Can I practice if I'm pregnant,injured, have bad knees/hips/shoulders/etc...?
We of course recommend checking with your doctor before starting any new athletic program (including yoga), but most yoga poses can easily be modified to accommodate for pregnancy, most physical conditions and many injuries. Feel free to call ahead to discuss with us, and please tell your instructor of your condition before class.
May I bring my child to class with me?
We appreciate that many children are already practicing yoga in schools, and that you might want to bring your children to class with you. What is most important to us at Peak Yoga is keeping people safe. Children's bodies are still in development, and because the tissues in childrens' bodies is different from adults's bodies their yoga should be different as well. This is why we do not allow any students under 15 to attend classes at Peak Yoga that are not labeled as "Kids Yoga". Children from 15-18 are welcome to attend classes at Peak Yoga, but they must have a parent or guardian sign their release form (no other family members or adults may sign this form). It is not required that a parent or guardian is present during class.
Are your classes "hot" yoga?
Many of our classes are heated, and you will sweat, but this is not the "hot yoga" that you may have heard about. Our classes offer less heat and less humidity than those classes. Heat helps stretch muscle fibers and tendons and helps prevent injuries while stretching. The heat also increase circulation to tissues and organs, enhances the functioning of the immune system and provides great healing to the entire body.
Which class is right for me?
All classes are "all levels" classes, which means that the poses will be offered with a variety of modifications to either reduce or increase the technical difficulty of the pose. That said, some classes are designed to be more aggressive/athletic than others. Class descriptions should provide a good overview of what to expect in each class, but call us if you have additional questions.
What should I bring?
A yoga mat is required for class, but we also recommend bringing a towel and a water bottle. For your convenience, Peak Yoga rents towels and mats and also sells water.
What should I wear?
Wear comfortable fitted athletic clothing in which you can sweat.
What are the benefits of yoga?
The benefits of yoga are extensive. Not only does yoga affect the physical aspect of the body, it addresses the mind and spirit as well. Yoga is a great way to help alleviate stress and cultivate a sense of well-being.
Do I have to be in good shape?
Yoga is welcoming to any level of physical fitness - that's one of the beautiful elements of yoga. Start today!
Do I need to be flexible?
Flexibility is something that is gained from yoga, it is not required to practice yoga.
What is "Namaste"?
Namaste is a traditional greeting or parting which acknowledges that we are all connected. It is frequently translated to "the divine light in me acknowledges and honors the divine light in you". Many instructors will close class with this traditional parting.