Frequently Asked Questions
What is Yoga?
Yoga is an ancient philosophical practice that balances the body, mind, and spirit. We practice the path of Hatha yoga which is a discipline that combines a physical practice along with mindfulness.
What are the benefits of a yoga practice?
Balance, strength, and vitality are enhanced on a physical level. Memory, concentration, and emotional stability are all developed on a mental level to achieve a richer, fuller life. Self-awareness or “liberation” can be achieved in a deeper level. In short, Yoga is a great way to exercise and relieve stress amid the demands of our modern lifestyles.
I’m new to yoga. Is this for me?
Yoga is for everybody and every “body.” Yoga meets us where we are at, right now in this moment. So, there is no need to get more flexible, more strong, loose weight, or change anything before you come to class. The only thing you may want to do is come with an open mind and playful spirit. Keep in mind, yoga is a practice. Give yourself time. Like any new activity, it will take a few classes to become familiar with the poses you are learning, new muscles you are using, and the new language you are hearing. With each class the practice will become more natural for you. With every practice you will become stronger both physically and mentally.
What do I need?
At Hidden Lake Garden, we will be walking outdoors unless the weather doesn't allow it, in which case we will practice indoors. Wear comfy clothing made of breathable fabric that allows for a full range of movement and walking shoes. We do take our shoes off and go bare foot once we plant our mats on the earth, usually on pavement. It is nice to have a matt carrier to remain hands free on our walks.
At Encore Dance Studio plan on bare feet. Bring a towel and water.
Do I need a mat?
Yes! However, if you are new or forget your mat, I usually have available mats to borrow. If you are unsure of what mat to buy I am more than happy to talk with you about different types of mats available and which may work best for you.
How much does it cost?
Classes at Hidden Lake Gardens are $10 per class. There is a $3 entry fee if you are not a HLG member. Classes at Encore are on a donation basis. Most students give $10.
How do I register?
Just show up! If you are new, I welcome a text/call or email to let me know you are coming at the Encore site as space is limited.