How much are classes?
All scheduled classes are generosity-based. Please give an offering to the studio of whatever you feel comfortable with contributing -- something that is meaningful to you. Our classes are free because of the generosity of others who have kept this space alive and open, so when or if you offer a donation, you're not just paying for yourself -- you're keeping the space alive for someone else to enjoy.
Donations can be made when you register for class, in cash or check in the lobby, or via Venmo (@samayogastudio).
How many times a week should I practice yoga (asana)?
Asana is the movement practice of the larger, rich, and complex system we know of as yoga. Asana is a slow but powerful transformative practice. For beginners, we recommend that you work your way up to three classes a week for three months. We have noticed that people who actually do this truly get the most benefit of their practice. After a few weeks of taking classes you may want to try more challenging classes. You may be surprised at your ability.
What do I need to bring?
Wear loose, comfortable clothing. We have all the props you need and water for your water bottle. If you're coming from work you can change in the restrooms. We provide mats; however, some students prefer to bring their own.
Can I eat before class?
Yoga is best on an empty stomach. We recommend not eating anything substantial at least two hours before class.
Is yoga a religion?
No. Because yoga's roots are from India, there are at times influences of deities and mythical stories; however, yoga is not a religion. Yoga is a set of practices that can be performed by anyone. These practices are aimed to get a deep understanding of the nature of life by understanding one's own self.
Why is there chanting and talks in some classes?
Some teachers chant as a way of clearing the space before they teach. If you feel comfortable you can chant along or simply enjoy it. You are never ever required to chant. Teachers may also give a talk before class as an inspiration to bring attention to the fact that we are doing more than poses. These talks are aimed to open and relax the student.
Where is the entrance to the studio?
We are located on the second floor at Room #213 in the Arabi Plaza (7011 St Claude Ave, Arabi LA,70032). To get upstairs, you can come in the side entrance of the building near the discount store. Go up the stairs and continue down the hall. Our studio will be on the left as you come in.
Alternatively, you can also enter from the rear entrance by the Kitchen Table Café patio, which is a steel stair case on the other side of the building. This is also where the parking lot is.
Please note that unfortunately there is no elevator access to the second floor.
How do I register for class?
Please sign up for your class here. We recommend showing up for class at least 10 minutes ahead of time to give you time to put up your things, get out your yoga mat and props, and be prepared for class.
Which class level is right for me?
If you are completely new, we suggest taking a Yoga Basics class. This class focuses on the fundamentals of the poses and assumes no knowledge of asana. Other class types that are accessible to anyone new to the practice are Meditative Flow and our Sunday Evening Slow Down, which all move at a slower pace.