Absolutely. Check the schedule for our weekly free class. Because it’s a donation-based class, you don’t have to pay unless you can. Try it out for free and see what you think. If you enjoyed it and are able to donate, great. If you enjoyed it but aren’t able to donate at this time, also great. We won’t turn anyone away at our class for not having funds, so just enjoy.
How do I choose which class to try?
Read through the class descriptions and see what appeals. We recommend attending a variety of classes to see what you like best. Thanks to modifications and resting postures, most classes should be accessible to almost everyone. You don’t have to do every posture in every class to have a successful practice.
Do I need to know how to do all the poses before I attend class?
Naturally, the answer to this is, nope! The whole point of coming to practice yoga is learning about the poses and all of their component parts. No matter where you are on your yoga journey, part of the practice of yoga is continually exploring postures as you grow as a practitioner. And the beauty of yoga is this: There is no perfect yoga posture. Tree Pose may feel completely different on your body from day to day–it’s supposed to, because your body is different from day to day. Yoga allows you to regularly check in with your body and breath and mind. Are you off balance today? Maybe you have a lot on your mind or you ate differently from normal. Maybe your focus is off. Maybe none of this is happening, and you just aren’t steady in Tree Pose today, period. None of that matters. Being attuned to your body, mind, and breath matters. Practicing yoga matters. “Being good at” yoga doesn’t even exist. There is no such thing. Does an 80 year old woman who practices yoga five days a week, but can’t do a handstand, mean she is “not good at” yoga? Nope. It means she’s respectful of her body and her edge. It means she’s a yoga “practitioner,” like all of us, and that her practice is perfect for her on any given day. So, fear not. Come to class with an open and playful mind. The teacher will offer variations and modifications of the poses, and you can always return to child pose or seated–both of which count as practicing yoga.
There truly is no “keeping up” in yoga. While we practice in a group and share energy and intention and breath, your yoga practice is yours alone. If the class is moving too quickly for you, focus inward and let your breath guide you. If a posture simply doesn’t work for you, ask the teacher for an alternative or a modification. Yoga is non-competitive. Introspective. Personal. It is both important and beneficial not to compare yourself to anyone BUT yourself.
What if I’m not that flexible?
Flexibility is a gift from yoga to you, not a prerequisite you must bring to yoga. In other words, you don’t have to be flexible to start a yoga practice. You don’t need to touch your toes–ever, really. You needn’t put your heels to the floor in downward facing dog. It is unnecessary to be pretzel-bendy, so just come with your factory-installed body parts and start exactly where you are. You see, yoga brings flexibility to the body, so tighter muscles just mean you have a shorter “commute” to work during postures than the elastic people. 🙂
To name just a few…stress reduction, increased blood circulation, flexibility, strength, improved sleep patterns, deeper and richer breathing, stronger coping mechanisms, resilience in the face of change, clearer thinking, stronger focus, and relaxation. A regular practice (at least three times a week) can help reduce the symptoms of many chronic diseases.
How often should I practice yoga?
As often as you can! Yoga can be practiced every day, and well into a person’s golden years. To fully experience the life-changing benefits of yoga, dedicate yourself to practicing four to six days a week. If this is simply impossible with your schedule, don’t despair. A practice of two or three times a week will reap benefits over time, too. And if you can only come to one class a week? Well, that’s better than no yoga at all, and we welcome you for that. Most importantly, cultivate a dedicated habit of practicing regularly, whatever that means to your life right now, and work toward practicing even more as it fits for you.
In order for our classes to be enjoyable for all, the following rules regarding children apply:
- If a class is not specifically designated for kids or families, the minimum age required to practice is 12 (also, some 12-year-olds are mature enough to participate appropriately in an adult class, and some aren’t, so each child’s continued participation is at the discretion of the instructor).
- Yogis age 12-15 must be accompanied by a parent.
- Classes appropriate for students between the ages of 12 and 15 are Vinyasa Flow, Hatha Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Mat Pilates, Yin Yoga, and Candlelight Flow classes.
- Students 16-17 may attend classes without their parents, but must have a parent signed waiver prior to practicing (the parent or guardian must sign the waiver in person at a studio).
When a person prioritizes yoga for an hour over everything else in their busy life, that decision deserves Yoga Underground’s respect. So we try to start and end classes on time and provide a sanctuary atmosphere, free of interruptions. Therefore, we lock the door to keep distractions to a minimum. Also, we don’t want you to worry about your belongings while you’re on the mat, and locking the door ensures what gets stowed in the cubbies stays stowed in the cubbies. Eliminate the disappointment of a locked door by showing up for class 5-15 minutes early to settle in and mentally prepare for your class.
Can I share my punch card with another person?
Sure! We encourage sharing. If you have a discounted card, you can only share it with someone who also qualifies for the discount, however. The only things you can’t share are (1) a monthly unlimited autodraft membership–those are valid only for the purchaser, and (2) a 50% off 10-class punch card through the KarmaYoga program, which is only valid for the person who donated their time. No exceptions.