+ I’ve never done yoga, where should I start?
Start with the classes named simply “Yoga”. These classes are open to all levels of experience and cater to those wanting to focus on fundamentals of a yoga asana (posture) practice as the pace is somewhat slower and the transitions from one posture to another are more simplified. You will learn how to utilize props and choose the proper variations of postures to suit your needs and goals. Come to your first class a few minutes early to fill out a short registration form and waiver, to allow the teacher to introduce her/his-self to you and have a little chat about what to expect and how we can make your experience a great one.
+ Where are you located in the Silk Mill and where should I park?
We are in building N in between Easton Wine Project and Brick and Mortar. There is a parking lot directly across Simon Blvd from our front door. This parking lot is on the smaller side, you will see plenty of parking on the side of building N, closer to the Bushkill Drive entrance near Trinity Fitness. We are fortunate that all of the parking lots, sidewalks, and streets in the Silke Mill are well lit and constructed with safety as the chief importance.
+ I’m not flexible, can I do yoga?
You are the perfect candidate for yoga! Yoga is a practice, not a performance. The poses are meant to be experiences and exercises to be fit to your body, not achievements to be conquered. You will find over time that your body feels happier overall from improved mobility and circulation.
+ What do I wear for yoga?
Wear clothing that is comfortable and not too fussy, something you can move around in fully. Yoga is typically done barefoot so no special sock or shoe requirements.
+ What do I bring to a yoga class?
Just yourself really. If you have a yoga mat, please bring that but we do have plenty for you to borrow / rent should you need to. We also have plenty of blocks, straps, blankets and bolsters for you to use. You are welcome to bring your own props if you prefer your own items. You might bring some water with you but we also have plenty to keep you hydrated in the studio.
+ During class I would prefer not to have the teacher do any hands-on adjustments to me or partake in any partner work. Is this possible?
Yes, for any number of reasons if you prefer not to be touched or do partner work we have a system in place to discreetly communicate that. Upon checking into class at the desk everyone will be prompted to take an Art Of Attention card and instructed to place it by your mat face down if you want your own space (no hands-on) or face up if you are comfortable with adjustments.
+ I want to come to class but I have [insert injury / chronic posture discomfort here]. Can I still come?
Provided you have received the proper approval from any healthcare professional you have consulted on the injury / condition, yes. Make sure you arrive a few minutes early to make your teacher aware of what is going on and discuss any modifications that you might need during class. Yoga can offer deeply therapeutic benefit when done appropriately. the definition of “appropriately” shifts as we do. So always exercise personal discretion and respect for your current condition.
+ Will we do arm balances and inversions?
You may be introduced to the foundations of arm balances and inversions in the classes labeled “Yoga” with precise guidance and safe options provided by your teacher. You can expect to explore arm balances and inversions in the classes called “Yoga Flow” although again with thorough guidance and plenty of options that your teacher will provide. If you are very comfortable with arm balances and inversions, know that Yoga Flow classes will allow you space for your personal expression of these postures when appropriate within flow and during teaching opportunities for these fun genres.
+ Can I eat before yoga class?
You may feel comfortable enough with a small, light snack prior to yoga class, but this is a personal judgement which might be decided by some trial and error. Typically, it is best to have an empty stomach during yoga practice to allow for maximum comfort if inverted or lying prone (belly down) for common and repeated postures. Traditionally the general rule has been to allow for 3 hours of digestion after a large meal, and about 1 hour after a small meal, prior to asana (posture) practice.