Our mission is to promote physical and mental health
and spiritual growth.
Choose a Class
First you will want to choose a class to attend. Visit the Classes page to view the schedule and get class descriptions. First time students will have a great experience in either the “Yoga for All” or “Gentle Yoga” classes.
Once you have chosen a class, you should check out the FAQ section below to learn the answers to the most commonly asked questions about attending our yoga classes. If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to Contact Us.
Now you’re ready to come to our studio for your yoga experience! YOU DO NOT NEED TO CALL IN ADVANCE OR PRE-REGISTER. Simply arrive at class a few minutes before start time.
Let your teacher know that you are new to the studio or to yoga. Please tell the teacher if you are pregnant. Also mention if you have serious health problems such as high blood pressure or if you have an injury.
Frequently Asked Questions
Question: I am not very flexible. Can anybody do yoga?
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?
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. Wearing sandals to class is great as they are easy to slip off at the door.
Men usually wear exercise or sweat pants or loose cotton pants elasticized at the waist. Belts or pants with zippers and buttons will restrict movement and be uncomfortable. Tops can be tee shirts or tanks. 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, etc. In cooler weather you may wish to layer (for example a sweat shirt over a tee). We suggest that 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.
Question: What should I bring?
If you have a yoga sticky mat, bring that. (A brand new mat may need to be aired out if you notice a strong plastic smell.) If you don't have a mat, you may borrow or purchase one at the studio. We advise that regular students get their own mat. If you bring water to class, 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, room temperature liquids are great. Very cold beverages can be shocking to the system.
Question: Is there special etiquette for yoga class?
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 locked in the car. You may like to lock your purse and other belongings in your trunk. Cubbies are provided for small items that you bring in. Gum is a choking hazard as well as an impediment to tuning in to the natural rhythms of your body, so please do not chew gum at yoga class. Avoid stepping on the mats of others. 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?
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 a medical professional. We ask that students come to class clean. We are in pretty close quarters!
Question: Can I bring my child to class with me?
If you have a teenage child or very mature preteen who is interested in participating in the class you may bring him or her. We 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.)
Question: Is yoga a religion?
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 of traditional yoga -such as the practice of non-harming and compassion, non-coveting, and truthfulness- are precepts that all major religions have in common. Feel free to question your teacher further about this issue.