliefs in class brought together by a common desire to live a life more balanced, integrated, peaceful and energized.

What should I expect when I arrive?

New students should arrive 15 minutes before class to fill out a New Student Form and discuss any health concerns with the instructor. An area is provided for shoes and belongings.

What about studio etiquette?

1. Arrive 10 minutes early.
2. Please make sure you check in at the front desk upon arrival.
3. Place shoes and belongings in the designated area.
4. Turn off cell phones before class begins.
5. Out of consideration to students who may be allergic to fragrance, please do not wear scented perfume, oil, or cologne in the yoga studio.
6. Please practice good hygiene. A clean yogi is a happy yogi.
7. Open & close the studio door mindfully/quietly.
8. ALL yoga poses must be done on your mat.

What do I need to bring?

The Open Mind Center provides mats and props for your use free of charge, however it is highly recommended that you have your own mat. Yoga is practiced in your bare feet. Water in a sealed container is allowed in class.

What should I wear?

Wear lightweight, layered, comfortable clothing that does not restrict movement.

How often should I practice?

It is recommended in the beginning of your practice to attend two or three classes per week. As you build stability, strength and flexibility, you can build up to practicing four or more days per week.

Should I eat before practicing?

Eating something small is recommended 1-2 hours before practicing. Twisting postures and forward bending can be uncomfortable on a full stomach.

Will a practice of Yoga help me with stress?

The Open Mind Center’s classes emphasize deep and complete breathing. This has a direct affect on calming the nervous system and releasing muscular tension within the mind and body.

Will a practice of Yoga help with other athletic activities?

Professional and Olympic athletes have directly benefited from their practice. Yoga supports all other forms of physical activity by preventing muscle soreness and injury and helps improve balance, flexibility, strength, focus and so much more.

Can I practice if I am pregnant?

The experience of pregnancy and childbirth are enhanced by Yoga. If you are accustomed to regular exercise, any of the yoga classes at The Open Mind Center might be suitable through the first trimester. If you are new to yoga, Gentle/Restorative would be a good place to begin. Always check with your doctor before beginning any new physical program.

Does The Open Mind Center offer childcare?

No, not at this time.

The Open Mind Center suggests you focus and honor your own body. Ask questions – the instructor is there for you!