Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some frequently asked questions (FAQ) and answers at Yoga Dharma Studios:
Q: What should I wear to class?
A: Wear comfortable, stretchy clothing that allows you to move freely. Avoid baggy clothing that may get in the way during poses.
Q: Do I need to bring my own yoga mat?
A: We provide yoga mats for all students, but you are welcome to bring your own mat if you prefer.
Q: Do I need to have experience with yoga?
A: Our classes are open to students of all levels, including beginners. Our instructors will provide modifications and variations to suit your level of experience.
Q: How early should I arrive before class?
A: We recommend arriving at least 10-15 minutes before class starts to sign in, set up your mat, and prepare for class.
Q: What should I bring to class?
A: In addition to your yoga mat, bring a towel, water bottle, and any props you may need, such as blocks or straps. We have mats to borrow and other props, if you do not have your own.
Q: Can I eat before class?
A: It is suggested to avoid heavy meals 2-3 hours before class. If you need to eat something, opt for a light snack such as fruit or nuts.
Q: What if I have an injury or medical condition?
A: Please inform the instructor before class if you have any injuries or medical conditions that may affect your practice. The instructor can provide modifications to accommodate your needs.
Q: What if I need to leave early?
A: If you need to leave early, let the instructor know before class starts. Try to choose a spot near the door to minimize disruption.
Q: Can I bring my phone into class?
A: To create a distraction-free environment, we ask that you leave your phone in the designated area or turn it off and leave it in your bag during class.
Q: Can I bring a friend to class?
A: Yes, you are welcome to bring a friend to class. They will need to sign in and pay the drop-in fee or purchase passes.
Q: Do you offer private sessions?
A: Yes, we offer private sessions with our instructors. Contact us for more information and pricing.
Q: How do I sign up for classes?
A: You can sign up for classes on our website or through our mobile app. You can also sign up in person at the studio.
Q: I have dropped by the studio a couple of times and the doors are locked, when is the best time for me to come in?
A: Classes are open 20 min before class and 15 min after class. Please check the schedule which is updated live for an open time to jump in.
Q: Where are you located? I heard you have two studios.
A: We have two studios located at 1157 E John Sims Pkwy in the Parkway East shopping mall. The first studio, facing the street, offers hot yoga and active flow classes. The second studio is accessed through the double doors to the right of the first studio. It's the first door on the left in the hallway and offers gentle, yin, restorative, and meditative practices.
Q: What is Om and why do some teachers sing it in class and others do not?
A: Om is a mantra or symbol that is commonly used in yoga as a way to focus the mind and create a sense of calm. While it has spiritual and cultural significance in some traditions, it does not necessarily have any religious connotations in the context of yoga practice. Teachers are encouraged to share their authentic experience of yoga. Om, like other tools such as breath, eye gaze, movement, and intention, can help focus the mind during yoga practice.
Q: Is Yoga a religion?
A: Yoga itself is not a religion and is open to people of all faiths. It is a holistic practice that can benefit individuals in many ways, including reducing stress, improving flexibility and strength, and promoting overall well-being. Christians and people of all religions are welcome to practice yoga and can approach it in a way that aligns with their personal beliefs and values.