FAQ

What kind of clothing should I wear?

Please wear comfortable clothing that you can move freely in. There  are plenty of fancy yoga clothes out there, but honestly, all you need  is to be able to move comfortably. It is also recommended that you dress in layers, so you can shed a layer when you warm up, but also put on an extra layer at the end of class. Most classes are barefoot.

What do I need for class?

We recommend that you bring a yoga mat, water, and a small towel.  Mats are available if you don’t have one, or forgot it at home. If you  decide to practice yoga on a regular basis, we encourage purchasing a  mat.

What classes are recommended for beginners?

These classes are focused on beginning yoga students, but anyone can  attend, especially if recovering from an injury or illness, returning to yoga from time off the mat, or you want to re-focus on alignment.

  • Sunflower Gentle Yoga
  • Sunflower Gentle Yoga Express
  • Sunflower Yoga Basics
  • Sunflower Restorative Yoga
  • Sunflower Yoga Basics Class is suggested 3-5 times before taking  Sunflower Flow, Sunflower Radiant Flow, and Morning Ashtanga Express,  especially if you are new to yoga. Remember you can go to any class and  do what you can. Be open minded and rest when you need to.

I’m not flexible, can I do yoga? Can anyone do yoga?

Yes, yoga is a great place for you. We are all put together  differently and we innately have different levels of flexibility. Yoga  is about more than just being flexible. Yoga is about being present,  following your breath, and quieting your mind. With a consistent, steady practice you will see changes in your strength and flexibility. Along  with flexibility and strength, peace, joy and well-being comes from a  regular yoga practice. Our students range from kids to students in their 70s and 80s. Our students are athletes, professionals, moms, dads,  kids, and teachers, even those with serious illnesses. We welcome  everyone because yoga helps people lead better lives. Yoga is for anyone who wants to improve their overall health and well-being. Come with an  open mind and see what yoga can do for you.

Should I eat before class?

For your comfort level, please consider not eating a heavy meal 2 hours prior to you practice. Please bring water.

What are the benefits of yoga?

Yoga has benefits for all and is different for each person. Benefits  may include: increased flexibility, increased muscle strength and tone,  improved respiration and energy, improved athletic performance, a  reduction in stress, pain, insomnia and anxiety. Yoga improves overall  health and well-being, circulation, and helps you connect with the  present moment, which leads to mental clarity, inner peace and  happiness.

How often should I practice yoga?

Well, it depends on why you practice yoga. If you practice yoga to  build strength and flexibility, then 2-3 times/week. If you practice  yoga for stress reduction, then 1-2 times/week, or daily if you need it!

Remember, a little yoga every day is good, even if it is just 5  minutes of sitting quietly, eyes closed, listening to the sound of your  breath. A regular, consistent yoga practice improves balance, posture,  strength, flexibility, digestion, mental clarity, concentration and  inner peace.

I’m pregnant, can I still do yoga? Are there poses I should avoid?

Pregnancy is a great time to start a yoga practice. Yoga is safe  during pregnancy and has many benefits. It is always a good idea to  check with your healthcare provider before starting a new yoga practice, especially if you are experiencing any complications with your  pregnancy. Yoga helps alleviate many common discomforts of pregnancy.  Yoga also helps you and your baby to prepare for birth. Postures are  modified for each stage of pregnancy. Prenatal yoga classes will include breathing, movement, strength building and relaxation. These classes  are ongoing and will give you an opportunity to share your experience  with other women. The benefits of Prenatal yoga are many-better sleep,  less stress and anxiety, reduced lower back pain, as well as  strengthening the muscles needed during childbirth.

Certain poses should be avoided during pregnancy, anything that  compresses the belly or is uncomfortable. Like any yoga practice, its  important to listen to your body and not over do it. In general, avoid  poses on your belly or flat on your back. Avoid backbends like Camel  pose and Wheel. Avoid inversions such as Handstand, Headstand and  Shoulderstand. Balance is often compromised with a growing belly, so  balance poses are done with the aid of a wall. Deep twisting is also  discouraged during pregnancy. There are still many poses that can be  accommodated for a pregnant yoga practice! Have fun!

Can my child attend classes with me? 

Children between the ages of 12-15 are welcome to attend classes if accompanied by an adult. Those aged 16 and older may attend classes  alone. For children aged 11 and under, please check the schedule for  Sunflower Children's Yoga offerings.

Will yoga conflict with my religious beliefs?

Yoga practitioners are not required to follow a particular faith.  Yoga is not a religion. Yoga is a philosophy originating from India  approximately 5,000 years ago. The Yoga Sutra is an ancient text that  provides a framework for spiritual growth and mastery over the physical  and mental body.

Can I just show up?

Yes! You do not need to pre-register for classes. Some classes are  limited by size, so you can pre-register to assure yourself a spot.  Please arrive 15 minutes early so you can register, pay for class, grab a mat and have a few minutes to relax. You can register and pay for  classes by using an app, Mindbody Connect. Pre-registration through the  Mindbody Connect app or via the website will make starting class on time go more smoothly, especially if you are running late.

What time do I need to show up? What if I need to leave early?

Please arrive 10-15 minutes prior to the start of class to get  settled. The studio will be unlocked 15 minutes prior to the start of  each class. Sometimes life happens and you are late to class. Please  enter quietly, and try to not make it a habit. The doors are locked  during certain classes. 5 minutes will be allowed prior to locking the  door.

If you need to leave early, you are missing the best part! Savasana,  the final relaxation pose in yoga class is the MOST IMPORTANT! This is  the pose that calms the brain, relaxes the body, relieves stress and  lowers blood pressure. Please plan to stay for the entire class if  possible. If you must leave early, inform the teacher before class. Exit quietly and the teacher will put away your props.

How do I sign up for a class?

To reserve your mat space in a class and pay for a class or series of classes, it is suggested that you sign up using the
MindBody Connect App if you are using a mobile device. This app is available through your App  Store Space is limited and certain classes may fill up If you sign  up for a class, but realize you can't make it, you have until 30 minutes prior to the start of class to cancel your place without being charged  for a class.  The entire class schedule, class descriptions and  teacher information is available through this App.  Utilizing this  technology will expedite the flow of people into the studio so classes  can start on time and end promptly.

Unanswered questions?

Anything else on your mind, feel free to contact us at 620-200-4541, or email at mr.bmartin50@gmail.com.

Om-Om is a mantra often chanted at the beginning or the end of a class. Don’t worry if you don’t want to chant Om, you don't have to. Om is defined  as the sound of the Universe. It’s Big!  Om is said to be the past, the  present and the future. It represents the vibrational energy in all  things. When you chant Om, or listen to its sound, many people feel  calmed by the energy of the sound

Namaste-Translated, means “I bow to you” The  gesture of bringing the palms of your hands together at your heart  center and saying Namaste is a gesture of mutual respect. Namaste  acknowledges the Divine in each and every one of us.

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