FAQs For Yoga Buckley, Sumner & Bonney Lake, Washington (WA) - Henschell Chiropractic

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What’s the best way to start yoga?

We recommend our Gentle Yoga class for students who have never done yoga. It will prepare you for other classes. Read our complete list of FAQs.


Can I take class if I have an injury, medical condition or special need?

You will want to pick and choose your class carefully. Yoga is a restorative practice and can often help the body to recover or help with symptoms. We recommend our Gentle Yoga classes to ease you into a regular practice. Be sure to check with your doctor before attending a class. Tell your teacher at the start of class about your individual situation. You don’t want to wait until the middle of headstand to tell the teacher you had surgery on your cervical spine two months ago. An injury can be a great learning experience. Take responsibility for your body and listen when it asks you to modify, take a break or stop. In some cases, we may recommend individual instruction. It is important that you not only get good at sensing what is happening in your body, but you also need to get comfortable asking for guidance when worrisome issues arise.


What is a yoga class like?

While every teacher has his or her own method, every class aims to challenge and inspire you. Teachers lead the class through a series of postures (asanas), according to the class type. Asanas are usually presented with more and less challenging options so that everyone can be comfortable. Some classes use props like straps and blocks to help establish an asana. Most classes end with several minutes of a resting pose. The goal is for you to leave class feeling more alive, present, and healthy than when you came in.


What if I haven’t exercised for a while or can’t touch my toes?

That’s OK. “I’m not flexible!” is the most common thing we hear from new students. You don’t have to be able to tie yourself into a pretzel to enjoy a yoga practice. Yoga is noncompetitive and everyone is encouraged to practice at their own pace and listen to their body’s messages. It’s not about doing the pose perfectly, it’s about receiving the benefits of the pose in a way that serves your body as it is today. It is often the tight, inflexible body that receives the benefits most quickly from yoga. You may want to consider our Gentle Yoga classes to ease you into a regular practice.


Should I do yoga if it’s my “time of the month?”

It depends! Many yogis recommend that women refrain from inversions during the first three days of their menstrual cycle to avoid countering this natural downward flow of energy. These include headstands, shoulder stands, and handstands. Our teachers often offer an alternative pose for those who aren’t doing inversions, but we leave this decision up to each woman’s personal discretion. Others recommend practicing only restorative or gentle yoga during your cycle to help build back the energy that goes into the process of menstruation. Listen to your body!


The parking lot is full. Where can I park?

There is ample parking at the medical center one block south of us OR in the shopping center one block north of us.


Should I eat before class?

Please come to class with an empty stomach and an open mind. Prenatal students should eat something light approximately one hour before class.


What should I bring?

To class, bring a yoga mat, an open mind, and a reusable water bottle/cup. We have water available but do not sell plastic water bottles or offer cups in an effort to reduce waste. Please ensure your cup has a lid for they frequently get knocked over. Please roll your mat out quietly. All other props needed for class are provided free of charge.


What should I wear?

We prefer students wear fitted clothing that enables your joints to be visible. For example, footless tights or shorts and a t-shirt or athletic top. Many students wear an outer layer like a long-sleeve t-shirt and socks for the first and last few minutes of class to keep warm and comfortable. Come prepared to practice with bare feet. The main thing is that you feel comfortable and can move in your clothing!


Can I store my stuff?

Storage cubbies are available in the same room with you; there are no lockable units available.


How are your classes different from what I can take at a gym or fitness club?

At Henschell Chiropractic you can expect skillful, certified yoga teachers. We hire teachers who design intelligently and with attention given to your individual needs.


Is there chanting and meditation? How does yoga fit with my own faith?

There may be times of guided or silent meditation-usually just for a few minutes. It is also common to hear “Namaste,” “OM” or “Shanti” at the beginning or end of class although participation is always optional. OM is used as the symbol of yoga and is a Sanskrit word meaning “unity.” It refers to the interconnectedness of all things. “Shanti” means “peace.” “Namaste” literally means: the divine in me bows to the divine in you. Every moment we are together we have the opportunity to respect and appreciate one another. These tools are helpful in creating quiet within the mind. They are offered in the spirit of supporting your individual faith or life philosophy.


I’m pregnant. Should I stop my yoga practice?

No, but you’ll want to adapt it. Our Prenatal classes offer safe and beneficial practices for this important time. If you are pregnant and plan to take “regular” classes, please notify your teacher and listen to your body. Avoid poses on your belly and flat on your back. Modify twists to be open, not closed. Backbends should be gentle, not deep. Relaxation pose should be modified to avoid lying fully supine (both hips and shoulders on the floor) for an extended period of time.








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Essential Yoga FAQs

Our yoga FAQs were designed for first timers as well as our seasoned clientele.

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  • Preregister ahead of time for classes to ensure your spot. You are welcome to sign in using our website or download the MindBody Connect App.

  • Arrive to class early to set up your mat and props. New students please arrive 15 minutes early for your first class. Otherwise, 5-10 minutes is just about right. If you are more than 15 minutes early we might not be open and you will need to wait outside (we do not have full-time desk staff). When waiting outside, please be quiet if there is a class in progress.

  • Please be on time. Don’t be late. It happens, we understand. However, since we do not have full-time reception, the door will be locked once class starts and you will not be able to enter.

  • Commit to staying for the entire length of class. We discourage leaving class early unless there is a health concern or emergency as it is disruptive to other students.

  • Since we only have individual bathrooms, we recommend changing your clothes elsewhere.

  • Refrain from wearing perfume, cologne or other heavy scents. Other students may have sensitivities.

  • Turn phones off. While in class, please turn your cell phone off or silence it so the sound does not carry into the studio. We recommend leaving your cell phone and valuables at home as the studio is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Phones and other technology can be distracting.

  • Check in as you arrive to each class.

  • If you have a question, speak up.  We are happy to answer as long as it is pertinent to what we are doing in the class.  Let the teacher know if something doesn't feel right or you do not quite understand what you are supposed to do.  This is a learning environment.

  • If you tend to sweat, bring a towel to class. Please do not use our blankets to wipe sweat from the floor or your body.

  • Practice ahimsa, or non-violence, at all times. Do no harm in thought, word, or action and treat everyone with respect, including yourself. Be gentle and compassionate.

  • Practice satya, or truthfulness. If there is something we can do to make your experience better with us, please let us know in person, by phone, or through email. We want everyone to feel welcome, comfortable, and supported while practicing in our studio.

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At Henschell Chiropractic we take pride in the welcoming, positive and inspiring community we’ve built. We kindly ask each student to participate in supporting our community by following these guidelines: