Friday, April 6, 2012

Q&A with Carrie Jacobson of East Meets West Yoga Studio

Carrie Jacobson
The benefits of yoga are numerous: an improvement in muscle tone, upper body strength and posture, not to mention reduced stress and better heart health.

Yoga can be practiced by anyone at any age and, to avoid injury, is best learned with the help of an experienced instructor.

Today, Carrie Jacobson, Studio Manager and yoga instructor at East Meets West Yoga Studio in Buffalo, talks about learning the practice of yoga.

Name and Title: Carrie Jacobson, Studio Manager, Yoga Teacher

What are your beginner students surprised to learn about yoga? 

How challenging yoga can be. And also how good you feel after class.

Is there an advantage to learning in a yoga studio versus taking a class in a gym that doesn't focus solely on yoga?

There are a few advantages to practicing in a studio – generally studios are quieter and better equipped for the practice and modifying poses. You will also benefit from the attention of a knowledgeable teacher and the energy of a class of the group. Lastly, it is more fun!

Do you prefer students to have some knowledge of yoga before attending class - i.e. being able to follow along with an exercise DVD? 

It may help, but it isn't necessary.

What type of clothing should be worn to yoga class?

Loose, comfortable clothing that is easy to move in. Sweatpants, stretch pants, t-shirts and tank tops. Anything you would normally workout in. Be prepared to practice in bare feet!

Should students bring their own yoga mats? Is there anything else that they should bring? 

We have mats we lend to students, but we do encourage people to purchase a mat once they are committed to the practice. Some people like to bring water, but we discourage drinking water during class, because it disrupts the flow and cools the body. Drinking water before and after class is very important. Some people like to bring a hand towel because you will sweat.

Are advance reservations required to attend a class? 

Only for our courses: Intro to Yoga, Slow Yoga for Strength and Balance, and Pre/Postnatal yoga. Pre-registration is required for these courses.

Our other classes are all open and ongoing, meaning that people who have done yoga can begin at any time.

In addition to the courses mentioned above, classes appropriate for beginners include:
  • Beginner Drop-in Class - Saturday: 8 a.m. (Amherst)
  • Yin Yoga - Tuesday: 4:30 p.m. (Buffalo), Thursday: 4 p.m. (Amherst)
  • Gentle/Restorative Yoga - Wednesday: 6:30 p.m. (Buffalo)
You should arrive at least 15 minutes early to your first class.

 East Meets West Yoga Studio is located at 758 Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo and at 4444 Main Street in Amherst. Click here to visit their website.

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