Frequently Asked Questions

Yoga Etiquette

Yoga Misconceptions

What is Yoga?


The practice of yoga has been around for over 5,000 years. The word Yoga means “to join or union”, and it does so by connecting mind, body and spirit.  This connection with the self and with something greater than the self is what makes yoga different from other forms of exercise.


Many people practicing find that yoga begins to affect other aspects of their life besides new found physical strength.  Yoga students may begin to make more mindful food choices and pay closer attention to their relationship with friends and family.  They may also begin to develop greater compassion for the world around them.


In short, yoga provokes personal inquiry. Many people discover greater awareness within their own bodies and in turn develop a stronger connection with all beings.


From a physical standpoint, a regular yoga practice has been proven to reduce stress and boost emotional well-being, increase strength and flexibility, improve cardiovascular fitness, enhance vitality, and manage body weight.


There are many different styles of yoga asana (physical postures) to meet the many different physical needs of students.  No matter where you are in your yoga practice, there is a class for you!

Who benefits From Yoga?


To put it simply, EVERYONE benefits from yoga.  Whether you desire greater flexibility, stronger muscles and bones, lasting endurance, or peace of mind, all can be found in yoga.  Yoga asana is a great method for helping people get into shape and stay in shape.  Many find that yoga improves the quality of their sleep, increases their energy level, and reduces stress.

How much do classes cost?


Depends.  Please visit our Rates & Packages page.  The bigger the package you buy, the less you are paying per class.


What if I have no experience?


All of our classes are appropriate for all levels, but we suggest starting with a Basic Beginner Session held once a quarter for six weeks.  Between beginner sessions any class is available; just let the teacher know you are new to yoga.



What do I need to do before my first class?


Nothing!  Just come in about 10 minutes before the scheduled class time to register and sign in.  We will help you get set up for your class and answer any questions you might have. A great article to ready before your first class is

What should I wear?


Be Comfortable! You will want to wear comfortable clothes that will stretch with you and avoid baggy tees that tend to fall over your head when you bend over.  Yoga is done in your bare feet so no special socks or shoes are required.



What do I bring?


All you need is a mat!  If you do not have a mat, we have mats for use at the studio.  All personal items are to be left in the cubbies, including the shoes and cellphones that have been turned off.



What if I'm not flexible?


You are in the right place!  Yoga isn’t about putting your foot behind your head or looking like a magazine cover model.  Classes at Satya Yoga are fun and focus on peeling back resistances on layer at a time…the best time to become more flexible is to start today.




I have an injury/illness, will this be a problem?


Probably not, but let your teacher know.  As long as your doctor has cleared you for exercise, we can help you modify your practice to suit your needs.  We cannot diagnose or treat any injuries, but will do our best to help you work with them.





Should I eat before class?


Depends! It is generally best to avoid heavy meals for at least two hours before class, but depending on your routine a light snack about an hour before may be helpful.  You want to be comfortable, so make sure you are well fueled, but not full.




How challenging will the class be?


It is always up to you! You always control the intensity of your practice and we encourage you to work at your own pace in every class!


How often should I practice?


Yoga is traditionally practiced daily and consistency is the key to experiencing its full benefit.  Three days a week to see real changes in your body and five days a week will make real changes in your life!


What does the word 'Namaste' mean?


“Namaste” is a gesture or salutation.  At the end of each yoga class, you will see the teacher and students bring their hands together at their heart-centers and say “Namaste”, to each other.  There are many meanings that are all very similar.  A short version: “The light in me honors the light in you”.


What does the word 'Om' mean?


Many yoga classes begin and end with the chanting of “OM”, three times.  This mantra allows the energy of the group to begin the process of harmony by breathing together and sharing in this mantra.

“OM” is an amazing tool that all people of all faiths can utilize to bring focus and awareness to the greater meaning of life.



There are a few basic courtesies Satya Yoga asks of all who step through our doors for yoga classes.


For your first class, please arrive 15 minutes early to fill out a little paperwork and become familiar with our studio.  It also allows you time to speak with the teacher before class to let her or him know of any particular injuries or other body issues you may be experiencing.


Please turn off all cell phones!


Please show up for class on time (that means a few minutes early!).  If you do arrive late, please wait until the beginning phase of class is finished before entering the studio, so as not to disturb fellow students.  In some circumstances, if you are late the doors may be locked, in order to ensure the safety of our clients and teachers.


Please remove your shoes before entering the studio.


If you borrow a studio mat, please clean it as best you can after use.  Mat cleaner will be provided.


Please do not wear heavy colognes or perfumes as they may bother other students.


Please HONOR your body!  Although often practiced in a group setting yoga is a very personal practice and no one understands your body like you do.  Please listen to and respect your physical limits and needs.  Our instructors are there to help.  They can offer modifications for postures and we also have lots of props to assist you in your practice.


Please do your best to remain in class throughout the session – even during final resting pose (Savasana).  This is one of the most important parts to a yoga practice.  If you must leave, please let the teacher know in advance and slip away while other are getting settled.

Hopefully this page will help to dispel some common rumors, concerns, and leeriness around the practice of yoga.


"I can't practice yoga because I'm not flexible"


That is one important reason to practice yoga! Many tight bodies have found healing in yoga classes. Athletes to  couch potatoes and everything in between need to maintain  adequate flexibility to maintain optimal health.

"Isn't Yoga a Religion?"


No, yoga is not a religion. Many people find spiritual healing through their yoga practice but no specific form of worship is carried out during a yoga class. Yoga can mean many different things to people. Some come to yoga solely for the physical practice, while others prefer to dive deeper into the philosophy behind yoga. The bottom line is that a student should never feel pressured to explore a side of yoga that is outside of their comfort level.

"Isn't Yoga Just for Women?"


Quite the contrary! Almost 30% of yogis in America are men, and men find their way to yoga classes for a variety of reasons. Men with greater flexibility, better range of motion, and reduced stress tend to perform better in other activities such as contact sports, running, and weight training. In fact, anyone who has taken a strong vinyasa flow is well aware of the physical fitness required in yoga. All others can choose to sit back and speculate or discover the benefits of yoga for themselves...and yes that was a challenge to all you “tough guys" out there!


"Sometimes it looks like people are members of Cirque De Soleil in your classes."


Yoga practices look different from mat-to-mat. Yoga teaches us not to compare ourselves to others and to feel great just as we are.  The more you practice, you will find ways to keep your practice fresh and yourself growing.  Besides child’s pose is just as hard for some as handstand is for others!

"I already run or go to the gym so I do not need to practice yoga."


Yoga is a great complementary practice to other forms of exercise. Yoga offers students greater flexibility, better mental clarity, a chance to heal sore muscles and injuries, reduce stress, and improve sleep.