FAQ

Yoga Defined

The word yoga means “union” in Sanskrit (yuj), the language of ancient India where yoga began. According to the Yoga Sutras by Patanjali, a text outlining the basic philosophy and practices of Classical Yoga, yoga is when the mind stops and one recognizes their true nature. What is often referred to as “yoga” in our culture can be more precisely described by the Sanskrit word asana, which means physical posture.

 

Hatha Yoga, which describes much of the yoga practiced in the west, is the physical practice which includes postures, breath techniques and meditation.  Hatha Yoga is only one type of yoga.  It 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.

Arriving to class

What is your current COVID policy?

In response to the rise in COVID-19 cases in Vermont, as of August 16th, 2021 all students at Laughing River Yoga must be fully vaccinated in order to attend in-studio classes at the Chace Mill and HULA spaces. Proof of vaccination (vaccine card or photo) will be required upon your first visit to the studio, after which you are no longer required to bring it with you. You could also email a photo of your vaccine card to devin@laughingriveryoga.com ahead of your visit to the studio and we will update your MINDBODY profile.

We will continue to offer virtual classes if you are unable to join us in-studio.

Masks are highly encouraged in common areas and when you are off of your mat.

Do I need to show proof of vaccination to attend Surf Club classes? No. 

If I'm feeling sick, should I stay home? Yes. If you are or have been showing signs of respiratory illness, please self-quarantine for 14 days before coming to Chace Mill, HULA or Surf Club classes. If you are actively exhibiting symptoms, teachers reserve the right to ask you to come back another time. 

Should I bring my own props? If you have them, then yes! In order to make sure that we can regularly sanitize all borrowed props, their availability will be limited. If you have your own, it's best to bring them! If you need to purchase props, visit our merch page. 

 

Do I need to register ahead of time? Yes. Pre-registration is required for all Virtual, Chace Mill, HULA & Surf Club classes. Register through our website or the MINDBODY app on your device.

Do you offer physical assists? Assists are offered both physically and verbally.  While some teachers only offer verbal assists, there are others who will offer physical assists.  Physical assists are meant to enhance the student experience within a pose, help create safety and fine tune alignment. Physical assists will not be offered without consent.  For those classes that include physical assists, consent cards are available at the check in desk at the Chace Mill. Take a "Yes" or a "No" card to your mat so your teacher knows your preference! You can also communicate verbally with teachers so that they are aware of any injuries.

 

What is the difference between on-demand and live stream? Our virtual classes are live-streamed, meaning you are taking the class live along with other students and your instructor. On-demand means that the class is recorded and can be accessed at any time via our Members Access Library. 

What is the difference between Live and Virtual? Live classes are in-person with your instructor, virtual classes are taken at home on your web-enabled device.

Do I need to be a member of the Burlington Surf Club to register for Surf Club Classes? No. 

Do I need to be a tenant or employee of HULA to take HULA classes? No. 

Attending class

Need to leave early? 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 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, then choose whether 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 "Aum" to more elaborate verses.  The chanting of mantra focuses our minds on vibration and cuts through our habitual way of thinking.   Many of the Sanskrit chants have been passed down from the ancient Vedic verses of yoga.  Each vibration of sound has a specific effect on the mind.  You are welcome to join in right away or listen and join in when you feel ready.

What is Namaste? Namaste is a greeting sometimes used at the beginning and end of class.  In parts of Asia, like Nepal and India, it means hello or goodbye.  The literal translation is “The light within me honors the light within you.”

I do not want physical assists.  Can I still take a class? Of course! Take advantage of the consent cards we offer on our front desk for classes.

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, please email devin@laughingriveryoga.com

Classes

Which class is right for me? This depends on you, all of our teachers are equipped to offer classes for all ability levels. We do recommend letting your teacher know whether you have any injuries or restrictions, or if it’s your first yoga class so that they can offer modifications. Our Gentle Vinyasa, Slow Yoga & Yin Classes are all great for beginners.  If you feel ready to dive in deep straight from the beginning, then you can begin anywhere (just remember to honor your body’s wisdom and let go of any achievement-sense). Our more vigorous classes are Spiritual Warrior, Jivamukti, Vinyasa, and Vigorous Vinyasa.

How often should I practice yoga? As often as possible! Even if you spend only 10-15 minutes per day stretching or practicing conscious breath work, you’ll notice the benefits of your effort! Consistency is the key. After about four classes, things will begin to click.

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!

LRY Family Rules

  1. No cell phones or electronics inside the studio. If you need to use your phone please do so in the check-in area or womb room

  2. Plan to stay for savasana and meditation. Yoga is not just asana.

  3. Unless you require shoes due to a medical need, the studio is a shoe free zone.  There are shoe racks in the check-in area.

  4. If class is full, please move your mat to make room for your neighbor!

  5. Be kind to fellow students and teachers

  6. If you arrive at class late, please enter the class quietly