What should I bring with me to class?
Most people choose to bring their own personal yoga mat, like a yoga companion, so you will probably want your own. Our studio does offer sanitized loner mats free-of-charge for those who don’t have their own mat (or those who forget). Many also bring a water bottle and/or a towel with them but, if you don’t, we also offer complimentary fresh towels and have water available when you need it.
Additionally, our in-studio boutique offers a fantastic selection of yoga mats, water bottles, and other fitness accessories available for purchase. We are always happy to help you choose the best yoga mat and/or accessories for your practice.
What should I wear to class?
Wearing comfortable attire to class is most important and you’ll want to avoid wearing anything that might restrict your movements. Yoga is practiced in bare feet, because it is important that your feet can grip the mat; we don’t care about your pedicure, we promise!
When should I arrive for my first yoga class?
We recommend that you arrive at the studio 10 minutes before the start of class. This will give you plenty of time to meet your instructor and get comfortable in the studio prior to beginning class.
Does Yoga Toka have a restroom, changing room, and/or shower?
Our studio has one restroom which can also be used for changing purposes. There is also a small private room in our studio that can be used for changing if needed. Currently, our studio does not offer shower facilities.
Do you have ample parking?
We have eleven parking spaces in our private parking lot located directly in front of our studio’s building. If the parking lot is full when you arrive, there are always plenty of free 2-hour street parking spaces on S. Quaker Lane, right next to the studio.
What if I am running late for class or need to leave class early?
No problem! We understand that you have a busy life and that traffic in our area can be unpredictable. We would rather have you come late or leave early than miss your practice entirely. We ask and trust that you be discrete if you come and/or go during class but do expect to be greeted no matter when you arrive – we’re a friendly place!
Is water available at the studio?
We encourage everyone to bring their own water in a reusable bottle, however, bottled water is available for sale in our boutique if you forget your own or run out and would like more.
Should I pre-register for class online?
If you pre-register, it’s easier for you to make a commitment to practice on a regular basis; the more you practice, the better you feel! Our online schedule makes it easy for you to sign up. We recommend booking your place in advance, especially for evening classes, and ask that you cancel before class if you can’t make it. If you cancel less than 5 minutes before the start of class, you will be charged a $10 “late cancellation fee.” Monthly unlimited clients do not get charged for their first two late cancellations. After two courtesy late cancellations, a fee of $10 will apply – just another advantage to having a Monthly Unlimited Membership with us!
How do I set-up a membership with Yoga Toka?
It’s easy – just visit our pricing page and select the option you’d like to purchase by clicking the “Buy Now” link located above that option’s price. All of our online purchasing options are powered by MINDBODY so, if you don’t already have one, you’ll be asked to create an account. Once you’re logged-in to your account, you can store your preferred credit card information to make future online purchases with us very simple.
What is the best way to pay for my classes and/or membership?
Our online scheduling system and payment options are powered by MINDBODY, so you will be asked to either log-in or create an account when you schedule a class or make a purchase with us online. Once you have created your account and are logged in, you can store your preferred credit card information to make future online purchases with us very simple.
What is the best way to pay for boutique merchandise?
Our boutique accepts both cash and checks for all merchandise purchases. If you have created a MINDBODY account and updated it with your preferred credit card information, we are also happy to charge your credit card on file if you prefer.
How do I cancel my membership?
If you would like to cancel a monthly membership with us, simply let us know in writing at least 7 days before your next billing date. You can contact us directly by submitting the contact form on our Connect page or by writing an email to us at email@example.com. If you’re not sure of your monthly billing date, just contact us using either of the methods mentioned – we’re happy to let you know!
At what age can children begin attending class?
At Yoga Toka, we want to inspire everyone to try yoga. If you have a child who truly wants to practice yoga or can sit quietly and watch, we encourage you to bring them.
I arrived a few minutes late to class and the front door was locked. Why?
We lock our yoga studio doors during our evening classes for the safety and security of our students. Our top priority is to promptly begin and end each class on time. We recommend getting to Yoga Toka 5-15 minutes before class starts so you have plenty of time to prepare to get your yoga practice on. If you know you’re going to be late for an evening class, just call the studio ahead of time at (703) 822-7860 so we can be expecting you. We understand traffic and don’t want you to miss your practice, especially if you have been anticipating it all day.
How often should I attend classes?
The more you come, the more benefits you get. If you practice once per week, that’s great maintenance and hopefully you’ll practice some poses you’ve learned in class at home. However, for real progress, three to four times per week is recommended. Practice every day and your experience will be life-changing.
I am a “beginner” – which classes should I attend?
We offer a variety of classes and have something for every “body.” As a beginner, we recommend that you start with either a Yin or Gentle Flow class; visit our Classes page to learn more about what each class offers. We also recommend choosing to start with a class that suits your day/time schedule. Then, let us know after class if you are looking for something more physical, less physical, etc., and we will do our best to point you in the right direction. All yoga promotes relaxation, stress relief, core strength, overall health, and well-being; we’ll help you choose the class that works best for you.
What are the benefits of practicing yoga?
Millions of people all over the world look to yoga to improve every aspect of their lives regardless of age, health, weight, or level of fitness. Whether you’re aiming for flexibility or just a calmer mind, yoga has immeasurable benefits. Physically, yoga has been shown to improve flexibility, posture, balance, strengthen bones, and increase muscle strength. Research shows that a regular yoga practice can decrease inflammation, boost immune system function, keep the spine and joints supple, as well as improve symptoms associated with health conditions. The practice can also do wonders for your mental health and mood, reducing stress, depression, anxiety, and dis-ease.
What if I’m not very flexible?
That’s even more reason to attend class! Yoga makes us more flexible; you don’t have to be flexible at all to start practicing yoga. During the workday, much of our activity or, lack thereof, shortens muscles due to how much time you spend sitting at a desk, in your car, or at home. Yoga lengthens and expands muscles while helping you release toxins that build up in your body over time. Increased flexibility is a great benefit of yoga, but the ultimate goal is to live more powerfully in mind, body, and spirit. This reward happens regardless of whether or not you can touch your toes.
Is yoga a cardiovascular workout?
Our Power Yoga (All Levels), Yoga Tone, and Hatha 26 Series classes include a cardio component and will challenge you both physically and mentally. Visit our classes page to learn more about what each class offers. Our yoga sequences combine flexibility, strength, and balance to work your entire body – including your cardiovascular system. If you’re dedicated and attend class regularly, you can lose weight, tone muscles, and gain some serious strength as a Yoga Toka member. According to the Yoga Journal, research shows that all yoga may also improve lung function, strength, and aerobic capacity.
Why do my yoga instructors say “Namaste” at the end of class?
Our yoga instructors often end class with the ancient traditional phrase “Namaste.” This gesture is an acknowledgement of one soul to another. “Nama” means “bow,” “as” means “I,” and “te” means “you”. Therefore, “Namaste” literally means “bow me you” or “I bow to you.” To us, this gesture means “thank you for sharing your energy with me as we make ourselves better for the rest of the world.” “Namaste” has no religious meaning to us at Yoga Toka; we are simply honoring the Sanskrit origins of yoga.