Frequently Asked Questions
I am new to yoga. Where do I start?
Our Power classes can be a bit fast-paced and intimidating for brand new students. You may want to start with a slower paced option such as our Slow & Deep or Gentle Power classes. Ask at the front desk; we periodically offer an “intro” or “basics” series. We also offer personal lessons for those who would feel more confident beginning with some one-on-one instruction. That said, we welcome students of all levels in all classes. Listen to your body and pace yourself accordingly. If something feels bad, or you don’t understand what’s expected of you, just pause. Yoga is about building strength, focus, stamina and flexibility. No one expects you to know everything or be able to master every pose the first time you walk into the studio.
What should I wear?
It is very possible to spend a small fortune on specialized clothing… and also unnecessary. Wear comfortable clothes that will move with you and keep you appropriately covered. Avoid the overly baggy and the overly tight, for opposite reasons. Dressing in layers is always a good idea. Quick-dry fabrics tend to be more comfortable than cotton. Avoid clothing that will be uncomfortably heavy – or uncomfortably revealing – when wet
What do I need to bring?
If you have your own yoga mat, bring it. We have mats available for your use, and for sale, in the studio. You’ll also want to bring a towel and a water bottle, especially for hot yoga.
What if I’m not skinny or flexible?
Yoga is a practice. It is about discovering and expanding upon your capabilities. What matters isn’t your natural flexibility or current state of fitness. You’re not in competition with anyone. Not even yourself. Nor will you hold anyone else back. What you will do is learn about yourself – how to listen to, develop, and respect your body. Along the way, you’ll have fun, meet some amazing people, and begin to see yourself in a new light.
Will I find the classes too challenging?
You always control the intensity of your practice, and we encourage you to work at your own pace in every class. Listen to and respect your body. Everyone else in the studio will be doing the same. If you find that you consistently struggle with a particular length or style of class, try another. Remember, “one truth, many paths.”
How often should I practice?
Students tend to get the most benefit from yoga when they integrate it into their daily lives. For some, this may literally mean getting on their mat every single day. For others, it may mean committing to a daily lifestyle that includes healthy eating, supportive community, meditation, and mat time… maybe not all things all days, but something each day. As with all other aspects of yoga, listen to your body. Set your intention and be present. You’ll discover what works best for you.
What is a heated class?
Moderate heat (85-90 degrees) helps muscles achieve optimum flexibility. It also encourages sweat, which detoxifies the body. With the exception of prenatal classes, our studios are usually kept in the mid to upper 70s for other “unheated” classes.
Did you say “prenatal?” Can I practice yoga if I am pregnant?
It is always a good idea to confirm with your doctor, but in most cases yoga is WONDERFUL for pregnancy. It can help strengthen body and mind for labor, as well as ease nausea, back pain and swelling. We periodically offer prenatal classes, as well as Renew & Restore and other gentle classes that are appropriate for pregnancy. If you prefer to let someone else do the work, Lindsay also offers specialized prenatal massages.
Ohm? Namaste? Huh?
Yoga can be a great workout. That’s all some people are looking for. But at some point most students realize that the same discipline and philosophy that benefit their bodies can also benefit their minds and spirits. At ArtiZen, we begin and end each class with the traditional “ohm.” With hands at heart center, we lift our voices to literally harmonize with each other and the universe. This loving vibration helps to make us simultaneously aware of both our separateness and our unity. Many teachers also close their class with the word “namaste.” Namaste is often translated to mean “the Light in me sees the Light in you” or “the light in me bows to the light in you.” It is a heartfelt acknowledgement and thank you for the time spent in each other’s presence. Feel free to respond in kind.