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Vibe Yoga’s Frequently Asked Questions

All the questions you might have, answered. Vibe Yoga is dedicated to providing the answers you need to know before you start your journey. If your questions are not on this form, please contact us with your questions and we’d be happy to answer!

Yoga is a Sanskrit word that means “to yoke” or “to unite”. As a practice, it is a scientific system for achieving total health, mental, and spiritual well-being — a means to unite the body, mind, and spirit. In the United States, the term yoga is often used to mean the postures, or the physical part of yoga; however, these poses, or asana, are only one of the eight “limbs” of yoga.

Yoga is a philosophy, not a religion, though it does have a spiritual component. You do not need to be religious to practice. It has been practiced by individuals of widely differing beliefs and any and all people are welcome at Vibe Yoga. In order to practice, you only need to believe in the possibility that we can transform ourselves, that there is always more to learn, and that there is a better way to approach life than the old habits that tie us down. At the heart is the openness to see we have not yet tapped into our highest potential as human beings. Yoga seeks to put us in touch with our spiritual core—our innermost nature—that which or who we truly are.

We typically ask that you are of 18 years of age or older, however, 12 and up are welcome to practice with parental permission. We do ask that you use your best judgment when deciding to practice with Vibe Yoga at a young age. We expect a high level of maturity throughout the class to ensure that all students get the most out of their experience.

  • A warm welcome.
  • An open community where you will meet new people & make friends.
  • Talented, experienced, and committed teachers.
  • An environment where you will be supported and empowered to Practice Yoga.

Music may be used as part or all of a class as a way to create intention and atmosphere. The use of music during classes is up to the teacher.

In order to keep disruptions to a minimum, please plan to arrive 15 minutes early and stay for the entire class. If for some reason you need to leave early, please let the instructor know in advance. You are, of course, always welcome to enter and exit the studio (quietly) during class to use the restroom.

  • Show up at least 15 minutes early to call to get your spot ready for class. If you are late, you will be unable to enter as door will be locked at the start of the class.
  • To keep all cell phone conversations outside the studio and to put your phone on silent upon entering the studio.
  • To keep socializing to a minimum. While we want you to form relationships with your fellow yogis, once class starts conversations need to end to maintain a serene atmosphere for you all to practice in.
    To show up as you are.
  • To be present.

Absolutely, we all start somewhere! We welcome you as you are, providing a space that nurtures and supports you on your yoga journey. People come to Vibe Yoga with differing levels of experience, but there is room for everyone. We are ALL learning. Please see class descriptions for what best suits you.

You do not need to be flexible or in great shape to start yoga, that is one of the many reasons you practice. Just show up with an open mind and willingness to do the work, strength and flexibility will come with practice. You will feel challenged during class — everyone does. Always do your best and take breaks if you need to. All of the teachers will offer modifications as well.

One of the great things about yoga is it brings us all to the same common denominator—we all have the same struggles and worries, and though everyone comes in a different body, each of us has a path to travel to make it a more comfortable place to live. Yoga is about baby steps, we must crawl before we can walk and walk before we can run. Ask the instructor for a modification if one is not offered. We stress the non-competitive nature of yoga and invite you to make the practice your own, — honoring your body and doing what is best for you—not forcing yourself into a shape that you aren’t ready for.

Comfortable athletic clothing that you can move freely in and bare feet! Long hair? Don’t forget a hair tie!

  • Yoga mat: Although we have yoga mats to loan, you need to have your own mat if you are going to practice yoga. It’s more hygienic, and more importantly, having your own mat will make it much more likely you will unroll it at home.
  • Fitted exercise clothing that you can move in.
  • Drinking water/eating: We suggest you hydrate throughout your day, but not drinking or eating 1-2 hours prior to practicing.
  • Props if you have/want them
  • Blanket if you have/want it
  • If you are attending a power or strength class, please bring a hand towel.

We also have the items below for purchase in-studio!

  • Yoga Mats
  • Blocks
  • Straps
  • Bolsters
  • Bolster Cases
  • Blankets
  • Books
  • While we do provide a mat, props, and blankets for you to access in the studio, we recommend you bring your own items (at least the mat) to help with cleanliness, especially during COVID 19.
  • Avoid eating 2-3 hours before class – yoga is always best practiced on an empty stomach. Some people however need to have a little something in their belly (such as a piece of fruit or an energy bar). You’ll soon work out what works for you and what your body needs.
  • Water
    • Be well-hydrated! Drink lots of water before coming to class. We should be drinking 2 liters a day anyway;-).
    • You may bring water, however we suggest you drink before and after, and not during practice.
  • Please do not wear perfume, oils, cologne, or fragrant lotions. We want your peers to focus on their yoga experience, not your smell.

Please see the Class Descriptions to choose a class best for you. If you are still uncertain, please email or show up 15 minutes before or after a class to speak to an instructor.

Stand Up Paddleboarding Season is ALWAYS upon us on in Florida (#ThatsWhatsSUP)! During our SUP classes, we will cover everything from safety to a full yoga class and some time to play around in the gulf!

If you’re wondering why someone would choose to do yoga on a wobbly surface like a stand up paddleboard, you’re not alone. After all, isn’t it hard enough to hold those poses on solid ground?

It’s a common question, but as you’ll come to find out when you give it a try, doing yoga on a paddle board is not as hard as it looks and it even offers opportunities that a land-based practice doesn’t. SUP yoga can be a delightful way to experience nature and invigorate your yoga practice.

If you’re nervous about trying SUP yoga and wondering what to pack (or NOT pack) in your beach bag, here is our quick Vibe Yoga checklist:

  • Fuel: Drink water and eat something light before class. You are going to work hard and there’s nothing worse than being lightheaded in downward dog. On a board. In the water.
  • Hydrate: Hydrate plenty before and after class. Feel free to bring your water with you as well!
  • Sunscreen: A definite essential for the summer months (an oil-free sunscreen/waterproof is best, so you aren’t slipping around on your board).
  • Swimsuit/synthetic clothing: Similar to being in the studio, you are going to sweat (and maybe end up in the water!), so wear something comfortable that won’t weigh you down when it gets wet (AKA no cotton).
  • Beach towel: Not everyone ends up in the water during class, but for those who want to (or fall in), having a warm towel when you get back to shore is always nice.
  • A warm layer: For those early mornings, you will want to bring an extra layer to stay warm, especially in the winter months

Things to leave at home:
Our rule of thumb is, if you’re not willing to watch it float to the bottom of the gulf, leave it on shore. We’ll have someone on land to watch everyone’s goods, but things like phones, sunglasses and jewelry should be left in the car or at home.

For those of you who are extra adventurous, feel free to bring Go-Pro cameras, water proof phone cases, etc. at your own risk (SUP Yoga makes for some great photos).

SUP is truly an amazing and FUN experience! We hope to see you out on the water with us!

As often as you can. “For great results, practice three times per week. For life changing results (mentally and physically), practice six days per week”. However, one class is better than nothing. Consistency is the key—it’s far better to attend one class per week without fail than to attend four classes one week, none for the next two weeks, one the next week, etc. The more you practice, the better you will feel, and the more you will want to practice.

The answer depends on the style of yoga you select, as well as the frequency and intensity with which you practice. Although the focus in yoga is about balance, healing, and reconnecting, a regular practice will not only open your mind and offer you a fresh perspective on your life, but it also will absolutely change your body. While not an intense aerobic workout, it does burn calories as you create long lean muscles and cultivate flexibility and greater range of motion in the joints. Just as important, as you move into an improved state of well-being, you will make better choices off the mat that also improve your health.

  • Mats spaced accordingly per class (if able, please bring your own mat & props to limit exposure)
  • Class size limited to 20 students
  • Regular cleaning of the bathrooms, common areas, door handles, and other touch surfaces with disinfectant cleaner
  • No cubbies to lessen common “touch spots”
  • We ask that all students wash your hands or sanitize them upon arrival
  • Hand sanitizer available
  • Limited use of studio props (please bring your own to limit exposure)
  • Mask requested in studio until class begins
  • Pre-register for classes on the MindBody App to reserve your spot.
  • Bring only what you need for class into the studio
  • If you have any symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed please do not come to the studio. If you have been attending classes, please let the studio know if you become positive for COVID-19.
  • There is a 12-hour cancelation policy. If you do not cancel before 12 hours you will be charged $15 or a class credit. If we are able to fill your spot you will not be charged.
  • If you need to cancel due to exposure or illness with COVID-19, please cancel your class and contact the studio.

To reserve a private session, please e-mail Lindsay Smith at vibeyogaswfl@gmail.com.

If you’d like to attend a class you must register in advance. Classes can fill up quickly, especially with us practicing social distancing. To reserve a spot for one of our classes, head on over to mindbodyonline.com or download the Mindbody app to see our list of classes, times.

We do! Our instructors have experience in offices, hospitals, schools, preschools, homeschool groups and sports complexes. We also offer special team-building classes at the studio for corporate groups, girls’ nights, sports teams, etc.! We want to promote yoga as a practice for living a happier, healthier life; a practice that is accessible to everyone. We are committed to offering yoga anywhere and everywhere we can. To arrange an off-site yoga class or series, please contact us at vibeyogaswfl@gmail.com

Are you interested in teaching with us? Contact Lindsay Smith, owner, at vibeyogaswfl@gmail.com