Yoga FAQ's, Benefits & Etiquette
What class is right for me?
Most yoga classes are a combination of breath, strength and flexibility training, based on different styles of yoga. If you’ve never taken a yoga class before, we recommend Yoga Foundations or Gentle Flow Yoga as a first-time class. Yoga Foundations is an introductory class explaining the different poses and gives you a solid foundation for building up to more challenging classes.
What should I wear?
Wear comfortable clothing that allows fluid movement but is not too loose. This allows the instructor to view your alignment and assist you in adaptations if needed. Women typically wear athletic or yoga clothing, tank tops and leggings. Men typically wear athletic shorts and T-shirts. It’s recommended to wear formfitting, supportive underwear. Due to specific yoga poses, loose boxers and shorts are not recommended. Yoga is practiced barefoot.
What should I bring to class?
Bringing a container of water to each yoga class is strongly encouraged. It is recommended that you bring a small hand towel and a yoga mat. Yoga mats are always available to rent for $1 per visit.
Do I need to come early for my first class?
Yes, you will need to complete initial client paperwork and sign a waiver prior to starting your first class. Please arrive approximately 10 minutes before your first scheduled class in order to allow time to complete the required paperwork.
Do I need my own blanket, block or other props?
No, the EWC yoga studio is stocked with an abundance of clean, state-of-the-art props to enhance your practice.
Is it okay to eat before yoga?
It is best practice to perform yoga on a relatively empty stomach. It is recommended that you not eat approximately 1.5-2 hours prior to the start of your scheduled yoga class.
What Are Some Of The Benefits Of Yoga?
Improves Balance & Posture
Yoga focuses on proper body alignment which helps support your posture and balance throughout your regular, daily activities and reduces pain caused by poor body alignment.
Tones your body
Yoga tones your body by slowly building muscle strength which prevents back pain, athritis and falling. In some poses, you support every pound of your body weight.
You don’t need to be flexible to start doing yoga. Flexibility comes with practice. It is so rewarding when you first attain a position that you couldn't reach when you first started yoga. Loosening your hips by becoming more flexible postiively affects your knee joints and loosening your hamstrings positively affects your spine.
Lowers Blood Sugar and "Bad" Cholesterol levels
Regular yoga practice reduces the blood sugar levels in your body lowering the risk of diabetes or helping to control the effects of diabetes. Regular yoga practice lowers LDL "bad" cholesterol levels lowering the risk of heart disease.
Regular yoga practice keeps you grounded in the present moment and reduces scattered thought processes. This improves your ability to focus and increases your coordination, reaction times and memory skills.
45 minutes of yoga can help you fall asleep faster and sleep longer with fewer disturbances. Better sleep reduces your stress levels during the day.
Strengthens the back and core
Regular yoga practice can strengthen the muscles surrounding the spine and increase bone density, reducing the risk of osteoporosis. In some cases, yoga can be more effective for improving back conditions than standard medical treatment.
Yoga can trigger brain chemicals that combat anxiety and depression. It lowers your breathing rate, heart rate and blood pressure which decreases stress in your body.
Improves Lung Capacity
Controlled breathing is an important component of yoga. It greatly improves your capacity for exercise and increases breathing through the nose, improving the health of your lungs from reduced debris from mouth breathing.
Regular yoga practitioners report higher body satisfaction and personal satisfaction as personal goals are set and met through yoga practice.
Improves Digestive Problems
Regular yoga practice reduces stress which than improves your overall digestive system, decreasing the occurrence of ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome and constipation.
Expands your Community
Regular yoga class at the same yoga center can improve your emotional support to others by building positive foundations of empathy, friendship, caring, compassion and non-judgment that will carry into your personal lives. Come in today and start making new friends at the Eleutheria Wellness Center!
Please sign in for class on the Mindbody app, online or at the front desk of the EWC prior to the start of your scheduled class. Being mindful of signing in prior to the start of class ensures that our amazing yoga instructors are paid appropriately for each class.
If you use our convenient App to sign in for class you do not need to check in at the front desk before class starts. If you pass by the desk, just let us know you’re already signed in. Also, if you sign in online or with the app and find that you are unable to make it to class, please be considerate and cancel online or call the EWC to let us know.
Late for Class:
If you arrive late, please wait until the opening meditation ends before entering class or walk in quietly, sit down and join the meditation without unrolling your mat and disrupting the stillness until the meditation has ended.
Please silence (no vibration) or turn off your phone before class. If you forget and your phone rings during class, please get up immediately and turn it off and return to your yoga mat silently.
Please remove your shoes before entering class and leave them on the shoe rack outside the yoga studio door. This honors the yogi traditions as well as improving the cleanliness of the yoga studio.
If you must leave before class ends, please be considerate of the others who are still focused on their yoga experience. Please leave prior and do not leave during the group’s Savasana or final meditation.
Injuries or Pregnancy:
If you have an injury or condition that could affect your practice, please inform the instructor before class starts so they are best able to offer you suitable modifications for each pose. Please notify the instructor if you are pregnant to ensure that the instructor offers suitable modifications to your yoga poses so that injuries do not occur.
Our classes are designated for ALL ability levels and do not require a significant degree of familiarity with the poses and do not require that you have excellent stamina, strength or endurance. Regular yoga practice will improve your ability levels in all areas. Assume a class is all levels unless otherwise noted. Please alert the instructor if you feel you are a beginner so they can best adapt, modify and assist you into proper positioning to give you the basics to grow into any class level.
Respect your neighbor’s space:
Please do not step on your fellow yogi’s mat. It is considered an infringement of their personal space. Should this occur, quickly and quietly move your body away from your neighbor's mat.
Not feeling well? Please do not come to class:
If you have a cold, cold symptoms, or are feeling under the weather, please do not attend class and put your fellow yogis at risk.
Please ask at the front desk, call 623-986-5110 or complete our Contact Us form.