Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

What should I wear to class?

Be comfortable! For gentle classes wear something that is either stretchy or loose enough to move in. In the summer wear less and in the winter wear layers that you can remove as you warm up.

In the more active yoga classes you will be most comfortable with clothing that easily moves with you and stays in place. Find something that fits well and you feel comfortable in.

Please do not wear short shorts unless you have longer bike style shorts underneath. Yoga is practiced barefoot, so wear shoes that are easily removed.

Do I need to bring any equipment with me to class?

If you have your own mat, bring it. If not we have mats for you to use.

I can’t afford classes, but I really need yoga at this time of my life. What can I do?

Our rates reflect the cost of running a business and our commitment to compensate our hardworking staff. But at the same time, Inner Sunshine is a heart driven business fueled by our love of the transformative power of regular yoga practice. We want you to practice regardless of your financial situation. We are committed to offering all seekers a donation-based drop-in rate.

What does this mean? Come to any regularly-scheduled yoga class and pay what you can afford. It’s that simple. This offer is available to any student at any time.
And for those of you who choose to purchase packages and memberships with us, thank you. We exist only because of your ongoing support and participation. We appreciate you so much!

How long before class should I wait to eat?

It is best to not eat for two hours before a class. A small piece of fruit, or something easily digested is ok if you need it. Remember, you are going to be twisting, squeezing, and inverting.

You really don’t want to have food in your stomach.

Should I bring water to class?

The body needs to be properly hydrated before practice, and replenished after practice, but you should not drink during class unless you absolutely need it. During yoga asana practice you are stoking your internal fire to burn off toxins through sweat. Water puts that fire out. We strive to be as environmentally responsible as we can, please bring your water in a reusable container.

What are the benefits of yoga?

Yoga asana practice is a powerful tool for both inner and outer transformation. With regular practice, you will notice your body getting stronger and more flexible; you will feel more grounded and have better posture. On a mental level, you will notice improved focus and the ability to stay calm and maintain relaxed breathing. The list of benefits is so long that it cannot be included here. Here are two great links:

When will I start to see the benefits of yoga?

Most people feel really good after their first class. Over all though, the benefits of yoga are gradual and cumulative. You may notice that you are sleeping better or less sore when you get up in the morning. Students are often surprised when at their next physical exam their blood pressure has dropped or their blood sugar is lower. How much and how quickly you benefit depends on how often you practice either at the studio or at home.

I am pregnant. Can I do yoga?

Yes! Yoga while you are pregnant will help keep you calm and relieve your hard working back. For the safety of your growing child, your first class with Kimberly needs to be one of the gentle classes. Kimberly will modify the poses for your current stage of pregnancy. She may recommend other classes as well. As your pregnancy progresses, we will continue to modify your poses. After a short break following delivery, you’ll be able to start yoga once again.

I’m just recovering from an injury, is yoga safe?

A mindful yoga practice can actually help support the healing process, and help prevent future injuries. Yoga is very safe and gentle when practiced and taught correctly. As far as an injury, it depends on the scope of the injury. Generally, yoga taught by a skilled teacher who knows anatomy and physiology can modify and adapt the yoga poses and movements to your particular needs. If you have recently had an injury, surgery, or have a chronic condition, I encourage you to consult with your supervising health provider as to when is the best time to begin a program of yoga.

Is yoga a religion?

No. Yoga is not a sport or a religion. It is however, spiritual. Some students silently pray as they practice. You may or may not choose to focus inward while practicing.

What does “Om” mean?

The ancients believed that the vibrational sound of the word Om had healing properties and some even referred to it as “The sound of the Divine.” Recent studies have shown that the vibrational sound releases nitrous oxide, helping lowers blood pressure and reduce stress. We do practice the sound of Om at the end of class. You may choose to participate or not.