Frequently Asked Questions
Can I do yoga if I'm not flexible?
Not only can you, but you should! The practice of yoga has many benefits and flexibility is just one. Our students report the following benefits from a regular practice: flexibility, mobility, muscle strength and tone, balance and stability, better self-regulation and self-awareness, improved mental health and sleep, and stress release. Come explore with us to see how it will benefit you!
What class should I take if I am a beginner?
If you are brand new to yoga, most classes on our schedule will be appropriate for you except for Vinyasa Flow/Strength, Vin-Yin, and Ashtanga Vin. A Vinyasa class is a flowing, more quickly moving class. To prepare for that movement, the Basics classes will help you understand the language and movement before jumping into a Vinyasa class (check with your Basics teacher to see if they recommend you move on to Vinyasa type classes). Basics does not mean easy, just moving a little more slowly.
Can I do yoga if I have knee, back, hip or shoulder issues?
Yes, although please check with your doctor to see if there are any contraindications of movement with your issue or injury. Knowledge is power and the more you know about what you are dealing with, the better you and your yoga teacher can empower you to work within a pain-free range of motion and to develop a practice that best serves your needs. Our studio offers many class types that vary in intent and intensity so check with us to find out which class will be best!
Can a beginner do Yin?
Absolutely! Yin Yoga is a very slow meditative class that stresses the joints and ligaments and is great for athletes and people who sit a lot. Note that it is not a complete practice and should be paired with strength training of some sort (whether that's yoga or somewhere else). Yin is contraindicated for injured or pregnant students.
Can I do yoga if I am pregnant?
Giving Tree Yoga now offers a Pre-Natal Yoga class! Check the schedule for more information and to sign-up. While there are some modifications needed if you are pregnant to keep you and your baby safe in a regular yoga class, many students find yoga to be helpful during pregnancy and to prepare for labor and delivery. Check with your doctor to see if they have any advice, and then let your teacher know you are expecting so we can help you understand the modifications.
What's the difference between Yin & Restorative Yoga?
They have a lot of similarities, but Yin & Restorative are very different in the mind and body. They are both done mostly on the floor, are both meditative, and are both slow-paced with long-held poses. However, Yin poses are edgy, target the fascia, joints, ligaments, and bones, and may be energizing. Restorative is very mild, targets muscle tension and the parasympathetic nervous system (allowing you to rest and digest), is calming and restful, and is great for students who need healing.