Frequently asked questions

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Is yoga for me?

Yoga is for every body and all bodies — male, female, non-binary — all ethnicities, religions, races, backgrounds, and circumstances. If yoga appeals to you, it is for you. Even if yoga doesn’t appeal to you, it might be for you. Check it out and give it a few tries. If you don't like it after you've given it a fair shake, try a different teacher, a different studio, or explore some online classes.

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How can I get started with yoga?

Come to Gentle Yoga, a class designed for beginners, for those who haven’t practiced for some time, or for those who simply want or need a gentle practice with modifications. For a little bit of a challenge, but with all kinds of instruction for all kinds of bodies, you might like Roots Yoga. You might also like Yin, Kundalini, or Restorative classes.

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I’m not flexible. Can I do yoga?

Yes. Yoga classes teach flexibility, strength, balance, and body awareness among a host of other benefits to the body/mind. Come to class to practice. The grass is always greener where it’s watered. Pay attention and you will find benefit.

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What should I wear?

Wear clothing that doesn’t get in your way as you move into and out of poses. Wear clothing that is comfortable — like gym clothes — and somewhat form-fitting so that your shirt stays put when your torso is inverted and your pants don’t get stuck under your foot or inhibit movement, stretching, and new positions. Wear clothing in which you feel good.

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Should I practice on a full stomach?

We recommend that you practice yoga on an empty stomach or wait 3 to 4 hours after eating before practicing. There are many reasons for this including the energy required to digest. You want to use that energy for the practice of yoga, not digesting your Cheerios.

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Do I need my own gear?

No. Sundew offers high quality mats you are welcome to use. The mats are cleaned after each use so they are ready for your practice. We also provide all the props one usually doesn’t have at home: straps, blocks, bolsters, and blankets for your use.

That said, we do recommend you buy your own yoga mat to encourage your home practice. Having your own mat encourages you to practice more often than solely at class.You may also purchase a yoga mat from Sundew.

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When should I arrive?

If you have not registered, you should arrive a minimum of 15 minutes early to register for class. You can save time by registering online here. It is also advisable to arrive early enough to settle into the space of the studio, center yourself in preparation for practice, and ensure you don’t interrupt a class by being late.

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How do I pay for classes?

Sundew Studio has a secure, online merchant and scheduling system on its website to encourage self-registration and ease of payment. We encourage you to use that system, but we also accept payment in person — check, cash, or credit card. If you need help, we can assist with registration and show you around the online system.

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How often should I practice?

The answer to this question is up to you and the circumstances of your life, but we do recommend you practice a minimum of twice a week. Like with anything, the more you practice, the more benefit you will discover. 

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What if certain poses are too difficult for me?

Yoga is about honoring your own very specific, beautiful, and precious body. Please pay close attention to your limitations and adjust your practice accordingly. If you need to pause, please do so. You are encouraged to rest as needed, not to strain the body, and to back off of any movement that may pose a threat to your health. Challenge is beneficial to us because it brings us humility and within humility lies grace. But there's a fine line between challenging oneself and pushing beyonds one's limits. A lotus cannot be forced to bloom. It blooms in its own time at its own pace. We hope you will honor your body and allow it to take the time it needs to gradually and mindfully open and release. This can take minutes, hours, days, years, or lifetimes.

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What does "Om" mean?

Sometimes classes begin and/or end with the chanting of “Om.” Chanting “Om” is one way to welcome and give thanks to all that is, that ever was, and all that will ever be while also connecting a room of people to one resonant sound (entrainment). It’s a deep and connecting bow to the beauty and pain, the highs and lows, death and life. But it’s not for everyone. If you wish to participate in the chanting of “Om,” please do. If you do not, then feel free to refrain.

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How is Yoga different from fitness?

Yoga helps us deviate from habituated mind patterns that tell us we need to look, act, or be a certain way in order to be enough in the world. It also provides tools for mindfulness and more intentional living. Yoga habituates practitioners to increased awareness of the interconnection and union of what we usually separate — the body and the mind, self and other, humanity and nature. Simply put, yoga is not about how you look. It is about how you feel and how you respond to our increasingly complex, difficult, and wondrous world. If you are lucky enough to practice Yoga, you are already on your way; your incredible body has brought you here.

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Is Yoga a religion?

The yoga practiced at Sundew Studio is free of dogma and doctrine, though reverence exists for the ancient texts, new scientific literature, and any teachings that guide us toward compassion both for ourselves and our world. The meditational techniques and movements are both science and art — worthy of your own discovery and exploration. That said, some consider the studio a kind of ashram, a sacred place for self-study and community. Please honor that possibility.

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What are hands-on assists?

At times, a yoga teacher may ask if you would welcome a hands-on assist. This is one means to deepen your experience of a pose or bring awareness to a pattern within the body. Sometimes hands-on assists are more like Thai massage - loving touch meant to relax the body into full rest. Because whether or not we wish to be touched can change from day to day, the teacher will always ask for your consent before touching you.

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What is a typical class like?

Please view the individual class descriptions by following the links through our online schedule. Typically, you can expect an opening meditation, dharma talk, chant, or pranayama (breath work), physical warm-ups, movement through asanas (yoga poses), rest including savasana (corpse pose) or restorative (supported resting poses), and a closing meditation, chant, or pranayama.

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How do I learn more?

There are countless ways to learn more about a particular aspect of yoga or yoga philosophy. Send an email to practice@sundewstudio.com, ask your teacher, or consult the omnipresent oracle, Google.

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