Yoga is both revered and seen with skepticism. With an open mind, though, one can judge for one’s self if this ancient practice is suitable or not. Read below and decide for yourself.

What is Yoga?

Yoga is an ancient Indian tradition in permanent development offering different types of techniques for people who want to gain better physical, mental and emotional health, performance and fulfillment. Yoga gives the searcher a path toward a better version of his self. Yoga unites different schools which are focusing on different aspects from the physical body to the spiritual body, having in commune the same destination reaching the higher version of your being.

What religion is Yoga?

Yoga is not a religion at all. It is an ancient science of breath, movement and philosophy. It brings you inside yourself for the answers—instead of seeking outside.

How often should I take Yoga Classes?

Yoga by its tradition is a daily practice. At the beginning we advise a yoga practice starting at least once a week if it is integrated with other types of activity, if not twice a week. The growing benefits over time will show your body the right frequency of yoga practice for you.

What is Kundalini Yoga?

Kundalini Yoga is a concept developed and taught by Yogi Bhajan starting in the 1970’s, which helps you experience your higher self through a specific system of Kriyas (practice guidelines) which combines asana (postures), mudras (body lo), mantras, pranayama (breathing techniques) and meditation.

What is the difference between Kundalini Yoga and Hatha Yoga?

Hatha Yoga is focused on the physical body and its health, starting to build the strength and flexibility of the body in order to make space for the breath to take place. Once the breath can move with no restraint it leads you towards pranayama (breathing techniques) healing the subtle body preparing oneself for meditation and higher stats of consciences. Hatha Yoga classes with emphasis on asana (posture) and breathing techniques will bring overall well-being and health throughout the body and greater strength, flexibility, relaxation and concentration.

Kundalini Yoga combines all 3 aspects—breath, postures and meditation—from the start, in order to maintain a healthy spine, supporting the nervous and glandular system in order to strengthen it. After a Kundalini yoga class one can become much more aware about the inherent strength of the body, and being the journey of experiencing emotional and spiritual change and transformation.

Which class should I take?

Recommending a specific type of yoga is challenging because it depends on your specific needs in terms of the physical, emotional and mental aspects. The first step would be to come in and try a class. In this practice one of the most important aspects is the personal connection the student has with the teacher. There are some guide lines you can follow, for example if you are an active person with an agitated mind you might at fist try hatha, ashtanga or vinyasa. If you are more of an introvert who has a deeper connection with your inner self and are more on the energetic side of practice you could try classes like restorative, yin or kundalini yoga.

Should I eat before class?

Being a physical practice we recommend that you have your last meal at least 2 hours prior to the practice or even 3 hours if it’s a heavy meal.

What should I wear?

Yoga is practiced in comfortable clothes and barefoot, so T-shirts or tanks, sports pants, stretchy for women or shorts for men. You can change your clothes in our changing rooms upon arrival.

Do I need to register in advance?

Yes, you will need to use our registration form on the website. If you encounter and challenges you can of course contact us directly by phone. Either way, you’ll need to receive confirmation that the class you selected is on.

Can I find parking space in your area?

Parking can be found easily before 8 AM and after 6.30 PM; being a central location parking can be a challenge.

How can I get to you by public transportation?

Metro is the best solution to reach our studio as it is only 2 minutes walking distance from Charles de Gaulle metro station (Aviatorilor)

Do I need to bring a mat?

Our studio is fully equipped; we provide all necessary tools for your practice. Of course you can also bring your own mat if you prefer.

What should I expect if I’ve never attended a Yoga class?

Yoga teaches us to give up expectations and to accept what is coming. Until we reach that state, we can expect a feeling of well being as a balance between body and mind. You’ll feel your body stretching, but without getting intense muscle soreness. You’ll feel a mental relaxation and an inner strength, while the world around will see the glow in your eyes and the vibrance in your presence as you keep practicing.

Should I practice Yoga in the first month of pregnancy?

It is better to wait till the end of the first trimester and then you can start practicing till the last trimester of pregnancy. You must communicate with the instructor as to your current status so she or he can give you some specific modifications on postures.

Does Yoga have any contraindications?

Depending on your personal health issues there might be some postures you
have to avoid or modify, so please communicate to the instructor your body health
if she or he forgets to ask.

Before and in the yoga room

Leave your shoes at the entrance and your street clothes in the dedicated spaces. Turn off your cell phone completely or (if off is too much for you) put it in flight mode—but do not put just it on mute/silent, as it is still hearable. Remember to keep a calm and quiet environment in the yoga studio. If you need to talk to a
neighbor on the mat next to yours, do it with a soft and pleasant voice.

Drop in & memberships

Please talk with the teacher so you can register your payment for your yoga class; alternatively, ensure that it’d registered after the class.

Late arrival

If you are late for class, enter as quietly and calmly as possible in order not to disturb the ongoing yoga class.

Clothes

Wear comfortable workout clothes and be barefoot. Remove heavy or tight jewelry.

Food & beverages and yoga

Do not eat a big meal closer than two hours before the yoga session. If you are very hungry, you can eat some fruit, or some other light food. Remember not to
drink too much water before or during the yoga session. It is also recommended to wait a while to eat and drink after the yoga.

Yoga mat

We have Manduka yoga mats. Showing respect for others we practice Karma yoga by cleaning our mat at the end of the each class. On Prenatal Yoga you may
bring any other useful items. If you practice often with us, you can leave your mat here. The mat must be put on one of the shelves and marked with your name. If you do not have your own mat, we have extra yoga mats for use.

Changing rooms and bath

We have 2 changing rooms and one bathroom.

Allergies, hygiene & safety

To respect those with allergies, we ask you to avoid strong perfumes, both before class and in the locker room. Please also make sure that you and your yoga
clothes are clean and intact. Take a shower to wash yourself before sessions. Clean feet are important if you intend to use our yoga mats. Clean the yoga mat
with the cleaning spray placed near the mats. With regards to incense and candles, we avoid any potential fire starting sources in order to keep everyone safe.

Menstruation & pregnancy

During menstruation you should take it easy for the first few days because it is an energy-demanding time for the body. If you are pregnant, you should refrain from our regular classes, but you are welcome to join our prenatal yoga classes.

Registration & Payment

Please check our Policy for missed classes.

Food & Drinks

You are welcome to sit down, have a glass of water, a cup of tea, some snacks and just soak up our cozy atmosphere.

Other

Be sensitive to how you feel. Never perform yoga under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. If you take any medication consult with your yoga teacher or
doctor about the combination of medication(s) and yoga. When performing yoga you will meet happiness and well-being but also sometimes resistance and fear. If you become emotionally involved during or after a yoga class, please feel free to talk with your teacher about it afterwards. Please listen in to how you feel each day. Let the breath be your guide. Respect your limits. Carry your yoga practice with respect for yourself and for your environment.