Welcome to Tejas Yoga and to the practice of yoga in general.
Tejas offers an Introduction to Yoga course every month. The course begins on the first Sunday or Wednesday of every month unless a holiday weekend interferes with the scheduling. Check our online schedule for updates. This is a 4-week course that meets once a week either on Sunday at 2pm or Wednesday at 7pm. The course follows a particular curriculum, offering you a solid foundation of postures, breath techniques, and meditation. The Sunday and Wednesday classes follow the same curriculum, giving you the flexibility to attend one or the other during the course of the week.
*For January and February 2016, we are offering the Intro to Yoga class on Saturdays at 10am as well.
New to yoga, but familiar with the basics? Does our 4-week Intro to Yoga course not fit into your schedule? The Foundational Class Series gives you the opportunity to explore our Introduction to Yoga classes and Foundational classes at your convenience. For a discounted rate of $99 you’ll have five classes a week to choose from to help build on the basic knowledge of physical postures, breathing practices and meditation. Purchase the series here.
Here are few guidelines to introduce you to common yoga studio etiquette.
- Please arrive 10 minutes before class to fill out necessary paper work, pay for class and get settled.
- Remove shoes upon entering.
- Turn off all hand held devices upon entering the studio. Two conditions that are exceptions to the rule: a child that is ill or you’re on call in the ER.
- Feel free to enjoy water and tea in the lobby, but bring ONLY sealable beverage containers in the studio.
- Replace used props such as blankets, blocks, and straps mindfully and with care.
- You must be able to perform a 10-minute headstand before entering any class. This last statement is false. We just wanted to make sure you were really paying attention to what you were reading.
Are there changing rooms?
Yes. We have a women’s and men’s changing area with lockers that are available for daily use (no overnight use). If you would like to lock up your valuables/bags/clothing, please bring a padlock with you.
There are also shower facilities in both women’s and men’s bathrooms. You must bring your own toiletries and towel.
What do I wear?
Yoga is typically practiced in bare feet, but you may wear socks if you choose. Keep in mind that wearing socks may make some of the postures more difficult as you may slip on the yoga mat.
Wear comfortable but fitted clothes, like something you would wear to go work out in or go for a walk. You don’t want to wear clothes that you’ll need to keep pulling up while you’re moving dynamically or pulling down when you’re in a forward fold. You do not have to go out and buy a bunch of clothes to practice yoga. For example, James (one of the owners) wears the equivalent of pajama bottoms and a white t-shirt.*
*Please do not show up in the pajamas you slept in the night before. We said “equivalent.”
What if I have had surgery, past injury or health concerns?
If you have been recently injured or are being treated for a health condition, you should get the approval of your primary care physician or physical therapist before approaching the practice of yoga.
Yoga can be an invaluable asset to your daily routine. It can address health concerns and assist in rehabilitation. However, keep in mind that there are contraindications for certain postures and practices. It is best you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to class to discuss any concerns you have with your teacher. Our highly trained and experienced staff will assist you in making the appropriate modifications and adjustments.
If you are uncertain a yoga practice is appropriate for you, please call us at 312-386-9642 and ask for Jim or James. We may be able to give you some guidance before coming in.
- If it hurts, don’t do it.
- Let go of what you think you should be able to do or what you used to be able to do and focus on what you can do today.
- Honor your limitations.
- Be open to the potential of growth in all possible ways.
- Respect the signals your body is giving you.
- Deepen your listening skills in regard to those signals.
- Enjoy the exploration.
What if I’m pregnant?
Usually beginning a new physical exercise after becoming pregnant is not recommended. If you are healthy and have had a regular exercise routine before you were pregnant, ask your doctor if beginning a yoga practice is right for you.
Currently we do not offer prenatal yoga classes. Modifications and lessons in contraindications, however, will allow you to practice in any of our general classes. Many women who are pregnant enjoy and benefit greatly from our Gentle, Foundational and Restorative classes.
Please arrive 15 minutes prior to class to inform your teacher of your pregnancy and address any concerns you may have.
What class should I take?
If you’ve never practiced yoga before, it is ideal for you to participate in our Introduction to Yoga series. This is a four-week course designed to give the beginner student a solid foundation of postures, breathing techniques and an introduction to meditation. There are two classes to choose from: Sunday at 2pm and Wednesday at 7:00pm.* Go to our class descriptions for more details.
*For January and February 2016 we are offering the Introduction to Yoga classes on Saturdays at 10am as well.
But, my schedule doesn’t permit me to attend those classes.
No problem. Your next best option is to attend any of the Gentle or Foundational classes we offer through the week. These classes will not have as much in-depth instruction as the Introduction to Yoga classes, but they are basic enough for a beginner student and move at a pace where you’ll be able to follow along more readily.
Do I need my own yoga mat?
We have yoga mats available to rent for a dollar. We clean and sanitize each mat after use. Your first class there is no charge for the mat. We also have a selection of yoga mats to purchase if you choose to eventually get your own.
Other props you may need to assist you in your practice are all provided for you.
Will I sweat?
That’s up to you and the class you take. We like to say: Go into class expecting to sweat a little and breathe a lot. If you tend to sweat during exercise generally, you may want to bring a small hand towel and a change of clothes with you.