Please arrive at least 10-15min early. This will give you adequate time to check in. Once you are checked in, proceed to the studio area, use the restroom, place your mat and settle in.
We know life happens so if you do arrive late please prepare yourself for class before entering (put away keys, remove your coat/shoes, and have your mat ready to unroll quietly as you enter the room.)
Please remove shoes before entering studio.
Please turn cell phones OFF not on vibrate. Or better yet, leave it in the car.
Let your teacher know if you have any injuries or unique health conditions that might affect your practice. If you are injured or tired, skip poses your can’t or shouldn’t do or try a modified version.
Yoga is a very personal practice so it is strongly encouraged to focus on your own practice.
We highly recommend for you to say until the end of final resting pose, Savasana. Savasana provides the time your body needs to absorb the benefits of your practice. It offers a chance to have complete stillness physically and mentally. If you must leave early PLEASE let your teacher know before class begins and exit quietly just BEFORE final resting pose so as to not disrupt the rest of the class during the quiet time.
Let go of competition. Yoga is a journey, a process. It is absolutely non-competitive. Yoga is a mindful practice which makes our body stronger, more flexible, and generally healthier. The aim is to clam the mind, open the heart, and accelerate our Inner Evolution as a whole. Our teachers will encourage you to explore your BEST POSSIBLE in every moment. That may mean stay with it or come out and rest. Ultimately, you must choose how far to go. You will decide when to work through something, and when to set it aside for another day. YOU are your own best teacher.
Come with an open mind and open heart. . . enjoy yourself and have fun with your yoga practice.
Increased flexibility and strength are not yoga’s only objective nor its only benefits. We practice yoga to help unite our mind with our body in a healthful physical practice, creating balance and equanimity. . .ultimately to help us learn from our experiences on our mat and connect our practice of yoga to our everyday life.
What do I need to bring to a yoga class?
All you need to bring to class is a yoga mat. Although we recommend investing in your own mat, you can borrow one for a suggested donation of $2 at the studio. Many students find it helpful to bring a water bottle and a towel.
What do I wear to a yoga class?
We suggest wearing comfortable, lightweight clothes that are non-restrictive which you can move freely in. Shorts, footless tights or leggings are best. Be prepared to practice barefoot
Should I eat before class?
Come with an empty stomach. Allow 2-3 hours of digestion after a large meal. Also, make sure you are well hydrated.
I’m not flexible. Can I still do yoga?
Yes. You do not need to be flexible to do yoga, rather you need to become OPEN to developing flexibility. To say you can’t do yoga because you are not flexible is a bit like saying you need to know how to play the piano to take piano lessons. Yoga brings flexibility to your body.
I keep getting adjusted class, does that mean I’m doing it wrong?
No, adjustments are designed to keep you safe in a pose and/or to deepen your exploration of the pose.
What does Namaste mean?
The gesture is an acknowledgment of the soul in one by the soul in another. ”Nama” means bow, ”as” means I, and ”te” means you. Therefore, Namaste literally means ”I bow to you”. Many have expanded the meaning to "the light within me honors the light within you".
I want to see changes in my body. How often should I practice yoga?
Any yoga is better than no yoga. If you would like to see physical results such as increased flexibility, tone, and strength we recommend a minimum of 3-4 times a week.
Is yoga a religion?
Here at Inner Evolution we use yoga as a means to create balance through developing both strength and flexibility in the mind and body. We use breath as a tool to deepen our awareness of our reactions to different poses/sensations. We practice equanimity on the mat so we can use the same tools in our every day life. We practice on the mat, how we want to live!!! Stronger, calmer and ultimately happier. Helping us live our BEST POSSIBLE in every moment.
So, to answer the question, we do not use yoga as a source for religous practices. However, I can say that God has brought yoga to our lives for a reason and for that we are grateful!
With Love and Gratitude
Philip and Sandrine