New to Yoga and New to One Yoga? We encourage you to sign up for one of our complimentary Yoga 101 Info Sessions and read these detailed FAQs.
- I’ve never done yoga.
- I’m not flexible.
- Class is full!
- I already incorporate physical activity into my lifestyle.
- All I have is a yoga mat…
- Practice in a home?
- What if a teacher touches me?
- I am not religious.
- What if I don’t like the teacher?
- I am a runner – how will incorporating yoga into my routine effect my running?
- I can’t commit to sessions of classes as my schedule is unpredictable.
- I can’t get still enough to practice yoga.
- I have some medical conditions.
- I’m pregnant.
I’ve never done yoga.
- The beauty of yoga is that we start where we are. Classes will be tailored to meet the needs of every student in the class. We are an inclusive community, and we look forward to serving you on your journey!
I’m not flexible.
- Every body is constructed uniquely. Just like there are no identical fingerprints, our bodies are uniquely and masterfully created. One guiding principle of yoga is that it makes your body as it should be. The beauty of yoga is that it is inclusive of every color, shape, and size of body.
- Yoga is for all body types. Some of us are not born with extremely flexible bodies. Through practice and perseverance, physical bodies can experience more flexibility, while emotional bodies can get less bent-out-of-shape as a result of practice.
Class is full!
- As the human body is only confined by time and space, One Yoga Philly needs to limit the students in a class. Space is offered on a first come-first serve basis. So sign up as soon as you’re ready to commit for any class series, workshops or retreats. We like to keep our classes small so that they’re more intimate and allow for more individualized instruction.
- Please contact One Yoga Philly if there is a specific date and time, and type of class that you’re looking for. As we continue to grow, we are always open to hearing from our community!
I already incorporate physical activity into my lifestyle.
- Yoga is the fastest growing physical activity in America (according to Yoga Journal). It provides a host of benefits ranging from physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, physiological, psychological, to biochemical effects. It is one of the only activities to address all of these benefits in one, including your nervous system! Come take your first class, and see for your self!
All I have is a yoga mat…
- That’s a good place to start! One Yoga Philly has all the props available for your use for every class. We believe props are essential in helping one build their practice. Blocks can give us longer arms, blankets can give us more cushion, eye pillows can further quiet the mind, and straps can allow us to create a connection. Most classes will incorporate these props so the physical, emotional, and mental body feels safe and supported – in all senses of the words.
Practice in a home?
- We create a very intimate atmosphere that differs from a studio in the personal approach to building community. You will have all the luxuries you have of a studio while being in a warm, welcoming and intimate environment that is safe for your practice.
What if a teacher touches me?
- Due to our more intimate class size, hands-on adjustments will likely be provided. If for any reason, you do not want to be touched, please just let your teacher know in advance. The purpose of hands-on adjustments are to create muscle memory in the physical body to imprint the sensation of each pose. Yoga class should not be like a TSA airport screening!
I am not religious.
- Yoga is not affiliated with any religion. People practice yoga who do not maintain any spiritual beliefs, and people practice yoga along with spiritual beliefs. We strive to see the divine within each and every living creature, which essentially unites us as one.
What if I don’t like the teacher?
- Studies show that one of the strongest contributing factors to the outcome of learning and growth depends on the student-teacher relationship. Find a teacher you love, and who loves you back! A teacher really needs to see you, and be a continuous learner themself. A touch of creativity and the ability to laugh makes things more fun, and reminds me what life is all about!
I am a runner – how will incorporating yoga into my routine effect my running?
- Yoga should enhance any physical sport you participate in. Yoga is not mutually exclusive. Flexibility and agility are critical in almost every sport. Plus your body and mind will likely thank you for doing something different and stepping out of your comfort zone. You can email me with your specific sport, and I will pass along research substantiating incorporating yoga into your exercise regime. It’s your job to construct how and when to do it!
I can’t commit to sessions of classes as my schedule is unpredictable.
- As One Yoga Philly is just getting up and running, right now, we can only offer the classes in sessions. We plan to offer one-time workshops. Sign up for our newsletter to learn more about these new opportunities. If you’d like inspiration delivered to your inbox, you can sign up for blog updates or connect with us on Facebook. We enjoy inspiring others in the virtual world or wherever you are!
I can’t get still enough to practice yoga.
- Many of us can relate to having difficulty finding the pause button. Through practice, one is better able to tune into stillness, meditate and keep the mind in the precious present moment. Sign up for a workshop through YogaU. If for some reason it isn’t for you, 100% of your money is fully refundable.
I have some medical conditions.
- First and foremost, always talk with your doctor before partaking in any physical activity. We honor our body in every thing we do. When you come to class, always inform your teacher of your concerns. An effectively trained teacher will be able to work mindfully with any condition, and offer modifications for individualized practice. If you have specific medical concerns you’d like to discuss in advance, please contact us. Many poses and sequences of postures can assist in managing through your medical conditions and alleviating certain symptoms.
- That can be the best time to take up yoga! During all of the changes your body is undergoing, yoga might allow you to effectively manage and care for your self during pregnancy. If you’re taking a general yoga class, please notify your instructor that you are pregnant and what stage in your pregnancy you are at. Every pose will promote optimal fetal position.
- As we continue to grow, we hope to offer a pre–natal class series tailored specifically to these important mommies–to–be to address their specific needs. All general instruction classes will be safe and effective to nourish every body.