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Frequently Asked Questions

If you are new to yoga, learning class etiquette and knowing what to expect from your first class may be overwhelming. Fortunately, most yoga communities are quite welcoming and are glad to incorporate you into the fold. Here are some answers to commonly asked questions about yoga.

Where are your locations? 

We have two locations to serve you and your packages are valid at both! In Portage we are located inside The Courthouse Athletic Center at 7365 S. Sprinkle Road. In Mattawan we are located next to the U.S. Post Office at 55490 N. Main Street.

Why should I do yoga?

Yoga will improve your overall fitness level. Yoga also helps reduce stress. Consider that time in the yoga studio as "me time" where you get to shut out everything and take a break.

What are the benefits of yoga?

Yoga benefits your body, mind, and spirit. You can expect improved strength, stamina, balance, and flexibility. Regular yoga practice reduces cholesterol, and your body's aches and pain, often better than pain medication. Yoga can reduce stress and improve sleep. The spiritual aspects of yoga affect each person differently, but can be quite profound.

Do I need to be flexible to do yoga?

Not at all. Your flexibility will increase as you practice yoga.

What is yoga like?

There are many styles of yoga and many different teachers making it hard to generalize. There are gentle yoga classes and rigorous yoga classes. Yoga is like meditation in motion.

Will I have to bend in uncomfortable ways?

The reason people come to Yoga Reflections is to be in a safe, comfortable environment with an attentive instructor. Your experience is sure to be a positive one at our studios! Just don't eat a large meal right before class! 

I'm a beginner, what kind of class should I take?

The answer depends on your fitness goals and current physical condition. Please contact the studio owner, Joy Kakabeeke, for a complimentary consultation. 269-350-9642

What should I wear to class?

Comfortable clothing that allows you to move and bend freely is best. Many yogis wear long, fitted, stretchy pants and shirts that allow free movement of the arms and shoulders.

What should I bring to class?

For beginners, all you need to bring is a water and your yoga mat. All other props will be provided. Studio mats are available to rent for $1 per use or new ones can be purchased at the studio.

What do I need to know for my first class?

Wear comfortable clothing and arrive about ten minutes early to let the instructor know it is your first class. You should be able to use the studio's mats and props. You can do some yoga research beforehand, but it's not required.

I'm pregnant, can I still do yoga?

Yes, but always check with your doctor first to be safe. The breathing while holding a difficult pose will teach you to be comfortable when uncomfortable, which is a nice skill to have when you go into labor.

Can I bring my son or daughter with me to class?

Yes. In fact, yoga offers great benefits to youth including learning self-health and body awareness while reducing stress and increasing strength, stamina, mental focus, and flexibility. Ages 13 and up are welcome to attend. Please ask permission if planning to bring someone under the age of 13.