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FAQ2019-07-22T16:20:57-05:00

FAQs

Check out some of our frequently asked questions below

Yoga Lab is located at 124 McAllister Alley in downtown State College, PA.  Look for the blue steps!
Convenient parking is available in the McAllister and Pugh St. parking garages.

Parking in the McAllister garage is free before 10am–great for early morning classes!

Parking in both the McAllister and Pugh St garages is free on Sundays!
(Except during special events and PSU home football weekends)

The parking spaces right in front of the studio are NOT Yoga Lab parking spaces, so please do not park there.

We have several studio mats available for use. We also have mats available for purchase.  We recommend that you purchase your own mat for hygienic reasons.

There is no need to sign up ahead of time for classes! We have plenty of room–just come on in. Drop-ins are welcome.

For Lunchtime classes weekdays 12-1pm you have the option to sign up ahead of time for lunch, or you can order when you arrive at class (lunch orders are placed promptly at 12pm). A healthy vegan lunch from Webster’s Cafe will be delivered to the studio right after class for only $9.95!

We also recommend preregistering for workshops. For a full listing of upcoming workshops and events click here.

All of the founding teachers at Yoga Lab have trained with Lara Heimann, a physical therapist and the founder of the YogaStream style and Movement by Lara. YogaStream is “a powerful, challenging flow style that emphasizes anatomy, alignment and intelligent sequencing.” (Lara Heimann, Founder, YogaStream). All of the teachers at Yoga Lab have either trained in the YogaStream style with Lara Heimann, or have completed Yoga Lab’s 200-Hr Yoga Teacher Training.

For more information on each teacher’s background and training, see our Teachers page.

Welcome to yoga, my friend! Yoga is beneficial for students at any level and any stage of life. We recommend that you start in a Level 1 or Level 1-2 Class. We also offer frequent Intro to Yoga workshops that are great for beginners.

Yoga Lab’s Membership options are designed to give you the most cost-savings if you practice regularly. If you come to class 2x/week, a membership is your best pricing option!

How often should you practice?

Check out the 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines from the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, which provides “evidence-based advice on how physical activity can help promote health and reduce the risk of chronic disease…The Guidelines serves as the primary, authoritative voice of the federal government for evidence-based guidance on physical activity, fitness, and health for Americans:

  • “To attain the most health benefits from physical activity, adults need at least 150 to 300 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity, like brisk walking or fast dancing, each week. Adults also need muscle-strengthening activity, like lifting weights or doing push-ups, at least 2 days each week.”
  • “We now know about more health benefits from physical activity — and how Americans can more easily achieve them. The second edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans is based on the latest scientific evidence that shows that physical activity has many health benefits independent of other healthy behaviors, like good nutrition.”
  • “The first key guideline for adults is to move more and sit less. This recommendation is based on new evidence that shows a strong relationship between increased sedentary behavior and increased risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and all-cause mortality. All physical activity, especially moderate-to-vigorous activity, can help offset these risks.”

Key Guidelines for Safe Physical Activity

“To do physical activity safely and reduce risk of injuries and other adverse events, people should:”

  • “Increase physical activity gradually over time to meet key guidelines or health goals. Inactive people should “start low and go slow” by starting with lower intensity activities and gradually increasing how often and how long activities are done.”
  • “Be under the care of a health care provider if they have chronic conditions or symptoms. People with chronic conditions and symptoms can consult a health care professional or physical activity specialist about the types and amounts of activity appropriate for them.”
Check out our class prices, membership options, and special perks of becoming a Yoga Labmate here!
RYT designations denote the level of training and experience of each teacher according to Yoga Alliance standards.  See the Yoga Alliance website for more information on each designation.

“A Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT®) is a credential earned by yoga teachers whose training and teaching experience meet Yoga Alliance Registry Standards. A RYT must complete training with a Registered Yoga School (RYS®), be confirmed by RYS and keep current with Continuing Education and their annual fees.”–Yoga Alliance

Yes! Talk with any of our teachers about scheduling a private session. You can find contact information for individual teachers on our Teachers page.

Take extra care to protect yourself if you have an injury or any other condition- you are always welcome to choose not to do certain postures and rest as needed. Depending upon what the injury is, and its severity, you may be able to practice yoga with modifications. Please consult with your health care provider and let the teacher know before class if you have a specific injury so that he or she can help you with specific modifications. It is beyond the scope of practice of a yoga teacher to diagnose or treat any specific condition.

Key Guidelines for Safe Physical Activity  from the 2018 ODPHP Guidelines for Physical Activity:

“To do physical activity safely and reduce risk of injuries and other adverse events, people should:”

  • “Increase physical activity gradually over time to meet key guidelines or health goals. Inactive people should “start low and go slow” by starting with lower intensity activities and gradually increasing how often and how long activities are done.”
  • “Be under the care of a health care provider if they have chronic conditions or symptoms. People with chronic conditions and symptoms can consult a health care professional or physical activity specialist about the types and amounts of activity appropriate for them.”

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“Anyone who wants to can practice yoga. Anybody can breathe; therefore anybody can practice yoga. But no one can practice every kind of yoga. It has to be the right yoga for the person.”
T.K.V. Desikachar, The Heart of Yoga
“We are larger than any one way of knowing, and can enjoy all of them as different incomplete and complementary modes for appreciating what is, and for appreciating with gusto and delight for the moments, timeless and yet fleeting, that we are here for.”
John Kabat-Zinn, Mindfulness for Beginners