1. I'm new to yoga. Can I still participate? What do I need to do to get started?
All of our classes, unless otherwise noted, are completely open level, meaning they are perfect for both beginning and advanced yogis! Feel free to come to any open level class, even if you have never stepped on a mat before. If you are new, make sure to introduce yourself to the instructor before class.
2. I'm lost! Where can I find you?
Our classes are currently being held in three locations: The Chapel Room at the Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale (80 Wall Street), The Watson Center, studio A30 (60 Sachem Street), and the Morse/Stiles Dance Studio in the basement of the Morse/Stiles residential college building. If you are a graduate student without swipe access to the residential colleges, just hang by the gate (both the Morse and the Stiles sides will work) and an undergrad will let you in. You shouldn't have to wait more than a few minutes! The dance studio is through the entrance to the dining hall and down the stairs. When in doubt, follow the yoga mats.
See class schedule for which classes are at which location.
3. Do I need to bring my own mat?
We do have mats for students to borrow, as well as a supply of blocks, bolsters, and straps to help facilitate your practice. However, our class sizes continue to grow every week, so if you have your own mat, please bring it so that everyone is able to practice comfortably.
4. What should I wear?
Wear comfortable clothing that you can move and stretch in. Keep in mind that yoga incorporates a lot of inversions, so make sure to wear clothing that will not flip up or slip down when you are upside down!
5. How much does it cost?
All of our classes are completely free! All of our instructors volunteer their time, and our supplies are funded by UOC. There is no tuition or donation required.
6. This sounds great! How do I sign up?
Our program runs on a drop-in basis. There is no advance sign up system, and you do not need to commit to a session or a series of classes. Whenever you are interested in practicing, just show up and join us!
7. I am a graduate student and/or faculty member. Am I eligible to participate in classes?
We welcome all members of the Yale community! Please join us on the mat!
8. My spouse is a Yale student or faculty member. May I join your classes?
We would love to have you! Keep in mind that most facilities on campus require a Yale ID for access, so you may need to wait for an undergrad to let you in to some of our spaces. It usually only takes a minute or so for someone to show up to swipe you in!
9. I want to schedule a private session for my group or special event. Whom should I contact?
See Private Sessions.
10. Do you hold classes during breaks and holidays?
In general, we do not hold classes during Thanksgiving, winter break, or spring break. We may hold classes in the summer based on instructor availability. If you are interested in joining the YAY community for the summer of 2015, please fill out this form.
Any questions we haven't answered? Feel free to email YAY's president, Natalie Rose, or any of our instructors or event coordinators!