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Many of these questions can be answered in person, or by participating. Please be sure to discuss your concerns with a team member.

Is yoga a religion, voodoo, witchcraft or magic?

No. Although yoga relates to many world religions in the sense that the practice values a connection to spirituality and soulfulness, there is no religious context to a physical yoga practice.

I am new to yoga. What should I expect?

Great job for being open to trying something new.
We have an entire page dedicated to helping beginners feel more comfortable here.

I have no idea what I am doing, can I still come to class?

Of course! Even yogis who have practiced for decades are surprised by what they don’t know; yoga practice is limitless, so if you’re doing it right, you’ll always feel curious and excited by the possibility of moving beyond your perceived limits. If you are new to the practice, it is recommended that you set up your mat space in the back of the class or middle so that you have other people to follow along with easily. We have an entire page dedicated to helping beginners feel more comfortable here.

Do I need to be flexible? I can't even touch my toes!

You do not have to be flexible to practice yoga.
Students become flexible from practicing yoga. We aim to create a safe environment for practice that carefully opens the practitioner’s body so that over time, flexibility increases. Students who are naturally flexible will also find opportunity to develop strength in their muscles and mindful movement to complement flexibility.

What is the whole chanting thing about?

In many yoga classes, students are encouraged to follow along in a mantra or chant. Most often it is the sound of “OM”. You may join in or just listen.
OM (aum) is a Sanskrit word that you’ll frequently hear at the beginning and end of classes.

Are classes open to men or is it all women?

Dudes are welcome! We encourage people of any background, age*, gender, sexual orientation, skin color, size, shape, hair style, music preference or Hogwarts House to join us in yoga, meditation, dharma and more.
Please feel welcome, because you are.

*SUTRA adult classes. Please see FAQ about kids classes vs adult classes.

My _______ often hurts, can I still practice yoga?

Yoga is not a substitution for medical attention or therapies. You should seek approval from your doctor before committing to any exercise program.
SUTRA teachers and therapists will work hard to create a supportive environment for your growth through alignment modifications and modalities that we are familiar with, but the SUTRA team nor the practice of yoga is a substitution for medical attention or advice, or physical therapy.
Physical yoga practice should also be conducted in moderation with appropriate mindfulness in safety to have an enjoyable experience.
We also offer private lessons and special “supervised classes” to help meet your challenges.  Please contact us for more information.

Do you offer kids classes? What if I have my kids with me?

SUTRA adult classes are age 18+.

Teens 16+ may attend SUTRA adult classes with a waiver and consent form signed by a guardian. Teens do not have to have a guardian present with them while participating in yoga, meditation, or workshops. SUTRA reserves the right to ask unruly teenagers to leave or even complete chores if they are disrespectful of the space, teachers, or other students. At this time we cannot accommodate students under 16 due to insurance related reasons.

Young Adults (ages 13-15), Kids Classes, Mommy + Me workshops and classes may be scheduled in the future and will be offered on our online schedule and updated through our newsletter when said classes are available.

What kind of yoga classes do you offer?

We offer a variety of asana (physical yoga practice) traditions, primarily in the vinyasa style.
We also offer meditation, dharma and various workshops on the other limbs of yoga.
Please visit our class descriptions page, or better yet, try a class in person!

Why yoga?

Yoga in various forms has been practiced in many different traditions and styles over the last few thousand years. More recently within the last 100 years, we have come to practice the “asana” practice you may recognize from pop culture or modern representations of yoga. A few reasons how yoga could improve your life are listed below. But heck if you don’t believe us – google it.

  • To breathe better.
  • Increase flexibility, strength, balance, mental focus, and elevates mood.
  • De-stress and find calm.
  • Enhance the mind/body connection.
  • Get better sleep.
  • Feel better physically, emotionally, spiritually.
  • Encourage your personal creativity and productivity.
  • Encourage a healthy and mindful lifestyle.
  • Boost your confidence.
  • To find yourself.
  • Join a community of awesome people.
  • Muscular and cardiovascular health.

What is meditation?

“If you think you’re in control – control your thoughts, then let me know”….
Meditation is another word for mind training. In meditation we work to train our minds to find calm and focus. No previous experience is necessary.
SUTRA offers guided meditation sessions as well as open “sit” times, when the studio is available for quiet mindful activities like seated meditation.

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