Please come to class on time (5 minutes before the starting time) with an empty stomach* and an open mind.
New students must arrive at least 10 minutes early for their first class.
Please bring your own yoga mat or be prepared to rent one of ours for $2, we provide all other props.
Shoes will be left outside of the studio space.
*Prenatal students should eat something light approximately one hour before class.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
What should I bring?
To each yoga class, bring with you a yoga mat, an open mind, and a reusable water bottle. We have filtered water available but do not offer cups in an effort to reduce waste.
Rental mats are available at $2 per use, but we encourage personal mat usage as this is the most hygienic practice. All other yoga props needed for class are provided free of charge. Yoga mats and other props and clothing are available for sale at all four 8 Limbs Yoga Centers.
What should I wear?
We prefer that students wear fitted clothing that enables your knee joints to be visible. We specifically recommend: footless tights and a t-shirt, footless tights and an athletic top, or shorts and a t-shirt. Many students wear an outer layer like a long-sleeve t-shirt and socks for the first and last few minutes of class to keep warm and comfortable. Come prepared to practice with bare feet. The main thing is that you feel comfortable in the clothing!
Is there a place to change my clothes? Can I store my stuff?
Changing rooms and storage shelving are available in each studio. There are no lockable units available, but you may keep your valuables in the same room with you. We offer mat storage at 8 Limbs Capitol Hill for $5 per month. Call or visit the front desk for information: 206.325.8221.
What is an 8 Limbs class like?
There is no typical 8 Limbs class, but every class will challenge and inspire you. While every teacher has her or his own method, classes begin with the recitation of OM, warm-up stretches and an awareness of the breath (pranayama). Teachers lead the class through a series of postures (asanas), according to the class level. Asanas are usually presented with more- and less-challenging options so that everyone can be comfortable. Some classes use props like straps and cork blocks to help establish an asana. Class ends with several minutes of savasana, also called “corpse pose,” and the recitation of OM. Everyone leaves 8 Limbs classes feeling more alive, present, and healthy than when they came in.
What’s the best way to start yoga?
We recommend an Intro Series for students who have never done yoga. An Intro Series will provide a solid foundation for the breath exercises and the asanas and prepare you for Level I classes. Check out our class schedule to find out how to register. If you are returning to yoga, or interested in honing your yoga basics, Level I is the place for you. Go to our “New to 8 Limbs” page for more info.
What’s the difference between all the Level I teachers? Are some teachers better with beginners?
All of 8 Limbs Level I classes are great for people in the first several months of their practice, or those who are returning to yoga after some time. We choose experienced teachers to teach these classes, as teaching Level I requires more knowledge and expertise than a Level II Flow class! While all of our teachers are friendly, knowledgeable and ready to help, please review our Teachers page for more information about their styles and philosophies. Try all their classes to experience the richness for yourself!
What is OM?
OM is the “sacred syllable” of Sanskrit, the ancient language of Northern India, home to the practice of yoga. It represents the four states of consciousness: waking, dreaming, deep sleep, and pure consciousness. We often chant OM at the beginning and/or end of class.
I’m recovering from an injury. Will yoga help?
Yoga is a restorative practice and can often help the body to recover. Be sure to tell your teacher at the start of class about your injury and she/he can be sure that you get the most benefit for your recovery. An injury can be a great learning experience. Make sure to take responsibility for your body and listen when it asks you to take a break or stop.
Are there contraindications while menstruating?
It depends! Many yogis recommend that bodies that menstruate refrain from inversions during the first three days of their menstrual cycle to avoid countering this natural downward flow of energy. These include headstands, shoulder stands, and handstands. Our teachers often offer an alternative pose for those who aren’t doing inversions, but we leave this decision up to each person’s personal discretion. Others recommend practicing only restorative or gentle yoga during your cycle to help build back the energy that goes into the process of menstruation. Listen to your body!
I’m pregnant. Should I stop my yoga practice?
No, but you’ll want to adapt it. 8 Limbs’ Prenatal Yoga, and Partner Prenatal Yoga offer safe and beneficial practices for this important time. If you are pregnant and plan to take “regular” classes, please notify your teacher and listen to your body. Avoid poses on your belly and flat on your back. Modify twists to be open, not closed. Backbends should be gentle, not deep. Relaxation pose should be modified to avoid lying fully supine (both hips and shoulders on the floor) for an extended period of time.
Do I have to know a lot about eastern spirituality in order to enjoy 8 Limbs?
No. 8 Limbs is dedicated to creating a friendly and welcoming space for the practice of yoga. Our teachers are knowledgeable about the origins and philosophy of yoga, as well as meditation and other aspects, but you do not have to be interested in these aspects of yoga to benefit from the practice. We respect that all students practice yoga for their own personal reasons. Should you be interested, we offer many ways to deepen your understanding, including class themes, workshops, intensives, and trainings.