FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

The following Frequently Asked Questions are a brief guide to many popular questions or concerns many students have when trying yoga for the first time.  We want your time with us at Live Oak Yoga to be peaceful, useful and beneficial, so scroll below for information about our classes, packages and general information.  We want your yoga journey to be one of endless possibilities and renewed health.  Our staff is always available to answer any questions in detail or elaborate on information not contained herein.

What is Yoga? Yoga is the union of mind, body and soul through breath and movement.  The word Yoga means to yolk or to unite.  At Live Oak Yoga, all our classes aim to assist all students in finding a deeper connection with their body and soul through the practice of asanas (poses), pranayama (breathing exercises) and meditation. 

What is Ayurveda? Ayurveda is an ancient system of healing that includes all aspects of wellness. It can be approached differently for every individual depending on their constitution and their needs. Ayurveda utilizes one on one consultations with an extensive questionnaire about lifestyle, personal preferences mental, physical and emotional history as well as a physical evaluation of each client to determine their mind body constitution also known as Dosha. Through nutrition, physical movement, mental exercises, herbs, treatments and daily choices an individual can customize his/her own treatment plan. 

How is Live Oak Different? We are proud to say that Live Oak is an oasis in the Yoga Community. Our teachers are highly trained each with their own special skills, from being one of the only certified Iyengar Instructors in Florida, to Yoga Therapists, Physical Therapists, Certified Ayurvedic Practitioners, Body workers and so much more. We’ve fostered a yoga community for those who’ve never attended yoga, who have disabilities, who have trouble with body mechanics, are recovering from surgeries or illnesses, are overweight, or have any other specific need. Our classes are exclusively small (averaging 6 people no more than 10) purposefully in order for our instructors to have one on one time with each on of the students to identify their needs and ensure them a safe and productive practice.

What types of classes do you offer and how do I sign up for them? While there are many different styles of yoga and each has unique benefits, Live Oak Yoga prides in having classes centered around mindful movement and breath connection.  We offer private and group classes for all levels and we welcome yogis of all backgrounds in all our classes.  From Restorative, Gentle, Basics, Wall, Chair to Flow, all of our classes are carefully and mindfully created with the approach that everyone is welcomed.  You can sign up online by using the MindBody app with your cell phone or through our website.  All you have to do is create a MindBody account, select the class you wish to take and you are good go!  

If you need help setting up an account, see one of our teachers, we will help you!

What if I am new to Yoga or if I am inflexible?  All you need is the desire to learn and some comfortable, lose fitting clothes and we will take care of the rest.  Although we encourage you to bring our own mat, our studio provides mats, props such as blocks, straps and bolsters, and eye pillows.  We also provide hot tea, water and endless variations for every single pose! Just make sure you arrive at least 15 minutes before class to fill out new student forms! If you are inflexible, you are the perfect student for all our classes because we love to witness our students grow and blossom.  The more you attend, the more flexibility you will gain, just keep in mind that every body is different and honor your body as it is without comparing your practice or yourself to anyone else.  It's called yoga practice, NOT yoga perfect.  However, as with any exercise regimen, please consult your doctor!

Ofrecen Yoga en Español? En Live Oak ofrecemos las unicas clases de yoga en español para la comunidad de Orlando. Llamanos al 407-212-2988 y comunicate con Natalia para mas informacion. Tambien ofrecemos la certificacion para ser instructor de Yoga en Español, una buena oportunidad para los hispanohablantes y latinos que desean empezar una nueva carrera en el mundo de la salud y del yoga.

What are your specials and packages and how do I purchase or register for classes?  Our goal is to provide affordable quality classes for everyone to enjoy!  We have several packages which are available for purchase through our website or in person.  

-First time students, we offer a 30 days for $30 special perfect to get to know the studio, figure out what classes suit your moods and your schedule. 

-5 class package for $65 (expires 30 days from date of purchase)

-10 class package for $120 (expires 3 months from date of purchase)

-Monthly Unlimited package for $125 (which allows you to attend unlimited classes for the month) and

-Monthly Unlimited Membership with Auto-Pay $85

However, please make sure we check our website and your emails for special offers and flash sales!!  We encourage everyone to sign up for classes in advanced to reserve room.  We are a small studio, with a BIG heart.  

What should I do before class? Is it okay to eat or drink?  It is recommended that you hydrate before taking any class and that you refrain from eating at least 2 hours before practice, however, if you must eat, make sure you eat something light, such as fruits, veggies, smoothies or a salad to avoid indigestion or discomfort.  We encourage you to arrive at least 15 minutes before class to make sure you have time to sign in, find a spot and avoid class interruptions.

What should I do or not do once I enter the studio?  Yoga etiquette is very important! Your fellow students, just like yourself, want to enjoy the class and have a good time while relaxing and stretching.  Upon entering, please remove your shoes and place them, along with your belongings, inside the cubby adjacent to the entrance; please do not wear harsh perfumes or lotions in consideration for those with sensitive noses; please make sure you turn off your cell phone; use your inside voices when talking to others; roll out your mat in a quiet and gentle manner; respect others when they are practicing quiet time; make room for your neighbor and refrain from bringing food into the studio.  If you have any injuries, pre-existing conditions, are pregnant or are undergoing medical treatment for conditions that cause to be dizzy or anything else of a sensitive nature, please inform your teacher.  We do not want to pry and we promise not to share your information with anyone, but for your safety (and ours), please let us know so we can provide you with a class that will not cause further injuries or health concerns.

Where should I park if the parking lot is full?  There is parking behind our building, which is well-lit and safe.  You can park there and walk around to the front of the building.  

Do you offer any other services? WE MOST CERTAINLY DO! With over 25 years combined, Live Oak Therapists, Natalia T Galindo, Danielle Samper, Jenny Runde, and Naomi Bourassa, provide a variety of therapeutic modalities such as various Ayurvedic treatments, Therapeutic Massage (a massage meant to soothe aches and pains), Thai Yoga Massage, Craniosacral Therapy, Reflexology, Deep Tissue and so much more.  

Massage Therapy and Ayurvedic treatments are accumulative, which means the more you receive them, the better your body will feel, so be sure to inquire about our wellness packages and monthly specials.  At Live Oak Yoga we aim to renew your health, both body and mind.  To ensure the enjoyment of our friends who are receiving a service, let's make sure we are mindful of our voices and actions.  If you are coming in for yoga and there is a massage in progress please use your inside quiet voice and respect the peace of those in session.

Do you offer workshops?  Yes, we do! We offer monthly workshops to delve deeper into the practice of yoga postures, philosophy, anatomy and physiology.

Do you offer a teacher training? Yes, Live Oak Wellness is partnered with DOSHA Yoga Teacher Training to provide Yoga Alliance certified 200 hours yoga teacher training. For more information visit our training page here. 

When are we open? We are only open by appointment for massage, ayurveda and facials.  For yoga the doors open 10-15 minutes before the class (some classes might be back to back, the teacher will open the door once the class is finished).