New Student FAQs
How much are classes?
All scheduled classes are generosity-based. Please give an offering to the studio of whatever you feel comfortable with contributing - something that is meaningful to you. You're able to attend class because of the generosity of others who have kept this space alive and open, and when or if you offer a donation, you're not paying for yourself -- you're keeping the space alive for someone else to enjoy.
Donations can be made in cash or check in the lobby next to the sign-in book, or via Venmo (@swanriveryoga-arabi).
How many times a week should I practice asana?
Asana is the movement practice of the larger, rich, and complex system we know of as yoga. Asana is a slow but powerful transformative practice. For beginners, we recommend that you work your way up to three classes a week for three months. We have noticed that people who actually do this truly get the most benefit of their practice. After a few weeks of taking yoga you may want to try more challenging classes. You maybe surprised at your ability.
What do I need to bring?
Wear loose, comfortable clothing. We have all the props you need and water for your water bottle. If you're coming from work you can change in the restrooms.We provide mats; however, some students prefer to bring their own.
Can I eat before class?
Asana is best on an empty stomach. We recommend not eating anything substantial at least two hours before class.
Is yoga a religion?
No. Because yoga has roots from India, there are at times influences of deities and mythical stories; however, yoga is not a religion. Yoga is a set of practices that can be performed by anyone. These practices are aimed to get a deep understanding of the nature of life by understanding one's own self.
Why is there chanting and talks in some classes?
Some teachers chant as a way of clearing the space before they teach. If you feel comfortable you can chant along or simply enjoy it. You are never ever required to chant. Teachers may also give a talk before class as an inspiration to bring attention to the fact that we are doing more than poses. These talks are aimed to open and relax the student.
Where is the entrance to the studio?
Watch the video above! We are located on the second floor at Room #213 in the Arabi Plaza ( 7011 St Claude Ave, Arabi LA,70032). To get upstairs, you can come in the side entrance of the building near the discount store. Go up the stairs and continue down the hall. Our studio will be on the left as you come in.
Alternatively you can also enter from the rear entrance which is a steel stair case on the other side of the building.
How do I register for class?
As a result of COVID-19 we have reduced our in-person class sizes. Please sign up for your class here. We recommend showing up for class at least 10 minutes ahead of time to give you time to put up your things, get out your yoga mat and props, and be prepared for class.
Which class level is right for me?
If you are completely new, we suggest taking a Yoga Basics class. This class focuses on the fundamentals of the poses and assumes no knowledge of asana. Other class types that are accessible to anyone new to the practice are Meditative Flow, Yin Yoga, and Restorative Yoga, which all move at a slower pace. You can also take one of our beginners workshops which are a great way to get all the essentials of yoga. Please check our schedule for when the next beginner's yoga workshop will be.