Welcome!

 

Whether you're totally new to yoga or new to infinite yoga & wellness, we invite you to explore the pages belowto gain a greater understanding of the studio, yogic practice, and expectations. Please don't hesitate to contact the studio manager or the instructors if you have further questions or concerns.

 

 

What is yoga?

 

Yoga is derived from the Sanskrit root yuj, meaning “to yoke” or “to unite”. We practice yoga to unite the body, mind, and spirit. This is attained through mindfully strengthening and stretching the physical body with breathwork and physical asanas, cultivating the mind and spirit with meditation, focus, and ethical practices outlined in the first two limbs of yoga, the yamas and niyamas.  The Yoga Sutras say, “Yoga is the ability to direct the mind without distraction or interruption.” Another interpretation is that yoga means to be in harmony with a higher power, the universe, or your highest self.

 

Do I need to be flexible to practice yoga?

Absolutely not! More often than not, people don't show up to their first yoga class already bendy. By practicing full body stretches, yoga will help you become flexible. There's a saying that you don't need a flexible body to practice yoga, only a flexible mind. So show up with an open mind, and the rest will follow!

 

Is there a conflict between yoga and my religion?

Not at all! Yoga is not a religion, it is a philosophy that began in India approximately 5,000 years ago. It is not necessary to surrender your own religious beliefs to practice yoga. The spiritual side of yoga focuses uniting your mind, your body and your breath. Practicing yoga helps us recognize how our thoughts, words, and actions affect everything that happens around us. It is about seeing our connection to every other living being on the planet. Having any one particular religion, or no religion at all for that matter, does not exclude you from practicing yoga.

 

What should I wear/bring to class?

Wear comfortable clothes that allow you to move and stretch easily. Stay away from anything too baggy, as you will probably find yourself upside down at some point. Breathable fabrics will work best when practicing yoga. Shoes are not permitted in the studio.  Most practice in bare feet, but you are welcome to wear socks if this is more comfortable.

Bring your yoga mat, and a towel.  You are welcome to bring a journal with you to class for questions and inspirations.  We provide yoga mats in the studio for students to borrow during class, as well as all of the other recommended props for yoga. If you borrow a mat, we ask that you clean the mat after use, and donations are always welcomed. It is not recommended to drink water during your practice. No bags, purses, phones permitted in the practice space.

 

What are the benefits of yoga?

The benefits of yoga are truly endless.  With regular practice, the body quickly becomes stronger and more flexible, increasing lung capacity, circulatory health, and focus all at the same time.  This leads to better health, stamina, disease prevention and reversal, and increased mental capacity.  Yoga and meditation are widely used today in most medical models to treat diseases in the body, such as heart disease, diabetes, various injuries, immune disorders, and other degenerative diseases.   Additionally, yoga is widely used to treat psychological and emotional disorders associated with stress, anxiety, depression, and trauma.  The many benefits of yoga are available off of the yoga mat, as well.  The stronger, more flexible self shows up stronger in different aspects of relationships, occupations, families, and spirituality.  

 

What are the benefits of practicing hot yoga?

A heated yoga practice brings with it many additional benefits.  Hot yoga can mean different things.  In this studio, it means having a vinyasa (flowing) yoga practice in a room that is heated at 90-95 degrees.  The heat and asana practice alone will encourage sweating, which detoxes the body and mind of impurities ingested through diet and the environment.  The higher temperatures encourage greater expansion of the lungs, and greater flexibility in the muscles, allowing tension to release in various ways.  Twisting through the mid-body is often part of a hot yoga practice, further massaging and detoxing the internal organs and systems.  The idea of tapas, or the burning away of impurities, in life and in the body, is encouraged in a heated practice.

 

How often should I practice yoga?

We encourage practicing yoga as often as possible. A regular practice provides amazing benefits, both physically and mentally. We suggest that you commit to a routine that works for you and your lifestyle. We encourage at least three classes per week, with the goal of creating a daily practice. Take your time and enjoy the process. Yoga is a practice and will be a perpetual and changing journey.

 

Why do we OM and say namaste in class?

Om is everything.  Om is nothing.  It can be chanted and received in a spiritual capacity, a connective frequency, or simply a breathing exercise.  Om is personal, and does not require a fixed sound or definition.  It's meaning comes with practice, as does the rest of yoga.  It can be practiced and refined, observed or passed.  There is no right or wrong, and little instruction.   Also spelled aum, is typically made up of three sounds, “A, U, M,” which can represent the following triads:
        - earth, atmosphere, and heaven
        - birth, life, and death
        - creation, preservation, transformation
        - body, mind, and spirit
It is also referred to as, “The sound from which all other sounds arise,” or “The sound of the universe.” By chanting we lengthen the breath cycles, and set the stage for long, deep breaths throughout the practice. Chanting also creates a resonance in the body and in the room. It’s a way of coming together at the beginning or end of our practice.

Namaste is a recognition of oneness.  Some translate it as, “I bow to the light in you, that is the same light in me.”

 

What is asana and pranayama?

Asana is the physical practice of yoga.  One of the eight limbs of yoga.  An asana is a pose. 

Knowing the names (english or sanskrit) of all of the poses is not necessary to practice yoga.  It is important to pay attention to how the asanas resonate in your body, listening for and utilizing alignment cues, modifications, and being mindful as you transition from asana to asana.  You should be able to breathe deeply in each pose.  If a posture causes pain, please speak with an instructor, as there are many options to make different asanas available.

Pranayama is the breathing portion of yoga which comes from the sanskrit words "prana" (life force) and "yama" (control). This is another limb of yoga.  Controlling your breath through various breathing techniques creates a bridge between the body and the mind.  Breathwork increases lung capacity, vitality, detoxes the respiratory system, tones the abdominal walls, increases mental stamina, and is useful in lowering the blood pressure, and dealing with stress and anxiety.  We use them to bring the body into balance. By observing the breath, we cultivate awareness. Cultivating awareness helps us live in the present moment, which can lead to increased clarity and decreased stress. For more information on the benefits of pranayama, check out Kirpalu's article "Why Do Pranayama?"

 

 

first time visitor's guide

 

What to wear

Comfortable clothes that allow you to move and stretch easily. Shoes are not worn in the studio at all.  Socks can be worn, but most practice in bare feet.

 

What to bring

A limited number of mats are available for use, donations are appreciated.  Please be sure to properly clean mats after use, and leave them hanging outside.  We also recommend you bring a towel and water bottle, especially if attending a hot or power class. If possible, please print and fill out the New Student Waiver prior to your first visit or join us about 10 minutes early. We also have waivers available at the front desk.

 

What to expect

We strongly recommend that you arrive 10 minutes early so you have time to sign in and get settled. On your first visit, plan to come a few minutes earlier to fill out a waiver and release, sign in, and pay for class. Web registrations are strongly encouraged. In the event that a class fills to capacity, web registrations will be held until five minutes before class begins.

Arriving late is not encouraged.  The beginning of class is often used for grounding and meditation, asking for quiet and focus.  

Cell phones are not permitted in the practice space.  Not even on vibrate.  Please turn phones completely off, and leave them in the car or the lobby for the duration of the practice.  

We encourage you to listen to your body during practice. You are welcome to rest and take child's pose at any time during your practice. If you become overly tired or uncomfortable, please honor your body and come back to your breath and rest. This is your practice and you do not need to do every pose or hold each pose as long as the instructor. You are welcome to move in and out of poses according to what your body needs. Our instructors offer plenty of modifications to help make yoga accesible to everyone. Finally, only look to other yoga students for cues on how to move through the poses; don’t compare yourself to them.  Everyone who comes to the studio is at a different point in their practice and has their own unique bodily contraints or abilities. 

We recommend you refrain from eating at least 1-2 hours before class so that you can move and breathe with ease.  

Properly hydrating the body is strongly recommended before and after practicing yoga. Drinking water during a yoga practice is not recommended. 

Please refer to our frequently asked questions page for more information or contact our studio manager with additional questions.

We look forward to seeing you on the mat!

 

 

Remove your shoes 

 

Please remove your shoes upon entering Infinite Yoga as a way of respecting the ancient tradition of the East and to provide a clean environment in which to practice. 

 

Always sign in

Please sign in on the sign-in sheets hanging in the lobby. Signing in affects your teacher's pay as well as the health of business.

 

Be punctual to every class

Please arrive 5-10 minutes early. Doors are locked shortly after class begins and will not be unlocked for late arrivals. Arriving late disrupts everyone's practice.

 

Leave all cell phones and belongings outside the studio

Please leave everything outside the studio. Everything that you need is provided by the studio. There are cubbies in the lobby for you to leave your shoes, wallet/purse, cell phone, etc.  Make sure you silence your cell phones, as they can still be heard through the lobby walls.  No phones, purses, or bags are allowed in the practice room.

 

Tell your teacher of any injuries

Inform your teacher before class of any injuries that you are working with for that day. Instructors will provide modifications for your practice.

 

Refrain from eating 2-3 hours before class

If you practice yoga on a full stomach, you might experience cramps, nausea, or vomiting, especially in twists, deep forward bends, and inversions. Digesting food also takes energy, which may cause you to feel lethargic. Drinking water is not recommended during practice.

 

Speak softly in the studio

Keep chatter at a whispering level, as many who come to yoga are looking for space for stillness and the time to get away from the constant hum of life.  Be mindful of your words.  Use this as a time to say less.  

 

Refrain from wearing perfume, cologne, or lotions

Strong smells can be distracting to other students, especially during deep breathing exercises. Lotions may cause slipping and injury.

 

Keep your mat and space clean

Natural cleaners are available behind the partition in the back of the studio for you to clean your mat and the floors around your practice area. If you borrow a mat, make sure to thoroughly clean the mat and drape it over the drying rack or patio chairs outside the studio. If you want to help clean the floors, see the instructor for a broom or dust mop.