What is yoga?
Yoga is the connection of the body, mind and breath through a series of guided poses and sequences. Yoga encourages increased body awareness while also improving strength, flexibility and balance. There are many types of yoga, each with different focuses and benefits, however most revolve around the central idea of connecting the body, mind and breath.
What type of yoga does Yoga Studio teach?
While there are many different types of yoga, each with unique benefits, Yoga Studio borrows elements from the following types in order to offer a variety of classes with different goals for all levels of ability.
Vinyasa · wonderful for strengthening the body.
This style of yoga is usually rather fast paced and intense as it synchronizes breath and movement to increase core strength, muscular flexibility and blood circulation. Poses are strung together into cycles in a smooth way to cultivate body awareness and balance. Breathe, sweat and go with the flow!
Iyenga · brings proper alignment and posture to the body.
Iyenga Yoga was created by B.K.S. Iyengar, a well-known teacher from India. This style of yoga focuses on precise alignment of the body with an emphasis on standing poses. Iyenga yoga is wonderful for improving your stability, strength, posture and balance.
Yin · great for joint flexibility and mobility.
Yin yoga focuses mainly on the hips, pelvis, knees and lower back in order to increase joint range of motion, increase body awareness and learn to just let go. Through holding poses for longer periods of time connective tissue is stretched while chronic held tension is released. Relax and renew with this more passive style of yoga.
Nidra · a deep relaxation technique.
Yoga Nidra is widely known as “yoga sleep” or “sleep with awareness.” It is an element of yoga involving deep relaxation in order to relieve both physical and mental tension. Practicing this relaxation technique is believed to improve the quality of sleep and aid stress management.
I'm not flexible – can I do yoga?
Absolutely! In fact, you are the perfect candidate for yoga. Give it a try and over time you will notice that yoga helps you to become more flexible.
Everybody is different, so never feel the need to practice poses exactly like the teacher: she is only there as a guide (and has been practicing yoga for over 10 years). Listen to your body, don't force yourself and stay within your limits. Also, like any other exercise program, please consult your doctor before beginning to practice yoga.
What do I need to practice yoga?
Wear loose fitting, comfortable clothing, kick off your shoes and practice on a surface with some grip. Yoga mats are ideal, as they are “sticky” and help prevent sliding. You can find descent yoga mats from around $20.
How should I practice yoga with Yoga Studio?
Turn your iPhone or iPad to landscape mode, prop it up near the corner of your mat and tap play. If youʼd like to practice regularly, simply schedule your classes in your calendar and Yoga Studio will remind you when to roll out your mat and get started.
When should I practice yoga?
This is entirely up to you, however, avoid eating 3-4 hours beforehand. This is because you will be twisting, bending and turning upside down - things that are not very comfortable with a full tummy.
Some people enjoy early morning sessions, yoga before lunch or a relaxing class just before bed. It is recommended to practice yoga as consistently as possible. Some like to practice 2-3 one hour long classes per week and some thrive on 10-15 minutes every morning. Just find a time that works for you and schedule your classes so you don't forget.
Is an internet connection required to play a class?
An internet connection is required for the initial download of each class. However once a class is in your Studio, you do not need an internet connection to play it. So head outside and use Yoga Studio in the park!
I'm having problems downloading a class, help!
Here are some tips which can often help if you are having problems with class downloads:
1. Turn your device all the way off (hold the top button for a few seconds until the "slide to power off" slider appears, and slide it) and back on again (hold down the top button for a couple of seconds again).
2. Keep the app open while the download progresses - this isn't normally required but can help if internet connections are slow.
3. If you are using a cellular connection (3G) you might want to consider connecting to Wi-Fi (maybe at your local library or coffee shop).
4. If you are having problems on a Wi-Fi connection try turning your wifi router off for 30 seconds and then back on again - wifi routers can occasionally be temperamental and this often helps.
If you're still having trouble, contact us so we can offer some help!
Can I play a yoga class on my TV?
If you have Apple TV, and either an iPhone 4S or later or iPad 2 or later, you can use AirPlay mirroring to play classes in full screen on your TV. It looks great! Here's how:
On iOS 7:
1. Swipe up on any screen to reveal control center (see below) .
2. Tap "AirPlay" .
3. Select "Apple TV" and switch mirroring to ON.
On iOS 6:
1. Double tap the Home Button.
2. Swipe all the way to the left.
3. Tap "AirPlay" (see below).
4. Select "Apple TV" and switch mirroring to ON.
Can I play a yoga class on my Mac or PC?
We don't have a mac version of Yoga Studio yet, and mirroring from an iPhone or iPad to mac isn't supported at the moment by Apple.
However, there is a way to mirror an iPhone or iPad to a Mac or PC using a third-party app called AirServer. We've tested this out on a mac and it works great.
Note: we have no association with the developers of AirServer.
How do I delete downloaded classes and custom-made classes?
On iPhone, swipe from right to left across a class to reveal the delete button.
On iPad, tap and hold your finger on a class for a second to reveal the delete button.
I can't hear any audio while the class is playing.
For sound issues there are a couple of things to try.
First, it's really easy to have the phone muted without realizing it, so check the mute switch on the side of the phone. It should be in the off position with no red showing. If in doubt just toggle the switch to double check it's in the right position.
Second, while a class is playing, increase the volume using the buttons on the side of the phone. It's important to do this while the class is playing (rather than before it plays) to make sure the correct audio setting is being adjusted.
I can't play a class. It tells me the class failed to load. Help!
This error is not common, but can occur from time to time.
Please turn your device all the way off (hold the top button for a few seconds until the "slide to power off" slider appears, and slide it) and back on again (hold down the top button for a couple of seconds again). This should fix the error.