THINGS TO KNOW
Arrive a few minutes early, give yourself 5-10 minutes to settle onto your mat. The studio opens 15 minutes prior to class start. If it is your first class at Aiken Yoga please give yourself at least 5 minutes to fill out some brief paperwork and sign in.
Remove your shoes before entering the practice space.
Let your instructor know of any injuries or limitations that you may have, this is very important as some poses can be modified.
If there are students already set up, and are noticeably in meditation please be respectful and quiet.
Please bring a towel and water along with your mat to class, especially a hot yoga class. Aiken Yoga has a water cooler and also has bottled water for sale.
Remain respectful of both the teacher and other students during class. Yoga is meant to be a pleasant, harmonic experience between you and your body, try not to be distracting to yourself or others.
For more experienced yogi’s and yogini’s, remember that we all began our yoga journey at some point, show tolerance for those who may not be familiar with the finer nuances of yoga etiquette, use the opportunity to practice non-judgment and lead by example.
What are some of the benefits of Yoga?
The benefits of practicing yoga are well documented. It is now commonly recognized that yoga is a wonderful stress reducer by the way it focuses the mind, deepens the breath and enlivens the physical body. Yoga, practiced with good alignment, is also very therapeutic and can often relieve chronic pain in the back, hips and shoulders. It reduces blood pressure and heart rate, providing wonderful cardiovascular benefits. The practice is also a good way to control weight by cultivating awareness of the mind to the body and thereby helping one make better choices, food or otherwise. The increase in flexibility is obvious but you will also become very strong…deep to the core of each muscle.
I can’t touch my toes. Can I still practice Yoga?
Yes, yes, yes. Yoga is not about touching your toes and you will not attain enlightenment any faster if you do. We offer several levels of classes so that you can progress slowly and safely, and move at a pace that is appropriate for you. We also instruct modifications to poses as necessary and will help you use props, like blocks & straps, as well.
How many classes should I take each week?
Yoga is meant to be practiced daily so the number of classes you take depends on your schedule and intentions. You will gain the most by taking at least two classes a week although attending one class a week is common and enjoyable, too.
Do I need to pre-register for classes before coming to the studio?
We have two large studios and there is always room in classes. However, we do offer online early sign-in for students who purchase class cards, which allows you to reserve a space in class before arriving at the studio. We do suggest that you plan to arrive about 15 minutes early for your first class so you can complete a short health evaluation form, meet your instructor and get settled.
Do I have to come to the same class each week?
You are welcome to attend any class on the schedule.
What should I wear and do I need my own yoga mat?
Please wear comfortable, non-binding clothes. We ask that you remove all footwear, including socks, so that you have better control on your mat. We have mats for rent and you can eventually buy your own mat.