FAQ / frequently asked questions
I've never been to a yoga class before - what should I do first?
You are welcome to contact Kat at firstname.lastname@example.org and she'll help you find your way with which class at Stabile Yoga or yoga classes generally, including what to wear, what to bring, prices, how to prepare before class etc.
What should I wear to yoga?
Generally, loose, light and non-restrictive clothing. Women tend to wear yoga leggings and a sports bra / top with or without a singlet or t-shirt; and men tend to wear shorts with a singlet or t-shirt. In Winter prepare to wear layers that you can remove as you warm up, because you most likely will.
What do I bring to yoga?
You might need to bring a yoga mat, some studios supply mats for free, others for a small fee. Check with the studio before attending.
Toilet and showering facilities?
Most studios will have a toilet on site; male, female or unisex. Check with the studio before attending.
Where do I leave my belongs during class?
Some studios have lockers with keys or ability to lock with your own padlock; and others have benches or pigeon holes where bags and belongings can be left. Check with the studio before attending.
Parking and transport?
Check the location of the studio for access by public transport and ask the studio about the availability of parking onsite or nearby. Most classes are 1 hour, others not usually more than 1 1/2 hours unless it is a workshop, so check with studio for free, time-limited or metered on street parking and parking stations options.
What should I do to prepare for a yoga class?
Stop eating 2 hours prior to the yoga class to prevent indigestion and drink water up to an hour or 30 minutes prior, particularly if the class is heated.
What should I know about yoga?
Once inside the yoga studio as opposed to the reception area, there is no talking. Yoga studios are a meditative space before during and after class. Students often arrive early or stay after class to enjoy the quiet inside the studio, some meditate or practice pranayama (breathing techniques) - respect the sanctity of the yoga studio by entering and exiting quietly.
In yoga we breath only via the nose unless the teacher asks you to do otherwise. If you have trouble with this, see the teacher before class for advice.
Yoga can shift energy and emotion in our bodies as the movement enhances the circulation of the various respiratory, digestive, endochrine, eliminatory and cardio systems in the body, which can provoke tears, the release of wind etc. Completely natural and normal - let it happen and keep going - most yogis have experienced this and feel loads better after accepting it and moving on from the idea of feeling embarrassed. If you cry, continue or rest in child pose or savasana - if you notice someone else cry, let them be. If you release wind, continue or rest - if you notice someone doing so, pretend it didn't happen.
Try at all costs not to leave the yoga class once it has started unless it is an emergency. It can and will break the meditative space of the studio for others. You can otherwise pop up your hand for the teacher's attention and they will come to you.