Some common questions we’ve heard from people starting out….
What is Power Vinyasa Yoga?
Power Vinyasa Yoga is a vigorous form of flowing yoga postures sequenced together linking breath (pranayama) to movement (asana.) The focus on breath keeps you present and “in the moment” and allows energy to move through the body–the muscles, joints, and tissues. With regular practice, yoga can bring more strength, balance, and alignment to the body, mind, heart, and soul. In our busy lives, yoga can help relieve stress, calm the mind, open the body, and awaken the spirit. And…it’s FUN!
Is yoga a religion?
Yoga is NOT a religion. Yoga is an art, a philosophy, and a science originating from India. The practice of yoga has been around for nearly 5,000 years. The West has embraced and adapted the Eastern holistic, healing principles of yoga practice.
What does it mean when people say yoga is for the mind, body, and spirit?
Yoga is more than physical movement. Yoga awakens energy throughout the body, mind, and heart. Through the practice of yoga, we can learn quite a lot about ourselves and develop a more keen awareness of our thought patterns and emotions. There is always an invitation in yoga to “let go” of negative thoughts and beliefs that keep us from living from our most authentic self. (soul, spirit). All yogis have the opportunity during their practice to examine self-imposed limitations and decide to “let go” of them, choosing instead a more positive way of approaching and seeing themselves and others.
How often should I practice?
The power of yoga often hooks people after just one class! Most regular yogis practice 3-5x per week to maximize the benefits, but there is no one formula or “right” way. Do what you can, when you are able—even if it’s a 30 min home practice. And always rest when you need to. Trust yourself to know when you’ve done too much or when you can find your “edge” and dig a little deeper.
I’m not flexible, so I’m not sure I can do yoga.
This is all the more reason to do yoga! As you practice yoga you become stronger and more flexbile—on the inside and out! Our compassionate instructors will always show you ways to modify poses so you can open safely and gradually. Before you know it, you might even be touching your toes, standing on your head AND hugging your neighbor!
Why do we chant “Oooooohhhhhmmmm?”
We believe that the vibrating sound of OHM unifies us and brings us together as a community during yoga class. It is not a religious sentiment. At Solfire Yoga we respect all religions and beliefs and encourage you to use the practice of yoga to enhance your personal belief system. You’re welcome to OHM and you are welcome not to OHM. No requirements. No judgment. Do what works best for you.
What do I eat or drink before class?
Try not to eat two-three hours before you practice. If you do need to eat, try a light snack like juice or a handful of nuts 30 minutes beforehand. You will sweat a lot in our heated yoga classes, so drink a lot of water to replenish afterward.
What do I wear and what should I bring?
Wear something easy to move about in like leggings, or shorts, but nothing so loose you have to adjust it a lot. And nothing too restrictive that prevents free movement. Also choose clothing that can breathe and handle sweat since our studio will be heated to 85-100 degrees in most classes. We do ask that you come to class clean, and scent-free of perfumes, colognes, or oils. Footwear is a non-issue since we practice barefoot, but please remove shoes before entering the actual yoga room. Bring: a mat, water, and a towel. You can also rent mats and towels for $2.00 each. You can fill up your water bottle at our pure, filtered, water fountain. We do not sell water bottles.
What should I expect BEFORE the class?
Make sure you review our class schedule and select an appropriate class for your level and your schedule. You can register, use our free Mobile App, or sign in at the studio. Make sure you allow time for parking and check in. We encourage walking, carpooling, and cycling. We have several bike spaces in the front of the studio, if you ride a bike. There are 7 parking spaces marked “SOLFIRE” in the back alley. There are also 2 and 4 hour parking spaces on nearby streets. Be sure you pay the meter if you park in the paid stalls out front. Please respect our neighbors and refrain from parking in the dental office lot during weekday business hours (7:30AM-5:00PM). Thank you.
How do I pay?
We have several pricing options. From drop-in rates, to packaged class passes, to monthly EFT, you can find a plan that fits for you! To learn more click PRICING.
A few tips on yoga etiquette, to be sure you leave the studio in one piece….(just kidding)….
- Arrive at least 10 minutes early to class so you have time to sign in, settle in, and relax. We understand that situations occur that can result in occasional late arrival. Please be quiet and aware when entering the studio late. Enter with only your mat, and avoid making excessive noise.
- Please remove your shoes before you enter the studio to keep the studio clean and the space sacred
- Please turn cell phones completely off or silence all sounds before entering the studio.
- Bring a yoga mat, a towel, and water to class. Come to class well-hydrated and drink lots of water after class to replenish!
- Choose an appropriate class for your level of practice. Read class descriptions to help you choose the class that will help you most enjoy your experience. For beginners and newer yogis we recommend Power Basics classes until you feel comfortable moving and breathing through the vinyasa flow and poses.
- Please avoid wearing fragrances and scents to class. And, never underestimate the power of a clean smelling yogi. Good hygiene is always appreciated!
- Let your yoga teachers know if you are recovering or healing from any injuries so they can suggest modifications when appropriate.
- Savasana is essential to your practice, so if you must leave class early, we encourage you to do your own savasana and then please exit before the whole class savasana so as not to disturb those who are resting peacefully. Be mindful of your early departure as you roll up your mat and quietly open and close the door.
- Speak quietly before and after class to honor and respect those who need space to relax before practicing.
- Be grateful that you showed up, enjoy the process of your practice, and have fun!