Whether you are new to a yoga studio or not, here are some pointers:
Each yoga instructor has a stylistic teaching personality, and they are encouraged to express themselves through their teachings. Most classes are based off the vinyasa tradition, meaning to flow; however, there is gentle yoga, prenatal, and kids/family offerings as well. Please see our schedule for more details on our class descriptions.
All classes are taught in a mildly warm climate with the ambient temperature of the room being noticeably warm, especially in the summer. Classes indicated as non-heated do not have any additional artificial heat applied to the space. Those designated as low heat are configured to get the student accustomed to heat without overwhelming the student so he or she can progress to a class indicated as heated if desired. Classes marked as heated apply a strong application of artificial heat, approximately 90 degrees, to warm the body and muscles and promote detoxification through sweat. Please see our schedule for more details on which classes are heated, low-heat, and non-heated.
The artificial heat mixed with humidity and the internal heat you create in specific classes will most likely guarantee a lot of sweat. Sweat is a great detoxing mechanism and we hope you come to love it as much as we do and appreciate what you are doing for your body. But if you absolutely do not want to sweat buckets, we suggest you look at the schedule for low or no heat classes.
Your yoga mat! If you don’t have one, we have used mats available. It is suggested to bring water and a small towel and you are welcome to bring any props you may own if you dislike the idea of communal props – blocks, straps, bolsters, etc.
Wear clothes that allow you to move, feel comfortable, and that you don’t mind getting a little sweaty. Yoga pants and tanks are highly recommended though sports bras, loose tanks, and t-shirts are common. *Please note a loose fitting t-shirt or tank may flip up during many parts of the vinyasa style practice and a tighter tank top may be more comfortable. Shoes and socks are not worn during class and we kindly ask that shoes be removed upon entering the lobby.
Injury is a tricky thing. We always suggest checking with your doctor or PT before practicing at AIM Yoga. Depending on the injury/limitation, many postures can be modified, aided with props, or skipped. Always make your teacher aware of any injuries, physical conditions, or limitations you may have; however, please note that you will not get personalized instruction in a group class. The gentle yoga "Aim Contentment" may be a great first class to try and if needed, we would be happy to offer private lessons.
Yes! We are happy to accommodate you during your pregnancy and we have pre-natal classes specifically designed for novice yogi moms. But as always, please check with your OB to confirm that it’s a good idea for you. Depending on experience, we welcome you to try other classes on the schedule, but it is preferred if you are a NEW practitioner that you kindly avoid the heated power flows unless you have experience practicing (hot) yoga for at least a year prior to pregnancy. Several of our instructors have practiced throughout their pregnancies and are equipped with modifications, but each body and each pregnancy is different. We encourage you to listen to your body and always make sure that you are breathing. When you aren’t breathing, the baby isn’t getting oxygen. You will also notice at a certain point that twisting and/or laying on your stomach is no longer comfortable or viable. The same will be true with backbending. But this happens at different points in every woman’s pregnancy. Please alert the instructor that you are pregnant, even if it’s early in the first trimester. And if you are not comfortable being assisted or adjusted during practice, you need to let them know! Check out the classes listed under the beginner questions below as they will be best suited for novice yogi moms too.
Experts agree on some general rules for practicing yoga during pregnancy:
No!!! Yoga is excellent for children, and we are happy to offer kid’s and family yoga! At this time, we do require that students under 18 but at least 13 years of age have a signed waiver by a parent or guardian on file to practice at AIM Yoga.
You can definitely never be too old, it's never too late to begin. We recommend older students begin with our non-heated gentle “Aim Contentment” or “Aim Dream Contentment” classes where there are little to no weight bearing postures on the wrists yet you still build strength with less stress on the joints. However, students can always go at the pace they choose, in any class, there are countless modifications, and of course, resting is always an option.
We have a lost and found box at the studio – just ask or come back and check!!
We have one small bathroom upstairs and a shower downstairs in Dan’s Gym that he offered for our use. Please be respectful, bring shower products, and shower shoes. We encourage our students to arrive dressed in yoga-gear, or arrive early to change clothes.
While class is in session, our studio door is locked but AIM Yoga is not responsible for lost or stolen property.
Yoga can be beneficial even if you only have time for 1 class a week. If you are able to do more than that, you will, of course, gain more benefit. We like to encourage students to try to practice 2-3 times/week.
Most yoga teachers agree: Practicing 2-3 times per week will change your body; 5 times a week will change your life!
Unfortunately, no. Your pass is in your name to keep you consistent and reward you for taking repeat classes. However, classes do not expire!
Yes. Every student that enters our facility will need to sign our Responsibility Waiver and Release Form. You can download the form online and bring a signed copy with you before your first class. All forms are kept on file.
Welcome! We are glad you found us. And nothing, just show up 15 minutes before class starts to fill out our waiver and pay. OR, you can make your online account prior to your arrival and purchase the new client special. We have people of all backgrounds and fitness levels in our classes and just because a class is labeled beginner does not mean it is full of inexperienced yogis, and vice versa in ALL levels. Many yogis come to classes that best suit their schedule and not their ability. Since we are primarily a vinyasa studio, the flow can feel intimidating at first but know that each time you show up you will learn something new. Commit to coming back several times a week and we know you will be hooked. Tell the instructor that you are new and set-up in the middle of the room so that you can watch practice from all sides. Each year we hold several beginner workshops and we strongly encourage you to participate – even if you’ve been practicing for a while. They will help you with alignment and will enable you to ask specific questions.
In general, you can show up to any class. The following class styles will be a little slower and will be a good place for you to get your foot in the door:
Don’t worry – that’s why we practice yoga.