Frequently Asked Yoga Questions

As a studio owner, I get tons of questions from various people. It varies as to who asks, but generally our askers are folks who have never tried yoga, new in town but yoga practitioners, or some type of therapist.

Here’s our list for Eighteenth Element Yoga.

  1. This one is always asked. What are your prices?

Its a great question. People live within budgets and yoga does have a reputation of being pricey. But, it doesn’t have to be. At Eighteenth Element Yoga, we feel yoga should be assessable to all but still reasonable for our staff and studio. When you pay for a yoga class, your money supports the studio and goes towards paying the instructor.

Currently our Walk-in = $8

5 Class Package = $30

6 Month Unlimited Classes (Autobill) = $60

2. I’m not flexible.

Ok, this is more of a statement, but we get it a lot. Flexibility is not a requirement to go to yoga. At Eighteenth Element Yoga, we’ll meet you where you are with in your range of motion and work within it. We have numerous props that are available so you can have the yoga pose fit “your body” not forcing your body into some pose.

A well rounded fitness program consists of cardio, strength training, balance, and flexibility. Yoga depending on the style can be a low impact cardio class. You’ll use your own body weight to build strength. We always incorporate balance training. Yes, you’ll stretch but again within your range with or without props.

3. What do I wear or what should I bring to yoga?

Wear comfortable clothes you can move in. Think about your shirt. We do incorporate poses where your shirt could ride up. If that might bother you, consider one you can tuck in and still move or something more form fitting. You don’t need shoes. Yoga is practice barefoot.

As far as bringing stuff. Bring a water bottle and a small towel. If you have your own yoga mat, bring it. If you don’t, no worries. We have mats, straps, blocks, bolsters, strategic padding for sensitive areas, and blankets. All are available to you.

4. Where are you located?

This is important. We want you to find us. Eighteenth Element Yoga is in a tucked away corner and away from the business of the city.

5050 Edison Ave, Ste. 115

Colorado Springs, CO 80915

We are in a green and white tucked away office building with a butterfly statue in the courtyard. We are on the first floor. If you need a handicap access, the west entrance (closest to Asian Pacific Market) doesn’t have steps.

We are just off Platte approximately a 1/4 mile away from the Powers Intersection. If on Platte coming from Powers, head west (toward) the mountains. Shortly after Powers, you’ll go across the Sand Creek Bridge, immediately turn right onto Babcock and left onto Edison. We are the driveway right after Calvary Chapel. If you are coming from the west (Academy Blvd), head east on Platte. Turn left on Wooten and immediately right onto Edison. You’ll pass the Asian Pacific Market. We are next to the market on the east.

5. What facilities do you have?

We have bathrooms and a water fountain just outside of the studio. You can change clothes or use the restrooms. We don’t have showers. As for personal belongings, please bring them in the studio. We have hooks for your jackets and purses. Your belongings will be safe.

6. What classes do you have for newbies?

We gear our classes towards you. We are very adaptive and trauma-sensitive. If you have special needs please let us know so we can work within your needs. (Scoliosis, bulging disks, fibromyalgia, anxiety, PTSD, missing limbs, wheelchair…) If you are just beginning then let me point you towards our “Back to Basics,” “Beginner Yoga,” “Slow Flow,” “Mindful Yoga Resiliency,” and “Restorative Yoga” classes. We also offer a workshop series of “Body Awareness” where we focus on specific areas of the body. So far we have “Healthy Hips = Happy Hips,” “Honor Thy Back,” and “Sciatica: Pain in the Butt and Leg.” We have class descriptions on our website under our section called “Classes.”

7. How do I sign up for classes?

We have a couple of ways. First, you have to fill out our waiver (a one time deal), but then you can register online (preferred method) or just show up for class where we will register you and take payment. If you register online, you’ll guarantee your space and sometimes it can be cheaper (especially for workshops). We have two approaches. One, download our Eighteenth Element Yoga app (looks just like our logo), create a profile, check out our schedule, then sign up. The other approach is to go to our website, click on “Sign Up Now” to view our schedule and reserve your spot. When you register online, you can pay online from the convenience of your phone or computer and then just arrive at the studio.

8. Which yoga classes are trauma-sensitive?

At Eighteenth Element Yoga, our slower limbic based movement classes are trauma-sensitive. If that doesn’t mean anything to you, we’ve made it easy to identify them. All of our trauma-sensitive classes have a * next to the title. If you attend our “Mindful Yoga Resiliency” class, we recommend you also work with a therapist.

9. Do you have daycare? Can I bring my kids to yoga?

We don’t have daycare. Older kids are welcome to take yoga with their parents (just not Mindful Yoga Resiliency or Yoga For First Responders). We have fun kid friendly yoga mats. We ask that if you do bring your children that they do yoga and not run around the studio so they aren’t disruptive to our folks. We also have special kids yoga classes called “Kids Artistic Asana” which we do twice a month. We also occasionally host a teen/tween girls day.

10. How often should I practice yoga?

The more you practice yoga, the better you’ll feel. Yoga is a mind-body approach to wellness which means there are several approaches. You’ll exercise your body four ways (low impact cardio, strength training, balance, and flexibility). You’ll learn breath awareness. Breathing is a huge part of yoga. Several breathing exercises are introduced and explored and all are intended to enhance or self-sooth your yoga practice or reduce anxiety. Additionally, we work on your positive mind. The way you think affects how you feel. Yoga is big on Positive Affirmations, Positive Philosophies, Self-esteem, and the practice of Gratitude. We also offer opportunities to explore meditation, yoga Nidra, and iRest. You can do all of this at Eighteenth Element Yoga.

So start out maybe going twice a week. Gradually increase your yoga practice.

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These are the most common questions we receive at Eighteenth Element Yoga. Hopefully, these answer your questions or concerns. However, feel free to ask other questions.

Namaste,

Kristen

 

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