FAQ / Etiquette

What does Pranava mean?

Literally, Pranava in Sanskrit means "humming." Pranava is the sound of Om. It is the sound or vibration of the universe. Everything in the universe has this vibration in it. Om represents literally everything: beginning, middle, and end, birth, life, and death, creation, preservation, and destruction, etc. When we chant Om during class we are putting ourselves in touch with that universal vibration and with each other.

I'm a beginner. Which class is right for me?

Pranava offers many different class types taught by a variety of instructors. For beginners, we suggest Yoga Basics (a great way to learn about postures and alignment), Gentle Yoga (a slow-paced, relaxing, and calming experience), or Vinyasa Beginner/Intermediate (more movement and flow combined with great instructor support).

Learn more by clicking on a class type on the Schedule page.

What do I need to bring to class?

We suggest that you wear comfortable clothes and bring a mat, towel, and water. However, if you bring only yourself to the studio, we have mats, towels, and water to purchase/rent. We provide blankets, blocks, and straps to use as props during class.

What time should I show up for class?

We recommend that you arrive 15 to 20 minutes early.

What should I do with my personal belongings?

We have a spot in the lobby for your shoes. In the practice rooms, we have benches where you can safely store your belongings during class.

Are the rooms heated?

Our practice rooms are comfortably warm. We do not offer "hot yoga" classes. Traditionally in the yogic practice, internal heat (called Tapas) is generated through controlled breathing and movements through the postures.

Are children allowed?

This is at the discretion of each individual teacher, but the child must be mature enough to handle himself/herself appropriately in an adult class.

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What is the difference between a class and a workshop?

Classes are held on a regular schedule, lasting either one or one-and-a-half hours, with several occurring each day. A workshop is a single event, typically lasting a few hours, and focusing on a specific theme (inversions, learning Sanskrit, conscious eating, etc.). Your membership package does not include workshops. Advanced registration is highly recommended for workshops. Click here to view our current schedule of workshops.

Can I practice if I'm pregnant?

For your safety and the safety of your child, we require a doctor's note prior to or upon your first class at PYC. If you are in your first trimester, you may attend Wednesday 6pm Gentle Yoga, Thursday 9:30am Gentle Yoga, and Restorative Yoga on the first and third Sundays of the month. If you are in your second or third trimester, you may attend any class, but we recommend lower intensity classes such as Gentle or Restorative classes. If you become pregnant and need to "freeze" a previously purchased class package, we are happy to oblige so that you don't lose the opportunity to take your classes.

Can I bring my cell phone into the practice room?

We do not allow cells phones in the practice rooms unless it is for emergency reasons with prior approval from the instructor. If this is the case, please have it on silent or vibrate and please let the instructor know. Please understand that our intention is to respect all practitioners by providing an environment free of distractions.

Additional questions can be asked
via email to info@pranavayogacenter.com,
via phone to (719) 444-8463,
or in person at the studio.
For teacher training FAQs, click here.


Studio Etiquette

Yoga is a disciplined practice in a sacred space.
Please follow these respectful guidelines when practicing at Pranava.

1.  Give yourself plenty of time to digest food before practicing.
2.  Please arrive early to class.
3.  Remove your shoes in the studio lobby.
4.  Turn off your cell phone.
5.  Please do not chew gum.
6.  If the class is crowded, please make room for fellow practitioners.
7.  If you are late, please wait to place your mat until Asana practice begins.
8.  Follow the teacher's instructions, however you are encouraged to listen to and honor your body first and foremost.
9.  If you are sweaty, please use a towel. Do not use PYC blankets to wipe off sweat.
10. Try to stay for the whole class. If you must leave early, tell the teacher before class and please leave quietly before savasana.