What is hatha yoga?
The phrase 'hatha yoga' is a combination of three words: 'ha' meaning the sun, 'tha' meaning the moon and yoga meaning union. Thus the practice of hatha yoga refers to finding union between dualities. Hatha yoga is an old system that includes the practice of asanas (yoga postures) and pranayama (yoga breathing exercises). Hatha practices are designed to align and calm your body, mind and spirit.
What do I need to do before my first class?
I recommend that you sign up for your first class online and let me know you are coming, otherwise, just arrive early (10 minutes is fine) and let me know if you are a beginner or if you are recovering from any injuries!
How do I sign up for a class?
We are working on implementing an online sign up, but until it is up and running you can sign up for a class through email or over the phone.
Do I have to make a reservation or can I just drop in?
Space is limited to 10 students per class so it's a good idea to sign up ahead of time to guarantee a spot but I understand that sometimes it's hard to plan ahead so feel free to drop in as well!
Please arrive at least 5 minutes before class starts.Out of respect and etiquette, we lock the doors promptly as class begins so everyone may enjoy their session.
Should I eat before class?
The general rule is that it is best to avoid heavy meals for at least two hours before class. Some people prefer a completely empty stomach, and others prefer a light snack, such as fruit or a granola bar an hour before practice.
What should I wear?
Wear something comfortable! I recommend avoiding overly baggy tops that tend to fall over your head when you bend over, and overly tight clothes that won’t let you bend over. Dressing in layers is always a good idea. Please remove your shoes upon entering the studio. Yoga is best done barefoot as you’ll have better grip and balance with bare feet. We ask that you respect others by refraining from using perfume and strong scents.
What if I am not flexible or focused?
Yoga is not about putting your foot behind your head or holding a position the longest… in fact, I encourage you to leave competition and ego behind, and learn to listen to your body. You do not need to be flexible, strong, have good balance or be coordinated to start doing yoga. Yoga welcomes you exactly the way you are.The best way to become more flexible and focused is to start practicing yoga!
I have an injury, does it matter?
If you have or are recovering from an injury please let me know before class starts so we can talk about altering poses to suit your needs!
Can I bring my cell phone into class?
I ask that you turn your cellphone completely off or put it on do not disturb during class. Even the vibration of your phone can be heard during the quiet moments of a class. Please be respectful so that your phone will not interfere with your fellow students as they practice.
What does 'namaste' mean?
At the end of each class, I offer the ancient Sanskrit word “namaste” as a symbol of gratitude, respect and connection. Students answer with “namaste” in the same spirit. A short translation is: “The Light in me sees the Light in you."