Frequently Asked Questions
The expanded Yoga and Pilates offerings at the Green Bay Y pose many questions for beginners and experienced yogis alike. We are here to help and answer any questions that you may have!
What is Yoga?
Yoga is an exercise discipline that dates back to ancient India. Yoga involves moving the body through a series of positions and stretches, while focusing on breathing or specific thoughts. The practice will help to release tension from the mind and body. Yoga delivers unique and vital benefits which include increased energy levels, lower blood pressure, improved memory, better balance and sense of calm. All skill levels are encouraged to participate. You can challenge your muscles, bones and joints using safe and gentle poses.
What is Pilates?
Pilates is an exercise discipline that was developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 1900’s. It is a systematic approach to physical conditioning, focusing on the breath and core strength. A strong core allows the body to move without undue stress on the spine along with improved balance and coordination. Enjoy the benefits of better posture, a strong center, and an overall feeling of well-being. All skill levels are encouraged to participate.
What is the difference between yoga and Pilates? Yoga and Pilates share many similarities in that there is a focus on breathing, alignment, relaxation and concentration. Both methods also seek to unite the mind, body and spirit. One of the main differences between the two techniques lies in the type of breathing practiced while performing the postures. The foundation of yoga breathing is an inhalation and exhalation through the nose. The foundation of Pilates breathing is an exhalation made through the mouth whilst mindfully engaging the core as the breath is expelled.
What if I’m not flexible? Can I still do yoga and Pilates?
Many of us are not flexible. The most important element is how the pose feels on the inside. Start where you are and do what you can — the instructors can offer modifications to the poses along with alternative poses so you can find what’s right for you. Before you know it, you’ll have a fuller range of motion and move your body more easily. That’s what it’s about. Remember that there is no such thing as being “good” at Yoga or Pilates. It is only important that you walk out of a class feeling better than when you walked in.
Mind & Body Etiquette
- Wear fresh, non-restrictive and comfortable clothing, suitable for exercise. Yoga and Pilates is practiced with bare feet. Remove shoes at the entrance of mind and body studio (cubbies are provided).
- Please be on time. Studios are open before class.
- Turn off your cell phone!
- It is important to avoid eating too much or too little before your yoga or Pilates practice.
- Bring a towel, mat, and water – the Y does have mats, blocks, straps, and towels.
- Please avoid wearing any perfumes or strongly scented lotions inside the studio.
- If you need to leave early, please position yourself close to the door, be as quiet as possible.
- Please ask the instructor for help if you are confused or uncomfortable.
- Enjoy your yoga and Pilates practice with patience and mindfulness. Always remember to practice within your ability and honor your body.
What yoga and Pilates class should I start with?
The Y offers Free Beginner Workshops at the West Side and East Side Y’s. The East Side Y features Free Beginner Yoga Workshops and the West Side Y features Free Beginner Pilates Workshops. Restorative and Slow Flow yoga classes are beginner friendly also. Specific date and time information is available on our Mind & Body Workshops & Special Events page.
How often should I do yoga and Pilates?
Yoga and Pilates can be practiced daily. Practicing once a week is a good starting point, 2 to 3 times per week will help you move more easily and practicing 4 to 6 times per week often brings clarity and perspective within the mind and body, strengthens your practice and purifies your body. This is when you really see the results.
What do I wear to yoga and Pilates?
Wear comfortable clothing that allows you to move and stretch easily. Tops that stay in place when you bend over work best. Fitness tops, snug tees and tank tops tend to be the best choices. It is very important to practice yoga and Pilates in comfort! For the sake of those with allergies, please avoid wearing any perfumes or other scents inside the studio.
What do I bring?
Mats, straps, blocks and small hand towels are provided for all participants. If you feel more comfortable, you may bring your own mat or props to class. If you are attending a heated class you may want to bring a larger towel and water.
Should I eat before class?
Although you don’t want to practice yoga or Pilates feeling hungry, it is recommended to eat any larger meals a few hours before your class to allow for time to digest. If you are hungry right before your class then a small snack is encouraged.
When should I arrive before a class?
If it is your first class, it is recommended to arrive 10-15 minutes early so you have time to purchase a pass and settle into class. Instructors are generally available 10 minutes before each class to answer questions or help get you comfortable. If you are running late, please sneak in as quietly as possible.
What is your minimum age as I want to bring my son or daughter to class with me?
Our minimum age for yoga and Pilates classes is 14. A Family Yoga class is offered at the East side Y for younger interested yogi’s to attend with an adult. Please see our Mind & Body Workshops & Special Events page.
Mind & Body Pricing
The Mind & Body Punch Card offers a lot of flexibility, but may not guarantee your spot in class. Class maximums are 15 people - first come, first served. Punch cards can be purchased at the front desk of any Green Bay Y and must be presented to the instructor. Click to learn more about Mind & Body Pricing.
When does my pass expire?
At this time our Mind & Body Punch Cards do not have an expiration date (with the exception of the unlimited monthly pass).
Where do I purchase a pass?
Mind & Body Punch Cards can be purchased at the front desk at each Y. Yoga and Pilates is currently offered at the East, West and Ferguson Family Y’s. Passes are available for member and non-members. Please see our Mind & Body Pricing page.
Why Mind & Body Private Sessions?
Mind & Body Private Sessions ease the intimidation experienced by beginners when attending group yoga or Pilates classes for the first time.
Mind & Body Private Sessions will teach you the basics of yoga or Pilates, which will give you the foundation necessary to feel comfortable in a group environment.
Mind & Body Private Sessions allow you to work with special health concerns, injuries, or any other limitations you may experience.
Mind & Body Private Sessions allow you to fit yoga or Pilates into your schedule at a time and location that works with your schedule.