There are no stupid questions….
I am a beginner? Can I come to any class?
Almost all of our classes are appropriate for all levels. If you cannot sign up for a Yoga 101 series, DDY suggests trying a Basics, Gentle, Restorative or an All Levels flow. Please let the teacher know that you are new. As with all levels, we encourage you as a beginner to pace yourself and to listen to, and trust, your body. If it feels bad, stop. In time you’ll build strength, focus, stamina and flexibility.
What do I need to do before my first class?
Nothing! You can always sign up for your first class online and let us know you are coming, otherwise, just arrive early (10 minutes is fine) and sign in. We’ll take it from there.
What should I wear?
All the guys and girls want to know this answer! Be comfortable. Wear comfortable clothes that will move with you and avoid overly baggy tees that tend to fall over your head when you bend over, and overly tight clothes that won’t let you bend over. Dressing in layers is always a good idea. Avoid heavy sweats. We carry some yoga and athletic wear, but it can also be found at any athletic store or outfitter, including some great local businesses like Higher Ground and Bay Street Outfitters.
What do I need to bring?
The only thing you have to bring is an open mind and a healthy attitude. If you have your own yoga mat, bring it. We have mats available for your use, and for sale, in the studio. If you are attending a Hot Yoga class, you will need to either buy or bring a mat. You may want to bring a towel and a water bottle — we have filtered water available behind the desk.
What if I’m not flexible – or focused?
Then you are definitely in the right place!
Yoga is not about putting your foot behind your head or holding a position the longest… in fact, we encourage you to leave competition and ego behind, and learn to listen to your body. Classes at Dancing Dogs are fun and focus on peeling back resistances, one layer at a time, to encourage transformation and growth. We’ll you to find your own natural wisdom, rather than fighting it…and the best way to become more flexible and focused is to start today!
Should I eat before class?
The general rule is that it is best to avoid heavy meals for at least two hours before class. Some people prefer a completely empty stomach, and others prefer a light snack, such as fruit or a granola bar an hour before practice. If you are attending a HOT class, please avoid heavy meals and drink plenty of water.
How challenging will the class be for me?
That is up to you. You always control the intensity of your practice and we encourage you to work at your own pace in every class. You’ll find that some days your practice will seem easy and some days it will kick your… asana! Just go with the flow and step to your edge…but not past it! Playing with our edges is healthy and helps us grow, while pushing past the edges only leads to trouble.
How often should I practice?
As often as you can…. Consistency is the key to experiencing the full benefits of the yoga practice… and to making new yoga friends!! Whether you practice at home or in the studio, a daily practice, even a 20 minute daily practice, is a good and lofty goal. But start small— just come to class!
Why are some classes heated?
Sweat does a body (and mind) good!
Our classes are not Bikram classes. We offer moderately heated classes, to encourage opening and detoxification of the body and the mind and are heated to around 85-90 degrees to allow you to safely achieve serious sweat and deep release. If you like it hotter, you can grab a space heater. Our other classes are usually kept in the mid to upper 70s with the exception of prenatal classes.
Can yoga help me lose weight?
YES! Our Power and Dynamic classes offer the combination of strength and cardiovascular exercise, and the heat also helps to raise the core body temperature to a level that helps regulate metabolism and appetite. Additionally, studies have shown that yoga’s stress-busting benefits help you stay committed to good nutrition and fitness habits.
Can I practice yoga if I am pregnant?
We suggest speaking to your doctor, but in most cases yoga is WONDERFUL for pregnancy. During pregnancy, yoga can help strengthen body and mind for labor, as well as ease nausea, back pain and swelling. As with any exercise program during pregnancy, you’ll want to consult with your doctor before starting or continuing your yoga practice. We offer prenatal classes, as well as Gentle and Restorative classes that are thoroughly appropriate for pregnancy. Unless you have an existing yoga practice, some of the more dynamic classes should be avoided.
What does the word “namaste” mean?
At the end of each class, our teachers offer the ancient Sanskrit word “namaste” as a symbol of gratitude, respect and connection. Students answer with “namaste” in the same spirit. This exchange allows us all to come together energetically to a place of connection and timelessness. A short translation is: “The Light in me sees the Light in you, and all I can do is bow.” Read our Namaste Blog Entry here.
Are you already active??? Did you know that yoga is particularly great for:
- cyclists – develop core strength and full body flexibility for increased efficiency. open the hip flexors that are used so much in cycling.
- runners – prevent injuries through hip and hamstring flexibility and develop mental stamina, as well as keeping the hip flexors open and strong, allowing for more efficient running.
- swimmers – protect shoulder joints and optimize breathing patterns, as well as strengthen the back and joints.
- golfers – develop fluid, integrated strength and sharpen focus, as well as increase rotational ability and release neck and shoulder tension
- tennis/racquetball players – release neck and shoulder tension and increase rotational ability
- equestrians – improve balance and core stabilization