I'm inflexible! Can I do yoga? Absolutely. Our beginner classes are structured with your "beginner body" in mind. You will be given lots of options that will help you to do gentle yoga safely and comfortably.
How about if I have health problems? In many cases, yes, you can do gentle yoga. Obviously it depends upon what the problem is. If you are unsure if it's safe for you to practice yoga, please ask your doctor! In many cases, gentle yoga and movement re-education can become beneficial parts of your life, providing opportunities for stress reduction, gentle muscular release, and science-based education.
How do I register for a class? Give us a call at 334-201-1530 or use the "Contact Us" form on this site. You can check to see if the class you want has openings, have your questions answered, & do the preliminaries of registration. On the day of your first class, you'll need to arrive at the studio a few minutes early to receive a short orientation & fill out a registration form & waiver.
Can I take private yoga lessons? Yes! One-on-one yoga sessions can be designed for you alone or for your small group (with a maximum of four students). Private lessons are especially good for those with special needs, new students, & those who need more individual attention. Please contact us for details.
Do you offer yoga therapy? Yes! Melinda is a professional yoga therapist certified through IAYT. She can help you with individual & small group yoga therapy sessions that address your individual areas of concern or interest.
What should I wear to yoga? Something stretchy & comfortable, like exercise clothes. If you are cool natured, you might bring a light jacket. Yoga is done barefoot. Please be prepared to remove your shoes & socks before choosing a mat for class.
What should I bring? Confidence that you will enjoy & benefit from yoga! As for physical things... you can bring a yoga mat or use one of ours. We have plenty of props that you can use at the studio if you don't wish to purchase extra stuff.
May I bring water into class? Yes, & it's always available for you in the studio. Our classes & individual sessions are quiet & slow, so you won't be panting. Please do not bring any other food or drink into the studio. Clean floors are important for your comfort and safety.
What if I don't feel comfortable doing a pose? Do I have to do it anyway? No! Gentle yoga is not gym class. If you're uncomfortable, it's truly okay to leave out a pose - you'll benefit from watching or resting, too. If you'd like to try a pose but feel it's a little too challenging, ask your teacher if there's a modification you can make. There is, in many cases. And as always... if your doctor has told you not to do something or you feel that you shouldn't, don't.
What if I can't come to my regular pre-paid class? Can I attend another one? Yes, during the same week. Please contact the studio to make sure that there is an opening in the class you'd like to attend. Pre-paid classes expire one per week if unused & that's for your benefit. You can't benefit from yoga if you don't do it! Come & do yoga!
Is it okay to come to class late? We all lead very busy lives. Balancing this fact with a set starting time for class is not easy. Therefore, classes have a five minute grace period for late comers to arrive. Out of courtesy to those attending class, after the five minutes, the front door is locked. We do this for the peace & quiet of those already in class. We hope that you understand.
What is a "beginner+ class"? These classes offer the same detailed instruction as our other beginner classes but include more weight-bearing poses, strengthening work & flowing sequences.
What is an "experienced class"? These classes are for anyone who has practiced yoga for at least a few months, is in generally good health & has average balance. We build on the poses that you've learned in beginner classes or individual sessions, adding more strength & balance work, and using longer holds. There are less verbal instructions given and more quiet time. As with any Gentle Yoga class or private session in our studio, the pace is slow & the emphasis is on relaxation & safety. You can huff, puff & pant in any old gym class, but our classes are something special.