Frequently Asked Questions
What does the studio space look like?
As you enter the studio you will climb a wide set of stairs. At the top you will find an area for removing shoes, and cubbies for storing your personal items. Then head on over to the greeting desk to check-in. There will be someone here to help you, answer questions, and tell you where to set up your mat.
We have one restroom with a small area for changing. We do not have shower facilities.
There is a water cooler with fresh drinking water.
What should I wear?
You will want to wear comfortable, nonbinding clothing. Yoga classes are taught barefoot, and Tai Chi with either a pair of socks or dedicated indoor soft shoes.
We ask that you be mindful of perfumes, and lotions or cigarette smoke prior to entering the studio.
When should I arrive?
Please arrive 10 min before class to allow yourself time to sign in and set up. If you are late to class, you are still welcome, please enter quietly. If another student arrives late, please quietly make room for them. If you need to leave early please inform the teacher and set up near the entrance as to accommodate your fellow practitioners. Classes begin and end promptly.
What should I bring?
Students are encouraged to bring their own personal mat, however there are some at the studio for lend if you forget yours or do not yet own one. A smaller hand towel or gym towel and a water bottle are nice to have.
What about mobile devices?
Center of Gravity is a cell phone/I Pad free zone. Please turn phones off. On the rare occasion that someone forgets, we ask that you respond with kindness, next time it could be you!
Should I eat before class?
Students are encouraged to refrain from aeating a heavy meal before class. However, for a morning class a light meal is preferable to exercising on empty.
Drink plenty of water, hydrate before and after class.
What if I have an injuries or medical condition?
If you have an injury or medical condition please inform the instructor. Modifications for any yoga pose can be provided. Ask your teacher for modifications and be willing to take them. Listen to your body, respect pain.
What are the benefits of yoga?
Yoga develops flexibility, strength, and balance which in turn helps you become more energetic, easy, and comfortable in your body. Yoga also addresses the unevenness and asymmetry of our right and left, front and back body that arise from our daily habits. This restoration of symmetry and ease of movement erases tension that otherwise accumulates as we age, resulting in less stress and a more relaxed body. You will be less prone to injury and pain, feel better, and be happier!
What if I am not flexible?
Don’t let your inflexibility keep you away. That’s like saying you are too dirty to take a bath! Come and watch your flexibility, balance, strength and coordination improve with a consistent and persistent practice.
What if I am not “good” at doing yoga?
There is no such thing as being “good” or “bad” at yoga. We are all different with different bodies and physical histories. Be proud of the life experience that your body reflects! Yoga is accessible for all ages and levels of fitness from young to wise, athletic to sedentary. This is your practice, do not compare yourself with others or compete with yourself. Work from where you are, not where you think you should be.
Why do we sometimes end the class by saying Namaste? What does it mean?
Yoga originated in India, and the gesture of Namaste comes from these cultural roots. Namaste is an ancient Sanskrit greeting still in everyday use in India. Nama means bow, as means I, and te means you. Therefore, namaste literally means “bow me you” or “I bow to you.” To perform Namaste, we place the hands together at the heart charka, close the eyes, and bow the head. It can also be done by placing the hands together in front of the third eye, bowing the head, and then bringing the hands down to the heart. This is a deep expression of friendship, love and respect.
How often should I do yoga?
As with any practice, the more consistent you are, the more benefits you will receive. It is better to do short sessions more often than a long session once in a while. Treat your studio classes as lesson time, then go home and practice. Consider implementing a few minutes in your day or week of personal practice.