What is Yoga?

Yoga is the practice of linking physical poses or postures (asanas) with your breath and awareness. By bringing these three elements together, you reduce stress, you feel more vital, and you gain real physical strength and flexibility. 

The term yoga is derived from the Sanskrit word yuj, meaning to yoke or bind and is often interpreted as union. Yoga can be as simple as a set of postures you practice while breathing and being present in the moment, resulting in improved physical fitness and reduced stress. For those wanting to dive deeper, yoga can also be an expansive set of teachings about how to live a life of purpose, joy and integrity.

I'm not flexible – can I do yoga?

Absolutely! In fact, you are the perfect candidate for yoga. Yoga will help you gain more flexibility, which loosens tight muscles and prevents injury.

What should I bring?

Water, a yoga mat and a smile! We have mat rentals available at the studio for $2.00. We also have filtered water so you can just bring a water container to fill up before class. Please allow time to find parking and check in. If you are new to SLO Yoga Center, please arrive 10 minutes prior to class to register at the front desk and our friendly staff will help you get settled.

If you've never done yoga before, we recommend you try a few beginner classes first in order to learn the postures and alignment. Our Yoga Advisors can help you determine the best class based on your experience level and goals. At all times, honor your body and practice today so that you can practice tomorrow!

I work out often, can I take the advanced classes?

Doing yoga on a full stomach is not fun, yet doing yoga when you’re starving isn’t a good idea either. We recommend eating a light snack one hour before class or a meal 2-3 hours before class. This way your body is fueled but not focused on digestion.

Should I eat before coming to class?