New to Yoga?
Most people have so many questions when they first come to yoga that they don’t know where to begin. Here, we offer up some of the most common questions and answers. If your questions have not been answered here, we invite you to find us at the studio either e-mail or by phone at 248-957-9005. We want you to feel as comfortable as possible when you come practice with us! So ask away!
What does “yoga” mean?
Yoga is a Sanskrit word that means “to yoke” or “to unite.” As a practice, it is a scientific system for achieving total health, mental, and spiritual well-being — a means to unite the body, mind, and spirit. In the United States, the term yoga is often used to mean the postures, or the physical part of yoga; however, these poses, or asana, are only one of the eight “limbs” of yoga.
I'M A BEGINNER, WHAT CLASS SHOULD i TAKE?
We offer weekly slow flow and Ashtanga classes to create a solid foundation in the breathing, alignment, and basic philosophy of yoga. If you prefer to dabble at your own pace, please talk to us so we can help you select the right class to begin.
what should i wear?
We keep the studio between 78 – 82 degrees year-round, so bear that in mind if you are warm-natured. We suggest comfortable, stretchy clothing that is not too loose or it will get in your way, and make it difficult for the instructor to check your alignment. Most women wear a tank or tee with leggings and men wear a tee with shorts. Do plan to practice in bare feet, remove jewelry, and absolutely no watches in the studio. We also ask you refrain from wearing scented lotions and perfumes in respect for those who have sensitivities to fragrances.
what should i bring with me?
Although we have yoga mats available for rent at $2 per day, you should still have your own mat if you plan to practice yoga daily. It’s more hygienic and, more importantly, having your own mat will encourage you to maintain your practice at home! We sell Manduka and Prana branded mats. Both brands are higher quality and more expensive than the typical yoga mats you'd find at department stores, but they tend last significantly longer before disintegrating, are free of industrial toxins, and are completely biodegradable. You may also want to bring a hand/mat towel for sweat and water into the classroom, though we suggest that you only drink water either before or after instead of during the class.
Should I eat before class and do I bring water?
Plan to practice on an empty stomach. If you need a snack, eat a piece of fruit or something light before class. One of the benefits of yoga is its detoxification of the body. Drinking lots of water will help flush the toxins out of your system, so do hydrate well both before and after class. As you don’t want to extinguish all the internal heat you are trying to build during class, if you need to drink while practicing, take small sips. Drink up when you’re done!
I can’t sit still for two minutes and can’t touch my toes.
Is there a yoga class for me?
One of the great things about yoga is it brings us all to the same common denominator—we all have the same struggles and worries, and though everyone comes in a different body, each of us has a path to travel to make it a more comfortable place to live. People come to Bodhi Yoga with differing levels of experience, but there is room for everyone. We are ALL learning. Talk to us, and we can point you in the right direction.
is yoga a religion?
Yoga is a philosophy, not a religion, though it does have a spiritual component. You do not need to be religious to practice. It has been practiced by individuals of widely differing beliefs and any and all people are welcome at Bodhi Yoga. In order to practice, you only need to believe in the possibility that we can transform ourselves, that there is always more to learn, and that there is a better way to approach life than the old habits that tie us down. At the heart is the openness to see we have not yet tapped into our highest potential as human beings. Yoga seeks to put us in touch with our spiritual core—our innermost nature—that which or who we truly are.
should i sign up in advance?
Only our 6AM classes require pre-registration in order to attend. If at least two students have not registered for these classes by 9PM the evening prior, the class will be cancelled. Any student that was registered will be notified of the cancellation via email provided at sign-up. The Live Scheduler and calendar will also be updated by 5:30AM the day of class in the event of a cancellation. All of our other regularly scheduled classes do not require signing up prior to attending, though you have the option to through our Scheduler.
I’d like to bring yoga to my workplace. Do you offer that service?
We do! Our instructors have experience in offices, hospitals, and schools, as well as offering special team-building classes at the studio for corporate groups. We want to promote yoga as a practice for living a happier, healthier life; a practice that is accessible to everyone. We are committed to offering yoga anywhere and everywhere we can! To arrange a corporate yoga class or series, please contact us!
Why should I choose Bodhi Yoga?
That is a question only you can answer for yourself. In order to move forward on this path, you need a qualified guide and a supportive community. Bodhi Yoga was created to offer you both. Our instructors are of the highest caliber, and are continuously studying and refining their practice with senior teachers around the world. They all practice yoga daily and have offered up a large part of their lives to share this practice with others. We are creating something truly unique in Farmington, and we welcome you to be a part of it.
I am ready to take my first class, what should I expect?
Please arrive at the studio about 10-15 minutes before class time to prepare mentally and for the chance to talk with your instructor(s) about any questions and physical concerns you may have. At reception, you will be required to fill out and sign a registration/waiver form before class and choose which of our packages or memberships is best for you. We accept both cash and credit cards for payment. Changing rooms are available should you need to swap outfits before or after class. We have plenty of cubby-hole spaces to store your shoes and other personal belongings. Just remember to set cellphones to silent while class is in session. There's a 15 minutes window between our back-to-back classes, so you should have ample time to pick out a spot and stretch. You can also meet and chat with the other students in the studio room. It is imperative that our instructors are made aware of pregnancy, injury or condition that could be affected by the practice before a session begins.
We are so excited for you to become a member of the Bodhi Yoga community. If there is anything you are unsure about, please talk to us!
Yin Yoga (Beginner Level) : Yin Yoga practice is defined by passive, long holds in poses that apply moderate stress to connective tissues, tendons, fascia and ligaments with the aim of increasing circulation in the joints and improving flexibility; it is also a seated practice meaning students spend the duration of the class practicing those poses that affect overall posture from the hips and spine to the neck and shoulders. Yin Yoga poses are designed to help improve the subtle flow of energy which is believed to improve organ health, immunity and emotional well-being. The pace of this practice enables students to explore internally in a meditative state, and will leave you feeling rejuvenated and relaxed — a great way to end the day! Use of props are encouraged. Scheduling Options >>
Flow + Restore (Beginner to Intermediate) : In this slow flowing class, students will synchronize breath with movement at a rhythmic pace. Some Yin Yoga poses may be explored at some length to properly emphasize core alignment. It won’t be easy or lazy, just slow, thoughtful, and grounding. This class is intended for beginners to advanced yogis, or students with injuries. Scheduling Options >>
Slow Flow (Beginner to Intermediate) : This class is designed for beginners through intermediate students. Slow Flow tends to be the foundation for many students new to yoga before exploring more advanced classes and pursuing specific fitness goals. Slow Flow connects accessible yoga postures with breath and fluid movement in a well-rounded practice. As the name would imply, the class slowly transitions the student from one position to another in a kind of gentle, synchronized dance, allowing time to explore individual postures so that the practitioner can build confidence and familiarity. Experienced students may still benefit from revisiting the fundamentals of alignment and further refining their own personal practices. Scheduling Options >>
Ashtanga (Intermediate to Advanced) : This practice is a system of Yoga popularized in modern times by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in the city of Mysore, South India. The name Ashtanga Yoga means “8 limbs” in Sanskrit. It is a reference to the 8-part method of practice in the ancient text, the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. In Patanjali’s method, the practice of asana or postures is one part of a comprehensive discipline of self-knowledge and care including physical and mental training. Ashtanga Yoga is a dynamic method of choreographed sequences of postures linked with breath and concentration techniques that aim to give practical experience of the 8-limbed method. Each practice includes standing postures, seated postures, back bends (modified to complex) and a closing sequence consisting of inversions (modified to complex), pranayama and seated meditation; all followed by rest. Scheduling Options >>
Power Flow (Intermediate to Advanced) : Power Flow is considered by some students to be the next step in their personal practice after Slow Flow, and will be a more dynamic practice comparatively. Students will focus on linking conscious breath with a vigorous and mindful flow similar to Slow Flow but at a greater pace. The goal is to build strength, flexibility and concentration while cleansing the body and calming the mind; a great cardiovascular and strength building workout combined with breath work. Scheduling Options >>
Vinyasa (Intermediate to Advanced) : A dynamic flow from pose to poses that strengthen and tone your core muscles; it is similar to our Power Flow classes but places less of an strict emphasis on guided routine and encourages the practitioner to flow through the movements at their own pace. Recommended for intermediate practitioners or students looking for a challenging workout like a Power Flow but not as fast-paced. Scheduling Options >>
Define + Refine (Beginner to Advanced) : Also referred to as Slow Burn at some studios, Define + Restore focuses on postural alignment, core and total body strength by targeting the abdominal and spinal muscles. By blending functional movement with strength based holds, this practice balances physical and mental strength with flexibility. This class is appropriate for people of all levels who are interested in refining their physical practice and building greater body awareness. Scheduling Options >>
Gentle Flow (Beginner) : This class is suitable for everyone, including students with certain physical conditions or limitations that may prevent them from participating fully in any of our other classes. Advanced students may still benefit from the change of pace by reconnecting to the core principles of yoga practice including breathing techniques. This class features a combination of standing and seated poses similar to our Flow + Restore classes with more of an emphasis on developing body awareness. Scheduling Options >>
Yoga Nidra (Beginner) : Yoga Nidra (or yogic sleep) is a ancient practice built upon Indian traditions such as Hinduism and Buddhism. The goal of this class is to help the student to willfully achieve a state of consciousness between waking and sleeping, like the "going-to-sleep" stage, or deep relaxation. It differs from meditation in its method; whereas the meditative state is reached through contemplation and a singular focus, yoga nidra is achieved by internalizing or ‘releasing’ the five senses that comprise the conscious state. Some compare the experience to lucid dreaming. Taught once per month, refer to New Events page for upcoming classes. Scheduling Options >>
What is Thai Bodywork?
Described as "lazy yoga," Thai bodywork is is a healing practice derived from the roots of eastern medicine, meditation, and assisted yoga-based stretching. The recipient is encouraged to remain as relaxed and pliable as possible while the giver physically maneuvers the recipient into hip openers, back bends, forward folds and shoulder openers. Movements are guided through breath, similar to a yoga practice, but will leave you feeling relaxed, rejuvenated, and aware of the body's full range of motion. Like chiropractic care, consistency is key when beginning a Thai Bodywork regimen, that is then cared for by quarterly maintenance sessions.
Physical benefits include:
Improved range of motion & flexibility
Sports injury/pain management
Improved sleep quality