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- I don’t own a mat. Do you supply them?
- I’m not very flexible. Is yoga not for me?
- I have little to no experience doing yoga. Which classes are appropriate for me?
- What is Vinyasa?
- Am I ready for the Int/Advanced class?
- What is the “Happy Hour” class?
- I want to take one of your classes, but there aren’t any that fit into my schedule.
- I want to take more classes, but I can’t afford it! What can I do?
- I’d love to teach a workshop at The Yoga House. How can I get in touch?
- Do you accept credit cards?
- Can you host my party or event?
- Got any merch? (No, we don’t really expect you’d ask, but…)
- Do you do private sessions?
1. I don’t own a mat. Do I need to buy one, or will you supply one for me?
We got ya. We supply mats, blocks, straps, and blankets entirely free of charge. No need to buy your own until you’re ready to.
2. I’m not very flexible. Is yoga not for me?
If you’re not flexible, then yoga is precisely for you. You’ll be surprised just how quickly your body will loosen up if you practice regularly (say, three times a week). In the meantime, we always present posture modifications so that every skill and flexibility level can find therapeutic benefit from the class.
3. I have little to no experience doing yoga. Which classes are appropriate for me?
We suggest you put your toe in the water with Monday’s 4:30 beginner-level class or Friday’s 4:30 “Happy Hour” class. Once you’ve taken a few classes, though, we do hope you’ll brave any of the open-level classes! We always do our best to accommodate the individuals in attendance–from the first-timers to the yogi veterans. It’s important to us that you feel welcome.
4. What is Vinyasa?
“Vinyasa” is the linking of movement and breath. One of the aims of Vinyasa Yoga, or Vinyasa Flow, is to allow your yoga session to feel more like meditation than exercise. It is much like the Hatha style, or traditional yoga, when it comes to postures and alignment; but it tends to move at a faster clip. You’ll reap the most benefits if you try not to speak during class. At its best, Vinyasa will draw you inward, toward a knowledge of yourself and your body, but it will also connect you in a palpable way to the energy and rhythm of the class as a whole. When that happens, it’s magic.
Gung-ho Vinyasa practitioners are also a notoriously strong bunch who like to play around with “flying” in the form of acrobatic arm balances.
In class you might hear us say: “Take a Vinyasa.” We’re referring to a quick series of postures that will link you to the next set. They are:
1. Plank (push-up position)
2. Chaturanga Dandasana (hovering a few inches above the floor from Plank) or Belly-Down
3. Upward Facing Dog or Cobra
4. Downward Facing Dog
5. Am I ready for the Int/Advanced class?
Glad you asked! Look, there’s no real “bar” that determines whether or not you’re ready for an advanced-level class. The primary difference between the advanced and open-level classes is that you’ll probably be asked to attempt postures just beyond your skill level–weird-looking twists and balances you may have never seen before; arm balances that seem impossible. Whether or not you find your way into each pose is of no importance; what matters is that you make your best effort. We suspect, if you’re asking this question, you are ready to give it a try.
6. What is the “Happy Hour” class?
We asked for feedback, and this is what you said: The Friday class should be lighthearted, upbeat, and not overly challenging. You said you were just too tired after a long workweek to be further pooped out by a yoga class. The Happy Hour class is just a little bit longer than an hour, the soundtrack is a Western-style music mix, the tone is fun, and the result is relaxation. Oh yes, and we only ask for ten bucks.
7. I want to take one of your classes, but there aren’t any that fit into my schedule.
Bummer. What days and time slots would work better for you? Let us know by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
8. I want to take more classes, but I can’t afford it! What can I do?
We both feel called to teach yoga for the sheer love of it and because we think it would be wrong to keep something so enriching and fun to ourselves. We’d be heartbroken to know that it’s lack of dollars keeping you away from the yoga mat. Please talk to us after class, and we’ll try to work something out. We are quite happy to set up some sort of bartering or sharing situation.
9. I’m a holistic healer (or alternative therapist or bodyworker or yoga teacher…), and I’d love to teach a workshop at The Yoga House. How can I get in touch?
We love to host workshops and events that provide a service or benefit to our yoga community. Email us at email@example.com and we’ll set up an appointment to talk about what it is you offer and whether our space will suit.
10. Do you accept credit cards &/or PayPal?
We do. On the Schedule page, you’ll find the “Buy Now” button which you can click to make a secure payment online with any major credit card or a PayPal account. We also take credit cards at the studio.
11. Do you host parties or events?
Ooh, yes. We love to! From book clubs to bachelorette parties to showers, anniversaries and beyond, we can help you make your day a memorable one. Whether you’d like a special yoga session for your group or simply use of our space, we are happy to help you plan the perfect event. Please email or call for pricing and info.
12. Got any merch?
We’re dorks, we know. But we do in fact have The Yoga House tank tops, coffee mugs, iPod covers and other goodies. Visit our Zazzle store.
13. Do you do private sessions?
Why, yes we do. We work with students one on one or in small-group settings for a variety of reasons: some students want to brush up on alignment; some feel too inexperienced to brave an open-level class; some are working with injuries that require special attention; others are looking to deepen an already established practice or to master a few advanced postures that have been elusive. Call or email to set up a session. Cost for an individual session or a small-group session of up to three people is $60 for one hour, $80 for an hour and a half.