FAQs
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR TO YOGA?
Wear comfortable clothes like leggings, sweats, tank tops and/or t-shirts. Please remove your shoes at the door; yoga is practiced in bare feet. Please keep in mind that you will be working your way toward putting your body in some interesting positions.   If you choose to wear baggy or revealing clothing, your neighbor may get a little more than they asked for. Enter fresh and clean. Refrain from wearing perfume or cologne.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
All you need to bring is a yoga mat, water bottle and an open mind. Yoga mats ($2) are available for rent and purchase at the studio and water refills are available for $1.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT IN CLASS?
The one thing you can expect is that you will immediately feel comfortable at Puma Yoga. You will move, breathe, and sweat. You will be challenged both mentally and physically. You will see postures that you cannot do, though we will provide steps for you to take to modify the pose and that eventually get you in the posture.  Maybe.  The first few yoga classes may be confusing, perhaps overwhelming at times.  With every class you take, things become a bit more familiar and less thought is required.  The body remembers each pose at a cellular level. When the movements become familiar enough that we don’t have to think, we can connect every movement with a conscious breath and the moving meditation can truly begin.
WHAT DO I DO ONCE IN THE STUDIO?
Lay your mat at the center of the room (so you can hear the teacher, and watch others if you get a little lost). Grab two blocks, a blanket, and a strap, and be sure to mention any injury to the teacher before the class begins.
HOW MANY TIMES EACH WEEK SHOULD I PRACTICE YOGA?
We suggest beginners start by practicing 3 times a week at the studio in order to safely and properly learn the fundamental poses and integrate the practice into your body. Studio classes provide the structure and support that a new student needs in order to learn alignment and sequence.  Consistency is the key. Our goal is to help you develop a personal yoga practice that you do on your own.  That practice may start at just 15 minutes a day or even less. The point is to find something that you can easily commit to and that you enjoy doing.  If you’re not able to make it to the studio 3 times per week, then a yoga video, website or online resource can be helpful.
WILL I BE SORE AFTER CLASS?
Sometimes new students do experience soreness after a class or in the first few weeks of starting a yoga practice. If you’ve never practiced yoga, you may engage and feel muscles that you might not typically use in other activities.  You may also experience deep release in very tight muscles, like hamstrings, hip flexors and muscles of the chest and this can lead to soreness, too. Typically, soreness should subside the more your body gets used to the practice.
I CANNOT TOUCH MY TOES AND AM NOT FLEXIBLE AT ALL...CAN I PRACTICE YOGA?
Yoga asanas are great for inflexibility.  Those that are inflexible may notice progress faster than those that come to the practice already flexible.  Yoga is about being where we are at in the here and now.  Think of flexibility as being not just in the body, but in the mind as well.  Our instructors are trained to work with those that aren’t super bendy by modifying any posture a student is not able to get into with props.
I AM OUT OF SHAPE, HAVE HAD SURGERY...WHAT CLASS IS APPROPRIATE FOR ME?  WHERE DO I BEGIN?
We suggest you start out slowly and regain your strength, balance and flexibility.  Our basic and relaxation flow classes and workshops in restorative, yin or yoga nidra would be ideal for someone coming off of surgery.  A private yoga session would also be beneficial.
WHAT SHOULD I EAT BEFORE COMING TO A CLASS?
A light snack such as a banana, almonds, avocado, dark chocolate or a light smoothie made with coconut water, cacao, and bananas will help you stay focused, curb your hunger and get you through a class.
HOW MANY BEGINNER CLASSES SHOULD I TAKE BEFORE TAKING AN ALL LEVELS CLASS?
You are always welcome to try any class at Puma, including an all levels class. The pacing may seem a bit faster and we may not teach or give as many modifications as in a Basics class.  We encourage you to listen to your body, do as much as you can, and rest when you need to in child’s pose.