Frequently Asked Questions
I'm a beginner. Where do I start?
All of our classes are “all levels” and we encourage awareness first and posture second. Most new students quickly become comfortable modifying & resting when needed. Foundations classes begin Sept. 9th Sundays 4:30p - 5:30p & is an excellent way to set the ground work for a new practice or refine an existing one. You can always seek out the more gentle classes on the schedule. Restorative classes are offered twice a month and this is wonderful way restart the week. Roll & Release, while not gentle, is therapeutic & beginner friendly, benefiting runners, athletes & those of us with a lot of muscle tension. Arrive hydrated and move at your own pace. You will find challenges every time you step on your mat and with a consistent practice you will build stamina, strength and greater flexibility. Balancing effort & ease on the mat, we gain awareness that follows us out into the world!
How do I prepare for my first class?
Go online to register and pay online or in person prior to class. Arrive hydrated and try to avoid a heavy meal within an hour or 2 of class. Bring a yoga mat, mat towel and water or rent mats and mat towels for $2 each. Bottled water is $2. Most importantly let go of expectations and arrive ready to take the very best of care of yourself during class. It can take time to acclimate to the heat and build the stamina needed for 100% participation. Let your teacher know about any injuries or modifications you might need. It may take several classes to discover modifications that work best for you. Rest whenever you need during class.
What is basic class etiquette?
- Arrive 5-10 minutes early
- Sign in at the front desk when you arrive
- No Shoes in the practice room
- Let your teacher know ahead of time if you need to leave early. Set up near the door and leave when it is least disruptive.
- Bring only the essentials into the yoga room. Please don’t bring your keys, shoes, bags, or cell phones into class.
- Rest and hydrate when needed.
- Avoid a heavy meal within an hour of class time.
- Be mindful of your neighbors’ space when setting up your mat.
- Avoid strong smelling lotions, oils, or perfumes.
I'm not flexible; Can I still do yoga?
Absolutely! Yoga is beneficial for every body, but especially for those who are less flexible. You will feel an improvement after just one class, and if you stay committed you will see great results in your strength, flexibility and peace of mind.
Contrary to popular belief, yoga is not all about bending yourself into a pretzel. Saying you don’t do yoga because you’re not flexible, is like saying you don’t eat because you’re hungry. Increased range of motion is one of the many benefits of yoga, but it is certainly not a prerequisite.
We have clients of all fitness & experience levels. Our classes are "all levels" with modifications offered.
How often should I come to class?
You may see dramatic improvement in muscle tone, flexibility, and stress reduction from 3 classes a week. Most people see and feel results fairly quickly.
What temperatures are to be expected?
The heat at Element is not over-whelming like in some hot studios. It's easy to breathe and has a gentle warming effect that feels like the sun.
- Gentle classes, Restorative, Roll & Release and all workshops are heated just enough to prevent injury, promote flexibility, and encourage detoxification.
- Hot classes are 95+.and, with our state of the art system for controlling air quality and humidity, most warm yoga enthusiasts find it comfortable.
Can I take a class if I have an injury or other health concern?
Yoga can be a great way to facilitate healing. Discuss any medical issues with your health care provider prior to beginning. If you have injuries make sure you inform the instructor before class so they can provide modifications for you. We encourage a non-competitive environment where body awareness can be cultivated and individual needs met. As you become more proficient at moving with your breath and listening to your body, you are better able to move through all activities with less risk of injury.
NEED MORE HELP?
At Element we want to make your first experience a good one. If you have need more information to feel prepared for class please contact us and we will get back with answers as quickly as possible.