Prana Yoga Rochester

Frequently Asked Questions


Welcome to Prana Yoga! Yoga, like any form of exercise takes practice. You can't expect to know everything immediately, so be patient with yourself. Listening to your body and resting when you feel fatigued are vital. You will be amazed at how quickly you build strength, flexibility and endurance. Vinyasa is a physical form of yoga and a set of postures that flow from one to another. Because of this, you can expect weight loss, toned muscles and improved cardiovascular stamina.

Can beginners attend classes?

Beginners are always welcome to attend any All Levels classes. The most important thing to remember is to listen to your body, go at your own pace and take modifications instructed by teachers. Beginner classes are offered a few times a week. They are the same yoga flow, with emphasis on foundation and alignment. We suggest these classes for those who are new to yoga and exercise in general and to those who have done yoga as a way to remind one of the important basics.

How often should I practice yoga?

We recommend practicing 3 days a week to maintain consistency throughout the practice. Practicing only one day a week will not lead to a quick grasp of the basics or set a strong foundation. Remember that practice makes perfect and you will not see results if you do not put in the time and effort.

What should I wear/bring with me to practice yoga?

Wear whatever fitness clothing you are most comfortable sweating in. Because the room is heated, a tank top or short sleeved shirt and pants or shorts are recommended. No footwear is needed. Bring a mat, water and a towel. Mats are available to rent and water is available for purchase.

Why is the room heated?

Heating the room in winter time is beneficial for the following reasons:

Because the room is heated, you must be hydrated BEFORE class. A good habit is to drink 1 Liter of water before class.

How do I stay Hydrated during yoga?

The key to staying hydrated while practicing yoga is to drink before and after class. You will want to hydrate around 1-2 hours before class starts so that your body has time to absorb the water. Try to avoid drinking during class if possible as drinking water interferes with the subtle energies and prana flow. Once out of class, continue to hydrate throughout the day to replace what you have worked off.

Can I practice yoga if I'm not flexible?

It doesn't matter how flexible you are AT ALL! Flexibility is a natural side effect of a regular yoga practice. Be patient and accept where you are and know that it will change. David Life himself said he could not even touch his toes when he started yoga.

Can I eat before a yoga class?

You should try to eat a couple of hours before class so that the stomach is fairly empty. If this isn't possible eat a piece of fruit or a light snack that will give you a boost without feeling full.

What is Vinyasa?

Vinyasa is a form of yoga that focuses on flow and has you breathe through the movements. It is about conscious placement of your body. In Sanskrit, "vi" means in a special way while "nyasa" means to place. Because vinyasa focuses on the Asana, it is a great cardio workout as well.

Why does Prana offer different yoga classes?

There are many factors involved in yoga. While Prana tends to focus on Asana, we also maintain that pranayama is the most important aspect of the practice. We offer variety because we know that yoga is a personal journey and that it is not the same for everyone.

What is important to Prana?

Our mission is to provide the best yoga with the best instruction. We want to help you improve your breathing, alleviate stress and enhance meditation. We hope to provide you with the best experience possible and enable you to move forward on your path.