Welcome to South Mountain Yoga! Starting something new takes courage. But we pride ourselves on making yoga accessible and comfortable. If you stick with it, yoga will make you stronger, more flexible, and healthier. The hardest part is just getting yourself to walk through the door! Here are answers to some common questions.
What happens at a yoga class?
Each class begins with a short period of centering. The teacher may have you focus on your breathing, and you’ll contemplate an intention for your practice. After this contemplation, the teacher guides you through a set of poses (asanas, in Sanskrit) that build in intensity and then taper off gradually. You can expect to sweat during this more active part of class. At the end of each class, there is a five to ten-minute period of final relaxation, also known as savasana.
Can I do yoga if I’m not flexible?
Sure! If you’re stiff, yoga can help you become more flexible. If you’re already flexible, yoga can help you become stronger.
Can I do yoga if I am pregnant?
Yoga can be a wonderful part of your pregnancy, but please check with your doctor or midwife first.
Can I do yoga if I have an injury?
Maybe. Check with your doctor. You may wish to begin your practice with a private lesson rather than a group class. If you are in a group class, be sure to tell the teacher about your situation.
What should I wear?
Wear something comfortable, easy to move in, and not too baggy. Yoga is practiced barefoot.
Can I bring my cell phone into class?
As a courtesy to your fellow students, we would prefer that you didn’t. If you must be available to someone in your care, please set your cell to vibrate during the more active part of class. We do ask that all cell phones be turned off during final relaxation.
What do I bring to class?
Just yourself! We provide all the props, including yoga mats for you to borrow.
Can I eat before yoga class?
Physical activity on a full stomach is pretty uncomfortable, so avoid eating for an hour or so before yoga class.
Anything else I should know?
Try to be on time, avoid wearing strongly-scented deodorant or perfume, and put your props away as neatly as you found them.