Our FAQ answers the most common questions about our classes and how to prepare for classes. Please do not hesitate to contact us for additional information.
I'm new to yoga, what can I expect?
Congratulations! You are about to embark on a journey that will change your life in ways as unique as you are. As with anything new, please be compassionate with yourself. Remember it isn’t possible to get everything right away; even the most experienced student is still in the process of learning. Come with an open mind, expect to have fun, breathe, sweat and move. Don’t worry about doing it “right”- just show up!
Do I need to be flexible and strong?
It is a misunderstanding that you have to be flexible or strong to do yoga. We work on many levels including the body, the breath, the mind and the spirit in every class. You will find yourself becoming more flexible and strong as you continue to practice yoga.
What are the benefits of yoga?
With regular practice, you will notice your body getting stronger and more flexible; you will feel more grounded and have better posture. On a mental level you will notice improved focus, the ability to stay calm and maintain relaxed breathing,
What do we hope you take away from a JB yoga class?
Peace, restoration, strength, confidence and encouragement.
How often should I do yoga?
Initially, there is great benefit to completing 10–15 classes in 30 days. This will give you a solid physical and intellectual base from which to catapult your growth. For optimal results in gaining energy, decreasing stress and building a strong, pain-free body, consistency is the key. A practice of 2-3 days per week, if consistent, will transform the way you may think and feel about yourself and others.
What class should I try?
It is a good idea to try different classes to get an idea of the style of yoga and teachers you like and is right for you. Ashtanga, Aerial Yoga and Vinyasa classes tend to be the more physically demanding classes, while Gentle Yoga, Yin Yoga and the Restorative Yoga classes are less physically challenging.
What should I bring, what should I wear and when should I arrive for my first yoga class?
Bring water to stay hydrated, a yoga mat if you have one and a towel. We have complimentary mats available if you do not have one. You may want to purchase your own mat for reasons of personal hygiene and regularity of practice. First-timers should also get to the studio 15 minutes before class starts to meet your yoga instructor and ask any questions.
Where should I set up in the studio?
If you are new, try to set yourself up in the back of the studio so that you can follow the people in front and around you. If you need to take a break or get lost, just relax in child’s pose (one of the poses you may experience at the beginning of the class) until you feel ready to proceed.
Can I eat before class?
It is best to practice on a mostly empty stomach. Avoid heavy meals 2 hours before class. Foods appropriate for pre-class snacking include fruit, yogurt, or light energy bars.
Do I need to book in advance?
We highly recommend that you book your classes online in advance as all classes have a maximum capacity. Booking in advance enables you to arrive at the studio and check into class with ease. Download the Mindbody App and search Just Breathe Yoga Center in the App store for a quick and easy booking experience.
What if I have a pain or previous injury?
It is always appropriate to talk to the instructor about any existing physical conditions and concerns you have about them. Yoga benefits many people with chronic pain by helping the body regain its balance between strength and flexibility, movement and awareness. If you are under a doctor’s care for an acute situation, please be sure to discuss taking yoga classes with him or her.
What other features does the studio have?
The studio offers free parking, complimentary mat usage, as well as bottled water for purchase.
What are the age requirements for joining Just Breathe Yoga & Barre?
The minimum age is 14 when accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who is also a member of the studio. The minimum age to attend without a parent or legal guardian is 15 years old, with parent or guardian signed approval.
Is yoga safe for pregnant women?
In many cases, absolutely. But as with any exercise program, the two general rules of thumb are to check with your physician and to listen to your own body for signs of injury or overwork. Please be sure to let your instructor know that you are pregnant. (Pregnant women are not permitted to attend any of our Aerial yoga classes).
What should I expect at the end of class?
The last pose of the class is called Savasana and is a resting/restorative pose. The yoga instructor will ask the class to lie on the mat and relax for the last 5-10 minutes of class. This pose is all about comfort and rest, so if lying on your back is not comfortable for you, please let the teacher know; they will provide suggestions for modifications.
Why the “OM”?
After the last pose, it’s traditional for the teacher to say “Namaste” and for the class to repeat it back to the teacher. Some teachers will lead the class in an Om. The word Namaste is translated as “I bow to you” which is intended to pay respect to the highest qualities in each individual and the sound of Om is the sound of the universal vibration all around us. These two practices are meant to signify interconnectedness and unity and not only honors the end of your yoga practice but it can also leave you with a sense of connection with others in the class. You may participate by repeating the blessing at the end of class or observe silently.