I’m new to Essential Yoga Studio, where do I start?
If you have not attended a class at our studio, you are eligible for our New Student Special (30 days unlimited for $30). You can find this option under the Pricing tab. During the purchasing process you will be prompted to create a Mindbody profile – please retain the login email and password for future booking. After you have made your purchase, you can begin signing up for classes under the Booking tab. Once your 30 days expires, you can chose the best pricing option to continue your classes with us.
Do I need to pre-register for classes?
No, but by doing so you will ensure you have a space in the class you want. Some of our class times and formats fill to maximum capacity and we recommend pre-booking to offer peace of mind. You can book classes via our website under the ‘Booking’ tab or on the Mindbody app.
What if I pre-register and then can’t make it?
If you sign up for a class and cannot make it, we ask that you cancel your booking as soon as possible and at least TWO hours prior to class. This will allow the next person on the waitlist to join us. You can cancel via our website under the My Profile tab, or on the Mindbody app. Failure to show up or cancel a scheduled in-studio class will result in a $10 fee (for members) or a class deduction (for class card holders).
*There is no cancellation policy for virtual classes.
What if the class I want to attend is full?
If the class is full, you will be placed on the waitlist. When and if another student cancels, you will automatically be added to the class and will receive an email and/or text message. If your plans have changed, please cancel your booking as soon as possible.
How should I prepare for class and what should I bring?
It is best to practice yoga on an empty stomach, so we suggest not eating a meal for about two hours prior, or a half hour after a light snack. Show up for class 15-5 minutes early and wear comfortable, breathable clothing which does not restrict your movement. Practice is done barefoot. Mats and all other props are provided for use in the studio if you do not have our own. However, we do encourage students to purchase their own mats so they can roll it out at home.
How do I access virtual classes?
You can sign up for our virtual live-streamed classes under the ‘Booking’ tab on our website. 30 minutes before class you will receive an email with the link to join. This process will require your login info, so please have it handy. You will enter the live-stream with your mic and camera set to OFF, but can chose to turn them on if you’d like.
What are the benefits of yoga?
People who practice yoga consistently can expect the following benefits:
• Stress relief
• Reduced muscle and joint pain
• Improved strength and flexibility
• Better balance and posture
• Increased energy
• A sense of calm in the midst of everyday life
I’m new to yoga. Which classes are appropriate for me?
If you are new to yoga, try starting with our Essential Hatha, Gentle Yoga, or Align & Flow classes which all focus on light stretching and strengthening with proper alignment. Continue with these classes if you enjoy a relaxed pace. When and if you are ready for new challenges, the progression of class levels is as follows:
- Essential Hatha
- Gentle Yoga
- Align & Flow
- Vinyasa I
- Essential Flow
- Vinyasa II
All other classes are open level and made approachable with the use of modifications and props.
Essential yoga offer private lessons?
Yes! A private yoga class designed around your needs and abilities is the safest & easiest way to build a healthy yoga habit. Beginners to yoga require clear explanations and patient instruction to effectively learn the basics. Students with injuries must also learn safe alignment techniques. Cost is $60 per hour long class. Please contact the studio by email or phone for more information and to set up your appointment.
What if I’m not flexible – can I still practice yoga?
Being flexible is not a requirement for being able to do yoga! We come to yoga to increase our strength, flexibility, and overall well-being. We all start with different levels of flexibility, and you’ll begin to see results in a way that is safe and works for your specific body.
How often should I practice yoga?
The more regularly you practice yoga, the more results you will see. We recommend at least two classes per week to feel and see results, although you can certainly benefit from even just one class per week! By committing to a routine in your practice, you’ll begin to see the results both in your physical and mindfulness practices.
Is yoga compatible with my spiritual beliefs?
Yes. Yoga is not a religion. It is a collection of techniques designed to develop health and well-being and a connection between mind, body, and breath.
What if I have health concerns?
Before class, mention any pre-existing conditions to your instructor so they can help you modify postures. If there is any concern, please discuss with your healthcare provider.