Frequently Asked Questions

Answers for students new to yoga and our studio

Am I going to get hurt doing yoga?

As with any form of physical activity, risk of injury is always present. Yoga is an exercise that uses all parts of the body so you may find some of the new movements challenge the body in new ways. For this reason, it is crucial that you practice slowly and mindfully, move at your own pace and work at a moderate level. This is sometimes easier said than done. Being mindful and careful in your practice is a lesson that sometimes uses injury as a teacher. Don’t let this happen to you!

Do I need any special equipment?

One of the benefits of practicing at a yoga studio is that everything you need is provided. Mats, straps, blocks, bolsters, and blankets are all available to you free of charge at Unity — all you need to bring is yourself and a smile.

How often should I practice?

Practice frequency is based on personal preference and may ebb and flow over time. A good way to start is with one class per week, and then build up slowly to two or three.

At first, we recommend that you practice at the same time each week to allow the body to find its rhythm and to create a disciplined practice. Just like putting braces on your teeth, it is better to make small adjustments over a long period of time rather than forcing a drastic change in pace or lifestyle. Over time, you may find that a daily practice is beneficial.

Is yoga a religion or are there religious overtones in the class?

Yoga is not a religion but it is a practice based on personal spirituality. The classes at Unity Yoga are based on movement and breath, but occasionally there may be a tradition that stems from Hindu practices such as chanting of a mantra or the sacred sound of “Om.” These vibrational practices can lift the spirit and deepen your practice, however, your participation is always optional and you can omit anything that doesn’t fit in with your beliefs.

I’ve never tried yoga before; where can I start?

You can begin your practice in any one of our drop-in classes or try a Beginners level class on our schedule. The fundamentals of yoga; breathing and smiling, are part of every class. Yoga should never be a struggle, but it can be very challenging, and sometimes intense. Remember to take your time and participate only as you feel comfortable. Learn how to find your minimum edge, breathe deeply into all areas of the body, and most importantly enjoy your practice at every level. Where you are today is the perfect starting point.

Should I eat or drink before class?

It is recommended to practice yoga on an empty stomach, taking meals following your practice. A small meal an hour before class is fine. Drinking water throughout the day will also help the body stay hydrated and elastic.

What should I wear?

You don’t need special clothes to practice yoga. Wearing loose clothing that allows easy movement is always appropriate. Bare feet are preferable.

Which style of yoga is right for me?

Please visit the class styles section to read about the different options that are available to you. Most styles of yoga have evolved from Hatha Yoga, and all share an emphasis on breath awareness, stretching and toning the body, and include some form of meditation or relaxation. We recommend trying out different styles, and teachers, until you find one that works well for you. You may also find the styles of yoga you are interested in will change as your practice evolves.

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