Frequently Answered Questions

What are the benefits of yoga?

There are many benefits to practicing yoga. Yoga truly works on many different levels: the mind, body and spirit of a person. You can increase your strength, flexibility and balance. Relieve pain and improve circulation. Lose or manage weight. Increase energy level, or find calm. Improve focus and awareness, and find inner peace.

What class is right for me?

We offer a wide range of classes. There are beginner, gentle, and therapy classes, as well as mixed-level through advanced flow and alignment-based classes. We also have meditation and Yoga Nidra classes. Please call us at 516-578-2898 and we can help direct you to a class that suits your needs.

What are class guidelines?

  • Arrive at least 5 minutes before class to set up.
  • All group classes are walk-in, so no need to pre-register. Class rates are: 90 minute = $21, 80 minute = $20, 60 minute = $15.
  • Turn cell phones off or on vibrate.
  • Wear comfortable clothes that you can move freely in.
  • Refrain from eating right before class. Yogic rule of thumb is wait 2 hours after you eat to practice yoga. It can be uncomfortable to practice on a full stomach.
  • Bring a mat. If you don’t have one, we have mats and other props available for use during class.

What is Asana?

It is the Sanskrit word for the physical postures or poses done in yoga class.

What is OM?

That actually is a very big question. But to give a simple answer, OM is considered sacred, both the symbol and the sound, and represents the union of mind, body and spirit. Some classes chant OM at the beginning and/or end of class. When spoken, the vibration can calm the body and mind.

What is Prem?

Prem means love in Sanskrit.

What is Mantra?

Mantra means “sacred utterance” in Sanskrit. A mantra can be a sound, a syllable, a word or group of words, a phrase, or a prayer. They each have a different purpose. They can be sung, chanted, repeated for a certain number of times, or said just once depending on the purpose. Chanting OM is one type of mantra and singing Kirtan in a group is another form.

What is Kirtan?

Kirtan is an important aspect of Bhakti Yoga, devotional yoga. In the Ashtanga Yoga system, kirtan is categorized as pratyahara (drawing the senses & mind inward). When you vocalize a mantra sound, it creates a vibration that massages the bones, tissues, cells & fluids of the body. The vibration also effects the neurological & endocrine systems, which, in turn, improves immune function & balances the nervous system – from just one sound. The collective sound from Kirtan raises the vibration off all present