Where is Om Sweet Om Yoga and how do I get there?
Conveniently located one block from the Long Island Railroad, Om Sweet Om Yoga is located at 12 Irma Avenue, Port Washington, NY 11050. We are located right off of Main Street.You can park in our parking lot or on the street. Some of the spots on the street are free, and are 90 minutes or 3 hours, some are metered. Leave yourself enough time to park so you don’t feel rushed. There are commuter lots available for free as well after 3 pm during the week and all weekend. If you need help getting here, and google maps is confusing to you, please don’t hesitate to call 516-944-9642
What kind of yoga classes are offered at Om Sweet Om Yoga?
Om Sweet Om Yoga offers many styles of yoga, our predominant style is called Vinyasa. Vinyasa is the weaving of the breath with every fluid movement. Each breath is used to propel, encourage, and sustain the flow of an asana sequence. We also offer Iyengar, Restorative, Kids Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, Beginners Yoga and amongst the Vinyasa style we have different levels of intensity, you will be sure to find one that suits your needs.
What are the benefits of practicing yoga?
The physical benefits of yoga are many. It increases strength, vitality, flexibility and agility. It also eases digestion, while improving the nervous system and blood circulation. A more subtle benefit to yoga is the development of self-awareness. Through practice, yoga offers a more creative ability to understand ourselves. This awareness gives us the ability to handle stress and have clearer, calmer thoughts. Yoga improves our attitude and emotional well-being. The ultimate goal is to raise our consciousness, as well as our spirits!
What does Om Sweet Om Yoga offer me that a gym cannot?
Yoga is meant to enrich the quality of your life, providing mindfulness. Om Sweet Om Yoga is a community of students who are like-minded, and want to bring a feeling of health and wellness into their lives. If you are someone who attends a gym, you will find that yoga is a great balance to your workouts. We have even found that many people who have practiced yoga at gyms, enjoy our environment, and return for the sense of calm they feel, besides the great mind/body workout.
What if I don’t want to do yoga in a group setting?
Sometimes practicing yoga in a group setting can be intimidating to the beginner and that is why Om Sweet Om Yoga offers private and semi-private sessions. Many people also like to practice one-on-one so they get individualized attention. Call the front desk to book your appointment 516-944-9642
I’m brand new to yoga, how do I get started? Which class is best for me?
We offer a diverse schedule of classes that are sure to fit your schedule and level. Our foundations and fundamentals class or alignment technique class are the best choices for new students of yoga. We also offer Iyengar yoga which, while not just a beginner class, many new students to yoga find helpful and enjoyable as well.
Can I take an Open Level class if I’ve never done yoga before?
As a beginner, we recommend Foundations or Alignment classes first and then moving on to an Open Level class. Our Foundations and SloYoga classes are for beginning students to learn the correct alignment of the basic yoga poses. Our Open classes are designed for students who have attended Foundations or SloYoga classes and are ready for more active classes. All of our classes work on strength, flexibility, well-being, mindfulness and inner focus.
I’m not flexible. Can I do yoga?
Yes! You are the perfect candidate for yoga. Many people think that they need to be flexible before they begin yoga, no flexibility required! Come as you are and you will find that a yoga practice will help you become stronger and more flexible.
How many times per week should I practice?
Start with two times per week. Initially, do what you can and refuse to let time constraints become an obstacle. You’ll find that after a while, your desire to practice will increase naturally and you’ll end up doing more and more.
Do I have to sign up in advance?
Currently, we do not ask for pre-registration for classes. Arriving early, however, will guarantee you a mat space. Some of our classes are filled to capacity. As for our workshops, we encourage pre-registration with discount incentives.
How early do I need to show up before class starts?
Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the start time of your class or workshop, especially if it’s your first time at Om Sweet Om Yoga.
Why is there chanting? Do I have to chant?
Not all our classes have chanting, but many do. The chants are mantras. Chanting is creating a connection to a part of yourself. It is a positive, verbal, and encouraging method to help break through and clear up aspects of you that may be covered up. The chants are spoken in Sanskrit. Chanting is optional, although we find that many hesitant beginners soon give up the giggles and give in to the uplifting moment! The process of chanting is meant to bring people together in a fun and inclusive practice!
What do I wear and what do I bring?
Wear comfortable clothing that allows for stretching. Shorts, sweatpants, and tanktops are fine. However, please be aware of large t-shirts that fall over your face during inversions! No footwear is required since yoga is practiced barefoot. Bring a yoga mat and a hand towel. If you do not have a mat, we can sell or rent you one. We also have a purified water cooler that you can fill up your own bottle with.
Can I eat before class?
Try not to eat anything heavy right before class. A good rule of thumb is two hours before class. It is recommended that you practice on an empty stomach. A full stomach may cause discomfort and distract you from your practice.
I have a disability. Can I take yoga?
Om Sweet Om Yoga is committed to providing access to the many benefits of yoga to individuals with all levels of ability. To discuss your specific needs, please contact us at 516-944-9642.