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What is Yoga?

Yoga is an ancient system of guidelines for ethical discipline, physical health, breathing, concentration and meditation. The word “yoga” comes from the Sanskrit word “yug,” or “union.”

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Which classes should I take?

If you are new to yoga, we recommend Basic I, Basic Backs or the Intro to Yoga Series. All provide a basic understanding of breath and alignment, and reduce the risk of injury. If you have questions about a specific class, or have a pre-existing injury, please ask an Updog staff member for guidance.

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How often should I practice?

Your first class is free. Try to take advantage of as many different teachers, times and classes as possible, depending on your experience levels. Typically, experienced yogis and yoginis practice every day.

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What should I wear?

Lightweight “workout clothes” are best.


Why shouldn't I eat before taking a yoga class?

Food interferes with the body’s ability to cleanse and detoxify.


What if I am pregnant?

Please inform your teacher; check with your physician before beginning a physical routine.

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What can Yoga do for me?

Yoga has been proven to reduce stress, increase mental acuity, improve circulation, slim and tone the body and increase energy. Yoga can also help develop and maintain a daily meditation practice.


Do's & Don'ts


• Arrive 10 minutes prior to scheduled start time.

• Check-in at the front desk prior to class.

• Bring your own practice mat (or rent one at the desk).


• Eat 2-3 hours before class.

• Wear perfumes, lotions or cologne.

• Bring cell phones or pagers into class.


New Student Tips & Suggestions

We would like to extend a special welcome to the many, many new students who have selected Updog as the place to learn and grow their personal yoga practice-- we are deeply honored that you chose Updog!

Note that all new students are required to complete a New Student Waiver Form.

Please contact the office at 248-608-6668 if you have any questions.

Here are some tips and suggestions as you enter on this exciting new path to physical and mental wellness:

  • Please try to arrive 10 minutes or so prior to the scheduled class start time.

  • Avoid eating at least 2-3 hours before you practice.

  • Drink plenty of fluids before and after class, but try to avoid drinking fluids during class.

  • Feel free to use the changing room to store your personal belongings during class.

  • Start with Basic I, Yin, Basic Backs or Gentle Yoga then move to Slow Flow, Short Form Ashtanga and/or Vinyasa classes if you feel you need more of a challenge.

  • Be sure to tell your teacher(s) about any specific physical limitations you may be dealing with.

  • When in doubt, set up next to one of Updog's more experienced students; feel free to practice "gawk-asana" (watching someone else practice a pose) if you feel lost.

Have fun! Smile! Be grateful you're on the top side of your mat.