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Frequently Asked Questions about Yoga

Who can practice yoga?
Yoga can be practiced by almost anyone. There is an appropriate form of yoga for you regardless of your age, gender, culture, athletic ability, weight, body type, medical condition, profession, religion, political party, or income level. Yoga compliments many life-styles and interests. If you have concerns about how to fit a yoga practice into your life, talk to a Lubbock Yoga teacher.

When are the beginners classes?

  • Monday at 7:30am, 5:30pm, 7pm
  • Saturday at 10:30am

All-levels classes accommodate a variety of skill and experience-levels, and could serve as an introduction to more challenging postures. The following are the days and times of All-levels yoga classes:

  • Tuesday at 12noon
  • Wednesday at 9am, 5:30pm
  • Thursday at 9am, 12noon, 6pm

More detailed information is available at the front desk, and online at www.lubbockyoga.com.

What should I wear?

Most people prefer to practice yoga in loose, comfortable clothes including pants, shorts, t-shirts, and tank tops. When selecting yoga attire, please consider that you may at times be partially or fully inverted, and articles of clothing that are baggy or otherwise ill-fitting may leave you feeling exposed. Light layers are encouraged so you can control your own comfort-level. Please be prepared to take off your shoes immediately upon entering the building, and to remove your socks for the bulk of practice.

Do I need to bring any special equipment with me?
Traditionally, yoga is practiced on a mat. Mats are easily accessible from a variety of retail stores or online. They come in a wide selection of materials, and the cost varies. A mat will be provided if you choose not to purchase your own.

Other than a mat, the most commonly used items are blocks and straps. They are also widely available for purchase or to borrow from Lubbock Yoga, and are optional.

If you are unsure about how to find or use any yoga prop, please ask any of the teachers at Lubbock Yoga.

What if I am not flexible or strong enough to do what the teacher is instructing?

All of the classes at Lubbock Yoga are designed with individuality in mind. It is our goal to provide a valued experience to each and every student, to the best of our ability. Teachers emphasize ways in which to modify or adjust the postures and movements to fit your specific needs. The aforementioned props are often used as a way to make the body more comfortable during the initial "learning process." If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to ask before, during, or after class.

How often should I practice yoga?

A yoga practice is just that: a practice. It is best done regularly and over a long period of time, but the frequency is best determined by each person's needs and desires. A well-balanced yoga practice consists of group classes, private instruction with a qualified teacher, and alone-time on the mat. Don't get discouraged and think "I am way too busy to do that much yoga." It does not have to take a lot of time to be a beneficial experience. It is far better to practice just 15 minutes every day than 1 hour or more once a week. Ask a Lubbock Yoga teacher about how to incorporate what you are learning in class into a home practice.

Do I have to be a vegetarian to practice yoga?

One of the primary building-blocks of yoga is ahimsa, or non-harm. Yogis take pride in their efforts to be kind towards all beings, parts of nature, and themselves. This idea includes not eating meat or other animal products in order to preserve respect towards animals, and to help maintain a healthy, happy digestive system. Being a vegetarian is not a requirement for yoga, but you may feel a natural draw towards more attentive diet habits as your practice grows. If you have questions about vegetarianism, talk to a Lubbock Yoga teacher.

Is yoga a religion?

Yoga is not a religion. It is a philosophy and a life-style, and is often described as a science. Yoga originated in India where the primary religion is Hindu, but yoga is saturated with the ideas and theologies of many world-religions. If you choose, yoga can compliment and even enhance your preferred method of spirituality.

The following are tips to help make the most of your yoga experience.

Before you begin:

  • Take a moment to determine what you expect to gain from yoga.
  • What are your intentions for practice?
  • What amount of effort are you willing to put forth in order to see the effects of yoga?
  • Is there anything you can discuss with the instructor to alleviate any concerns or eliminate obstacles?

Don't forget:

  • TURN OFF ALL PERSONAL ELECTRONICS.
  • Ask questions-it is the best way to learn.
  • Wear comfortable clothes.
  • Practice on an empty stomach.
  • Drink plenty of water after class. You are welcome to bring water to class in a spill-proof container.
  • Avoid wearing perfumes or colognes.
  • Expect some sore muscles in the beginning.
  • Be patient with yourself. NEVER FEEL FORCED into a posture. Stay gentle and relaxed.
  • Practice what you learn in class on your own time to help stay consistent and motivated.

If you still have questions you can e-mail them to us using the form on the right and we'll respond to you shortly.

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