May 24, 2017

FAQ

See also our Studio Policies page for more information

How do I find your building and where do I park?
We are located at the STEAM Building, 208 Race Street, Suite 301 (third floor). See our Location & Parking page for detailed directions.

I’m so busy. Is it ok to just take one class a week?
Most people have hectic schedules and to-do lists that are a mile long.  As such, finding the time for yoga classes can be challenging. In these circumstances, simply dropping in for a yoga class whenever feasible works for many people. However, it is essential to practice yoga regularly if one wants to see improvements. This holds especially true for beginners because they are learning a new exercise for their bodies and a way to maintain a healthier lifestyle.That’s why most of our schedule is dedicated to more in-depth workshops and 4-week Class Series.

Of course, any yoga is good, and some yoga is better than no yoga! When one does yoga once a week, the benefits will be fewer and gains will come slower. If you really want to integrate yoga into your life, it should be practiced at least three times a week. Once you have come to a Class Series or a number of drop-in classes, you can do some sessions at home each week. Doing so will allow one to see physical results in the body, as well as experience the other many benefits of practicing yoga regularly.

How do I choose which class to take?
A good idea is to read the Class Descriptions page to get a sense of what we offer.

What is Self-Regulation?
Self-regulation is a yoga principle that means that you are the master of your own yoga practice. If the pace is too fast, try slowing down. Tuning into the breath can tell you if you are pushing too hard. If a certain pose is very uncomfortable or seems like too much, stop out and take a resting pose or try a modified version. While you are practicing in a class with others, and the teacher is guiding you, the goal of yoga is to understand your own body and to build a practice that works for you. If you have questions about this, ask your teacher.

Are Yoga and Meditation a Religion?
Yoga is not a religion. It is a philosophy that began in India an estimated 5,000 years ago. Ancient yoga teachings provide a framework for spiritual growth and mastery over the physical and mental body. The meditation taught at Breathing Space is from the Buddhist tradition. We make every effort to teach meditation in terms that everyone can understand. Classes at Breathing Space may include poetry or uplifting readings from wise spiritual leaders and teachers of all religions. It is not necessary to surrender your own religious beliefs to practice yoga or meditation.

How is Yoga different from stretching or other kinds of fitness?
Unlike stretching or fitness, yoga is more than just physical poses. Yoga is unique because we develop an awareness and coordinate mind, body, and breath. We learn to recognize our habitual thought patterns without labeling them, judging them, or trying to change them. We experience present-moment awareness, and this can lead to feelings of well-being, calm and positivity.

What do I need to bring with me?
We provide blankets, meditation cushions, and straps and blocks for classes that use them. We also have a limited number of yoga mats for students to use for their first few visits. We recommend purchase of your own mat, however, and low-cost sources can be found nearby. Bring a closed water bottle if you would like to drink during class.

What are the cleaning practices at Breathing Space?

  • Studio mats and blocks are wiped down with disinfectant wipes after every class day.
  • Blankets are washed regularly on a rotation (there is always a clean set in use). Straps are washed regularly.
  • Floors are dust- and wet-mopped regularly, as needed. We vacuum rugs once per week.
  • If you have any concerns, please contact us. We recommend using your own personal mat for yoga practice. We also offer Yogisocks (for a $5 donation) for practice if you prefer to practice that way.

What do I wear to a yoga class?
You probably have a comfy pair of stretchy pants to wear to class, and for most of our classes you would choose a tank or tee shirt, and maybe a sweatshirt for warmth. We practice yoga in bare feet, or sticky socks if you prefer. Meditation practice is done without shoes. To protect your knees, capris or leggings are recommended. Some classes will include poses where you bend over, so mind your neckline exposure. There is no need for fancy yoga clothes to do yoga! For meditation, wear loose or stretchy bottoms (not tight jeans), so that you can sit comfortably.