Frequently Asked Questions About Yoga and The Yoga House
We recommend coming in clothing that you can easily move around in, but aren’t too loose and baggy. To bring, please bring yourself and an open mind, perhaps a little water (although we do have water jugs at both studios). We provide all mats and props, free to use, if you do not have your own. Please arrive about 15 minutes early so you can complete our waiver and to chat with the instructor about your experience and to get to know each other.
At The Yoga House, we have a variety of classes, from more vigorous and heat building, to more nurturing with gentle movement. Yoga can be great addition to your therapeutic regime if you’re in a recovery phase, as long as you’re moving appropriately, in the right class and are under the guidance of a trained instructor. If you’re unsure about which class could be right for you, call us or email us so we can help find the right match for you. If you know which class you’d like to go to and have had an injury or are recovering, make sure you arrive a little early so you can speak with the instructor and let her/him know and they can guide you accordingly in class.
For the youngsters, ages 5 to 10 (and up!), we recommend going to our Family Yoga class with Hillary Harvey which is scheduled for Wednesdays at 4:30pm at our Midtown studio. For children ages 11-14, we recognize that this is an incredible age group when these little people are turning into sponges and many can easily absorb and happily experience a regular yoga class. If you’d like to bring your <14-year old to a regularly scheduled class please give us a ring at (845) 706-9642 or shoot us an email. That way, we can learn a little bit more about your child and her/his experience as well as discuss the best classes to take her/him to. When we do find the right class for your child, children 11-14 must be accompanied by an adult.
While there is no cut and dry answer to this question, we think it’s best to arrive “scent-free” when practicing yoga, especially in a group setting. There is an emphasis on breathing through the nose in the practice, so for some who are sensitive to strong smells, this can really inhibit their breathing practice, and for others who are allergic, it can actually make them sick or uncomfortable. For the well-being of all practitioners, we’d appreciate if you left strong scents off when practicing and arrive in clean, fresh clothing.
The House Flow is our signature flowing style of yoga (also called Vinyasa) and these classes are considered “open level” meaning that our teachers are trained to teach various levels within one class, but know that we offer four weekly Beginners Classes. If you’re brandy-new to yoga, we recommend starting with one of these so you get the lingo down and have some experience moving with awareness and to cued directions, which can be hard as adults! We understand that some of those times might not work with your schedule, and if that is the case, come to a House Flow and arrive about 15 minutes early so you can chat with the instructor and they can give you an idea of what to expect in the class. If you’ve had some experience with yoga and like a bit of a challenge, jump right on in to our House Flow.
The rule of thumb is to arrive on an empty stomach, meaning that your last meal should have been at least two plus hours before. There can be a lot of forward folding and twisting in the class and it can become very uncomfortable if you have a full stomach or if you’re in the process of digesting. If you do need to put something in your belly, we recommend something light, such as a few nuts or a piece of fruit. Stay hydrated throughout the day, before and after class, and in many yoga traditions drinking water during class is not recommended.
Yes, yes, and yes! It is a misunderstanding that yoga is just about strength and flexibility. While we work with body in the practice, we also work with the breath, mind, and spirit. Over time and with continued practice, many practitioners gain more flexibility and strength, but that is not necessarily the “goal” of yoga.
We recommend 3 times a week to train the body, mind & breath and to consider it a regular practice. If you can only fit in 1-2 times a week, any time you can get a practice in will be beneficial for your being as a whole.
In the hotter weather, our Midtown studio has air conditioning, but the Uptown studio does not, although we do ventilate with fans. Most classes will put on the Air Conditioning at Midtown on the exceptionally hot days.
We do! If you’ve never been to the studio, we offer a Newcomer Special which is 3 classes for $25 that you must use within 30 days of your first class. This gives you the opportunity to try out different instructors, different styles and even different times of the week that might work for adding yoga to your regular schedule. Once you’ve used up the 3 classes, we offer the Newcomer Extension, which is 11 classes for the price of our 10-class card ($120), which you have a whole year to use. The Newcomer Extension must be your next purchase after the Newcomer Special, no lapses or individual classes in between.