Student Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  Do I have to be flexible?
A:  Absolutely not!  Flexibility is developed through practice.  Yoga offers amazing benefits to the body, including flexibility to prevent injuries, better movement and balance, improved digestion, release of stress and tension, better sleep…and prevention of premature aging.  All this and no…you don’t have to touch your toes, in case you are wondering!

Q:  What is yoga?
A:  It is a toolbox consisting of physical postures, breathing techniques, relaxation, and meditation.  You are free to choose the tools you need to help you master your life and live with more peace and fulfillment.

Q:  Will it hurt?
A:  “No pain, no gain” is a myth!  While you may feel some discomfort on and off the mat because you are moving your body in new ways, we NEVER want you to experience pain.  We ask that you honor your body and engage in each pose consciously, moving your body into a deep stretch appropriate to your body’s needs.  In this conscious way, your body will respond in kind and function healthily for you over the long haul!

Q:  Do I have to be spiritual?  
A:  No.  Yoga is a completely open system that supports and honors everyone.  Take what you like and leave the rest is what we say, so don’t let dogma prevent you from enjoying your body and living with great health.

Q:  Why yoga?
A:  Yoga offers a complete system of understanding how both body and mind work so that you can master all areas of your life, enjoying both physical health as well as mental focus, clarity, peace and well-being.

Q:  Do I have to know Sanskrit?
A:  No.  We guide you to move in and out of poses consciously, using cues that are understandable so that your practice is safe.  Sometimes, the yoga pose is called out in Sanskrit, but we always back it up with cues in English, as clear understanding and your safety are our focus.

Q:  Do I have to chant?
You never have to do anything in yoga, including chanting.  Where else will you experience that kind of freedom?

Pro Tips for New Students

Agame Yoga & Mediation Center | Before Yoga

  • Always check with your doctor before engaging in any physical activity.
  • Always listen to your body and honor its messages and participate only in what is comfortable for you.
  • Let the teacher know your present state of health and/or any physical injuries/limitations/concerns you may have.
  • Arrive at least 20 minutes early for your first class and at least 10 minutes early for subsequent classes.
  • Do not wear heavy deodorant or perfumes as this may disturb the practice of others.
  • Wear comfortable, stretchy clothing with tops that are fitted for ease of movement.
  • Turn OFF your cell phones, pagers and electronic devices.
  • Place shoes and personal items in the cubbies in the studio. Valuables should be brought into the studio with you.
  • Bring TOWEL & WATER to HOT Class!
  • When late, please wait right outside the studio door until the teacher has finished leading the OM chant, or if unsure, please enter and sit quietly and wait for the class to come out of meditation and move into the posture practice before you roll your mat out.
  • Ask questions. We are here to serve and help you feel completely at home!
  • The word “Namaste” you hear said at the end of class simply means “The light in me honors the light within you.” It is a recognition that we are each special and unique!
  • While class is in session, our front door is locked.  Please relax and enjoy our porch.  We will be out when class ends.
  • Mat rentals available: first one is free, then $2.00 each.