Frequently Asked Questions for New Students
Welcome to the TriYoga Boston Community in Waltham!
TriYoga Boston is a friendly and welcoming yoga center with experienced, well-trained yoga teachers and yoga classes for everyone from Therapeutic Yoga Classes, to Basics, to Levels 1-3. Whether you are new to yoga, have not practiced yoga in a while, or have had yoga experience, there is a place for you at TYB.
We welcome you to be a part of our community. You are invited to spend time with your teacher and fellow students in the garden, in the front indoor sitting area and enjoy a complementary cup of tea. We also have a meditation room for quiet contemplation that students are welcome to when not in use for other individual sessions or classes.
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IF I'M NEW TO YOGA, WHICH CLASS SHOULD I TAKE?
Students who are new to yoga may feel most comfortable taking a Basics Class, Free the Spine, or a Therapeutic Yoga Class to learn gentle breathing practices and gentle flows with assistance from the teacher, if needed. This allows new students to become familiar with the class structure, the yoga practices unique to TriYoga and the language which may not be familiar (even if there are some Sanskrit words or phrases, cues are spoken in English and even so, may require some getting used to). TriYoga Basics is a complete practice and many students choose to continue with Basics even after practicing TriYoga for years.
IF I'VE TAKEN YOGA BEFORE BUT AM NEW TO TRIYOGA WHICH CLASS SHOULD I TAKE?
If you are looking for a gentle or relaxing yoga class we recommend a Basics or Free the Spine class. If you are looking for more of a challenge we recommend starting with a Level 1 or mixed level class. TriYoga posture names and transitions may seem unfamiliar at first to those new to the method. To experience the subtle energy of the flows the practice should be meditative, relaxed, and centered on the breath, which is more difficult when struggling with more advanced postures and unfamiliar transitions. However, our systematic method makes it possible to modify so we can make accommodations at any level. You are welcome to attend any class you would like.
DO I NEED TO BRING MY OWN MAT?
There are yoga mats and props to borrow in each yoga classroom (blocks, straps, blankets, pillows). We recommend that you bring your own mat for hygienic purposes. Yoga mats, blocks and straps are available for purchase at the front desk. Students are welcome to leave their mats in the designated area in the coat room.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR FOR A YOGA CLASS?
Students should wear loose fitting and comfortable clothing.
Students practice in bare feet but may wish to put on socks or other layers at the end of class. Shoes are to be left in the front of the center at the bench near the door.
If a student needs to wear shoes into the center, there are shoe covers available on the bench.
IS THERE A PLACE TO CHANGE?
Yes, we have 4 bathrooms that students can use to change.
WHERE SHOULD I PARK?
We have four designated parking spaces marked TriYoga Boston in the parking lot on the right side of the building (next to the gas station). Students may also park in any of the spaces numbered 18-22 along the side of the building. Please do not park in the single digit numbered spaces as they are reserved for residents of the apartments. For shorter visits there are 3 spaces in front of the building along the side of the garden and one handicapped space. Parking is also available on nearby streets and at the Hanniford Supermarket.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT WHEN I ARRIVE?
Whether you register online or drop-in you will be greeted by your yoga teacher, you will sign-in at the front desk and you will receive a tour of the center and shown to your class.
WHAT IS THE OM THAT IS SOMETIMES CHANTED AT THE BEGINNING AND/OR END OF CLASS?
Om is the sound of the universal energy and it is not associated with any religious practice. At the end of yoga class your yoga teacher may lead the class in chanting three rounds of Om. Students can choose to join in or just listen when the Om is chanted.
BASIC YOGA COURTESY
To get the most out of the yoga class students are expected to arrive 15 minutes prior to class to check-in, place their mat in the yoga classroom and get any props needed for the flows. In the event of unforeseen circumstances and a student arrives a few minutes late and class has already begun, he/she may quietly join the class with minimal disruption.
Avoid walking on another person’s mat. Many yoga practitioners consider their mat to be their sacred space.
TYB is respectfully scent free – please refrain from wearing any fragrances i.e. scented perfumes, body sprays, colognes or soaps.
Yoga is a time for quiet contemplation so once class begins conversation should be avoided to allow for a meditative experience for all. Students turn their cell phones off during class but if you need to bring your cell phone with you, please put it on vibrate mode during class so as not to disturb other students.
If students need to leave early, they should leave before Yoga Nidra begins so as to not disrupt this important resting and restorative time.