Integrative Yoga Studio of Maine
Frequently Asked Questions
Where are you located?
Our newly-built yoga studio is located at 139 Libby Road in Leeds, Maine. We are located off Route 106 in Leeds. After turning onto Libby Road, follow the road straight to the very end of the road. There is ample parking available.
When do I arrive?
Please plan to arrive at least fifteen minutes prior to class starting. For new students, be prepared to complete a little bit of paperwork on your first visit.
What should I wear to class?
We recommend wearing something similar to what you would wear to the gym like comfortable, basic athletic fitted clothing (as you don’t want your shirt riding up over your head when you bend over!) We go barefoot or wear socks in the studio (no shoes).
I’ve never done yoga before. Can I still come to a class?
Of course! Our classes are designed to be for all levels and have options throughout for beginners and advanced students. Please check in with the instructor if you have questions, and always take class at your own pace
What should I bring?
Just yourself!! We are a fully stocked studio providing mats and blankets. You may want to bring a water bottle and a towel.
Can I eat before yoga practice?
It is best to wait an hour after eating before practicing yoga, but a small snack before your class is perfectly alright. Observe your body to learn how much time you need to digest your food before practice.
Which class is appropriate for me?
A full listing of our classes and workshops can be found in the above tabs. Yoga is for every body! We invite all levels of ability to join us for practice. For students who are new to practicing yoga or who feel they are dealing with limitations in the body, we recommend starting in our slower moving classes. You can practice yoga at any weight, size, and fitness level. We can help you adjust positions or poses to accommodate your body shape and type.
What if I have an injury?
Many people practice yoga as a way to manage health conditions. Our classes are appropriate for people with minor ailments. If you have a serious medical condition or injury and haven’t practiced yoga before, we recommend that you speak to a physical therapist with knowledge of yoga to get advice about any poses or movements you need to avoid.
I’m intimidated about practicing in a group class! Is there another, more private way for me to learn yoga?
We offer yoga therapy sessions-- this is what they look like:
Clients fill out a detailed health and lifestyle questionnaire that helps the client and yoga therapist gain clarity regarding the various aspects of life. These inquiries give individuals a clear picture of what is working well in their lives and what areas of life would flow better with some shifts. The typical session last 1 1/2 - 2 hours long and it is most effective to schedule between 3 - 6 sessions with a Yoga Therapist. During the session the yoga therapist will work with the client to formulate yoga postures and sequences, breathing exercises, meditation practices, guided visualization methods, yoga philosophy concepts, Ayurvedic lifestyle applications, thought and behavioral awareness, stress management techniques as well as time, routine and lifestyle management systems.
Yoga Therapy Clients leave their first session with simple yet powerful tools that will deepen their understanding of yoga and transform their personal practice. Each client will receive a personalized and detailed 1-2 page session summary 1-2 weeks following their first session. This summary will provide them additional tools they can implement that will help them to keep the positive energy and momentum flowing until their next session. Yoga Therapy is the KEY for many individuals to unlocking the life they truly desire.
I have additional questions!
Please contact us by phone (207-577-0675) or email ([email protected]) and we'd be happy to answer your questions or address your concerns.
Here are a few more general questions taken from Yoga Journal:
How Is Yoga Different From Stretching or Other Kinds of Fitness?
Unlike stretching or fitness, yoga is more than just physical postures. Patanjali's eight-fold path illustrates how the physical practice is just one aspect of yoga. Even within the physical practice, yoga is unique because we connect the movement of the body and the fluctuations of the mind to the rhythm of our breath. Connecting the mind, body, and breath helps us to direct our attention inward. Through this process of inward attention, we learn to recognize our habitual thought patterns without labeling them, judging them, or trying to change them. We become more aware of our experiences from moment to moment. The awareness that we cultivate is what makes yoga a practice, rather than a task or a goal to be completed. Your body will most likely become much more flexible by doing yoga, and so will your mind.
I'm Not Flexible—Can I Do Yoga?
Yes! You are a perfect candidate for yoga. Many people think that they need to be flexible to begin yoga, but that's a little bit like thinking that you need to be able to play tennis in order to take tennis lessons. Come as you are and you will find that yoga practice will help you become more flexible. This newfound agility will be balanced by strength, coordination, and enhanced cardiovascular health, as well as a sense of physical confidence and overall well-being.