What do I need to bring with me to a yoga class? We provide mats, blocks, straps and blankets for your use at no extra charge. Please bring your own towel if you think you may need one.
What do I wear to a yoga class? Just wear some comfortable loose fitting clothing that you can move easily in. The same clothes you might wear for workout at a gym will work perfectly – minus the shoes and socks.
Is water available? Tap water (only) is available in all locations.
Are there restrooms/showers? All locations have restroom facilities. No location has showers.
Are there dressing rooms? Yes.
Where, exactly, are you? We have four locations: Portland, Bangor, Brewer and Orono. Please refer to our “About” section above for directions and a map to each location.
Why is yoga better than other forms of exercise? It’s not. Yoga as exercise is no better (or worse) than any other form of physical activity. The best exercise is the one you will do, whether that may be running, swimming – or, yoga.
How does yoga differ from other forms of exercise? In the physical context, yoga tends to emphasize joint mobility and tissue elasticity, often coordinated and, with attention to, the breath. However, first and foremost, yoga is a method to develop an awareness of your capabilities, mind and body, and then unify those two.
Will I be more flexible if I do yoga? Honestly, for most people, no. Genetics along with childhood activity (or non-activity) will have predetermined most of your body’s range-of-motion capability by the time you have exited adolescence.
If I’m not going to get more flexible, why should I do yoga? Because, with complete certainty, if you don’t stretch, you will become less flexible. Yoga can teach you to systematically explore what your body’s real potential is (not some idealistic, skinny Yoga Journal cover model), fully explore that and then attempt to maintain that for the rest of your life.
Why should I come to Om Land Yoga rather than some other area studio? Maybe you shouldn’t. There is no single best studio – ours included. There is, however, the best teacher for you. The guru/student connection is the single most significant factor in learning about the benefits of yoga. (When you find the right teacher for yourself, you have also found the best studio.)
What is the best of the many types of yoga? All systems of yoga posture/asana practice (Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Kripalu, Anusara, Iyengar, Kundalini, Jivamukti, etc.) have benefits. None of them are perfect. Find the right teacher for yourself and, at least initially, you will have also found the right kind of yoga.
How do I find the right teacher for myself? Allow yourself to explore. If the first teacher you try doesn’t seem like a good fit for you – try someone else.
What other studios in the Downeast area could I try in order to find a good teacher?, Blue Hill Center for Yoga, The Yoga Place, Full Circle Yoga, Rolling Meadows, Belfast Yoga Studio, Sewall House, River City Therapy and Wellness Center and Yoga in Monroe.
Is meditation about clearing your mind? I’ve tried it and can never get rid of all the thoughts…Meditation is not about clearing your mind of all thoughts or ignoring sensation. Meditation is a practice that develops a heightened awareness (and perhaps an appreciation and understanding) of your self in relation to both thoughts and external stimuli. The mind is designed to think. However, with mindfulness meditation, you practice to acknowledge your thoughts, let them pass, and then bring your attention back to a focal point of some kind such as your breathing – because it is always there – ever present. So, meditation actually involves your mindful awareness, not only of your own thoughts and breath, but also the sounds, smells and other physical sensations in your environment. Interested in learning more about mindfulness meditation? A great place to start is Jon Kabat-Zinn’s book Wherever You Go, There You Are, and/or one of his audio meditation guides. (Although reading a book on meditation can be a great source of information, reinforcement, and encouragement – there is no substitute for actually practicing.)