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Welcome to Dancing Dogs Yoga Bluffton!
I am a beginner. Can I come to any class?
We mean it when we say that all of our classes are appropriate for all levels! At your first class, please let the teacher know that you are new. No matter your level of experience, we encourage you to pace yourself and to listen to, and trust, your body. If it feels bad, stop. In time you’ll build strength, focus, stamina and flexibility.
What do I need to do before my first class?
You can always sign up for your first class online and let us know you are coming, otherwise, just arrive early (about 10-15 minutes) and sign in. We’ll take it from there.
What if I'm not flexible or focused?
Then you are definitely in the right place! Yoga is not about putting your foot behind your head or holding a position the longest… in fact, we encourage you to leave competition and ego behind, and learn to listen to your body. Classes at Dancing Dogs are fun and focus on peeling back resistances, one layer at a time, to encourage transformation and growth. We'll encourage you to find your own natural wisdom, rather than fighting it…and the best way to become more flexible and focused is to start today!
Should I eat before class?
The general rule is that it is best to avoid heavy meals for at least two hours before class. Some people prefer a completely empty stomach, and others prefer a light snack, such as fruit or a granola bar an hour before practice. If you are attending a HOT class, please avoid heavy meals and drink plenty of water.
How challenging will the class be for me?
That is up to you. You always control the intensity of your practice and we encourage you to work at your own pace in every class. You’ll find that some days your practice will seem easy and some days it will kick your… asana! Just go with the flow and step to your edge.
How often should I practice?
As often as you can…. Consistency is the key to experiencing the full benefits of the yoga practice… and to making new yoga friends! Whether you practice at home or in the studio, a daily practice, even a 20 minute daily practice, is a good and lofty goal. But start small— just come to class!
Can I practice yoga if I am pregnant?
We strongly suggest speaking to your doctor, but in most cases yoga is WONDERFUL for pregnancy. During pregnancy, yoga can help strengthen body and mind for labor, as well as ease nausea, back pain and swelling. As with any exercise program during pregnancy, you’ll want to consult with your doctor before starting or continuing your yoga practice.
What does "namaste" mean?
At the end of each class, our teachers offer the ancient Sanskrit word “namaste” as a symbol of gratitude, respect and connection. Students answer with “namaste” in the same spirit. This exchange allows us all to come together energetically to a place of connection and timelessness. A short translation is: “The Light in me sees the Light in you, and all I can do is bow.”