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NEW TO PRANA YOGA CENTER
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We offer both gentle and challenging yoga styles with 35 drop-in classes each week – no registration required. Our classes include traditional and contemporary class styles such as
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Tools for Modern Life
We welcome beginner through advanced students. We nurture your practice as you grow with classes for all levels and many styles. All classes are taught in a fun, safe, friendly atmosphere and our classes are 90 minutes long to provide a complete practice of asana (poses), pranayama (breath), and meditation.
Yoga is an ancient science and philosophy and has a profound value in the modern world. It provides the tools necessary to integrate the mind, body and spirit so that you can discover your highest potential. It is a system of physical and mental disciplines that allow you to achieve optimum health and live more joyfully.
Yogis show signs of vibrant health physically. Yoga strengthens and tones the muscles while improving balance and posture. Yoga is also a great way to cross-train for other sports as it can ease strains from injuries as well as increase strength and flexibility. When all the body’s systems are balanced, yoga practitioners feel healthier and are often inspired to make other healthy choices in their life.
Most practitioners find that yoga helps them to focus and relax in both work and play. Scientists have found the stress hormone cortisol decreases, even after just one session of yoga. By simply increasing the feel-good brain chemicals like endorphins, and serotonin, yoga practitioners feel better overall.
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What do I need to start my yoga practice?
Wear comfortable cotton clothing that allows you to move freely. Come hydrated and bring water to drink water after class. Since yoga is best practiced on an empty stomach, eat lightly and cleanly 2 to 3 hours before class begins. Tell your instructor about any injuries that may require modified poses. Please arrive 20 minutes early for your first class.
Which class is best for me?
We recommend trying several classes (3 classes) to find which style and instructor best suits your body and your intention for your yoga practice. There are many styles of yoga. Some styles are fast paced, others vigorous and others gentle and slow moving. View our class descriptions. If you’re new to yoga, returning to practice after some time away, or wanting to reconnect with the foundation of practice, we recommend the Fundamentals of Yoga course.
Do I need to register? Can I just drop-in?
Most of our classes are drop-in with no registration required. Purchase a class package or join our membership program to get the best yoga value for your money.For your first visit we recommend you arrive 15 minutes early for paperwork, a tour and other intake information.
Do you have mats?
Yes, we provide studio mats and mat cleaner. However, if you have or intend to have a regular practice, we recommend you purchase your own mat for health, hygiene, and the good, grounded feeling of rolling out your own mat.
What is a typical yoga class like?
Each yoga style and teacher offers a unique experience. However, every Prana Yoga Center class will relax, challenge, and inspire you. Classes typically begin with poses to stretch and warm the body, and create an awareness of the breath (pranayama). Teachers lead the class through a series of postures (asanas), according to the class level. Asanas are usually presented with both more- and less-challenging options that you can choose freely. Some classes use props like straps and blocks to help establish the pose. Class ends with several minutes of final relaxation: savasana is also called “corpse pose”. In some cases, teachers invite you to chant OM and participate in a guided meditation.
What is the difference between the different yoga styles?
All modern yoga shares the foundation of the classical Hatha yoga tradition. Each yoga style generally relies on the same basic poses. The variation among styles depends upon how the poses are sequenced, how long they are held, and the vigor of the practice. Give yourself a few weeks and a handful of classes to find the teaching and yoga style that best suits you. Your preferences may evolve over time. View a complete list of course descriptions …
What's the difference between the Levels I see on each class? Are some teachers better with beginners?
All Prana Yoga Center “Level 1” classes are designed for people in the first several months of their practice, including those returning to yoga after some time, or those desiring a slower-paced class with the most specific instruction. We choose experienced teachers to teach these classes, as teaching Level I requires great skill. All our teachers are friendly, knowledgeable and ready to help. Learn more about our instructors’ teaching styles and philosophies.
Do teachers correct our postures?
Our teachers may offer verbal and hands-on adjustments. Adjustments are offered to ensure your safety. An adjustment often makes a pose feel better. Some adjustments help you go deeper into the pose and to connect new neuro -muscular pathways. We respect and understand you may not wish to be physically adjusted or personally addressed in class. If this is your preference, please let your instructor know before class begins.
Do I have to know about yogic philosophy or Eastern spirituality to enjoy Prana Yoga Center?
No, Prana Yoga Center is dedicated to creating a friendly and welcoming space for the practice of yoga. Our teachers are knowledgeable about the history, tradition and philosophy of yoga, but you do not have to be interested in these aspects of yoga to benefit from the practice. We respect that all students practice yoga for their own personal reasons and recognize many practitioners begin yoga for the physical benefits. Should your interest in yogic philosophy grow, we offer many ways to deepen your understanding through our Depth & Transformation Curriculum track and workshops.
What does Namaste mean?
“Nama” means bow. “As” means I. “Te” means you.
Namaste means “the Spirit in me honors the Spirit in you.” The acknowledgment “Namaste” represents the belief that there is the essence of the Divine within each of us.
What is Savasana, and why is it important?
Savasana is the final resting pose or meditation at the end of each class. It provides the time your body needs to absorb the benefits of the asana (physical) practice. It allows your heart rate to slow and the oxygen in your blood to circulate to your entire body. It offers a chance to still your mind and accept feelings that may have come up during practice. Racing out of a yoga class without time to adjust can defeat the purpose of the practice and give you a headache! Savasana is your moment of completion.
What is OM?
OM is the “sacred syllable” of Sanskrit, the most ancient language, and is considered the mother of the bija, or “seed” mantras — short, potent sounds. Om has endured in popularity because of its vibration — how we feel when we chant it. The sound itself calms the nervous system, it gathers and focuses the mind, and in that state it’s not vulnerable to the rising of the odd thought that will create grasping or aversion. It shifts us out of our ordinary discursive mind and into a more contemplative mode. When we chant Om together, we are aligning the body, mind and spirit as well as aligning with one another and with the universe.
We often chant OM at the beginning or the end of class. Chanting Om is always optional.
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Should I do yoga if it's my "time of the month?"
We always recommend you listen to your body! Many yogis recommend that women refrain from inversions during the first three days of their menstrual cycle to avoid countering this natural downward flow of energy. These include headstands, shoulder stands, and handstands. Our teachers often offer an alternative pose for those who are not doing inversions, but we leave this decision up to each woman’s personal discretion. Others recommend practicing only restorative or gentle yoga during your cycle to help build back the energy that goes into the process of menstruation.
I'm pregnant. Should I stop my yoga practice?
No, but you will want to adapt your practice. We strongly recommend our Prenatal/Postnatal yoga classes for the safest and most beneficial practice for this transformative time in a woman’s life. It is a studio policy that expecting mothers do not attend general classes. Talk with your instructor for guidance. View upcoming series classes including Prenatal/Postnatal yoga.
Note: If you’ve been practicing consistently at Prana Yoga Center and are interested in continuing with your regular class, we strongly advise you to schedule a private yoga session with your teacher to determine whether the class can be adapted to accommodate pregnancy.
I'm recovering from an injury. Will yoga help?
Yoga is a healing practice. Deeper breath and mindful movement helps the body recover. Talk with your teacher at the beginning of class about your injury and share any restrictions from your medical care provider. An injury is a learning experience. Take responsibility for your body. Listen and respond when it tells you to take it easy or stop.
Will yoga change my life?
It can! A commitment to a weekly practice will help you manage your stress, build confidence, strengthen your body, and deepen your awareness. The more you practice, the more results you are likely to see. Some experts say the practice begins to do its greatest work around the 3rd year and your practice gets better with age since the effects of yoga are cumulative. We recommend at least 2 classes a week and our membership program is designed to support you in your commitment to practice.