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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WHICH CLASS SHOULD I TAKE?
If you are looking for a gentle or relaxing yoga class we recommend Gentle Yoga (our Basics level) or Free the Spine (therapeutic).
If you do not have health issues and are looking for a stronger class you are welcome to try an Earth class (Level 1 or mixed level Basics/ Level 1 where Basics variations will be offered).
We also offer a chair supported class that includes seated and standing chair supported flows for those with arthritis, chronic pain, or find it difficult to get up and down from the floor.
Our intermediate level is Water and our advanced level is Fire.
If you have have a specific health issue and would like individual instruction on how to modify in class or create an individualized yoga practice you can try a private yoga therapy session.
If you ever feel any discomfit while in class please let the instructor know immediately. Our motto is all gain – NO PAIN. We want you to leave feeling great!
To experience the subtle energy of the flows the practice should be meditative, relaxed, and centered on the breath. Our systematic method makes it possible to modify any level to accommodate individual needs.
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.
WHY ARE THERE PHOTOS ON THE STEREO PLAYER IN THE STUDIO? WHO ARE THEY?
The photos on the alter are the founders of the TriYoga Lineage. We honor the teachings that we have found to be healing and transformational and the photos are an expression of gratitude to our teachers
The bearded man on the left is Sri Ganapathi Satchitananda Swamiji of Mysore. He is a nada yogi and composes and plays healing music. He has played in Lincoln Center in NY, the Kennedy Center in DC, the Albert Hall in London, the Australian Opera House and many other fine concert halls throughout the world.
The photo on the right is Sri Swamiji’s mother, Sir Mata Jayalakshmi. She was considered a very powerful yogi, who left her body when Swaimi was only 12 years old.
The photo in the center is Yogini Kaliji, the founder of TriYoga. In the tradition of ancient yoga, TriYoga is guided by Kriyavati siddhi as it flows through Kaliji. In 1980 She was teaching a meditation class, visualized light traveling up Her spine, and started moving in spontaneous flows of yoga postures. Kaliji has systematized asana (posture), pranayama (breathing practices), and dharana (concentration techniques) from Basics to Level 7, and over 1000 hasta mudras (hand gestures) and yoga knowledge have expressed through her. TriYoga, which includes the full range of yoga practices, is taught in over 40 countries by more than 2000 certified teachers. There are 60 TriYoga Centers and Communities around the world, including centers in Australia, Austria, China, Denmark, Germany, India, Russia, Switzerland, Taiwan, Ukraine and the United States.
We have photos displayed out of respect for our lineage. Our classes do not include any religious rituals.
WHAT ELSE SHOULD I KNOW?
To get the most out of the yoga class students should 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. Those who are chronically late are respectfully asked to reflect on how this impacts other students and leave for class 15 minutes earlier.
Please avoid walking on another person’s mat. Many yoga practitioners consider their mat to be their sacred space.
For respect to those who may have sensitivities or allergies, 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. Cell phones should be turned off during class or if absolutely necessary, put it on vibrate mode during class so as not to disturb other students.
If you need to leave early, please do so before Yoga Nidra begins so as to not disrupt this important resting and restorative time.