What is yoga?
The word yoga comes from an ancient Indian language called Sanskrit. In Sanskrit yoga is a derivation of the word yuj, which means to yoke or bind and is often interpreted as “union” or a method of discipline. Most modern yoga practices are based on the philosophies and practices written in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Patanjali is the Indian sage who is said to have written the sutras over 2,000 years ago. The Sutra is a collection of 195 statements that serves as a philosophical guidebook for most of the yoga that is practiced today. It also outlines eight limbs of yoga: the yamas (restraints), niyamas (observances), asana (postures), pranayama (breathing), pratyahara (withdrawal of senses), dharana (concentration), dhyani (meditation), and samadhi (absorption). As you can gather, much of the Sutras focus on the mental and spiritual aspects of the practice. Today most people practicing yoga focus mainly on the physical aspect, Asana, or the 3rd limb of Patanjali’s 8-limbed path to yoga. This has great physical benefits and there is nothing inherently “wrong” with this- but it is our goal to incorporate and investigate the other 7 limbs of the practice as well—encouraging you to develop your own well-rounded yoga practice.
What does OM mean?
What’s in a name? Our studio name was picked with much thought and care. In the yoga world OM (AUM) is the vibrational frequency that makes up the pulse of the universe and is said to be the source of being. The sound “OM” symbolizes the infinite and connects our inner world to that which is greater than just our “small” self. In this way the experience of OM is connection, unity, and love. Our goal is to find this connection with each of you. We invite you into our HOUSE in hopes that it finds a way into your heart and becomes a second hOMe.
Why do most teachers say Namaste at the end of class?
Namaste is a Sanskrit (the language of yoga) word that is usually used as a salutation or in the closing of a yoga class. In Sanskrit the word ‘namah’ means bow, ‘as’ means I, and ‘te’ means you, which literally translates into “I bow to you.” There are many other popular translations and meanings of the word Namaste—these include:
- The Divine light in me acknowledges the Divine light in you.
- The God in me greets and meets the God in you.
- I honor the spirit in you that is also in me.
- The Divine wisdom in me recognizes and acknowledges the Divine wisdom in you.
- Regardless of the language you speak, the word “Namaste” simply invokes a sense of sharing a spiritual connection and creates a sense and feeling of oneness and balance—it’s a way that all humans can connect.
What should I wear to yoga?
This depends on the type of yoga class you are going to. For a more active class like an OM 2 or any heated class, you will want to wear something that wicks away your sweat to keep you cool and dry. You will probably also want a top that is some-what fitted so that when you do a downward facing dog or an inversion pose, you don’t end up with your shirt over your head (which can become a safety concern). For restorative and slower paced classes it is appropriate to wear anything that you feel comfortable moving around in— sometimes layers are a nice option in these classes. Yoga is a barefoot activity—so no special shoes or socks are needed. If you are attending a House Fit class, you will need to wear athletic shoes.
How do I prepare for class and what should I bring to class?
You should bring a yoga mat if you have one—if not, no worries. We have mats to rent and for purchase. If you are taking a heated class, it is nice to have a towel to wipe your sweat. As with any physical activity, a water bottle is always a great idea. Shoes and any other personal items should be left in the locker room and not brought into the studio. Cell phones should be left in your car or put on silent. If you have your own yoga props, you are welcome to bring them with you, if not—we have everything you might need at the studio and each instructor will let you know what you need to get before the start of each class.
What happens when I first walk into the studio- what information do you need from me?
This first time you come into the studio you will need to fill out a new student sign-up form. This allows us to get you into our computer system so we can check you into future classes. The form will have a place for you to fill in an emergency contact and let us know if you have any special medical conditions we should know about. It is also nice to verbally let the instructor know if you have any concerns or if are brand new to the studio or yoga. We will show you where the locker rooms are, where you can leave your shoes, keys, etc. and where your class will be located.
Do I need to be flexible to practice yoga?
This is one of the most often asked question. The short answer is—absolutely not! We all come to a yoga practice from different starting points. It is important to honor and respect this point. However, flexibility work is an integral part of a well-balanced yoga practice. In yoga, we work to gain flexibility not only on our mat and in our physical bodies, but we work to gain a more flexible and accepting mind off the mat. If we can move out of the stiffness and rigidity in our body, the hope is that the mind follows.
How do I sign up for childcare during my class?
There is no need to pre-register. Simply show up to class when childcare is provided (see our schedule), sign our childcare waiver, and place your child in the loving-care of our OM House staff. Due to childcare regulatory policies, we cannot feed or diaper your child. This is usually not a problem—but if anything becomes concerning about your child, our staff will quietly pull you out of class to attend to your child. Let us know if your child has any allergies or special concerns.
How much does childcare cost?
Drop-in childcare for one class is $4.00. If you have a membership with OM House, you will receive drop-in childcare for $3.00. Each additional child is $2.50. We have a punch card for 10 drop-in sessions to make things a bit easier if you prefer.
Are there showers?
Yes. We have 2 showers in each of the Women’s and Men’s locker rooms. Please be considerate of other students and limit your time in the shower. Towels can be rented from the studio or you can bring your own from home.