FAQ

Is yoga right for me?

there is a right type of yoga for everyone.  whether you’re looking to relax with mindful breathing and gentle stretching or if you prefer to ramp up your energy level and sweat in an intense workout, a vinyasa flow yoga experience can be tailored to your needs.  please be sure to check with your physician before beginning yoga or any other new exercise program, especially if you have any chronic health conditions such as high blood pressure, arthritis, back or neck problems, or heart disease. that said, yoga postures can be modified to suit anyone.  ebb + flow yoga celebrates all body types and encourages students to focus on how yoga makes them feel.  and yoga makes us feel good!!

Is stand-up paddleboard yoga right for me?

if you can swim, you can do paddle yoga! paddleboards are big and sturdy – in fact, many first-time paddle yogis are surprised at how stable they feel on the board. even if you are new to paddleboarding, paddle yoga can be accessible to you. for beginners, we will explain every detail, including safety tips and efficient paddle techniques. that said, all paddle yogis must be comfortable in the water, because we might get wet!

How should I prepare for stand-up paddleboard yoga class?

come with a sense of adventure and humor! wear clothing you don’t mind getting wet, and make sure you can move freely. many yogis opt for bathing suits under layers of traditional yoga gear. sunscreen is a must, as are croakies if you wear sunglasses. leave anything you wouldn’t want wet onshore, and be prepared to bliss out on the water!

How should I prepare for yoga class on land?

come with an open mind and a smile!  wear comfortable clothing for ease of movement – and prepare to let your toes be free of socks and shoes!

a sticky mat is a good stable surface for practice (please keep in mind that you don’t need an expensive mat to practice yoga).  you may like to have a small washcloth to use as extra padding for any postures that rest the face or knee on the mat (and to wipe away sweat).  and don’t forget a bottle of water to stay hydrated.

one of my favorite teachers says, “remember that holding the posture is only one-third of the process. always move slowly and purposefully in and out of poses.”

What is more important – breath or posture?

in vinyasa yoga, breath (pranayama) is linked to postures (asanas) in a rhythmic flow intended to increase the wellbeing of students.  Breath is just as important as posture, and students are reminded to use their breath to guide them into and out of postures.  Many students benefit from just a few minutes of deep breathing; as the breath deepens, the heart rate slows and the waters of the mind become still, resulting in deeper relaxation and mindfulness.