Welcome, New Yogis!
Hey yogi, you’re about to embark on your best. decision. ever.
Not only is yoga good for the mind, bones, muscles, spirit and soul, yoga’s all about the “you” time. Let’s not pretend: we can all use an excuse to get away—just for a moment—to regroup, unwind and just breathe. But, we get it… the thought of going into an unknown space, hauling a body-sized piece of rubber cushion, decked out in stretchy pants, can be weird and scary. We’ve been there, too, you know? We all have to start somewhere. So, here’s the rundown on how to feel at ease at Balanced Yoga:
Can I eat before yoga?
Eat a fuel-filled snack, such as a banana smeared with almond butter, about one hour before class to boost your energy. Try not to shove food in your mouth on your way to class. We promise this will hurt your stomach and make you not want to do yoga.
Should I drink?
Drink a lot of water beginning at the start of your yoga day. Planning to hit up a hot yoga class? Double your water intake. And make sure to bring that water bottle to class with you! Hydration is key to staying mindful and healthy during your practice. Note: whether you prefer your yoga hot or not, water is your best friend. Bottoms up!
What do I wear?
Speaking of bottoms up, wear stretchy pants, or shorts. It truly doesn’t matter where you purchase the latest version of this year’s yoga trend (but, ahem, have you seen Balanced Yoga’s retail area? NEED.) or how much it costs. Really, all that matters is that you feel comfortable when you invert to downward dog.
Your best bet for clothing:
- Athletic pants/shorts (we suggest you perform the wide-legged bend test before coming to class to ensure everything is left to the imagination)
- Sports bra (for females)
- Athletic top, as loose-fitting tops tend to fall in poses
What to leave at the door with your shoes:
- Your iPhone, iPad or pager
*If you’re taking a hot class, sweat-wicking fabrics are more advisable than cotton, as the latter fabric is likely to absorb sweat and become uncomfortably clingy.
What do I do with my hair?
If it’s long, pull it back securely. The last thing you want is to have to stop in the middle of class to mess with your bangs. Promise, no one is judging how you look. Same with your makeup. Fair warning: you’ll be moving and so will your eyeliner.
Do you have a parking lot?
Because we do not have a dedicated parking lot, we advise that you leave plenty of time before class to find a spot for your car. There is two-hour street parking on North High Street as well as surrounding side streets. Out of respect for our neighbors, please leave at least 5 feet of space for them to safely access their driveways. Our friends at AutoZone have graciously allowed us to use their side lot. While we don’t want to take advantage of their kindness, you are allowed to temporarily park there while you pop in for a class. Similarly, you can park at JiffyLube for classes after 6 p.m.
How early should I arrive?
Early! We’re eager to meet you and hope we have time to chat with you for a bit. Connecting with new people is one of our favorite things about this yoga stuff! Plus, we’ll show you around, get you acquainted with the space and grab your signature for our waiver form.
But, obviously, things happen, and we can’t always be early. If you’re running behind, don’t stress! Come anyway, and come as you are. We’ll inspire the slow down once you get in class.
All we ask: please stop at the front desk on your way in.
How much does this yoga thing cost?
Since we’re on the uncomfortable topic of money, let’s keep talking. We love yoga so much that we wish we could share it with every human being in the world, and it really bums us out that not everyone can access it because of money. That’s why our studio is creating a fund to fix that.
However, while we wish we could give yoga away for free, we can’t because our instructors need to make a living, too. We charge so we can keep the lights on. We charge so we can hire excellent, knowledgeable instructors. We charge because we believe in this service.
But you’re new here, and we get that it's intimidating to spend big bucks on something you've never tried before. We have a deal for you! Two weeks of unlimited yoga for $25. Why unlimited? Because they say it takes at least 10 yoga classes for you to get used to this weird body exercise. We encourage you to try it on! Explore all of our instructors, the different styles, the class times, and see what sticks with you.
What should I bring with me? Do I need my own mat?
Yoga can be a very personal exercise. Setting up your yoga space can be as intimate as the actual act of stretching and posing. That’s why we recommend bringing your own mat to class, as well as a hand towel to wipe away any sweat beads that may appear on your skin. If you don’t own a mat, not to worry! Our retail space is equipped with a wide selection of liforme, Manduka and Magic Carpet yoga mats and towels.
We also have a limited number of Manduka and liforme mats for a $3 rental and hand towels for $2. Need one? Please ask at the front desk when you sign in for class.
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What do I do when I get to the studio?
Kick your shoes off on your way in! No shoes or socks necessary. Leave your cell phone on quiet mode outside of the studio space. The locker room area is safe and constantly monitored by our staff. If you need to be reached by a babysitter or a relative, please give them Balanced Yoga’s phone number and the front desk will come get you from class if you are needed. Trust us, you’ll be happy from the break away from your phone…
Should I talk to the instructor before class?
Yoga is a physically active practice. You might be making odd shapes with your body. As such, it’s important to personally meet your instructor at the start of class! Let yourself be seen and make sure to alert him/her of any injuries, a pregnancy, etc., just like you’d do with any other physical activity. PS: that means that even if you are injured, pregnant, inflexible, whatever it is, you can do this!
What if I can't do something the instructor tells us to do?
Be kind to your body. Please don’t beat yourself up. If your body needs rest, take rest. Child’s pose is available to you at any time during class. There is no “must” or “have to” in yoga!
What's child's pose?
Not sure what child’s pose is? No worries! If you don’t understand something or have no idea what’s even going on, ASK! We’re happy to help.
I have another question that you didn't cover...
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