Frequently Asked Questions


What makes the Yoga Shelter different from other yoga studios?

At Yoga Shelter, there are no levels or class hierarchies. Each individual is on their own journey to explore their physical body along with their mind. What most people connect to at the Shelter is the encouragement from the teachers and staff to figure out these truths for themselves. Students receive gentle guidance and support from our teachers so the students become experts on themselves rather than the teacher pretending to be the expert on them!

How often does the schedule change?

Our schedule is pretty consistent, although new classes are occasionally added. The website is always up to date, so you can check that to see the latest schedule.

What kind of yoga do you do here?

We do yoga! That’s it! You can call it a kind of hatha, vinyasa or power yoga, but our style, created and inspired by Eric Paskel, is unique and incorporates many different elements. On the surface level it’s the most dynamic and freeing workout on the planet, and at it’s core it’s a community of people coming together to cultivate a peace of mind. We offer several different kinds of Yoga classes to choose from including Slow Flow, Yoga Rocks, Yin Yoga, Fusion, Prenatal and much more.

Do you have a shower?

The West Bloomfield, Birmingham and Rochester Hills studios have a shower. There is soap available; you just need to bring your own towel.

Do you have beginner classes?

There are no levels of classes at the Yoga Shelter. So, as someone new to yoga, you can attend any class you wish, based on your objectives. Yoga Rocks is more athletic and fast moving in nature whereas Slow Flow is holding poses for longer and moving overall at a slower pace. We will introduce you to the teacher, so that he or she knows that you are new to yoga (if you are). The important thing is to go at your own pace. Yoga is about being okay with where we are, right now, whether we’ve done it once or a thousand times. It’s not about judging our performance. It is about learning how to be present in the moment.

Can I do yoga if I’m pregnant? And do you have prenatal yoga?

You can certainly do yoga if you’re pregnant. However, we ask that pregnant women get clearance from their doctors first before participating in a yoga class. We now have prenatal/postnatal workshops. Please check the upcoming events for date, time, and place for these workshops.


Yoga and Health


Will I lose weight if I do yoga?

There is a direct correlation between the number of calories taken in, the number of calories burned, and our weight. A regular yoga practice at the Yoga Shelter, combined with a balanced, healthy diet, will definitely help you lose weight. More importantly yoga teaches us to have more self-awareness and self-control. There is no doubt that if you have a regular practice at Yoga Shelter, you will make changes like what you eat, when you eat, how much you eat and how often you eat, and no doubt you will get to the heart of what’s eating you!

Will I get a good workout doing yoga?

Yes! At Yoga Shelter, you have an opportunity to completely challenge your entire body physically. It can be a great physical and mental workout. We are moving our bodies in ways that work our muscles, tendons, and ligaments, while massaging our internal organs and cleansing our body of toxins.

What other workouts do I have to do in addition to yoga to stay in shape?

It depends on what your physical fitness goals are, it is different for every individual. But if you want to have your body look fit and healthy, supple and toned, practicing yoga four to five times a week can put you in top physical shape. It could be all that you need!


Is Yoga for Me?


What if I’ve never done yoga in my life, do I need a private yoga class first?

No. Since there’s no expectation of what anyone needs to accomplish in a class, there is always a place in our classes for someone who’s never
done yoga before. Part of yoga is being aware of the process of learning something new and accepting ourselves just the way we are right now; the yoga class is the perfect place to practice this. Our teachers are trained to help ensure that your experience is a positive one, reminding the student to leave the competitive, judgmental self outside.

Do I have to take Slow Flow if it’s my first time?

No. One of the reasons we offer you introductory membership at most of our studios, is because we encourage people to try out different types of classes. The class you choose should be based on what you’re looking for, as well as your individual fitness level, personal injuries, or health issues. Slow Flow is a good place to start, because it moves more slowly and is easier to modify, but it’s not a necessity.

Can I take a Yoga Rocks class if I’ve never done yoga before?


What if I can’t touch my toes and I’m not really flexible? Can I do yoga?

If you can walk through the door, you’re flexible enough to do yoga. Yoga is not about being physically flexible. It is about being willing to find the truth about where our bodies and minds are right now, and to begin to work from there. Also, everyone’s bodies are different. So just because someone cannot touch their toes, does not mean that they’re not flexible. It might simply mean that their unique skeleton restricts that movement. There is nothing good or bad about that; it just is.


In the Yoga Room


What should I wear to class?

Dress comfortably and keep in mind that the room is heated. It’s best to wear a snug-fitting top because a loose shirt can fall open when you bend forward or do inversions. Comfortable yoga pants or long shorts are good. Don’t wear shorts that are too short because you may be uncomfortable in some of the poses.

What do I need to bring to class with me?

Bring your own mat, if you have one, and a towel. We have mats to rent for $2 and water bottles to purchase for $1. We also sell yoga mats if you would like to purchase one to keep. Do not bring cell phones into the room.

Are the rooms heated for all of the classes?

Yes. The room is heated to the low 80s for Slow Flow, and to 90 degrees for Yoga Rocks. A Fusion class is usually somewhere in the middle.

Do all the teachers play music? Is it all the same music?

Our teachers all play music and their music is all different, selected by the teacher to provide inspiration, focus, and fun during the class.

Why are Yoga Shelter Classes Heated?

There are a lot of reasons why we choose to practice yoga in a heated room. The heat helps our bodies warm up (sort of life bending metal when it is heated) and makes it easier to get deeper into postures more safely. In our experience, the many benefits of practicing yoga postures are amplified by doing so in the heat. Sweating helps us clean out our systems, because toxins are carried to the surface of the skin in sweat, where they float magically away during the process of evaporation.

The heat also:
• Helps us burn fat more effectively by boosting metabolism and melting away water weight in sweat
• Dilates our capillaries to boost the “oxygenation” of all our cells — tissues, muscles, organs, etc. (Especially beneficial for athletes)
• Boosts circulation and gets the heart rate up, at times rendering yoga an aerobic activity
• Enhances our immune system by slightly elevating the temperature of the body, which increases T-cell functioning
• Elevates the functioning of the nervous system and decreases anxiety by relaxing the body

Another subtle effect of the heat that you don’t always hear about is that it actually helps us concentrate and stay in the moment. The intensity of practicing in a warm room is hard to ignore, and (at least in our experience) this helps our minds wander less. Since yoga is about staying present in the moment, the heat can function as our ally in this way.

By far the biggest reason we practice yoga in a heated room?

Because it feels good! Sometimes the warmth can be intense, and the sweating messy, but it feels so, so wonderful to purify our bodies in a heated practice (and then go home and take a nice rinse). Heated yoga isn’t for everyone, but many people find that after an initial adjustment period they never want to go back to “cold” yoga.

How hot is it, anyway?

Our thermostat is set to between 80 – 85 degrees (PS Bikram yoga classes are heated to a toasty 105 degrees fahrenheit, so we are well below that!!), and some classes never even reach that temperature. However, because we are all working and sweating together, it can get pretty humid in there, which can make it feel hotter. The good news? A moisture-filled room actually encourages us to sweat more which — you guessed it — means more cleansing and detoxing.

We encourage you to stay hydrated — particularly before you come to class.

Some traditions discourage drinking water while practicing yoga – we don’t. If you need to drink water during class, be mindful when doing so – don’t put the fire out by drinking too much. Make sure you drink water after class too – maybe even some electrolyte replacement drink. We sell Vega Recovery in the lobby. Getting adequate intake of liquids is a pivotal part of benefiting from your practice.

Things to look out for

If you have any doubt, and as always before beginning a new exercise program, please consult your doctor for a “second opinion” before you launch into a heated yoga habit. Once you’ve joined us, here are some uncommon but important things to look out for when practicing in the heat:

Again — stay hydrated! You might be surprised how much water your body can handle when you’re sweating for 90 minutes a day.
If, at any point, you feel overheated, dizzy, or nauseous, by all means relax on your mat. Ideally, do so while you are still able to do it gracefully — not when it’s too late! Child’s pose and savasana are great options when you need to take a quick break.
We encourage you not to leave the room suddenly if you feel lightheaded. Whenever possible, stay on your mat and relax.




Can I just sit and watch at the back of the room to see if yoga is for me?

No, we’d prefer that you not do that. Watching a yoga class is not the best way to tell if it’s for you. What your eyes tell you is different from what your body experiences. It can also make the class participants uncomfortable if they feel they’re being watched. If you’re interested, grab a mat, join the class, and follow along at your own pace.

Do I have to make an appointment to come in and take a class?

No, but we do recommend that you arrive at least five minutes early. Some classes are more crowded than others.

Is my membership good at all of your studios?

We have different memberships to meet your practice needs and schedules – by becoming an “Ultimate Shelter” member you can practice at all of our studios by signing up for a monthly draft or buying a year prepaid membership.

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