Questions about Yoga
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What is yoga?
Yoga is a 5000 year-old system of physical and mental exercise that began as a way to gain a healthy body and a heightened level of self-awareness. Today, yoga is practiced throughout the world as a physical exercise that often brings a sense of peace and a greater self-awareness. The word “yoga” in Sanskrit means “to join or yoke together” bringing the body, mind, and spirit into one harmonious experience.
Do I have to be flexible to do yoga?
This is a common misconception - the truth is, if you are not flexible you should be doing yoga! Yoga is accessible to everyone whether you can touch your toes or not. People often begin yoga to become flexible. Over time, your body will let go of resistance (both physical and mental) to allow you to go further in your practice.
What type of class is best for me?
If you are looking for a yoga class that moves a little slower or focuses on mediation, attend the Yin or Vin Yin class. These classes combines a gentle movement, deep stretching and meditation. If you are a beginner, try the Flow Basics or Slow Flow Class. Flow Basics is great a refresher class for seasoned yogis and is ideal for beginners as more explanation is given for correct alignment and modifications. If you want to practice in a heated room and desire a more intermediate level class consider the Hot Yoga, Hot Flow or Functional Flow. Ready for a serious workout? Hot Power Flow or Inferno Hot Pilates is for you. Get your heart rate going, build strength and increase your endurance. You'll find a class for anything you're looking for whether your goals are to get in shape, or just rest body and mind. See our schedule and click on the class names to read a brief description of our classes.
What do I need to bring to class?
Yourself, a positive attitude free of self-doubt and judgement, a mat, a towel and a bottle of water. If you are practicing at the studio, we have everything you need for sale if you prefer. You may sweat during our more active classes and a yoga mat towel or bath towel is highly recommended (also for sale at the studio). If you are practicing from home a mat is required but items like books or water bottles can be used in place of blocks.
What do I wear?
We recommend comfortable yet fitted attire for class. For women, we recommend fitness leggings with a fitted top that will stay in place and not ride up. For men, we recommend shorts with a pair of brief boxers or compression shorts underneath and light tank or t-shirt. Some classes get hot and sweaty so a moisture wicking performance fabric is suggested. Yoga is practiced with bare feet.
Is yoga a religion?
Yoga is not a religion. It doesn’t have a creed or a fixed set of beliefs nor is there a god-like figure to be worshiped. Yoga combines techniques in breathing, exercise, and meditation to help achieve any number of goals from physical fitness, stress relief, mind/body connection, and a greater sense of self-awareness.
Does yoga provide health or therapeutic benefits?
Yoga can benefit your health in countless ways – from lowering your blood pressure to increasing muscle strength and stamina. Typical benefits cited by yoga practitioners include:
Reduced heart and blood pressure
Improved posture and breathing
Increased range of movement and flexibility
Studies show that up to 80% of human illness is caused by stress. Stress affects your body by attacking your immune system causing the body to begin breaking down. You may see this in symptoms such as fatigue, skin problems, appetite loss, hair loss, etc. Yoga utilizes physical and mental discipline to help achieve a sense of calm and peacefulness that you will be able to carry beyond the yoga mat into your life.
What does Namaste mean? Namaste is a sanskrit word often spoken at the end of class or as a greeting. It means, "the light in me sees and honors the light in you". It's simply a blessing, a well-wish, to close class.
Why do you heat some of your classes?
Some of our classes are heated (not stifling) to approximately 85 or 90 degrees. Just like trying to reshape glass, when cold, it can shatter. Heat it and it becomes pliable. The heat gives us a jump start in warming the muscles, lubricating the joints, and beginning the sweating process. Sweating is a way that our bodies eliminate waste. Don’t let the heat intimidate you, you can always step outside of the room if needed or sit on your mat and take a break.
Do you have showers and changing rooms?
We do have showers and changing rooms. Changing rooms are open however, our showers are temporarily closed due to the pandemic.
Do you offer babysitting?
We are a family friendly studio and prior to the pandemic, we offered babysitting. At this time we are suspending babysitting services until further notice.
Do I need a reservation?
Reservations are required for both in-studio & online classes. Please register for in-studio classes a minimum of one hour prior to start time and 15 minutes before an online class. Download the Zoom App if you are taking the class from home. More info on our live stream classes here.
How much does it cost?
Please refer to our pricing information here.
Where do I park?
Parking is free and plentiful in the large lot in the shopping center.
I have my stuff, and paid for class, now what?
Come to the studio 10-15 minutes before class starts. If you did not sign a waiver online, you will have to do this before you take a class at the studio. Your belongings can be placed in the cubbies in the lounge area (please leave valuables at home). Take your shoes off before you enter the practice room.
Where is the studio?
We are located at 13745 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land, TX 77478 In the Sugar Creek Shopping Center at the corner of Highway 59 and Dairy Ashford/Sugar Creek. We are near Berryhill's and Plato's Closet.
About Awakened Yoga Studio
Awakened Yoga Studio is not just yoga classes, we're a community - a community brought together by our love of yoga and the desire to learn something that goes beyond our mat.
Whether you've never set foot on a mat or you're a long-time yogi, you are welcome here. Meet other yogis while you're waiting for the next class to begin or relax, catch your breath and have some complimentary tea after class in our reception area.
Our studio features three yoga rooms with multiple classes at convenient times, private yoga sessions, and babysitting for select classes. We have a beautiful reception area with a great boutique selling yoga gear, clothing, inspirational gifts and more. We have restrooms, changing rooms, and a shower. Our beautiful studio uses recycled, natural, energy efficient and eco-friendly products as much as possible to ease our impact on the environment.
Awakened Yoga Studio first opened in 2010 in Sugar Land Town Square with a handful of teachers and with the vision of creating a vibrant and connected yoga community. We've grown leaps and bounds and today offer more than 50 classes each week with an amazing team of teachers and employees! Our classes range from the gentle to the athletic and we invite everyone into our community. Our students and teacher sare the core of our studio! We believe yoga awakens you - body, mind, and soul - you'll awaken your potential and what you learn on the mat translates to your life off the mat. Since this studio has opened its doors, we have welcomed a diverse and inclusive community. We've been voted BEST YOGA IN FORT BEND multiple times.
In 2015, we expanded and moved to a larger location at the intersection of Sugar Creek and the Southwest Freeway at 13745 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land, TX 77478. Our current location features three yoga studios, large restrooms with showers, and ample parking.
You’ll find us in Sugar Creek Center located on Highway 59 at Sugar Creek Blvd exit. Our studio is in the shopping area close to Berryhill's and Plato's Closet. There is plenty of FREE parking.
Yoga is soul therapy... Shopping is retail therapy!
Our boutique is a collection of items that will ignite your soul, flatter your physique and get you ready for your mat! We offer the latest in yoga apparel that will take you from the studio to the street, yoga gear that will revolutionize your practice and cool,yogi-inspired gifts! Many of our products are locally sourced, eco-friendly and natural to nurture you and protect our mother earth!
Monday - Thursday 9:30am - 1:30pm and 4:00pm - 8:00pm
Friday & Saturday 9:30am - 1:30pm
Sunday 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Yoga Class Etiquette
Arrive on time in respect for your fellow students students and the teacher.
Wear a mask in studio when not practicing yoga.
Stay for Savasana out of respect for the practice. If you need to leave early, please let the instructor know and leave before Savasana begins so that you do not disrupt your fellow relaxing yogis.
Plan on arriving about 10 to 15 minutes early so you have a chance to park, sign in and switch gears. It's always nice to take a few minutes before class to settle in, switch gears and reflect. We also know that life happens. Should you happen to be a few minutes late, enter the room as quietly and quickly as possible AFTER the class has started moving.
Leave your shoes outside the practice space (and don't leave with a better pair). There are cubbies in the front of the studio or, if you feel more comfortable, there is limited cubby space in the practice rooms.
Turn off your cell phone and leave it snuggled away with the rest of your belongings. Vibrate doesn't count and having a text message go off by the mat next to you is like having someone talk during a movie. It's only an hour...challenge yourself to unplug and focus on YOU.
Come to practice clean. Our classes are sometimes crowded, and we are breathing really deeply. Enough said? Come to class clean and fresh. Don't wear perfumes, essential oils or smoke before class.
Observe the markers for where to place your mat to keep physically distant during the pandemic.
Smile and laugh often. Don't take yourself too seriously.
Take breaks and drink water when you need to.
Help us tidy up. Some classes are back to back so if you used props, please put them back neatly...fold the blankets, roll the straps and stack the blocks. If you borrowed a mat or towel, place them in the "dirty" bins on your way out.