FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

IMG_6087What is Yoga?
Yoga is the connection of mind, body and breath in a guided series of poses and sequences.  Yoga literally means to “Yoke” or “Unite” the mind, body & spirit.  It is a practice that is a scientific system for achieving total health, mental, and spiritual well-being that encourages increased awareness while improving strength, flexibility and balance.

I am new to Yoga, what classes are best for me?
We strongly suggest that you start with our Level I Hatha class or one of our more Gentle Yoga classes.  These classes are there to help you build fundamentals of yoga and gain confidence within the practice.  You are more than welcome to talk to ANY of the teachers at Indra’s Grace about which classes are right for you.  After taking the Level I Hatha, we suggest you explore the other classes to get a feel of what works best for you!  Please talk to an instructor or email us at any time with for questions on class suggestions.  We also offer a very popular seniors program. Look for classes that say gentle/seniors.

I’m not flexible – can I do Yoga?
Of course!  You are a perfect candidate for yoga!  Yoga helps with flexibility over time.  If practiced regularly, you will notice tremendous differences within the body.  This is one of the many reasons to join and take on a yoga practice!

What if I can’t do a pose?
Our All Level and Beginner classes are perfect for those who are feeling like they “can’t” do a pose.  In these classes such as our Gentle Yoga/Senior or Level I classes, we offer modifications for ALL levels.  We never want someone to walk away from our studio feeling discouraged. Once you build the foundations, learn the modifications to suit your level, you will feel more confident in your practice and will be able to honor your body just where you are.  We don’t want you to force anything. We suggest you take this practice slow and invite Yoga to the body in a non-competitive effort to help your body and mind.  There is no need to force your body into a shape it is not yet ready for. Remember, it is a ‘practice’ and its yours to keep and work on forever.

Do I need to bring anything?
We have yoga mats to loan but you may invest in a mat if you decide to practice daily or frequently.  We usually have mats for purchase at the studio.  You may want to bring water to class and take small sips throughout, though we suggest you drink before and after class.

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What do I wear to a Yoga class?
Wear loose fitting, comfortable, stretchy clothing and make sure to kick off your shoes and place them in our cubbies in the lobby by the front door! We also ask you to refrain from wearing scented lotions and perfumes in respect for those who have sensitivities to fragrances.

What do I eat and drink before a Yoga class?
Our suggestion is coming to class on an empty stomach.  We recommend eating 2-3 hours prior but realize that this isn’t always possible so 1-hour prior will work just fine.  However, practicing on a full tummy is very uncomfortable and may affect your practice.  A small snack like a hand full of nuts or fruit is fine before class.  We highly suggest water before and after classes to stay properly hydrated and to help move out the toxins that are released during your practice.

Can I do Yoga while pregnant?
Yes!  Please consult with you doctor before taking on any exercise program and we suggest that you wait to practice Yoga until after your first trimester. While Yoga can have many benefits for mom and baby during pregnancy, there are many poses and transitions that need to be avoided so we will need to know about the pregnancy and your needs.  We recommend a private lesson with one of our teachers to begin with and we can go from there.  Please contact the studio for more information about our Prenatal Yoga offerings.

How often should I practice Yoga?
We suggest Yoga as a daily practice.  Our teachers are trained to give you necessary tools practice daily at home.  We love to hear about our student’s home practice.  If it is not possible to make it to your mat daily, make an effort to do Yoga 3-4 times weekly at home or in the studio.

Is Yoga a religion?
Yoga is a philosophy, not a religion.  Yoga can be practiced by individuals of any faith tradition – or those of no faith tradition. Yoga is for everybody. All people from all backgrounds are welcome at Indra’s Grace. If you do practice a particular faith tradition, Yoga helps to deepen that experience.

How do I sign up for classes?
You can sign up at the studio, log onto Mind Body online or download the Mind Body App.

Is there an age requirement?
We love to have people of ALL ages and backgrounds at our studio. However, having children in the classroom can sometimes be challenging and a distraction to the others practicing.  We ask that you contact us with questions because all kids are different.  We can work with you or try to create classes to better suit you and your child. Ages 12+ is recommended and everyone is required to have a legal guardian to sign our waiver.

The attitude of gratitudeMy teacher says Namaste at the end of class.  Why?  What does this mean?
Namaste, translated directly means “to bow” and is considered a greeting from the heart that is reciprocated in kind. Expanding that definition, Namaste recognizes light and goodness of the self and others, and honors the sacredness of all. It is a beautiful ‘word’ to recognize and seal in your hard work.

Can I leave during class?
You are more than welcome to leave during class. We ask that you are respectful of the others practicing around you and that you exit as quietly as possible.  If you need to use the restroom, you are more than welcome to exit the classroom.  Again, we just ask that you are mindful of your fellow yogis.

I am ready to take my first class, what should I expect?
Please plan to arrive at Indra’s Grace 15-20 minutes prior to class time.  There will be some paperwork to fill out and our teachers will show you around.  Be prepared to remove your shoes before entering the classroom and silence/turn off your phone and place all belongings in the cubbies in the lobby.  If you need a mat, we have them to borrow.  Please let us know of any current or past injuries or any physical conditions you may think we need to know about. It is imperative that we know about pregnancy or an acute injury.  Arriving early can also help you get any questions answered before entering the classroom.