Questions Frequently Asked by New Students

What is class like at BYL?
Our classes are offered to yogis of every level, from beginner to advanced practitioner. We teach vinyasa which means body movements coordinated with breath. 

Is there a beginner’s class?                                                                                                                                                      We are a trained staff and we teach to modifications/ variations for the body.  We ask that you always let the teacher know prior to class if you are new to class or have any concerns or injuries.

What is a restorative yoga class?
The class uses gentle movements and stretches accompanied by props such as blankets, blocks, bolsters, and straps.

Should I do anything before class?
Regular group classes are held in a room heated to 80-95 degrees to encourage a deep change within the muscles. It is best to come to class well-hydrated and ready to sweat. Avoid eating a heavy meal 1-2 hours before class to keep your stomach comfortable.

What will I need for my first class?…What should I wear?
Poses can be enhanced with simple yoga props such as blocks and straps. Props are available and encouraged . We also recommend bringing water and a towel, as well as wearing comfortable, fitted, flexible clothing to sweat in.

How will I feel after class?
Each person feels different after yoga. You may find yourself energized, exhausted, hungry, or with no appetite at all. Your experience both during and after class is unique to you, and may change over time as you develop your practice. If it is your first time at BYL, you may find that you are sore or tired the following day—it’s totally normal! Your body has been introduced to a new experience, and may react by tensing up in certain areas. The best thing to do is to jump right back in and re-invigorate your body and stretch your aches away. Simply remember to modify as necessary and respect your own flexibility and strength.

How often should I come to class?
Your yoga practice is just that—a practice. The more you are able to come to class, the greater it will serve you. Three times a week seems to be the tipping point that will make all the difference in your practice and your life.  If you are new to BYL, we recommend you take advantage of our $40 New Student Introductory Special, which offers you an entire month of unlimited classes. We encourage you to find the days and times that work best for you, and to simply dedicate the time to experience your greatest self.

Can I take class if I am injured?
Consult with your medical professionalLet the instructor know about your injury before taking class so he/she can address your specific issues and give you modifications to make.

Do you offer Pre-Natal Yoga?
While we don’t often get enough interest at one time to warrant a class devoted to pre-natal yoga, we do have teachers who are well versed in the needs of the pregnant body.  Pregnancy yoga is parallel to the regular practice with the omission of twists and inversions as well as supine asanas after twenty weeks. Variations to all of the asanas are possible. While the room is heated, the pregnant mom will not experience a core body temperature increase so therefore it is safe. Our recommendation is to come into the studio early so we can help you learn which poses to modify and how to do those poses safely. As always talking to your doctor first is highly advised.

How long will it take before I’m good at yoga?
There is no such thing as being “good” at yoga—every yogi takes his or her own path.  Your strength and flexibility will progress at your own pace. Our instructors are present to make sure you are safe and properly aligned; your only responsibility is to respect how your body feels with acceptance and non-judgment.

Can me teenage child take class with me?
We welcome students ages 16 and over in our yoga classes to ensure a safe practice.  As teens grow, they gain a greater understanding of their body which can create a more positive yoga experience.  However, we have open hearts and open ears, so please consult the owners should you have any questions.

Is there anything else I should know before coming to class? 
At BYL, we are committed to maintaining a safe space for personal transformation and expression. With that in mind, you may find it helpful to become familiar with some common yoga etiquette to ensure that each student’s personal experience, space, and growth within the studio is valued and respected.

Please…

  • Always check in at the front desk before class.
  • Remove your shoes before entering the yoga space.
  • Turn your cell phone off or switch it to vibrate before class.
  • Respect the sanctity of the yoga space by refraining from loud conversations.
  • Remember to take all of your belongings with you when you finish class.
  • Please remember to attend to your personal hygiene and odor before, during, and after class and clean up any water or sweat that may have made its way to the floor. We recommend bringing a small towel for your own use.
  •  Please enter the yoga space quietly, set up your mat calmly, and begin your practice. Remember—if you are rushed or frazzled, you bring that energy with you into the classroom.
  • Although we are not responsible for lost or stolen personal items the door is locked and no one can enter our studio after the start of class.
  • We rent mats for $2,  towels and bottled water for $1each.
  • Be considerate when pre-registering for any classes using the Mind Body App.  Our teachers are looking for you and expect that you will attend if you pre-register.  Kindly cancel your pre-registration if you are unable to make class or a $16 drop-in fee may be applied to your account.
  • If you must leave early:  To respect the experience and final relaxation for your classmates, please collect your belongings and exit the class before savasana begins.