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What is Yoga

Yoga is an ancient tradition rooted in India that uses a special type of physical movement and breathing exercises as an entry to a healthy, strong and flexible body, a balanced lifestyle, an open heart and a clear, calm mind. On its most basic level, it is a science of deep personal transformation based on the Yoga Sutras of Patañjali, a text authored in Southern Asia sometime between 200 B.C. and 500 B.C.E. The word yoga means to yoke or unify and through regular practice, a dedicated practitioner begins to experience the benefits of a unified state of consciousness, peace of mind and health and well-being.

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Why should I practice yoga

People come to yoga for many reasons. Whether you are interested in physical fitness, healing chronic injuries, or experiencing inner peace, yoga has something to offer you. It is a fully integrated mind-body technique that is proven in numerous scientific studies to lower your level of stress, while increasing your sense of health and happiness. If you are interested in working with the quality of your mind, a regular yoga practice is the perfect place to practice mental clarity. By synchronizing the breathe, body and mind, a dedicated practitioner begins to experience deep and lasting transformation.

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Is yoga a form of physical exercise and can I cross train with it

Yes yoga is a comprehensive form of physical exercise, yet while fitness is an important aspect of yoga, it is not the only benefit you gain from regular practice. One hour of yoga includes both cardiovascular, strength training, weight bearing, endurance, aerobic, and core-based exercises. You may choose to cross train with yoga, however, there are certain activities which are not complimentary with the yoga practice.

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Do I need to do anything special before I come to practice yoga

Ashtanga yoga should be practiced on an empty stomach. Try not to eat two hours prior to class. Also, please try to refrain from drinking during class. Come to class hydrated by having water no less than 15 min before class. Drinking during class counteracts the process of building heat in the body and therefore decreases the detoxifying effects of yoga.

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How often should I practice

Traditionally, in the ashtanga yoga we practice 6 days a week, leaving one day for rest. We also take off on the days of the new and full moon. Women should take off 2-3 days during menstruation. Mysore style ashtanga yoga has a cumulative effect on the body and should be practiced a minimum of 3 days per week. As your schedule permits, more days should gradually be added. It is when we are practicing in the traditional manner that we receive the greatest benefit.

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Why do I need a teacher

If you wanted to get from Miami, Florida to Boise, Idaho and you set out on I-95 without a map, directions or a guide, you would probably find your way sooner or later. But if you want to make sure you know the way, you might also choose to get directions from someone who has clearly traveled the distance before. You might even ask a guide to take you all the way because it just might save you some time. In case there are many people who say they’ve been to Boise before, you might have to trust the person that you connect mostly deeply with to lead you in the right direction. And that certain someone would, of course, have a quality that you connect with, something deep that emanates from their being that lets you know that you want to go exactly where they’ve been.

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Why should I choose Yoga OM over all of other centers, hotels and gyms that offer yoga

Yoga OM offers you an unparalleled standard of excellence in all its endeavors. Both our facility and our teachers are unlike any other yoga studio in the Huntersville area. Created as a community center in an urban retreat space, Yoga OM encourages a multifaceted approach to your experience of yoga. Complete with many complimentary disciplines, such as nutrition and life coaching, Yoga OM offer you comprehensive support for your inner journey.

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Am I too old to practice yoga

No one is too old to practice yoga. There have been people who practice yoga and start at all ages and process of varying degrees of proficiency. The key to practicing yoga is not age, but rather an open mind and heart.

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What about per-existing pain and old injuries

While you might feel sore or tired after doing your yoga practice or sometimes even during your yoga practice, it is not necessary to push your body to point of creating an injury. Throughout our lives we primarily tell our body what to do. With time, the yoga practice becomes an opportunity to listen to and respect what your body wants to tell you and do with you. In the advent of an injury, whether related to yoga or past outside experience, there are many special adjustments, modifications and considerations that one of our qualified teachers can advise you of. One of the main benefits of the yoga practice that you will experience over time is healing. By creating and inviting more balance into your overall state of being, a regular yoga practitioner creates the space to allow healing into their body on multiple levels.

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What if I feel sore or fatigued

This is normal when starting any physical practice. It is recommended that you commit to practicing despite these conditions. It is better to do what you can than disrupt your practice routine. Gradually your body will become acclimated to the practice. Through experience we learn discernment and how to practice at the edge of our abilities, reaping the greatest benefit without overwhelming our body and mind.

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Why should I commit to one discipline

There are many disciplines of yoga and for a period of time when one is starting out, it is appropriate to try many different styles. However, after an appropriate period of shopping around, we leave the world of materialism and move more deeply into our selves. Just as when we choose one teacher, we also choose one discipline. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe answers this best of all,

 

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness…The moment one definitely commits oneself, Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred…Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.
CLASS BOOKING
  • Must Book/Sign In to class prior to arrival.
  • Must arrive at least 15-10 minutes prior and no less than 5 minutes prior to class start. Doors are closed and no, entry 5 minutes after class  (Class is in session).
  • Booking System will close after certain hours or due to fully booked attendance.
  • Booking system will lock unlimited class holders out due to longclass absenteeism.
CLASS CANCELLATION

 

  • If late cancel or do not show up for a scheduled class, will be charged late cancellation fee apply.
  • Classes may also be temporary/permanently dropped from the schedule due to limited attendance, events and workshops or privet bookings.
  • We reserve the right on class cancellations and classes may be cancelled due to inclement weather. Announcements will be made on local radio and television stations.
  • Make up classes will be offered for all series classes at the end of the series, but make up classes will not be offered for ongoing classes.
  • Updated class times are available always on our mind body online schedule .
SKY YOGA SESSIONS

 

  • Requests to reschedule a session must be done 24 hours prior to the appointment time, and will be approved based on instructor availability.
  • Any request made after 24 hours will not be honored and the session will be cancelled.
  • There are no refunds for approved sessions.

INSTRUCTOR SUBSTITUTION
  • We reserve the right on rare occasions to provide a substitute instructor if the scheduled Instructor is not available.

SPA & WELLNESS MASSAGE

 

  • Please arrive at least ten minutes before your scheduled appointment.
  • Membership special rates and packages are available after your first massage, please ask the front desk.
  • All booking cancellation and registrations contain a 10% non-refundable administrative fee. Absolutely no, exceptions.
    • Same day cancellation will be charged 50% of the scheduled service price.
    • If you do not contact us to cancel or do not show up for a scheduled appointment, you will be charged the full price of the service.

MEMBERSHIPS

 

  • Class cards and memberships are non-transferable and are non-refundable.
  • Membership auto pay change administrative fee applies.
  • Booking system will lock unlimited class holders out due to long periods of class absenteeism.

 

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HYDRATION

Our bodies need a balance of electrolytes to not feel depleted after exercise, especially in the summertime. Your grocery store will carry Emergen-C, Ultima, or other brands to add to your water. Electrolytes keep muscles from cramping during and after exercise.

EATING BEFORE CLASS

Moving around, twisting, and going upside down are not great activities on a full stomach. If you need a little energy, then have something easily digestible, like a smoothie, or a small snack.

WEAR COMFORTABLE, MODEST CLOTHING

Please dress modestly. Fitted clothes stay in place better than looser items when moving around and going upside down. Shorts must have a long enough inseam to provide appropriate coverage. If your shirt is too baggy, it will flip into your face in forward folds. Wear what you would to exercise in – soft, comfortable, materials with a little stretch in the fabric.

BE PREPARED

We have mats and towels for rental if necessary. Drink water well before and after class. You may sweat – be prepared, and maybe bring a change of clothes to be comfortable in on your way home / next destination.

CLEANLINESS IS GODLINESS

Please wash your yoga gear regularly for you wellness and to ensure others are not affected by odors. Refrain from using perfume or cologne, as some people may have allergies or asthma. If you’re wondering if you should take a shower before yoga, take one. Fresh sweat on a clean body smells much better than warmed up old sweat.

 

  • We have showers  / dressing rooms available

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PREGNANCY, RECENT INJURIES, OR PARTICULAR UNIQUENESS

Just let the teacher know. They are trained to give modifications for every ‘body’ and will do their utmost to make certain your class is an enjoyable experience. Don’t be shy, we’ve heard it all.

RESTING FROM PRACTICE DURING MENSTRUATION

It is recommended that women take three days of rest – often referred to as “ladies’ holiday” – during their menstrual period for several reasons. The purpose of the menstrual cycle is to prepare the body for pregnancy; when conception does not occur, the thickened lining of the uterus is shed through menstruation.

  • One reason to take rest during the menstrual period is that the downward and eliminating flow during this time may be counteracted by inversions such as sarvangasana and sirsasana.
  • A second, more subtle, reason is that engaging mula bandha may be more difficult and/or may counteract this downward flow. Without engagement of the bandhas, vigorous practice can be physically unsafe.
  • A third, more general, reason is that excessive activity can lead to an irregular menstrual cycle or the cessation of menstruation (amenorrhea).

Menstruation may therefore serve as a convenient time to rest as the body begins the next cycle. Though taking rest is recommended, it remains an individual choice. As the external and internal practice changes over time, the physical and spiritual importance of taking rest for a particular woman may change as well. If a woman decides to observe ladies’ holiday, she is still very much practicing yoga during this time, as yoga is far more than just asana.

COLD WATER

When you practice yoga, you are systematically raising the ushna (heat) in the body. If you drink cold water, the ushna will rapidly fall, and this will cause various other reactions. You will become more susceptible to allergic conditions, excess mucus and such things. If you are doing intense asanas and you suddenly drink cold water, you may catch a cold immediately. So never drink water when you are doing asanas. And never go to the bathroom during practice time because you should work out the water in the form of sweat as you may.

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SILENCE IS GOLDEN

Please refrain from talking DURING class. Your fellow students are trying to focus, and your teacher is trying to instruct every one of you to their own journey and best abilities. Let this be a peaceful sanctuary, and then hit up the coffee shop to chat and joke about class afterwards! Try to ask questions before, or after class, where we are more than happy to answer.

THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT

If you see a spider or ant, just let the teacher know. They are trained in the proper removal of bugs and little friends, so that you will not need to squash one and incur negative karma.

NO SHOES IN THE YOGA ROOM

No shoes ensures a safe, debris-free environment for barefoot yogis. We have ample cubbie space for you to store shoes and other items.

YOGA OM PRACTICE FLOORING

Eco-Friendly Yoga Flooring made from Jute and PER (Polymer Environmental Resin). The natural jute fibers in the flooring offer the strength of conventional fiberglass mesh, yet are decomposed in a landfill. Our flooring has a unique look and feel is created by meshing jute fibers with patented PER, which is phthalate-free and safer. Latex free Jute is a natural vegetable plant that takes only 45 months to grow to maturity, making it a sustainable resource. Jute cleans the air by consuming carbon dioxide, and the leaves are a natural soil conditioner. It’s clearly a smart and naturally beautiful choice for a cleaner and safer environment offered for our students.

PERSONAL BELONGINGS

Please remember to take your belongings with you after class. Our lost and found is no place for your favorite water bottle.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

 

  • Yogis 12 & over may take class solo at The Yoga OM with a waiver signed by a parent or guardian.
  • We have showers / dressing rooms available.
  • Mats & Towels are available for $ 2 rental.
  • Please take the class that is most appropriate to your level.
  • Late Entry: There is a 5 minute grace period for ALL classes. There is NO entry after 5 minutes.

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