What should I wear in class?
Comfortable exercise clothing and bare feet. Please be sure if you wear shorts that they are long enough to not be revealing in yoga postures.
Can I eat right before class?
It is best to have an empty stomach during yoga practice. Try to refrain from eating a meal at least two hours before class.
What if I am not flexible at all?
That’s fine. Just begin where you are. More flexibility of body and mind will come with time and practice.
Do I have to start in beginner class even if I am athletic and fit?
The beginner lessons at CNY Yoga Center are an important foundation for practice here. You will learn the proper alignment for the safety of your body in poses, Sanskrit names for postures, and Pranayama techniques that you will be expected to know without further instruction at the intermediate level.
Can I practice during pregnancy?
Absolutely. We recommend that pregnant women come to our beginner level classes. We will give you modifications for some postures that are contraindicated during pregnancy.
Am I too old to do yoga?
We have had students as young as 12 and as old as 74 enjoy our classes. Everyone works within their own limitations and celebrates their abilities.
Will yoga help me lose weight?
Regular yoga practice can aid in weight loss. It creates more muscle, which increases metabolism. It also helps you become more in tune with your body and its needs, so you begin to know what foods and how much of them are good for you. The Conscious Eating Workshop offered here is also helpful for learning to eat with awareness and gratitude.
What books should I read?
We regularly recommend books in our classes and workshops. Beginners greatly benefit from the Kripalu Yoga Posture Sheets. These will help you follow our lesson plans at home. In addition to our recommendations, you can browse in the Bookshop before and after class and notice what sparks your interest. You may be intuitively led to just what you need right now.
Is yoga a religion?
No. Yoga is a life science. It does have similarities in its philosophy to many of the world’s great religions and was influenced by those as it developed. If you do practice a religion, yoga can help deepen your experience of it.
How often should I do yoga?
Regular study and practice of yoga is most beneficial. We recommend daily practice of yoga and meditation. This is why we do not offer classes on a drop-in basis. Taking a class once in a while is not as safe or effective as making a commitment to it and doing it regularly.