What is yoga?

Yoga originated in India over 5,000 years ago, and is a complete
source of mental and physical wellness meant to nurture mind,
body and spirit. To us, yoga embodies not only the physical practice,
but also a lifestyle that includes practicing kindness, compassion
and patience.

What are the benefits of yoga?

There are many benefits that may be obtained from a regular
yoga practice. The most common are improved strength and
flexibility, a reduction in stress and anxiety, improved mental
clarity, better cardiovascular health, weight loss, and improved
confidence and self-esteem.

Do I need to be in shape or flexible to practice yoga?

No. A regular yoga practice will increase flexibility and improve
your shape. Your instructor will guide you through a practice that
​includes needed modifications to fit your level of practice.

What can I expect from my first class?

Plan to arrive 10 minutes early so you can fill in an intake form and any other paperwork needed. During your first class, your instructor will get to know you as an individual, opening a dialogue that will help build a class that is perfect for you.

What should I wear?

We recommend loose comfortable clothing. As yoga is practiced barefoot, be sure to remove your shoes and leave them in the cubbies before entering the yoga studio. We encourage modest attire that allows you to bend and work through poses in a comfortable way.

Should I eat before practicing yoga?

With the exception of a light snack, such as fruit or nuts, eating is not recommended 2 hours prior to class. You will be twisting, turning upside down, bending forward, etc. We typically stock a snack bowl and you are more than welcome to grab a snack before or after class.

Should I bring my own yoga mat to class?

You can bring your own mat if your prefer, however for private and small yoga group sessions we provide mats, blocks, straps and other yoga props needed to assist your practice. Corporate Wellness Yoga students provide their own mats and props.

What are some common yoga terms?

Asana: pose or posture

Dristi: gaze

Mudra: yoga of the hands

Namaste: “that which is good in me honors that which is good in you”

Om: universal sound - often used at the beginning or end of class

Pranayama: yogic breathSavasana: relaxation pose

Surya Namaskar: sun salutation

Refer to Yoga Etiquette for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions