What do I wear to a barre or yoga class?
No special gear or workout clothes required. Wear comfortable clothes that you can move in easily. Not too loose though so we can see your form! We recommend wearing nonslip socks (we have them for purchase) for barre & bare feet for yoga. It’s important to stay hydrated while you are in class, so bring a water bottle or grab one from our fridge.
Do I need to bring a mat or special equipment?
We have all the equipment you need for class in the studio. We have yoga mats, blocks, straps and blankets for you to borrow if you do not have your own. You are welcome to bring your own yoga mat. You may want to bring a towel (especially for vinyasa and power vinyasa classes).
What do I do if I have an injury?
Let your instructor know before class. All of our instructors will be happy to modify exercises & poses. They will assist you in any way they can to ensure you have a safe and effective workout.
How often should I attend class?
You will feel the benefits even with just one class a week — but of course we encourage more! Two to three times a week is a great place to start, but you may find you can make it a daily practice. We offer a variety of classes to keep you motivated and to keep you progressing with your fitness goals.
Can children come to class?
Yes. We welcome children to participate in all of our classes. If they are below the age of 13, we ask that they attend with a parent. For Aerial, we do ask that they be at least 13 or have special permission from the instructor.
Do I have to register for class ahead of time?
No, you do not have to register before coming to class, but we do recommend it. Some classes get full quickly, and priority will be given to those who have previously registered. Aerial Yoga requires online pre-registration.
What is your refund/return policy?
We do not offer refunds or transfers of packages. Please be aware of the expiration date of your package. Expiration dates are determined from the date that you first attend a class with your package. We offer generous time periods to use all of your classes. We only pause or extend packages for medical emergencies.
What is barre strength?
Barre strength is full-body, non-impact workout that takes inspiration from the barre work in dance, as well as Pilates, yoga, and functional training. It works all the muscle groups using body weight for resistance. Equipment such as small weights, balls, blocks, yoga straps, and resistance bands are used in class to intensify the challenge and provide variety. Exercises are performed at the barre and on the mat.
What is the difference between barre strength and barre express?
Not much! The class is a few minutes shorter, but you are not missing any muscle work. Class moves a bit faster from exercise to exercise, and our stretch series is abbreviated a bit to condense the class.
Why is shaking during barre a good thing?
Tiny, super-controlled movements (isometric moves) fatigue the muscles creating the famous Barre Shake. This shaking is the muscle going into failure which is where you create strength and definition.
Is barre suitable for beginners?
Barre is perfect for every level and every age. Whether you are a beginner, recovering from an injury, pregnant, or an all-star athlete, classes can be modified or intensified to meet every need.
Why is stretching so important?
Stretching is one of the most important elements of class! In barre we focus on deep stretching after working each muscle group. Stretching while the muscles are warm improves flexibility, tone, and range of motion. In addition, stretching can help heal chronic pain and injury.
Is barre good for your core?
Barre works your core! Front, side and back! We emphasize core work throughout class in order to tighten the abs, strengthen the back, and improve overall posture.
Does Barre ever get any easier?
Barre is always challenging. You get better at the exercises, but it never becomes easy.
How often should I take barre for the best results?
For fast shaping results, commit to practicing at least three times per week. Of course, as with any exercise program, consistency is key! Find time for yourself, and get your workout done! You can take barre every day, and many of our clients do just that!
What should I expect if it’s my first time practicing yoga?
It depends on which class you attend (see descriptions below). You can expect to be challenged both mentally and physically as you move through physical asanas to prepare your body and mind for relaxation in savasana/meditation.
What is the difference between hatha, vinyasa and slow flow?
Hatha yoga is a slow, gentle and meditative approach to yoga. Plenty of instruction and details will be given for breath and alignment, and modifications will be given. This is where a lot of our beginners start to build a foundation of poses and alignment techniques. Great for beginners, those looking to slow down, and those looking for a less rigorous yoga class.
Vinyasa yoga is a faster-paced class. Postures are linked and flow together, and your heart rate will be elevated. Be prepared to sweat! This is a great workout, great for those looking to take their yoga practice up a notch, and to build fitness and endurance. There is some focus on breath work, but there is less alignment cueing and the pace is fast. Beginners, as always, are welcome in any class, but be prepared to really move and sweat in this class.
Slow flow yoga is a perfect balance between hatha and vinyasa. There is a flow, but it is not fast-paced. Alignment cues are given, and there is an emphasis on moving pose to pose with your breath. If you want to take it up a notch from hatha but are not quite ready for a vigorous vinyasa class, this is your class. This is a great class for beginners to learn the flow, and for intermediate and advances students to slow down and refine their practice.
Do I need to be flexible?
No! This is one of the most common misconceptions about yoga. You do not need to be flexible when you begin your practice — that’s part of why you come! All levels of flexibility are welcome.
Can I eat before class?
All of our bodies are different, but it is recommended that you don’t eat for two to three hours before class. We do twisting, forward folding and backbending in many classes, and you may be uncomfortable if your food has not fully digested. If you think you may be hungry or feel lightheaded or weak during class, we recommend a light snack 30 minutes to an hour before class.