What is class like at EPY? Our classes are offered to yogis of every level, from beginner to advanced practitioner. We teach a form of yoga called Vinyasa , which means body movements coordinated with breath. We are a Baptiste affiliate studio and follow the Journey Into Power sequence. Regular group classes are held in a room heated to 90 degrees to encourage a deep change within the muscles.
Is there a basics class? Yes, Monday and Wednesday evenings at 7pm in Lancaster. Schedule is subject to change, so please check under our class schedules for our most current offerings.
Do you offer non-heated classes? Yes, our Vinyasa Basics and Restorative classes are both non-heated.
What is a restorative yoga class? The class uses gentle movements and stretches accompanied by props such as blankets and blocks. This is a non-heated class.
Do you offer Private Lessons? Yes, a number of our teachers are available for private lessons during a variety of times throughout the week. Stop at the front desk to view availability and schedule an appointment.
Should I do anything before class? It is best to come to class well hydrated and ready to sweat. Avoid eating a heavy meal 1-2 hours before class to keep your stomach comfortable.
What will I need for my first class? What should I wear? Poses can be enhanced with simple yoga props such as blocks and straps. Props and mats can be borrowed at no charge on your first visit, or rented for a fee for each subsequent visits. We also recommend bringing water and a towel, as well as wearing comfortable, fitted, flexible clothing to sweat in.
How will I feel after class? Each person feels different after yoga. You may find yourself energized, exhausted, hungry, or with no appetite at all. Your experience both during and after class is unique to you, and may change over time as you develop your practice. If it is your first time at Evolution Power Yoga (EPY), you may find that you are sore or tired the following day—it’s totally normal! Your body has been introduced to a new experience, and may react by tensing up in certain areas. The best thing to do is to jump right back in and re-invigorate your body and stretch your aches away. Simply remember to modify as necessary and respect your own flexibility and strength.
How often should I come to class? Your yoga practice is just that—a practice. The more you are able to come to class, the greater it will serve you. Three times a week seems to be the tipping point that will make all the difference in your practice and your life. If you are new to EPY, we recommend you take advantage of our $40 New Student Introductory Special, which offers you an entire month of unlimited classes. We encourage you to find the days and times that work best for you, and to simply dedicate the time to experience your greatest self.
What type of restroom facilities are on location? Our Lancaster Studio has 4 private bathrooms, each with a shower. 2 of which are handicapped accessible. Our York studio has 2 bathrooms, one with a shower that is handicapped accessible. Shampoo, conditioner, and body wash are supplied, however, you are welcome to bring personal items. Body towels are available for rent, or you may bring your own.
Can I take class if I am injured? Consult with your medical professional. Let the instructor know about your injury before taking class so he/she can address your specific issues and give you modifications to make.
Do you offer Pre-Natal Yoga? While we don’t often get enough interest at one time to warrant a class devoted to pre-natal yoga, we do have teachers who are well versed in the needs of the pregnant body. Julie Mathers is our pregnancy specialist. Pregnancy yoga is parallel to the regular practice with the omission of twists and inversions as well as supine asanas after twenty weeks. Variations to all of the asanas are possible. While the room is heated, the pregnant mom will not experience a core body temperature increase so therefore it is safe. Our recommendation is to take a few in-class private lessons to help you learn which poses to modify and how to do those poses safely. Call to make arrangements.
How long will it take before I’m good at yoga? There is no such thing as being “good” at yoga—every yogi takes his or her own path. Your strength and flexibility will progress at your own pace. Our instructors are present to make sure you are safe and properly aligned; your only responsibility is to respect how your body feels with acceptance and non-judgment.
Is there anything else I should know before coming to class? At Evolution Power Yoga, we are committed to maintaining a safe space for personal transformation and expression. With that in mind, you may find it helpful to become familiar with some common yoga etiquette to ensure that each student’s personal experience, space, and growth within the studio is valued and respected.
- Always check in with the instructor or scan your class card before class.
- Remove your shoes before entering the yoga space.
- Turn your cell phone off or switch it to silent before class.
- Respect the sanctity of the yoga space by refraining from loud conversations.
- Remember to take all of your belongings with you when you finish class.
- Please remember to attend to your personal hygiene and odor before, during, and after class and clean up any water or sweat that may have made its way to the floor. We provide mat spray for our students in the studio and recommend bringing a small towel for your own use.
- If you must arrive late: Please enter the yoga space quietly, set up your mat calmly, and begin your practice. If the main door to the boutique is locked at our Lancaster Studio, you may quietly enter through the Studio A doors. Our York location has a back entrance available once class has begun. Remember—if you are rushed or frazzled, you bring that energy with you into the classroom.
If you must leave early: Place your mat at the back of the room to minimize disruption when you leave the class. To respect the experience and final relaxation for your classmates, please collect your belongings and exit the class before savasana begins.