Laughing River Yoga

Welcome to Laughing River Yoga. We are delighted that you have found us and wish you success on your Yogic journey.

  • What is yoga? The word yoga means “union” in Sanskrit (yuj), the language of ancient India where yoga began. Yoga is the linking of mind, body and spirit. What is often referred to as “yoga” can be more precisely described by the Sanskrit word asana, which means physical posture.  Hatha Yoga, which describes much of the yoga practiced at our studio and in our culture, means moving through yoga postures.
  • Hatha Yoga is only one type of yoga and asana is only one of the eight “limbs” of yoga, outlined in the Yoga Sutras by Patanjali, a text outlining the basic philosophy and practices of Classical Yoga.  The majority of yoga, the other seven limbs, is greater concerned with mental and spiritual well being than physical activity.Hatha Yoga, which includes postures and breathing, and is the form most popular in the West, is actually part of Raja Yoga, the path of self control. Within Hatha Yoga there are many styles, including Vinyasa, Iyengar, Astanga, Bikram, Kundalini, Kripalu, Jivamukti and more.
  • When should I arrive? Please arrive 10-15 minutes before class to sign in, use the bathroom, store your belongings, set up a mat space, etc. 10 minutes after class begins, the studio gets locked for safety and security.
  • What should I do if I arrive late?  If you arrive late and students are in the opening meditation, please wait until they are finished and then quietly enter.  If you sneak in just as class begins and you do not have a spot or props yet, please simply sit down and wait until the opening meditation is finished to roll out your mat and retrieve your props.
  • Where can I park my bike or car? Laughing River Yoga has ample parking in the Chace Mill lot where we are located and there is a bike rack on the side of the building.
  • Where do I get changed? Laughing River Yoga has a changing room in the studio and two bathrooms just across the hall.  There are showers and gender neutral bathrooms on the 2nd floor of the Chace Mill.
  • I need to leave early.  Should I let the teacher know?  Yes.  Please let the teacher know so that they are not concerned when you leave early.  Make sure to give yourself a short rest before you go and to leave at a time that is appropriate for your body, meaning after the proper counter poses have been done and both sides of the body have been addressed equally (ex.  don’t leave after twisting on just one side).
  • What should I wear? Wear something comfortable that you can move in without body parts falling out.  There are many awkward leg and arm positions in yoga so you want to be able to move in all directions comfortably.  Some classes are warmer, others cooler.  Wear layers so that you can adjust accordingly.  And guys, please leave your shirts on.
  • What do I need to bring? At no charge, LRY provides yoga mats, blocks, bolsters, straps, meditation cushions and purified drinking water.  We encourage you to bring your own yoga mat if you have one and a water bottle.  We do not provide cups for the water.
  • I preregistered online but I will not be able to make the class.  Can my account be credited?  If you preregister online and will not be able to make the class please early cancel online.  If you are unable to do this please email [email protected] within 24 hours of the class and he will remove you from the roster.  If you contact us more than 24 hours after the class has occurred we will not be able to credit your account.
  • Should I purchase my own mat? If you practice consistently, and we hope that you do, we highly recommend you purchase your own mat.  Though we offer mats for free to borrow at the studio, these are shared among others.  We sell mats at the studio.
  • What are props for?  Props are meant to enhance a student’s experience of a posture.  They can be helpful to support more ease and alignment in the poses and are also necessary for restorative yoga where they take over the work for the muscles.  Give them a try and then choose whether or not they are helpful for you.  Our teachers can help to assist you in how to use them properly.
  • Why do we chant? Chants can include anything from om to more elaborate verses.  The chanting of mantra focuses our minds on vibration and cuts through our habitual way of thinking.   The chants are in no way affiliated with any religion.  They are a part of the ancient practice of yoga.  You are welcome to join in right away or listen and join in when you feel ready.
  • What is Namaste? Namaste is a greeting used sometimes at the beginning, and almost always at the end of class.  It translates as “The light within me honors the light within you.”  What a beautiful way to begin to see each other.
  • I am a beginner.  Which class is right for me? This depends on you.  For a slow, relaxed introduction to yoga we recommend any of the Gentle classes and the Slow Yoga.  Let your instructor know that you are a beginner.  Everyone is welcome in every class.  If you feel ready to dive n deep straight from the beginning, then you can begin anywhere (just remember to honor your body’s wisdom and let go of an achievement-sense).
  • Why don’t you provide cups for the water? We are trying to lessen what goes in the landfill.  Please bring your own water bottle and contribute to the longevity of our earth home.
  • I left something behind.  Can you help me find it?  We have a lost and found in the check in area.  We will hold belongings here until the first of each month.  At that time we will empty the lost and found and donate items to the Salvation Army.  If you leave behind something valuable give us a call (802-343-8119) and we will set it aside for you.
  • How much does yoga cost?
    • Laughing River Yoga offers by donation classes Monday through Friday.  Suggested donation is $5-$15.
    • A single yoga classes is $14 (60 and 90 minutes).
    • 10 class passes cost $120 and are good for one year.
    • Monthly Unlimited Class Cards (good for seven classes a week for one month from the date of purchase) cost $130.
    • Three monthe unlimited for $117 per month
    • Yearly unlimited for $1000.
    • Read M0re and Buy Classes here.
  • I want a vigorous practice.  Which class is right for me?  Our more vigorous classes are Spiritual Warrior, Jivamukti, Vinyasa, Vigorous Vinyasa, and Core Vinyasa.
  • What are the different types of yoga offered at Laughing River Yoga? For detailed information about the classes we offer at the studio, please visit our class schedule page online.
  • How often should I practice yoga? As often as possible! Even if you spend only 10-15 per days stretching or practicing conscious breathwork, you’ll notice the benefits of your effort! Consistency is the key. After about four yoga classes at the studio, you should get the hang of it.
  • Can I feel at home here? We want you to feel comfortable at Laughing River Yoga and a part of the community.  Please feel free to ask our instructors for anything you need.  Join us for special monthly workshops at the studio, participate in our blog and on facebook, and enjoy LRY retreats.  LRY teachers like to know your name, please say hello! You are welcome here as you are. Namaste!