faq
  • Yoga is a Sanskrit word that means “to yoke” or “to unite.” As a practice, it is a scientific system for achieving total health, mental, and spiritual well-being — a means to unite the body, mind, and spirit.

  • That depends on which class you are attending. All classes are meant for most all abilities.  Monika mostly teaches a Hatha style class.  We mix breath and body awareness, come into poses and hold them for a few breaths.  She focuses on safety, alignment, and energetics in class.  Once we are safely in a pose, Monika will give a few words on the feeling, or energy of a pose and then we will breathe a few more breaths in silence (or with music, depending on the class).  We’ll come out of the pose, often go into a neutral pose like Tadasana (standing mountain pose) and breathe for a few breaths, experiencing the feeling of what we just did.  Then we’ll move on to the next pose.  Class is 75 minutes.  We start with a warm up, most often move to standing poses, then floor poses, ending in Shavasana (yoga nap time).  Some yoga has meditations, sometimes we OM at the end of class, there’s almost always laughter.  We have a good time.  We take care of our bodies.  We raise the energy in the room.  We laugh.

  • Ideally, yoga is meant to be a daily practice. As that is quite overwhelming to a beginner, we recommend you set a goal you can realistically keep. Consistency is the key.

  • Your yoga practice is your own — your body knows what it is capable of and we honor that. Do not force yourself into a pose if your body isn’t yet able.

  • So glad you asked!  The tradition of yoga that Monika was trained in, Ananda Yoga, has affirmations that go with the poses.  Each of the affirmations taps into the energetic quality of the pose giving the physical effort that your are expending an energetic lift.  She tends to use faith neutral terms like “Universe, Energy, etc.”  Feel free to substitute alternate words or phrases in your own mind as she offers these affirmations in class, or feel free to hold space for yourself in silence.

  • No worries!  Come a little bit early to your first class, there’s a quick waiver to fill out (if you haven’t done so already) and Monika likes to chat with her students.  Monika or a seasoned yogi will give you a quick tour of the studio, show you where the props are and get you set up for your first class. Monika will quickly go over her philosophy on yoga, check in with you on injuries, questions, and concerns.  It’s painless, we swear.  Plus your first class is TOTALLY FREE!!!!!! So you literally have nothing to lose.

  • Wear clothing that moves, and feels comfortable on your body.  T-shirt and sweats, sports bra and yoga pants – be comfortable.  Take your socks off when class gets started. We also ask you refrain from wearing highly scented lotions and perfumes in respect for those who have sensitivities to fragrances.

  • Bring yourself!  You can bring a mat if you have one, or you can borrow one from the studio.  Bring a water bottle and a willing heart.  We’ve got the rest covered.

  • Plan to practice on an empty stomach. If you need a snack, eat something light before class. One of the benefits of yoga is its detoxification of the body. Drinking lots of water will help flush the toxins out of your system, so do hydrate well both before and after class.

  • Namasté is a word of greeting. Translated directly, Namasté means “to bow” and is considered a greeting from the heart that is reciprocated in kind. It means: “My soul honors your soul. I honor the place in you where the entire universe resides. I honor the light, love, truth, beauty, and peace within you because it is also within me. In sharing these things, we are united, we are the same, we are one.”

  • In order to keep disruptions to a minimum, please plan to arrive on time and stay for the entire class. If for some reason you need to leave early, please let the instructor know in advance. You are, of course, always welcome to enter and exit the studio (quietly, please) during class to use the restroom.