New Student FAQ

  1. I am not very flexible. Can anybody do yoga?
  2. What should I wear to class?
  3. What should I bring?
  4. Is there special etiquette for yoga class?
  5. How do I prepare for yoga class?
  6. Can I bring my child to class with me?
  7. Is yoga a religion?

Question: I am not very flexible. Can anybody do yoga?

Answer:

Yes, everyone can practice yoga regardless of current fitness level, flexibility, or limitations due to medical conditions or injuries. Beginners need not worry about being lost in our classes: detailed instructions are given, and the small class sizes allow the instructors to watch their students carefully and monitor their progress, making suggestions for modifications of the exercises as needed. At Still Lake Yoga, we have men and women of all different ages, shapes, sizes, and strengths working side by side and yet individually meeting their own body’s needs. The students draw inspiration from each other, and a spirit of inclusiveness pervades the center. Always feel free to stay after class to ask questions about your practice.

Question: What should I wear to class?

Answer:

All students should wear comfortable and simple clothing. We don’t dress up! Please don’t feel you need to buy special yoga wear, and in keeping with the spirit of yoga stay modest in dress. We practice in bare feet. No shoes, no socks. It’s probably best to wear sandals to class which you can easily slip on and off at the door. Men usually wear sweat pants, loose cotton pants elasticized at the waist, or bike style shorts. Belts or pants with zippers and buttons will restrict movement and be uncomfortable. You may wish to avoid the nylon type of sports pants that are noisy when you move. Tops can be tee shirts or tanks. It is best not to wear jewelry or watches and to empty any pockets. Women generally wear loose elasticized pants, leggings, or any sports pants. Tops may be tee shirts (not too big or loose unless layered over other tops), tank tops, camisoles, etc. In cooler weather you may wish to layer (for example a sweat shirt over a tee). I suggest you leave jewelry, watches, etc. at home. These items can be distracting and interfere with your focus on the subtleties of your experience of your body. (Please be very cautious if you have jewelry in the navel.)

Question: What should I bring?

Answer:

If you have a yoga sticky mat, bring that. If you do not have one, you may borrow one at the studio. If you choose to continue yoga practice, we strongly advise you get your own mat. It is more sanitary, and having a mat encourages you to practice at home. We have high quality yoga mats available for purchase. You may like to bring a small towel to class. A towel is definitely suggested for the Shakti class (we sweat)! If you bring water, drink it after class. The internal heating that occurs during asana class is cleansing for the body and is a beneficial part of the entire process. If you drink immediately after class, I recommend that the water not be too cold. Very cold beverages are shocking to the system.

Question: Is there special etiquette for yoga class?

Answer:

Yes. Please be on time. Arrive 5 -10 minutes before class. Enter quietly: students may already be relaxing and quieting the mind in preparation for class. Keep conversations about outside events to a minimum at this time. (You can always chat with friends after class if you desire.) Please turn off cell phones and other such devices. Better yet, leave your cell phone in the car. You may like to lock your purse and other belongings in the car as well, as we have limited room for such items. Gum is a choking hazard as well as an impediment to tuning in to the natural rhythms of your body. Please do not chew gum at yoga class. Avoid stepping on the mats of others. This is a personal space. If the class begins to fill, be courteous and friendly and accommodate arriving students by moving your mat a bit. Remember to sign in and make a payment if necessary.

Question: How do I prepare for yoga class?

Answer:

It is best to practice yoga on an empty stomach: this means about 4 hours after a regular meal or 2 hours after a light snack. Don’t drink a huge amount of liquid directly before class. These are guidelines only. Be sensible. If you have special medical circumstances that require you to eat at certain times etc., honor that. You may like to discuss this situation with your teacher or medical professional. We ask that students come to class clean. We are in pretty close quarters. It is especially importanthave clean feet (this is yoga tradition and also keeps our studio space clean and nice). And of course, if you have any contagious skin conditions, you should take appropriate precautions, and you should not borrow a studio mat.

Question: Can I bring my child to class with me?

Answer:

If you have a teenage child or very mature preteen who is interested in participating in the class you may bring him or her. I suggest that you first try a class yourself and then talk with your child to decide if the class would be appropriate and enjoyable. Yoga can be a great way to spend time together! However, try not to allow your focus to shift to your child during class. Let your child experience the class in his or her own way. The instructor will give extra guidance if necessary. At home, your shared interest in yoga can encourage further practice as well as fun, active play. Class ends with a period of relaxation (about 10 minutes) and children must be able to remain still and quiet for this time so other students can relax completely. (Children pay the student rate of $10 for drop in classes.)

Question: Is yoga a religion?

Answer:

No, yoga is a holistic system for wellness. People of all faiths and creeds practice yoga. People with no religious affiliation also practice and enjoy yoga. We warmly welcome all people to Still Lake Yoga. Consistent yoga practice, with its emphasis on introspection, quietness, inner balance, and peace, does tend to increase one’s existing spiritual tendencies and ability to pray with attention. It can lead to deeper devotional feelings. Of course, these feelings will be expressed through whatever religious tradition you connect with. The moral precepts -such as the practice of non-harming and compassion, non-coveting, and truthfulness-that are part of the yogic tradition are precepts that all major religions have in common. Feel free to question your teacher further about this issue.
Still Lake Yoga • 365 Citrus Tower Blvd., Suite 100 • Clermont, Florida 34711 • (352) 978-8356 • tracey@stilllakeyoga.com