Frequently Asked Questions
Iyengar, Purna, and Alignment
What’s so special about the Iyengar and alignment-based approach you offer?
Iyengar, Purna, and alignment yoga build body awareness, flexibility, and strength in an intentional and systematic manner. As a beginner, you learn the poses in sequences that allow you to stretch and strengthen safely, step by step. Even if you have taken yoga classes before, you will benefit from learning correct spinal alignment and expanded awareness, two of the cornerstones of this lineage of yoga.
New to One Center Yoga
What do I need to know before my first class?
Arrive at least 15 minutes before class. You can change into your yoga clothes in one of three rest rooms and stowe your personal belongings in the dressing room. Please enter the yoga room quietly to set up your mat and other props. Before class begins, you are welcome to use the studio to rest or practice. Be sure to mention any pre-existing conditions or injuries to your instructor prior to class so that appropriate modifications may be given to you.
Do I need to preregister before my first class?
No, just show up 15 minutes before class to fill out our new student form and pay for the class. You can also register and pay online on the Home page by clicking on “Sign up for Classes” or from the Class Schedule page by choosing the open square next to the class you want to sign up for. This will direct you to a page where you create a one-time personal log-in, with a user name and password. You are then automatically directed to our Mind/Body site.
In the upper right hand of the page, you will see where to log in with your new user name and password. Follow the instructions from there to register and pay for a specific class. If you are attending a special 2-hour class, we advise pre-registering; you will save money and time.
How do I know which class level is right for me?
Students who are new to yoga are encouraged to start with the Iyengar Slow & Mindful Yoga 6-week series, or with the weekly class called Alignment, Intro/Level I. For students with a little experience in yoga or who have studied yoga many years ago, you are welcome to take those same classes. Students with at least 3 months of recent yoga classes are welcome to attend any Level I/II class. If you have had at least 6 months of recent yoga study (with us or elsewhere), the Level II classes may be appropriate for you. For students with at least one year of consistent classes, a personal home practice, and experience with inversion preparations, you are welcome to attend the Level III classes. Please consult with our front desk staff to find the best class for you.
Can I drop in to any of the classes during the week?
Yes, you can drop in to any of our classes throughout the week. However, for classes that run as a 6-week series, we recommend you start at the beginning of the series to ensure you get all of the instruction offered. Occasionally, we offer a series like Using The Great Yoga Wall, an 8-week series with limited space; once the class is filled, there is no opportunity for students who have not signed up for the whole series to drop in.
Do I have to commit to a specific class day and time each week?
No, although many people do because they find a teacher and a time that are a good match. You are welcome to attend any classes that are appropriate to your level. We understand that many of our students have fluctuating schedules. When you purchase a 10- or 20-class package or a monthly membership, you do not have to commit to a specific class day.
What if I miss a class in one of the 6- or 8-week series?
You can make up a class you miss in one of these series by taking another class at a similar level.
May I bring my water bottle to class?
No, not into the yoga classrooms. They have porous, soft bamboo floors, and there is absolutely no food, water bottles, or shoes permitted in those spaces. Filtered water is provided outside the classrooms.
What do I wear?
Choose comfortable and somewhat body-forming clothing, such as leggings, tights, shorts, tank tops, and t-shirts, which allow you to move freely and permit the teacher to see the action of your spine, limbs, and muscles. Yoga teachers love to see if you are lifting your knees! Bare feet are essential.
May I use perfume, aftershave, and essential oils?
Please, no. Some people are bothered or allergic to these products, and the oils can rub off on the props.
What do I need to bring to class?
Yourself and an open mind! The studio provides all the props you’ll need, including a yoga mat. If you would like to bring your own props, feel free to do so. We also have new props available for purchase.
Can I still attend a class if I arrive late?
Yes, but do your best to arrive on time. We recommend you set up your mat and props in the studio a few minutes before the start of class so that you can take some time to slow down and be present. We understand that things in life can hold you up. If you arrive late, please do not enter the studio space when the group is engaged in the opening centering practice, when “Om” is chanted. Please wait outside the studio until you hear the end of this practice.
How many classes should I take per week?
Yoga is like many other things in life—the more you practice, the more benefits you receive. Due to personal schedules or finances, some students take one class per week; others take three. The most affordable way to take classes is to purchase a class package or a monthly membership. Please feel free to ask one of our staff to help you decide which option would best meet your needs.
How do I know if a class has been cancelled due to inclement weather?
Call the studio to listen for an updated message. We will make the decision about holding a class at least 2 hours prior to the start time of class. If we have Internet access, we will post information about class cancellations on the home page of our website and the cancellation will also be listed on the Class Schedule page. Classes cancelled due to inclement weather may be made up during your class series period. When in doubt about the weather, use your own good judgment about driving on snowy or icy roads.
Do you have childcare available?
No, we do not provide childcare.
Should I eat before class?
It’s best not to, although a light snack is okay.
Can I get a refund for missed classes if I purchase a class package but can’t attend all of them before the expiration date of that package?
The 10- and 20-class packages are non-refundable, non-transferable, and we cannot extend the expiration date. However, with these packages, you are welcome to bring a friend or family member with you to class to help you complete it before it expires. Please contact the studio if you have an ongoing medical condition that does not allow you to use the package you have purchased.
Can I do yoga if I am pregnant, have an injury, a physical condition, a health concern, or limited range of motion?
Absolutely. Pregnant students are welcome to attend our Level 1 classes. Our teachers are trained to work with various health conditions. If you have health issues, please speak with your physician before your first class to receive his/her approval, and be sure to talk with the instructor before class about your specific circumstances, including high blood pressure, recent surgeries, or physical injuries.