FAQs – Everything You Need and Want to Know!
Here is a list of some of the most frequently asked questions we receive about practicing yoga and about Y2 Yoga. We hope this helps and if you can’t find the answer to your question here, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get back to you ASAP!
Which class should I take first?
Please visit our “Find the Right Class for You” page where you will learn more about the classes offered at Y2 along with an infographic that will guide you to the right Y2 class to meet your needs!
How do I sign up for my first class?
Just show up! Come at least 10 minutes early so you can fill out our new client waiver and get acquainted with our studio space. We offer complimentary towel service and yoga mats for rent along with bottled water and other beverages for purchase. Even if you are just starting out, we can provide you with everything you need to have an enjoyable experience.
Where exactly is Y2 located? I don’t see it from the street.
We are located in the Cotswold Mall. Park in the lot in front of Panera Bread and Toys & Company and then make your way down the walkway between the two businesses. Y2 Yoga will be directly in front of you, just past Salsarita’s. There’s a giant Y2 Yoga sign above our doors.
What should I eat before class?
Light meals and snacks 1-2 hours before class are typically okay but we recommend avoiding heavy meals or heavily spiced foods in the hours leading up to your practice. Some people prefer to practice on an empty stomach while others need a smoothie, a bar, oatmeal, etc. before class. We recommend trial and error to see what works best for you.
What should I wear to class?
Comfortable, sweat-wicking athletic clothing. Try to avoid cotton t-shirts, tanks or things like sweatpants. Men are usually comfortable in shorts and ladies in shorts or leggings. Oh and take your socks OFF for class! No shoes allowed in the studio and you’ll be more comfortable with bare feet.
What should I bring to class?
We encourage you to bring water with you to keep yourself hydrated (especially if you’re taking a hot class) and a yoga mat if you have one of your own. We can provide all of these things if you do not have them or forgot them. Complimentary towel service is included with your experience (both hand towels and shower towels). We also have very nice accommodations, including showers and lockers for personal belongings, so that you may shower or change into something more comfortable after class. We also recommend you bring an open heart and open mind!
Where should I put my belongings?
We have large locker rooms for both women and men with ample locker storage. Locks are available for rent at the front desk. Please do not bring your things into the studio with you or leave them out in the hall.
Do I have to be flexible to do yoga?
NO! This is perhaps the biggest myth about yoga. Forget what you’ve seen in magazines or on TV about what yoga students look like. Here at Y2 we welcome students of all shapes, sizes and flexibility levels. Your flexibility will certainly improve with regular practice but it’s not a mandate to start practicing. And just remember, everyone is getting the same benefit from the practice and postures, regardless of flexibility.
What if I have an injury?
If you are injured, it is VERY important that you check with a doctor before starting any new exercise program. Assuming you are cleared for exercise, in addition, please also let teachers know in advance before class so that they can avoid assisting you in certain positions (if applicable) or offer you modifications.
Generally speaking, you should rest any muscle that has been acutely injured until inflammation subsides, but start to gently stretch the tissue to promote elasticity in the muscle. Translation: if you just pulled a muscle, then stay off of it for a few days until the throbbing goes away, and then GENTLY stretch it (meaning at a fraction of normal exertion) until there is no pain in the muscle.
The information provided herein should not be used for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical conditions. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions.
What if I have low back pain?
Yoga is a great place to start in alleviating that pain. Again, please get cleared by your physician before starting a new exercise program. Many of our students experience significant improvement in how they feel in their daily lives after starting a regular yoga practice, especially in regards to low back pain. Here are two tips for making your yoga practice comfortable for your low back…
First tip: if it hurts DON’T DO IT! Yoga should feel good, not bad. There is a difference between feeling discomfort and feeling pain, listen to your body.
Second tip: slightly bend your knees. It is contraindicated to lock out your legs when folding forward at the waist if you have chronic low back pain, OR if you have to excessively round your lower back to achieve the position. See the guy at the top of this section? That is excessive rounding, don’t do that; bend your knees and protect your spine!
The Classroom Experience
What should I expect in my first yoga class?
First, expect to feel a little lost and be okay with that! Remember that every single person in the room had the experience of taking their first yoga class at some point and has been in your shoes.
A typical class starts off in child’s pose. Newbies often sit quietly during this time and wonder what is going on, or what have they gotten themselves into. A warm up usually follows, then a flowing sequence, and the a floor sequence. While Y2 teachers do not practice with their students, our teachers guide you through class with verbal cuing and hands-on adjustments.
All classes end in savasana. Which is kind of like adult nap time. You lie quietly with a cold towel over your eyes and let the practice settle in and the mind calm. It’s likely that your mind will be anything but calm…it can take a while to get comfortable with the stillness of savasana. Class usually ends with chanting Om. Om means peace and chanting it together creates a powerful energetic vibration that kind of seals the deal on practice, in a sense.
The first class will be the hardest. Each time you come back to your mat you’ll get a better grip on the terminology and postures. Class 10 will feel completely different than class one. If you really want a chance to break it down, we offer private instruction.
Why is the teacher touching everyone?
At Y2 our teachers do not practice with their students but rather walk around the room offering instruction and assists. This allows them to better feel the energy of classes and to keep an eye out to make sure everyone is staying safe and enjoying class. If you receive an assist, it does not mean that you were doing the posture wrong. The goal of assists are to help you to experience the postures on a deeper level and to become more aware of your place in space and alignment. And don’t worry about how sweaty you might be, our teachers enjoy giving assists and don’t mind sweaty yogis!
Why is the music so loud?
We LOVE music at Y2 and we think it has a huge impact in the overall energy and feeling of classes. You may find our playlists to be a little non-traditional but it’s one of the things our regular students love most about us! We play the music loud to help you drown out the thoughts in your head so that you can become totally immersed in what you’re doing and hopefully achieve a state of moving meditation.
Will I ever get used to the heat?
Our heated studio is heated to 98-101 degrees and 60% humidity. When you first begin practicing there may be an adjustment period as your body gets acclimated to the heat but stick with it! It’s imperative that you pre-hydrate before class and stay hydrated during. We encourage adding electrolyte powder to your water bottle if you need a little something extra. We sell Ultima Electrolyte Replacement in our retail area. If you do start to feel dizzy or like you need a break, simply step out of the room. We have water fountains, an ice machine and a bench right outside of the studio!