FAQs | Wellness Institute - Bluffton Beaufort

Almost all of our classes are appropriate for all levels. We suggest trying a Basics, Gentle, Restorative or an All Levels flow. Please let the teacher know that you are new. As with all levels, we encourage you as a beginner to pace yourself and to listen to, and trust, your body. If it feels bad, stop. In time you’ll build strength, focus, stamina and flexibility.

Nothing! You can always sign up for your first class online and let us know you are coming, otherwise, just arrive early (10 minutes is fine) and sign in.

Wear comfortable clothes that will move with you and avoid overly baggy tees that tend to fall over your head when you bend over, and overly tight clothes that won’t let you bend over. Dressing in layers is always a good idea. Avoid heavy sweats.

The only thing you have to bring is an open mind and a healthy attitude. Bring a yoga mat if you have one. We have limited mats available for your use in the studio if you are a beginner or forget yours. If you are attending a Hot Yoga class, you will need to either buy or bring a mat. You may want to bring a towel and a water bottle — we have filtered water available.

We encourage you to leave competition and ego behind—the goal is to learn to listen to your body. Classes are fun and are more focused on transformation and growth. We will help you to find your own natural positive self.


The general rule is that it is best to avoid heavy meals for at least two hours before class. Some people prefer a completely empty stomach, and others prefer a light snack, such as fruit or a granola bar an hour before practice. If you are attending a HOT class, please avoid heavy meals and drink plenty of water.

That is up to you. You always control the intensity of your practice and we encourage you to work at your own pace in every class. You’ll find that some days your practice will seem easy and some days more difficult. Just go with the flow and challenge yourself slowly.

Consistency is the key to experiencing the full benefits of the yoga practice… and to making new yoga friends! Whether you practice at home or in the studio, a daily practice, even a 20 minute daily practice, is a good and lofty goal.

Sweat cleanses both the body and mind. Our classes are not Bikram classes. We offer moderately heated classes, to encourage opening and detoxification of the body and the mind and are heated to around 85-90 degrees to allow you to safely achieve serious sweat and deep release. If you like it hotter, you can grab a space heater. Our other classes are usually kept in the mid to upper 70s with the exception of prenatal classes.

YES! Yoga offers the combination of strength and cardiovascular exercise, and the heat also helps to raise the core body temperature to a level that helps regulate metabolism and appetite. Additionally, studies have shown that yoga’s stress-busting benefits help you stay committed to good nutrition and fitness habits.

In most cases yoga is WONDERFUL for pregnancy but it would be prudent to clear it with your physician in case of any contraindications for your specific case. During pregnancy, yoga can help strengthen body and mind for labor, as well as ease nausea, back pain and swelling. We offer prenatal classes, as well as Gentle and Restorative classes that are thoroughly appropriate for pregnancy. Unless you have an existing yoga practice, some of the more dynamic classes should be avoided.

At the end of each class, our teachers offer the ancient Sanskrit word “namaste” as a symbol of gratitude, respect and connection. Students answer with “namaste” in the same spirit. This exchange allows us all to come together energetically to a place of connection and timelessness. A short translation is: “The Light in me sees the Light in you, and all I can do is bow.”

  • Cyclists – develop core strength and full body flexibility for increased efficiency. open the hip flexors that are used so much in cycling.
  • Runners – prevent injuries through hip and hamstring flexibility and develop mental stamina, as well as keeping the hip flexors open and strong, allowing for more efficient running.
  • Swimmers – protect shoulder joints and optimize breathing patterns, as well as strengthen the back and joints.
  • Golfers – develop fluid, integrated strength and sharpen focus, as well as increase rotational ability and release neck and shoulder tension
  • Tennis/racquetball players – release neck and shoulder tension and increase rotational ability
  • Equestrians – improve balance and core stabilization