FAQs For New Students
FAQ For New Students
Do I have to register online and make a reservation for class?
You do not need to register online before attending class, but if it’s your first visit please arrive at least 10 to 15 minutes early so we can get you set-up before class. This also gives you an opportunity to speak with the teacher regarding any injuries or concerns you may have.
Can I still pay and register online if I want to?
Sure! You may purchase classes online anytime; however, special promotions and offers cannot be processed online. Class packages can be purchased online by selecting “Enroll” next to the class you want to attend from our schedule: http://www.prajnacenter.com/schedule/
We accept Visa, Mastercard or personal check as forms of payment.
What if I’ve never done yoga before?
Congratulations! Starting anything new is always an opportunity for learning and growth. While all of our instructors are skilled at offering classes to accommodate students of all levels, we recommend taking our Hatha or Basic Yoga class to get you started. These classes offer a perfect introduction into the postures (asanas) and breath awareness (pranayama) practiced in all styles offered at Prajna. Within each class students are encouraged to modify poses and rest as needed to make the practice their own.
Please read our class descriptions and ask any of our staff for advice about what styles would suit your needs best. We encourage you to come about 15 minutes before class to speak with the teacher regarding any injuries or concerns you may have. They are here to support you.
Which yoga class/style is right for me?
The best practice for you is the one that you enjoy.
Hatha and Basic Yoga classes focus on proper, precise alignment and mindful breathing to build proper foundation for a regular, safe and sustainable yoga practice.
Prajna Flow classes integrate more upper body strength and core awareness. These classes involve more movement and build more internal heat in the body. Strength and flexibility are incorporated in every class.
Ashtanga classes are the strongest classes in terms of rigor and stamina. It’s a class guided by the sound of breath into movement that is based on an integration of strength, flexibility, focus, and discipline.
Restorative Yoga is meditative and total relaxation. Poses are passive where the body is supported by props to rest into a release of body and mind.
You are welcome to attend any style and any class level, but please be aware that both level 2 and 3 classes may feel challenging and fast if you are new to yoga.
What should I wear?
We recommend wearing light, breathable clothing in which you can move easily in. Bring a small towel to wipe down in case you perspire. Avoid wearing loosing fitting clothes as that would inhibit movement. Yoga is practiced barefoot, so shoe cubbies are right outside the studio. Personal belongings can be stored in the cubbies located inside the studio or in our tea lounge.
Mats are available for rent ($1). Other props like blocks, blankets, straps and bolsters are available free of charge.
What should I bring to class?
We recommend bringing a mat, towel and water. Purchasing a high quality mat makes all the difference to your practice, so once you decide to commit to yoga, purchase a high quality mat to give you the proper support and cushion. We are happy to give you our recommendations.
What are the basic class etiquettes?
- We require new students to arrive at least fifteen minutes prior to the start of class.
- Be on time, maybe allowing extra time to get settled and take a few breaths.
- Only leave early if you must and please inform your teacher ahead of time if you are not able to stay for the entire class.
- If you are late, please enter as quietly as possible as not to disturb other students.
- Remove your shoes before entering the studio.
- Turn off cell phone and pagers.
- Avoid strong perfumes or lotions.
- Observe silence during practice.
How should I prepare for class?
- Try to drink a sufficient amount of water before class and avoid large meals up to three hours prior to class.
- Allow yourself to take breaks when needed or skip poses to make the practice your own.
- Lastly, don’t get discouraged; if you find yourself challenged let it be an opportunity rather than a barrier. Your body and your practice will change with time. Taking the time to take care of yourself is a huge accomplishment!
How often should I take a class?
It’s best to practice at least 2-3 times a week to begin with; however, with our busy lives it is often difficult to find the time to attend class. Be grateful for what you can do and be inspired towards greater goals and a consistent practice.
What are the benefits of yoga?
The gifts of yoga are plentiful. On a physical level, your practice can aide in building greater strength, balance, breath awareness, flexibility and ultimately, greater health and wellness for your body. These elements can all complement or enhance your current physical activities. They can also alleviate tight muscles or assist in the recovery of an injury. On a mental level, the practice of yoga involves integrating mediation and meditative qualities, which can help clear the mind. On a spiritual level, yoga encourages a process of inquiry and a connection to a deeper sense of self.
What if I’m not flexible?
A common misconception of yoga is the need to be flexible in order to do the postures. Flexibility is definitely not the prerequisite. In fact, being inflexible is precisely one of the reasons to take up Yoga. The purpose of practicing yoga is improved health, strength, stability and happiness. With a consistent, safe practice suited to your body’s daily needs, you will notice increased flexibility over time.
Can I practice yoga with a previous injury?
Always tell your teacher of recent or prior injuries. He or she can help you get the most out of your practice while being attentive to your injury. During class, focus on doing the postures within the limits of your injury and allow yourself the time and space to heal.
What are your membership/class package prices?
If you are new to Prajna, you can take advantage our new student specials of either 5 classes for $45, or 30 days unlimited for $60. Either package is a great opportunity to try out all the different styles and teachers at Prajna. From here we offer class packages on a pay-as-you-go basis in various denominations (5, 10, or 20), or you may purchase the monthly unlimited pass. Please visit our rate page for more details and package expiration policies http://www.prajnacenter.com/rates/
How are schedule changes posted?
Any class changes (styles, times) will be posted in the studio and on our website. An updated schedule including any teacher substitution can be found in our online schedule http://www.prajnacenter.com/schedule/