Common Questions And Answers
What is Yoga Class Etiquette?
- Please remove your shoes and place them in the cubby in our vestibule.
- Everyone must remain fully clothed at all times.
- Please silence your cell phone, turn it off, or you can leave it at home.
- Please arrive 15 minutes early to allow yourself time to settle in and prepare for your practice.
- Respect the space and be mindful of all class participants.
- Please do not bring food or gum into the studio.
- Practice cleanliness. Personal hygiene is an important part of yoga, and please ensure that you and your mat are clean before practice and avoid heavy fragrances.
- Honor your limits. For your safety practice, work from where you are, never force yourself to hold a pose. Yoga is not a competition. Your practice will be different every single day. Sometimes your accomplishments can just be showing up.
- Fully embrace Savasana. Savasana is a time for stillness and deep rest that lets your practice fully land inside yourself. Some believe it is the most important pose in yoga. So please, fully embrace Savasana at the end of every class.
What Should I Eat Before And After Yoga?
Similar to any other exercise, yoga is best practiced on an empty stomach. Best to not eat at least an hour before class. Best to wait for a half-hour before eating after a class.
What Should I Wear To Yoga?
Come in loose, comfortable clothing (nothing too tight) Bring a pair of socks in if your feet tend to get cold.
What Should I Bring To Yoga Class?
We provide everything you will require for class. If you wish, you may bring your mat. It's important to stay hydrated, so please bring a water bottle. We provide filtered clean water, tea, a light snack, towels, and all props needed for class. We suggest you bring as little as possible into the studio. You may bring a pair of socks if your feet tend to get cold.
How Early Should I Arrive For Class?
Arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of your class to remove your shoes, turn off cellphones, store belongings, set up your mat and props and settle in for class. Give yourself plenty of time to arrive to class without rushing.
What To Expect When I Arrive?
You will be greeted by one of our warm and nurturing greeters who will give you a tour of the studio and welcome you so you feel at home. Your teacher will introduce themselves before class and discuss what brought you to yoga and any goals you have. Yoga is practiced barefoot on a yoga mat. Your yoga practice remains an individual experience at all times. Your teacher will encourage you to do what feels best in your body, what feels best to you.
What To Expect After Class?
Your teacher will hold space for questions after class.
What Is A Hands-On Assist?
A hands-on assist is a physical form of support a Yoga Teacher may choose to offer to guide you to a position that feels supported by strength and feels spacious and healthy during a pose. At St.Pierre you have the choice to opt in to receive a hands-on assist or to opt-out of receiving a hands-on assist moment to moment so you are always in control. The decision to be physically touched will always be up to you.
How Often Should I Practice Yoga?
St.Pierre recommends practicing yoga as a group of at least one time per week.
Is Yoga A Religion?
Yoga is not a religion. A student practicing yoga can belong to any religion or none at all.
Benefits Of Yoga
Many people claim Yoga increases vitality, flexibility, oxygenates the body, strengthens the body, reduces stress and is a form of gentle fitness. It has been claimed to improve arthritis, asthma, sinus problems, purification, postural alignment as well as having a positive impact on diet and lifestyle choices. It is claimed, many who practice yoga experience a relaxed mind and body. In addition, yoga offers specific poses that produce specific responses in the body and mind, including muscular agility. Practicing yoga is a way of harmonizing the body, mind, and spirit.
"The relaxation of the body and mind go hand in hand with health, youth, happiness, and long life."