1. What should I wear?
Anything you feel comfortable moving in. Really - whether that’s sweatpants or spandex is totally up to you. Keep in mind that in some classes you’ll be invited to move through some head-down postures (standing forward fold and downward-facing dog, for example). If your shirt is loose-fitting, you might end up with some exposed skin. No biggie for any of us if your belly or back hangs out, but if you are not comfortable with that, you might want to do some experimenting at home to find a top that won’t ride up and distract you. Wearing a long shirt and tucking it in is of course another option.
2. What should I bring?
Just bring yourself! We will have a mat laid out for you when you arrive, as well as any props you may need. You can leave your stuff locked in your car, or feel free to use our storage baskets (where you’ll put your shoes and keys) to stow anything away that you won’t need during class.
3. Do I need to arrive early?
Someone will be on hand to check you in about 15 minutes before class begins. It’s a good idea to arrive about 10 minutes early to get yourself settled and situated. For safety and serenity, doors will be locked once class begins.
4. Will I get a workout?
In some classes, like YG Power Flow, you’ll most likely work up a sweat. In YG Restore classes and YG Gentle classes, you probably won’t get much of a work out...but that doesn’t mean it’s not good for you!
5. What if I have an injury?
At the beginning of every class, your teacher will ask whether anyone has an injury of which s/he should be aware of. Just give a little wave and let your teacher know. S/he will offer alternatives to you if the class is doing something that might exacerbate your injury.
6. I’m overweight.
Can we be real for a second? Being on the heavy side, full-figured, overweight, obese, sedentary, or fat should not be your barriers to trying yoga, at least not at Yoga General. One of the reasons we love yoga is that people of any and size and shape can have a seriously beautiful practice. Have you heard of Jessamyn Stanley? You might want to check her out. She inspires us. https://www.instagram.com/mynameisjessamyn/ Your body - the one you are living in right now - you deserve to feel as good as possible in that body. It’s yours for life! If transformation is your goal, we’re here for you. If increased comfort in your skin is your goal, we’re here for you. And if proving to your friends and family that you don’t have to be teeny tiny to move into some pretty awesome shapes, we can probably work something out too.
7. Is this a religious thing?
Are you asking whether this is some sort of cult? Nope, it’s not.
Are you asking whether you are cheating on your religion, or fetishizing someone else’s religion, or inadvertently attending a religious ceremony by coming to a yoga class? Again, nope. Here’s what Deepak Chopra had to say on the topic of yoga and religion in a 2014 Yoga Journal interview:
“To answer this question, I look to the roots of yoga. Traditionally, yoga is the science of the Self. Yoga seeks to help us understand our inner world through various techniques that include meditation, asanas, breathing, focused awareness, and certain rules of behavior and conduct. If by religion we mean the religious experience of transcendence, the loss of fear of death, and the emergence of platonic qualities such as truth, beauty, goodness, harmony, and evolution, then yes, yoga can give us a religious experience. It is not religion in the form of ideology, dogma, belief systems, or compliance; it’s a spiritual experience that gives us access to a universal domain of reality.”
8. But I'm soooo inflexible. My eating habits aren't that good. And I'm really busy, so what if I don't have a lot of time?
I'm going to tell you what my friend's grandpa used to say: An excuse is like a tush. Everybody's got one. Just come on out and try a class. What's the worst thing that can happen?
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