Because some of us get a little uneasy with change and new things, here are some of the most commonly asked questions, as answered by our fearless leader.
Q: What do I need to bring for class?
A: A yoga mat if you have one. If you don’t have a yoga mat, we have some you can borrow. You’ll probably also want a water bottle. If you don’t have one, we have some cups for filling with water too, but YQ strives to be a green environment, so we prefer not to use disposables.
Q: What should I wear to class?
A: Anything that you feel comfortable moving in! You’ll find that most of our peeps wear stretchy pants and fan-girl / fan-guy t-shirts. Fleecy pants or pajama pants work too if you’re comfy in those, though you may have to hike them up a little for some poses. We also ask that you not wear shoes in the studio, but if you don’t like being barefoot, you can always wear some socks.
Q: I’ve never done yoga before, and I’m not very bendy (I laugh out loud when told to touch my toes). Should that keep me away?
A: Allow nothing to keep you from yoga! We have yoga props - blocks, bolsters, blankets and straps to help poses become more accessible for those who need them. This is a judgement-free zone. Yoga is a template and it fits everyone's body a little differently.
Q: How many people will be in my class?
A: We never know for sure ahead of time. We operate on a drop-in basis, so it’s always different. The studio can comfortably accommodate 12 folks and can even squeeze in a few more than that. If you want to get a rough idea of how many people will be at a given event, you can check our Meetup page and see how many have RSVP’ed so far.
Q: Can I bring my kids?
A: You bet! Unless otherwise specified, children over 12-yrs-old are welcome with a responsible adult who is also participating in class. Unattended children are given to the Goblin King.
Q: Can I bring food into the studio?
A: Yes! Please clean up after yourself.
Q: What if I have to go to the bathroom or change into my superhero outfit?
A: There are several restrooms right next to the studio and there is also a shower should you like one.
Q: I can only come for part of a class, am running a little late, or may need to cut out early for work/kids/secret government projects. Can I still come?
A: Totally. Come for as much or as little as you can. Sometimes classes wrap up a little early, sometimes they go late. We realize you’ve got other things going on, so feel free to slip in or out when you need to. Though please do put your phone to vibrate when you arrive if you’re expecting to be summoned, so as not to disrupt the rest of the yogeeks.
Q: Is anybody going to touch me? I’ve heard that people get “adjustments” by yoga teachers during classes.
A: No one will touch you without asking first. In “regular” yoga classes, a teacher may offer adjustments to help hone your pose, but no one will touch you without asking first. No one will even offer to adjust you in YQ class – we’re too busy performing for your entertainments.
Q: I hear that people make animal noises in class. What’s up with that?
A: Yes, we encourage audience participation in our YQ classes. We’ve been doing them since 2011, so there’s been plenty of time for jokes to be born and morph into even more absurd jokes. So don’t be concerned if people around you are being noisy – this isn’t your regular yoga class.
Q: How do the narrated YQ classes work?
A: This is the thing that really sets us apart. We create a fan-fiction adaptation of a geek-favorite to which we add “yogiography.” Then a narrator reads this story to us and emphasizes certain words to which poses are assigned. It’s like Simon says or a much more wholesome drinking game. Confused yet? It really is just best to come check it out.
Q: What kinds of stuff do you do fan-fiction of for the YogaQuest classes?
A: Our yogic adventures are inspired by a broad variety of geek-culture fandoms. Some have been whole "seasons" on a theme, some have been stand alone episodes, some have been mashed-up together, all have been awesome (we think anyway). Where will we go next? Check out the Schedule page to join us for a class and find out!
Q: There is this tv show / comic / movie / etc that I love and I want to suggest it as an episode – who do I contact?
A: Add your suggestion by submitting an idea and you might see it pop up next! You can also make suggestions for things you like to see in the Friday Night Special, or anything else that you’d like to see us try out (well, within reason anyway).