Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is yoga?

The word “yoga” means “union” and yoga helps bring about the union of your body, mind and spirit. What most people call “yoga” is the practice of postures and poses which are called “asanas”. Practicing these poses increases strength, flexibility and balance in your body, mind and life!

What do we do in a yoga class?

We usually start off with some breathing exercises which help calm and quiet our minds. Then we do several yoga asanas (poses). Some poses we do sitting down, some standing, some lying on the floor. We conclude each class with a 10-minute period of guided relaxation – this is usually everyone’s favorite part!

What kind of classes do you offer?

I teach a blend of Hatha and Kundalini yoga classes. See Classes page for class schedule and class descriptions. I will be happy to work with you to find the best match for you. I offer group classes, private classes, classes at your workplace or organization, workshops and retreats.

Is yoga hard?

There are various forms of yoga practice, each with varying degrees of intensity and difficulty, depending on the style, teacher and intent of the class. In my classes, I demonstrate the poses, give clear instructions and offer modifications so everyone can participate easily. I will guide you through the poses so you are aligned properly, comfortable, and glad you came to class. We will have fun! We do not compete or compare in class – we explore and play! Yoga is play time for grown ups!

What if I’m not very flexible? 

The good news is that you don’t have to be “Gumby” or a “pretzel” or look like the people in magazines or on TV! We all just start where we are and move forward from there. There are modifications for each yoga pose so that you can do what you can now and then move on as you progress.

What do I wear?

Wear loose comfortable exercise clothing (like light sweatpants and t-shirt). Do not wear jeans, restricting slacks or shorts. You’ll want clothing that covers enough so your belly (or anything else) won’t be exposed when lifting your arms or bending. Yoga is practiced in bare feet. Leave your shoes in the hall before entering the studio. Be mindful of others’ sensitivities – avoid perfumes, colognes, scented oils, etc.

What do I bring?

You may bring your own yoga mat or use the yoga mats and props available at the studio.

How do I register and pay?

You can just show up or you are welcome to call or email me prior to your first class 502-641-2296 or cheri@yogaforreal.com. Bring cash or check to your class/appointment/event.

Is yoga a religion?

No, yoga is not a religion. I am a Christian and have found that my yoga practice helps me in my spiritual practices as a Christian. It can help in your spiritual walk, regardless of which faith you practice.

Are there medical restrictions?

Consult your health care practitioner to determine whether yoga is appropriate for you. Yoga instruction is not intended to be medical advice or a replacement for medical treatment. Yoga is a safe form of physical activity, but can cause injury if performed incorrectly. Advise the teacher of any medical conditions or restrictions.

Where is it?

14001 Shelbyville Rd. (inside the Faith Community Church – UCC), Louisville, KY 40245 – phone 502-641-2296. It’s located on Shelbyville Road, half a mile east of the Gene Snyder Freeway (I-265), on the left side of the road (coming from the Gene Snyder), just past the entrance to Lake Forest neighborhood and across from Oaklawn Senior Living. If you come to the light at Papa John’s and Thorton’s, you’ve gone just a bit too far.

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