At Bliss we are all about creating a safe, welcoming environment for our Yogis! Please see some of our most frequently asked questions as well as a bit on "what to expect" at our studio, especially if you are a brand new yogi!
What to Expect:
- Arrive 15 minutes prior to your class start time whether it is your first or 25th class. If you are brand new to our studio we want to have a minute to show you around and get you to sign a quick form and waiver. Even if it is not your first class, this gives you time to get settled, calm your mind, prepare for class and ask the instructor any questions you may have. It is also a great time to get to know other students!
- Yoga is done in a calm atmosphere... most of the time! We aim to keep our voices low and space peaceful.
- Please remove your shoes at the door! Helps keep the floor nice and clean for our practice. Let those piggies FREE!
- We use a lot of weird words... sanskrit to be exact. If something is thrown out there you do not understand, look around the room and follow their lead, you will know them yourself in no time!
- We use essential oils. We diffuse them and use them topically on our students during and at the end of class. If you have a sensitivity to smell or ever wish not to be touched in class, all you have to do is let your instructor know before hand.
- Our retail shop is open to you 15 minutes prior to and 15 minutes following every class! We carry a variety of local and yoga-related items hand picked for YOU! Check them out the next time you are in.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What should I wear? Wear anything that is comfortable! We recommend tighter fitting clothes as it makes it easier for the instructor to see your placement and with the occasional inversion, it helps to not have shirts and shorts flying ^up^
What should I bring? We have everything you might need in a class, but should you have and want to bring your own everything here is a good list: yoga mat, towel, water bottle and yoga strap.
I have NEVER done yoga... ever. Can I come take a class and if so which one should I take? First of all please know the answer is YES YES YES! You must start somewhere! We were all first time students at some point! We recommend our Back to Basics class for our newbies. This class is slower paced and focuses on alignment, placement and the names of the most common poses. Another great class to ease into is our Light & Easy class. This is a slower paced class as well that focuses on more basic movements. Beyond those know that you can step into any class, tell the teacher you are brand new, and understand he or she will give you modifications when possible and as always you work at YOUR OWN pace.
I have an injury... can I still practice? Yoga is very gentle on the body and has actually been known to help heal a wide variety of injuries and ailments. That said, you can still injure yourself doing yoga if not done properly and with care. As for injuries, it is always best to consult a doctor or physical therapist and get their go-ahead. Let your instructor know so they can offer modifications when applicable and as always, listen to YOUR BODY. It will tell you when you have gone too far.
I have zero flexibility... will I still enjoy yoga? When people say "I can't do yoga because I am not flexible" we like to reply "That is like saying "I will not eat because I am hungry". One of the pinacles of yoga is CREATING flexibility, not having it to begin with. Also keep in mind there are pleny of poses that revolve around balance and strength, something that may come easier to you! Lacking all 3? We cannot WAIT to meet you on your mat!
Is yoga a religious practice? This is a great question, and the answer depends entirely on YOU! The thing we want our students at Bliss to know is that no matter your religious preferences, or those of our instructors, you are ALWAYS welcome to join us on your mat and experience YOUR spirituality as you wish. The 8th limb of yoga is connecting with the divine. This looks different for every single human being, even those within the same faith. We welcome you to bring your faith and spirituality into our studio, onto your mat, and experience it however you wish. We will help guide you to that destination, but only if you are willing and open to it.