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Tips to prepare you for your yoga class

  • Practice on an empty stomach if possible or finish eating at least one hour prior to practicing. Eating a meal before class increases blood flow to the digestive system and reduces blood flow and oxygen to your muscles.
  • Drink water throughout the day and during class as needed.
  • Do not drink alcohol before class
  • Check with your doctor before you start any exercise program
  • Inform your instructor if you have any health concerns or are pregnant.
  • Make an effort to arrive on time or a little early
  • Wear light, comfortable clothing. A T-shirt and footless leggings are appropriate.
  • Bare feet works best.

Ashtanga Yoga

Sometimes this style of yoga is called ‘power’ yoga. The emphasis is on building strength, stamina, and dynamic flexibility. The practice is a fast-paced series of sequential postures and appeals to an athletic person, or a person who is inclined to more movement and enjoys the physicality of the Ashtanga movement. Previous yoga experience required.

Hatha Yoga

Hatha means literally Sun/Moon, but it refers to the physical practice of yoga through poses (asana). Technically, all yoga classes could be referred to as Hatha. However when a class is called by that name, it tends to mean that it will consist mainly of individual poses sequenced and held for varying lengths of time, as opposed to being based upon a repeated and/or faster “flow”. There is an especially strong focus on safe alignment and deep knowledge of each individual pose. See class description for more detail on that particular class offering.

Iyengar Yoga

Uses specialized props such as straps and blocks to encourage precision of postures, which are held for long periods encouraging students to penetrate deeper into the experience of each pose. Promoted to relieve ailments and reduce injury risk, particularly for those with movement restrictions. 

Kripalu Yoga

This approach emphasizes mindfulness, awareness of breath, alignment and the internal experience of each pose.  Recognizing that every body is different, the best expression of a pose is internally driven with respect for one's particular starting point on any given day.  Students are encouraged to be aware of the boundaries of their comfort zone and to explore those, challenging themselves safely to increase flexibility, strength and depth of experience.


A gentle form of yoga less concerned with form and more with accommodating one’s capabilities. Progress of practice is linked to personal and spiritual development. This is a good choice for those with movement restrictions.

Vinyasa Flow or Flow

The word Vinyasa means “breath-synchronized movement”. The instructor will have you move from one pose to the next on an inhale or an exhale. This technique is sometimes called Vinyasa Flow or just Flow because of the smooth way that the poses run together and become like a dance.

The meaning of “Namaste”

The gesture is an acknowledgement of the soul in one by the soul in another. Namaste means, “I bow to you.”

Watch this Rockville 11 news segment featuring an aerobics class.