General Information

What to Know Before You Go

 

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  • This is heated yoga (you will sweat!).
  • Avoid eating large meals before class.
  • Always come fully hydrated & drink plenty of fluids after class.
  • Bring a towel, water and mat.
  • Wear comfortable non restrictive clothing.
  • Try to arrive 5-10 minutes early, however, if you’re a few minutes late it’s still OK to come.
  • Ask questions – the instructors are there for you!
  • Turn off cell phones.
  • Please plan on staying until class is over but if you need to leave early let the instructor know before and do so quietly.

How To Guarantee Your Success

Be willing to embrace being a beginner. You don’t have to get this right. As a matter of fact, the more you allow yourself to ease in and only do what you can at first, the more guaranteed your commitment to the practice. It is not only okay, but encouraged to skip certain parts of the sequence if needed. For instance, sun salutations are done towards the beginning of the class and we move one pose to one breath. This can move too quickly sometimes for beginners, the trick is to skip parts of the flow as needed. Later in the class we move on to longer pose holding, instead of just switching from one side to the next, we always return to a flow of chaturanga (low pushup), upward facing dog to downward dog, then change to other side. You can certainly just change sides as others flow through or just do a portion of the flow, for example just go back to down dog then change sides, skipping the low pushup and up dog. It is all customizable to fit just right! You just have to be willing. You also can’t care what it looks like. The true practice exists in your breath. Each pose is just another place to find your way back to your breath.

What kind of yoga do we do?

We practice a style of yoga that places a huge emphasis on breath. We teach a unique style of seamlessly synchronized breath and movement that is taught by owners and main instructors Dave & Stacy Dockins. We believe in a structure of class that allows for space and silence throughout in order for you to experience the yoga happening. We follow a specific arc form in every class so that you will land in savasana, wrung out and wondering where the time went. Each teacher is dedicated to providing a class that aims to leave their students in a transformed state. How is this done? We make every effort to teach yoga postures as a vehicle for the practice of mindfulness (see mindfulness tab for further explanation). The teachers will not be doing the poses with you as they will be making you – the class – the main focus. Classes are gently heated 90-95 degrees with 60% humidity.  The heat is just right for a good sweat but not overwhelming.

Mindfulness

iPhones, iPads, Facebook, Instagram…. how are we supposed to manage it all and still be able to tap into our innate essence of being alive? We now have more information put before us in one day than we had in a month ten years ago. Our brains can only process so much! This way of living has catapulted us all into a robotic state of going through the motions with much of our lives. This way of living zaps us of our vitality and true connection. It has been said that we are now the most distracted group of human beings to ever inhabit the planet. At The Yoga Project, we teach and practice yoga postures as a vehicle to practice mindfulness. In a nutshell, the practice of yoga IS mindfulness. Our use of music is minimal so that we can take full advantage of body and breath focus. Our teachers are trained to facilitate a class that offers opportunity for you to get INTO the direct experience of your breath and body and OUT OF the busyness of your mind. We offer a heated room and challenging postures that are symbolic of the challenge of life. In the midst of challenge (and possible increased mind chatter), we help you rewire your attention back to the present moment via breath and body. This practice is life changing. We have students come back and tell us their lives have changed in profound ways. The practice of mindfulness is not only a luxury but is becoming a necessity to be AWAKE & ALIVE to the beauty that is our life.

What should I wear?

Women: Something that you feel comfortable moving, stretching and sweating in. A stretchy fitness pant (stay away from fleece and wind pants) and a tank top that won’t fall while upside down in poses like downward facing dog. If wearing shorts, only choose fitted leg ones as a running type of short will not be comfortable.  We practice bare foot.

Men: Light weight tee shirt or tank, shorts, swim trunks or a fitness pant that is not heavy. Short running shorts are uncomfortable for this type of practice.

What if I don't have a mat?

No worries! We rent great nonslip yoga mats for $2. In fact, if you don’t own a mat and you’re not sure what kind to buy, we recommend you rent a mat from us and we’ll help you find the right mat for you. At our studios we sell Manduka mats and Yogitoes towels to go on top of your mat because we feel they are the best products on the market.

The First Step is Showing Up

Often times, just showing up to your first yoga class can be quite intimidating. We acknowledge you for making the decision to give it a try! Be patient and give yourself time to acclimate. This practice is challenging and it’s probably unlike anything your body is used to doing. Be gentle on yourself and ease your way in. After a few times, you will become more accustomed to it. The sooner you come back in and the more consistent you are with the practice, the more natural it becomes for your body.

After your first class come back in and give it another try, sooner rather than later! To really see and feel a difference in your life come at least 3 times per week!

What will this practice do for me?

This practice is designed to bring your body back to balance. Sometimes this means increased flexibility, sometimes increased strength. Weight loss will happen with a regular practice if this is what your body needs. If you are an athlete, this type of yoga practice helps reduce your likelihood for injury as well as increase your ability to focus with breath. Many athletes describe the experience as being able to more clearly decipher between mind chatter and simple body sensation which leads to more stamina, speed and strength. Folding, stretching, bending and twisting also typically have a beneficial effect on digestion and lymph flow.

Because we emphasize yoga as a mindfulness practice, there are many other benefits that might result. Mindfulness practices are scientifically proven to lower blood pressure & heart rate as well as balance blood glucose levels. There is even evidence of actual measurable changes in the brain leading to clearer thinking and action taking. Many of our students have eventually gotten off of medication for high blood pressure, diabetes, anxiety & depression. You might even have softer, shinier eyes and skin!

Getting Started at TYP

 

Our classes are centered around the practice of mindfulness. The breath and body cues are designed to cultivate your ability to shift your attention out of “busy thoughts” and into the present moment. It is overwhelmingly scientifically proven that the practice of mindfulness affects your overall health in many beneficial ways.

 

If you have any injuries or physical conditions that will influence your practice, please let us know so we can offer advice.

 

Place your mat in the middle of the room so you can see people in front and back of you for help in postures.

 

Grab a block and a strap.

 

Make sure you have water and a large towel.

 

Allow yourself to ease in as needed. You’ve already taken the hardest step getting to class, now have patience with yourself.

 

You DO NOT have to do every pose. Each class you will be able to do more and more.

 

We practice vinyasa which means flow. Postures are linked together with breath. We often transition from one pose to the next with “chaturanga (low push-up), up-dog, down-dog.” A good way to modify if you need to back off is to just go straight to down dog while skipping the low push-up and up-dog.

 

Drink water as needed.

 

If you feel like you need a break, it’s very important to not leave the room if at all possible. Leaving the room cools your body quickly which makes it harder to come back in and re-adjust. Simply sit/lie down or take child’s pose and breathe with the class. Join back in as you can.

 

If you have any questions about the practice or individual postures, please do not hesitate to ask an instructor.

 

Make a schedule for yourself and stay committed. 2-3 times per week will bring results. 5-6 times per week will be life transforming.

What if I Can’t Do All The Poses?

 

So what. Do what you can. So many times in life we focus on the things we can’t do until they become roadblocks for what we can do. Take it one day at a time, one breath at a time and focus on what you can do.

Take Care of Yourself

 

The number one thing to remember is to take care of yourself. If it doesn’t feel right then modify and adjust until you get there. We will teach you to feel your body and listen to your intuition to do what’s right for you.

  • Modify – Every pose has a modification and it’s always there if you need it.
  • Child’s Pose – This is a resting pose designed for you to reset and come back into your breath. This pose is always there for you and no one will be counting how many time you come here.
  • Hydrate – Please make sure you drink plenty of fluids before and after class. A few common signs of dehydration can be chills, muscle cramps, and headaches.

Correcting or Assisting

 

If someone places their hands on you during the class, it was either the instructor or assistant. All of our instructors and assistants have completed intensive hands on training with Stacy and Dave. The idea is not to “fix” or “correct” you but to help you find a deeper aspect of the pose that fits you. The best thing is to just relax with the assist and understand that it is beneficial to your practice. If you ever have an injury, please let the teacher and or assistant know, so they don’t disturb you. If anything is ever done that causes you pain, please feel free to be verbal with the teacher or assistant, they would prefer that.

 

If you don’t want to be assisted during class then please feel free to let the instructor or the assistant know. You won’t hurt our feelings……

Are You Ready to Schedule a Class?

 

  • Your First Class! – Coming to the studio for the first time is the hardest part – take a leap and just do it!
  • Let it be sloppy! Who cares that you’re not a young flexible professional athlete. You’ll find out that regular TYP students aren’t either.
  • Have fun and relax! A relaxed low stress experience is what we strive to deliver to you.
  • CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE INTRO SPECIAL AND YOUR FIRST CLASS!
  • Private Lessons? Some people find that a private lesson helps to understand the poses and prepare for their first class. Private lessons are one hour long and cost $75 ($100 for 2-4 people). If you are interested in a private lesson please email us for more information and to schedule:info@theyogaproject.net