Om Sweet Om Yoga
12 Irma Avenue
Port Washington, NY 11050
516.944.9642
www.omsweetomyoga.com

FAQ's

Where is Om Sweet Om Yoga and how do I get there?


Conveniently located one block from the Long Island Railroad, Om Sweet Om Yoga is located at 12 Irma Avenue, Port Washington, NY 11050. We are located right off of Main Street.You can park in our parking lot or on the street. Some of the spots on the street are free, and are 90 minutes or 3 hours, some are metered.  Leave yourself enough time to park so you don’t feel rushed. There are commuter lots available for free as well after 3 pm during the week and all weekend. If you need help getting here, and google maps is confusing to you, please don’t hesitate to call 516-944-9642
 

What kind of yoga is offered at Om Sweet Om Yoga?

Om Sweet Om Yoga offers many styles of yoga, our predominant style is called Vinyasa. Vinyasa is the weaving of the breath with every fluid movement. Each breath is used to propel, encourage, and sustain the flow of an asana sequence. We also offer Iyengar, Restorative, Kids Yoga, Pre-natal, and amongst the Vinyasa style we have different levels of intensity, you will be sure to find one that suits your needs.

What are the benefits of practicing yoga?

The physical benefits of yoga are many. It increases strength, vitality, flexibility and agility. It also eases digestion, while improving the nervous system and blood circulation. A more subtle benefit to yoga is the development of self-awareness. Through practice, yoga offers a more creative ability to understand ourselves. This awareness gives us the ability to handle stress and have clearer, calmer thoughts. Yoga improves our attitude and emotional well-being. The ultimate goal is to raise our consciousness, as well as our spirits!


What does Om Sweet Om Yoga offer me that a gym cannot?

Yoga is meant to enrich the quality of your life. Om Sweet Om Yoga is a community of students who are like-minded, and want to bring a feeling of health and wellness into their lives. If you are someone who attends a gym, you will find that yoga is a great balance to your workouts. We have even found that many people who have practiced yoga at gyms, enjoy our environment, and return for the sense of calm they feel, besides the great mind/body workout.


What if I don’t want to do yoga in a group setting?

Sometimes practicing yoga in a group setting can be intimidating to the beginner and that is why Om Sweet Om Yoga offers private and semi-private sessions. Many people also like to practice one-on-one so they get individualized attention. Call the front desk to book your appointment 516-944-9642


I’m brand new to yoga, how do I get started? Which class is best for me?

We offer a diverse schedule of classes that are sure to fit your schedule and level. Our foundations and fundamentals class or alignment technique class are the best choices for new students of yoga, we also offer Iyengar yoga, while not just a beginner class, many new students to yoga find helpful and enjoyable as well.


Can I take an Open Level class if I’ve never done yoga before?

As a beginner, we recommend Foundations or Alignment classes first and then moving on to an Open Level class. Our Foundations and SloYoga classes are for beginning students to learn the correct alignment of the basic yoga poses. Our Open classes are designed for students who have attended Foundations or SloYoga classes and are ready for more active classes. All of our classes work on strength, flexibility, well-being, and inner focus.


I’m not flexible. Can I do yoga?

Yes! You are the perfect candidate for yoga. Many people think that they need to be flexible before they begin yoga, no flexibility required! Come as you are and you will find that a yoga practice will help you become stronger and more flexible.


How many times per week should I practice?

Start with two times per week. Initially, do what you can and refuse to let time constraints become an obstacle. You’ll find that after a while, your desire to practice will increase naturally and you’ll end up doing more and more.


Do I have to sign up in advance?

Currently, we do not ask for pre-registration for classes. Arriving early, however, will guarantee you a mat space. Some of our classes are filled to capacity. As for our workshops, we encourage pre-registration with discount incentives.


How early do I need to show up before class starts?

Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the start time of your class or workshop, especially if it’s your first time at Om Sweet Om Yoga.


Why is there chanting? Do I have to chant?

Not all our classes have chanting, but many do. The chants are mantras. Chanting is creating a connection to a part of yourself. It is a positive, verbal, and encouraging method to help break through and clear up aspects of you that may be covered up. The chants are spoken in Sanskrit. Chanting is optional, although we find that many hesitant beginners soon give up the giggles and give in to the uplifting moment! The process of chanting is meant to bring people together in a fun and inclusive practice!


What do I wear and what do I bring?

Wear comfortable clothing that allows for stretching. Shorts, sweatpants, and tanktops are fine. However, please be aware of large t-shirts that fall over your face during inversions! No footwear is required since yoga is practiced barefoot. Bring a yoga mat and a hand towel. If you do not have a mat, we can sell or rent you one. We also have a purified water cooler that you can fill up your own bottle with.

Can I eat before class?

Try not to eat anything heavy right before class. A good rule of thumb is two hours before class. It is recommended that you practice on an empty stomach. A full stomach may cause discomfort and distract you from your practice.

I have a disability. Can I take yoga?

Om Sweet Om Yoga is committed to providing access to the many benefits of yoga to individuals with all levels of ability. To discuss your specific needs, please contact us at 516-944-9642.

New to Yoga?

Getting started with yoga can seem intimidating to someone who has never practiced yoga or has been away from yoga for a period of time. This information will help you become oriented with yoga and with Om Sweet Om to start you on what can be a lifelong journey toward enlightenment. Om Sweet Om Yoga offers the opportunity to talk with someone who is available to lead you through your initial experiences with Om Sweet Om Yoga, answer questions, and suggest class types or teachers.

Yoga is an ancient health system that dates back over 5000 years. Yoga means “to yoke” or "to unite". Yoga originated in India. Over the centuries yoga has transformed and reinvented itself several times over. Today yoga is practiced for many reasons. Improving physical health, creating mental clarity and achieving peace and spiritual realization are just a few of the benefits of a regular practice. The roots of our yoga program are embedded in all three yoga styles originated from Krishnamacharya, Ashtanga, Iyengar and Viniyoga. Om Sweet Om Yoga offers many class options — Foundations & Fundamentals, Open, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Intermediate, Hot Vinyasa, Restorative, Gentle and more. In addition, we offer several specialty classes and programs to enhance the Om Sweet Om Yoga lifestyle and benefit the Om Sweet Om Yoga community. These include Kids, Mommy & me, Prenatal, Meditation and Reiki. In addition to yoga, Om Sweet Om Yoga offers several other programs including Massage Therapy, Network Chiropractic, Workshops, Retreats and Student Intensives. Each of these programs is designed to complement the yoga that we provide in order for you to achieve a healthy, happy lifestyle.


Two weeks for $39

For new students, we offer two weeks of yoga for only $39! This will enable you to try a variety of classes and instructors to find the right fit for you. If you purchase a package prior to the expiration of your new student package, you will receive 10% your next series. Our yoga guide will contact you at some point during this trial period to help answer any questions or direct you toward a class or teacher that may work better for you. Do not hesitate to contact the yoga guide at any time by e-mailing info@omsweetomyoga.com with any questions or concerns.


Attending Your First Class

Once you have chosen the first class that you will be attending, arrive at the studio about ten minutes prior to the scheduled start time. You will be asked to fill out a short waiver, then you will receive a tour of the studio. Let the teacher know you are a new student and if you have any special physical circumstances or old injuries.
What to wear – wear comfortable clothing. It may be loose fitting, but not too loose on top as it may fall when doing forward folds. All of our classes are done barefoot.
Mats – bring a yoga mat if you have one. If you do not, we have yoga mats for rental or for sale in our boutique.
Perfume – please refrain from wearing perfume or other strong smelling fragrances.
Leave cell phones outside of the studio, or turn them off.
Once class has started – you may not enter a yoga class more than 15 minutes after it has begun. The warm-up period is over and the likelihood of injury is much greater. You may leave at any time to use the restroom, to get water or if you do not feel well. At all times please be respectful of the class in session. If you will need to leave the class early, please let the instructor know prior to the beginning of class.
Food – Try to practice on an empty stomach. Yoga practice is scientifically designed and proven to stimulate and detoxify the organ systems. It is recommended that you do not eat at least two hours before practice. If you feel you must eat, please choose easily digested foods, i.e. fruit or yogurt, one hour before class.
Focus your attention inwardly. Develop pratyahara (inner awareness) and dharana (concentration). We practice from the inside out. Work toward letting go of sensory attachment to external stimuli. Use the breath to help you to stay inside, increasing your awareness of being present to direct experience of your essence.
Be kind and loving to yourself by accepting where you are. Practice ahimsa (or loving kindness), the first Yama.
Be present to your needs and your practice. Rest sometimes. "Do what you can, with what you have, with where you are." Remember: Wherever, whenever in our life we begin yoga is perfect. No experience or flexibility required.
Mention any pre-existing injury or special condition to the teacher at the beginning of the class so that he/she can help you.
Please refrain from entering or leaving the room when the class is in meditation, or final relaxation. If you know that you may need to leave a little early mention this to the instructor and situate yourself close to the exit. Be as mindful as possible.
Practice Propasana. Please return all props (mats, blocks, straps, etc.) to their proper (ha ha) place.


Learning from books or videos?

Books and videos are great to supplement your yoga practice, but can never replace a good yoga teacher. Students who learn from a book or video without ever working with a teacher, typically have poor alignment in poses which can go unnoticed for many years and lead to problems. Also, it is common for these students to sacrifice their breathing, and strain to get into poses. Books and videos as a supplement to working with a good teacher are fantastic, and we recommend them to any serious student or teacher of yoga. If you do not have access to a yoga teacher in your community, then learning from a book or video may be your only option, and we would not want to discourage you from proceeding, but please be careful not to do anything that makes you nervous, or is uncomfortable. If in doubt, stop doing a pose that you are concerned may not be good for you. You will find that you are almost always right about such things.
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