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 wendy@sunfloweryogahutch.com.

WHAT DO SOME OF THESE WORDS MEAN?

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.