Can beginners attend classes at Breathe?
Absolutely! We offer a weekly beginner class, please talk to us so we can help you select the right class to begin.
How do I know which style of yoga to choose?
Depending on your physical condition, your health, and your motivation for practising, we can help guide you to the right class for you. Vinyasa is an active, heat-producing styles of yoga where the breath links one movement to the next. Yin and Restorative classes are much quieter, slower-paced classes designed for you to go deeper—into your body and into a quieter, meditative state. Classes like Flow & Stretch are a combination of both. While Ashtanga is a bit more traditional and intermediate. Please talk to us if you are unsure where to start.
I can’t sit still for two minutes and can’t touch my toes.
Is there a yoga class for me?
One of the great things about yoga is it brings us all to the same common denominator—we all have the same struggles and worries, and though everyone comes in a different body, each of us has a path to travel to make it a more comfortable place to live. People come to Breathe with differing levels of experience, but there is room for everyone. We are ALL learning. Talk to us, and we can point you in the right direction.
Is yoga a workout? Will I lose weight?
The answer depends on the style of yoga you select, as well as the frequency and intensity with which you practice. Although the focus in yoga is about balance, healing, and reconnecting, a regular practice of Vinyasa will not only open your mind and offer you a fresh perspective on your life, but it also will absolutely change your body. While not an intense aerobic workout, it does burn calories as you create long lean muscles and cultivate flexibility and greater range of motion in the joints. Just as important, as you move into an improved state of well-being, you will make choices off the mat that also improve your health.
What should I wear?
We keep the studio pretty chill year-round, so bear that in mind if you are warm natured. We suggest comfortable, stretchy clothing that is not too loose or it will get in your way, and make it difficult for the instructor to check your alignment. Most women wear a tank or tee with leggings and men wear a tee with shorts. Do plan to practice in bare feet as Breathe is a no shoes studio.
Do I need to bring anything?
Although we have yoga mats to loan, you need to have your own mat if you are going to practice yoga. It’s more hygienic, and more importantly, having your own mat will make it much more likely you will unroll it at home! If you are attending a Vinyasa or an Ashtanga class, you may want to bring a hand towel and water, though we suggest you drink before and after, and not during practice.
When should I eat, and do I need water?
Plan to practice on an empty stomach. If you need a snack, eat a piece of fruit or something light before class. One of the benefits of yoga is its detoxification of the body. Drinking lots of water will help flush the toxins out of your system, so do hydrate well both before and after class. As you don’t want to extinguish all the internal heat you are trying to build during class, if you need to drink while practising, take small sips. Drink up when you’re done!
Can I leave during class?
In order to keep disruptions to a minimum, please plan to arrive on time and stay for the entire class. If for some reason you need to leave early, please let the instructor know in advance. You are, of course, always welcome to enter and exit the studio (quietly, please) during class to use the restroom.
Do I need to sign up in advance?
Yes, we do suggest you register in advance. You can reserve an appointment via our “Schedule and Sign up” page.
Why should I come to Breathe?
That is a question only you can answer for yourself. In order to move forward on this path, you need a qualified guide and a supportive community. Breathe was created to offer you both. Our instructors are of the highest calibre, and are continuously studying with senior teachers around the world. They practice yoga daily and have offered up a large part of their lives to share this practice with others. Breathe hopes to be the new yoga home by both newcomers and experienced practitioners because of not only the teachers, but also the supportive, fun, student community we are growing. We are creating something truly unique in the Triangle, and we welcome you to be a part of it.
So I am ready to take my first class, what should I expect?
Please arrive at the studio about 10-15 minutes before class time. Upon entering you’ll be shown the changing room where to leave your personal items, you’ll be reminded to turn off your phone and directed into the studio where you can set your mat and stretch out or meet other students in the room. Arriving early will also give you time to ask the teacher any questions you might have, and tell him/her about any injuries or physical conditions he/she should know about. It is imperative we know if you are pregnant or are dealing with an acute injury.
We are so excited for you to become a member of the Breathe community.
If there is anything you are unsure about, please talk to us!