Frequently Asked Questions
If I’ve never practiced yoga before, what is the best way to start?
Yoga is great exercise for people of all ages and all fitness levels. To get the most benefit as a beginner be sure to enroll in
a Beginners Level class. Check our schedule and class descriptions for Beginners Hatha Yoga, Gentle Morning Yoga, Beginners Vinyasa
Flow, Restorative Yoga, Qigong, or call us to talk about choosing the best class for you.
If a session has already begun, do I have to wait for the next session before I enroll?
No. We are happy to get you started in your yoga practice as soon as you are ready. We will make sure you're comfortable in the class
you choose (or refer you to another, more appropriate class.) We will prorate the registration fee so that you pay for only the
number of classes remaining in the session.
Do I have to register for an entire session or may I "drop in" to classes when it's convenient for me?
You may drop in but we strongly encourage our students to make a firm commitment and register for an entire session. We also
realize that for some students it simply isn’t feasible to do this, which is why we do offer a "drop-in" option. The "drop-in"
fee is $20.00 for students who are NOT currently registered in any classes at Inner Reaches as well as those students who ARE
enrolled but choose to attend other classes on occasion. "Drop-in" students are admitted to class on a first come, first served
basis at the sole discretion of the teacher. We do prioritize our "enrolled" students.
What is your "make-up" policy if I have to miss a class?
Because we want you to get the most of your yoga, we have a very liberal "make-up" policy. If you need to miss a class for any
reason you may attend any other class within the same class session. Obviously, it is your responsibility to choose a class that
suits your ability level and to communicate with both teachers involved.
What time should I arrive to class?
It’s best to arrive a few minutes before the start of class so that you have time to settle in.
What if I am late to class? Should I still come?
Definitely. Just be mindful not to be disruptive when you enter. Quietly join in and save explanations and apologies for the end of
How do I know which class is best for me?
We make every effort to help you choose the class that most fits your needs, your ability level, and your personality. You may call
301-987-0884 to chat with someone directly or you may review the class descriptions and teacher bios to find a class to try out as
a "drop-in" student. We often offer a "free class week" between class sessions. Refer to our class schedule for dates and times.
What is a Karma Scholarship?
Karma scholarships are offered to students who do not have the means to attend a class at Inner Reaches but do feel and demonstrate
a genuine "call" to practice. To apply for a full or partial Karma Scholarship, please call 301-987-0884 and we’ll explain the
process for applying.
Do I have to have a particular spiritual orientation to practice yoga or any of the other classes you offer at Inner Reaches?
No. Yoga, as taught and practiced at Inner Reaches, is certainly inspiring but it is not spiritually dogmatic. Regardless of your
personal spiritual beliefs, we welcome you. We take pride in the fact that we are a diverse community of practitioners who enrich
each other’s lives by embracing the true meaning of yoga... Union.
Will I be required to change my eating habits if I take yoga or one of your other classes?
No. Over time, you may find that you want to change many things about your approach to life, including your eating habits, but that
will be a change that comes from within you not one that’s ever imposed upon you at Inner Reaches. As mentioned above, we are a
diverse community. Vegetarians, carnivores, dessert lovers, special dieters, and omnivores happily practice side-by-side, each
honoring the other’s choices.
What’s the appropriate age range for practicing yoga?
People of all ages benefit from the practice yoga. Many of our "beginner" students come to their first class at retirement age and
continue to practice for the rest of their lives. Young children and teens often find that yoga helps them to focus and improves
their school performance. Adults working in high stress jobs find yoga to be invaluable for maintaining their mental and physical
health. Our needs change as we age and so do the benefits of yoga.
What should I wear to class?
Dress comfortably in anything that allows a full range of motion. T-shirts and athletic shorts or sweatpants are fine. While "yoga
fashions" are available today, they are entirely optional and certainly not necessary.
Do I have to bring my own mat or other props?
No. We are happy to provide all the necessary props for your classes at Inner Reaches. However, some students do prefer to bring
their own and we have a fine selection of props for sale at the studio should you decide you’d like to purchase any.
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