Choosing A Class

We frequently get questions on where should one start at our studio, in yoga, what to do with an injury, etc. Hopefully this page can address some of the more common questions (organized by topic) on how to choose a class at CBY. For anything not addressed here, or for follow-up questions, please don't hesitate to email the studio directly at cherryblossom.yoga@gmail.com. We look forward to serving you in any way possible. [Please note this page is in progress.]

BEGINNING MY YOGA JOURNEY

Most students brand new to a yoga practice aren't sure what to expect. You can see our page entitled Practicing Yoga for tips on what to wear, what to bring, and more.

In terms of what to expect when you walk in the door, hopefully I can allay some fears of coming to a yoga studio. When you walk in, you'll be greeted by our front desk staff. If you haven't filled out a profile online (you can click here to do so), then you'll be asked to fill out a waiver in-house. After filling out the waiver, you'll sign in on our sign-in sheet, pay for the class, and then you'll be shown where you can put your stuff before heading into the studio space.

If you don't have your own mat, or are unsure you're ready to commit to the purchase of mat, we have them in the studio for you to borrow - all we ask is that you clean it with the provided wipes.

You'll be asked to remove your shoes, silence your phone, and leave all unnecessary belongings in the cubbies provided. When we step into the yoga space, and onto our mats, we work in our yoga practice to remove the clutter from our minds and bodies...and that begins with removing the clutter of items we carry with us at all times. *If you are a doctor on call, you are allowed to take your phone into the room, otherwise - NO PERSONAL CELL PHONES IN THE STUDIO.

The teacher will help you set up in the room, let you know which props to get (provided by CBY), and work to make you feel comfortable. Class will begin - sometimes there's music, sometimes not, but the idea is that we're not trying to play music that's loud and distracting...only music that offers another layer of self exploration. The world can be noisy enough. When we're trying to cultivate peace of mind, through breath and movement, why make it harder on ourselves with music that pulls our focus?

While every teacher will teach a bit differently, there are some consistencies across classes, styles, and teachers. Those being that all teachers at CBY are trained to observe and assist you as needed. Most often, someone's first time in a class with a teacher, there will be little hands-on assists, but there might be quite a bit of verbal assistance. This doesn't mean you're doing it 'wrong,' it just means that the teacher sees something that might make the posture more enjoyable.

At the end of every class, you'll take rest. The teacher will call savasana, which translates to corpse pose or a looser translation is resting/relaxation pose. You recline on your back, the lights are dimmed, soft music is sometimes played, and you relax for anywhere from 5-10 minutes. The teacher rings a meditation bell/singing bowl to reawaken the class, expressions of gratitude are spoken, and then class is dismissed. Often times a teacher will end with Namaste. This is a salutation, a greeting, an expression of mutual gratitude for the experience that has been shared. There are more poetic interpretations, but in its basic inception, it's a greeting.

Classes suggested for those who've never done yoga before, or have had only a few classes (designated as Lvl 0 - for zero experience - or All Levels). Click each class for specific descriptions.:

* Foundations of Yoga (All Level)

* Yin Flow (All Level)

* Restorative Yoga (All Level)

I'VE PRACTICED WITH VIDEOS, BUT NEVER WITH A TEACHER.

It's recommended that even if you've practiced with videos in the past, to take one or two Foundations of Yoga classes at CBY. This will allow you to get an idea of how we teach at the studio, as well as an opportunity to correct any unhealthy habits that might have been adopted without the eyes of a teacher watching how you practice.

After you take a foundational class or two, you can talk with the instructor to see where they think you'd best be served in any of our other classes or perhaps sticking with Foundations for a while.

I'VE PRACTICED IN THE PAST, BUT IT'S BEEN A WHILE

If you've remained active, but haven't practiced yoga, you can start with a Foundations of Yoga, Vinyasa Lvl 1, or an Intro to Ashtanga. Mysore is also an option if you're comfortable with working independently with an instructor in a group setting.

If you haven't remained active, it's recommended to ease back into a practice with the Foundations of Yoga, Yin, Restorative, or Intro to Ashtanga. Again, Mysore is also an option if you're comfortable with working independently with an instructor in a group setting.

I HAVE A REGULAR PRACTICE AND LOOKING FOR A STUDIO

We offer a variety of classes and teachers, but the majority of our classes are Ashtanga-based/inspired. If you're looking for a flow-based studio, that is rooted in a long lineage of 8-limbed yoga, we'd love to have you come in and see how you enjoy the space. We offer Intro to Ashtanga, Mysore, and Led Primary (as well as the occasional Second Series introduction), as well as varying levels of Vinyasa (a more eclectic sequencing approach to the roots of Ashtanga, but based still in breath and movement). You're also welcome to explore our Foundations of Yoga if you're looking for more detail work in your practice. If you're interested in more than asana, there is a weekly Theory class with Sara Turk, owner of CBY.

We also offer a few Gentle, Yin and Restorative classes as a complement to a more rigorous yang practice, or as a therapeutic approach to what your body needs (if it's not in a place for more vigorous activity).

PRENATAL YOGA

We don't offer prenatal-specific classes, but all of our teachers on staff have had varying levels of training in prenatal yoga. It's always good to let your instructor know that you are pregnant, how far along you are, if you've had a history of miscarriage, or any other pregnancy-related complications you may be experiencing. This allows the instructor to offer modifications for certain postures, or to let you know if their class isn't the right fit for you.

If you've had experience in yoga prior to becoming pregnant - and NO HISTORY OF MISCARRIAGE - then you can essentially maintain your practice where it was. There will be days that your energy varies more than it did before, but as a seasoned student you know to listen to your body and make adjustments with each practice.

If you're newer to yoga and are already pregnant, it's advised to stick with Foundations of Yoga, Yin, and Restorative practices. 

A few general rules to keep in mind:

* You're in a new body - new hormonal profiles, new weight distribution, new center of gravity (especially as pregnancy progresses). It's important to practice in this new body, and not your 'pre-pregnancy body'.

* Pregnancy is not the time to ADVANCE your practice. It's the time to maintain, to learn to breathe in this new body, to learn to connect with the changes that are taking place, and even an opportunity to begin connecting with the human developing in your womb.

As always, if you have any additional questions please don't hesitate to contact us!