What is Yoga?
Entire books have been written on this subject, but to quickly answer: Yoga is an ancient (over 7k years old!) practice that includes a way of moving and breathing with intention and focus. It is so much more than a workout, even though it is often marketed that way. Yoga, ultimately, is exactly what you need it to be at any given moment. Had a stressful day? It will help you relax. Need to sweat it out? Don’t worry, you will! Joints stiff and achy? Yoga can help! Those that have fallen in love with yoga find the practice to become a way of life, not just a moment in their day or a box to check. Want to learn more? No better way than to start today.
I’m new to yoga. Is your studio good for beginners? What class is best for me?
New to yoga? Awesome! We love introducing people to yoga for the first time, or reintroducing those that have been away from their practice for a while. Yoga is meant to be welcoming to all levels and accommodating to a variety of body types. Our well-trained teachers are skilled in offering many options that will help you meet the movements in a way that works for you.
All of our classes are good for beginners but it is important that you understand the intention behind each class.
- Looking for a workout and are already physically fit? The EmPowered Flow class is perfect for you.
- Trying to build strength and balance while improving your breathing? Our Flow class will work nicely for you.
- Need to do some gentle stretching while also finding a relaxed state? Yin and Gentle are right up your alley.
- Stressed and anxious? Try Create Calm to learn strategies for calming your nervous system.
- Want to find tools to stay mobile and healthy as you age? Yoga for Longevity was designed for you.
I tried yoga at a gym/using a video and hated it. What makes studio yoga different?
Ahhh, we are always so disappointed to hear that someone tried yoga once, hated it, and wrote it off for good. This is like saying “I hate vegetables,” because you tried boiled brussels sprouts once as a kid! Yoga is exceptionally diverse and we truly believe that there’s a practice and a teacher for everyone. Oftentimes gym yoga is taught by someone that is not certified, and is done in an environment that is not conducive to creating the effects yoga tries to evoke. And in our digital age of YouTube Yoga, many people try it without a teacher that can guide them and risk getting injured or simply have no connection with the practice. We encourage you to try again if this is your experience. Finding a good quality studio with a well-trained teacher makes all the difference.
Am I too old to practice yoga?
There is no such thing. Yoga is for all ages and is actually one of the best practices to carry with you throughout all of your life phases. Attend any class at Nectar Flow and you will find students of all ages. Our owner’s mother attends most of her classes at 73 and often practices next to her granddaughter who is 13. It really is a multigenerational experience.
I’m not flexible. Can I still do yoga? Isn’t yoga just a lot of stretching?
Saying “I’m too stiff to do yoga,” is like saying “I’m too hungry to eat.” First of all, the reason WHY you are stiff is because you are not regularly moving your body in a way that creates mobility. Secondly, stretching is no longer considered best for solving stiffness, and yoga is NOT just stretching. It is a combination of lengthening, strengthening, and relaxing the body all while using the breath to calm the nervous system and improve overall health and mobility.
Can I bring my kid to yoga?
It depends. Kids 12-18 can attend our regular classes at a discounted rate of $12/class. Kids ages 6-12 are welcome to attend our Kids’ Yoga Class Sessions and kids 5 and under can attend Kids’ Yoga Sessions with a parent.
Will yoga conflict with my religion?
Yoga is not religious. It is a philosophy and a way of living that actually compliments all traditional religious beliefs. Its first principle is “do no harm” and its ultimate principle is to surrender to something larger than yourself. YOU get to choose what you surrender to and that is where yoga aligns with your spiritual beliefs.
My doctor told me to do yoga! Is yoga good for back pain? What if I’m injured?
This is a tricky one! Yoga is not considered medicine or physical therapy. Your yoga teacher is just that, a teacher. Not a physical therapist. Not a doctor. Not a nutritionist. Not a counselor. That said, yoga CAN help prevent back pain and injuries. It can also cause back pain and injuries if not practiced properly. We always recommend working with a qualified health professional in the event of injury, as well as informing your teacher of any injuries and issues. Our teachers are trained to modify for injuries, etc. and will do their best to guide you, but it is ultimately up to you to listen to your body.
Is yoga the only “workout” I need? How often should I practice yoga? Is yoga good for runners, cyclists, and other athletes?
This is highly personal. Yoga can be the only exercise you do, but it is also a great complement to other forms of fitness, including running, cycling and lifting. Our owner, Casie, is an ex-college track athlete that still trail runs and competes in the occasional race. Her regular yoga practice has enabled her to continue running without injury. Yoga can be practiced every day, even multiple times per day. The practice is so variable, from quiet, gentle movement and meditation, to highly athletic and vigorous strength and balanced-based acrobatics. You get to choose what works for you.
How much are classes?
Class prices vary depending on the option you choose. New, local students can try the studio out for just $5! The most affordable option is our VIP Monthly Membership, which allows you to attend unlimited classes on an automatically renewing contract for only $136/month. We also offer a Loyalty Membership for $92/month which offers 5 classes per month and you can add on at the same rate. We have “punch card” style class packages for those that may not be as consistent with their attendance. A 20 Class Package is $358 and lasts a year ($17.90 per class). A 10 Class Package is $198 ($19.80 per class) and lasts six months. A 5 Class Package is $110 ($22 per class) and lasts 3 months. Not ready to commit? Our single class drop in rate is $24. Are you a teacher, student, first responder, or military? Ask us about our affordable option for those that serve.
What is the studio like?
Nectar Flow Yoga is a warm and welcoming boutique yoga studio located in the small community of Spicewood, Texas just outside of Austin in the Texas Hill Country. We are unpretentious, down-to-earth, and open-minded. Our space allows for about 20 mats and includes a lovely little boutique with Yoga mats, Hugger Mugger Props, Branded Clothing, and Madre Luna Skincare. Check out our Studio Etiquette for more information.
What do I need to bring to class?
A water bottle, a yoga mat if you have one, and an open mind. If you do not have a mat, don’t worry. We offer loaners free of charge, and also have high-quality mats for sale in our small boutique. Check out our Studio Etiquette for more information.
How do I know if I’m doing it right?
That’s what our teachers are here for! Our teachers do more than just call the pose. We watch you and provide appropriate guidance. If you are unsure or have questions, please ask! We can all grow from your questions.
The body benefits from movement, and the mind benefits from stillness.