Frequently Asked Questions

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. You are welcome to bring a yoga mat or rent a mat when you get to the studio.  Mat Cubby Rental is also available at the studio.

Can I eat before class?

Try not to eat anything heavy right before class. If you can, try not to eat 1 to 2 hours before class. Practicing on an empty stomach will help to avoid discomfort and distraction from your practice.  It is also important to keep hydration in mind.  Filtered water and tea are available in the studio lounge.

I have an injury or a disability. Can I take yoga?

Atmananda Yoga Studio is committed to providing access to the many benefits of yoga to individuals with all levels of ability. In fact, yoga may be especially beneficial to those with disabilities and injuries.  To discuss your specific needs, please contact us at 212-625-1511 or send us an email at

Do I have to sign up in advance?

Pre-registration for classes is available on our website, but is not required. Arriving early, however, will guarantee you a mat space. Some of our classes are filled to capacity.

How early do I need to show up before class starts?

You are welcome to arrive a bit early before class, meet other students and enjoy the complimentary tea and Wifi in our lounge.  If it is your first time to Atmananda Yoga Studio we would love to show you around and welcome you to our home.

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 Level 1/2/3 class or the Hip-Opening Stretching class are the best choices for new students of yoga. These are gentle classes that help to build a strong understanding of the alignment of poses and breathing techniques so that you will practice safely in any class.

Can I take an Open Level class if I’ve never done yoga before?

As a beginner, we recommend the Level 1/2/3 class first.  From there you can move on to the Open Level class. Our Level 1/2/3 classes are open to all students who want to learn the correct alignment of the basic yoga poses. Our Open classes are designed for students who have an understanding of the basics and are ready for more active classes. All of our classes work on strength, flexibility, well-being, and inner focus.

What kind of yoga is offered at Atmananda Yoga Studio?

This meticulously crafted and time-tested sequence is designed as the center of the asana practice for the serious Vinyasa yogi at any level. Combining the most powerful classic postures in a complete flow through all asana types, from standing to seated, from twists to inversions, the Atmananda sequence is a physical tool and energetic key to activating Samadhi, or higher consciousness, as well as deep self-healing through exercise. It is one of the most effective and physiologically sound sequences available to the contemporary yogi. Six levels, applicable as individual segments or in seamless entirety, take the aspirant through all stages to mastery.

What are the benefits of practicing yoga?

There are many physical benefits of Yoga: it improves flexibility and muscle joint mobility; strengthens, tones, and builds muscles; corrects posture; strengthens the spine; eases back pain; improves muscular-skeletal conditions such as bad knees, tight shoulders and neck, swayback and scoliosis; increases stamina; creates balance and grace; stimulates the glands of the endocrine system; improves digestion and elimination; increases circulation; improves heart conditions; improves breathing disorders; boosts immune response; decreases cholesterol and blood sugar levels; and encourages weight loss.

The mental and spiritual benefits include: it increases body awareness; relieves chronic stress patterns in the body; refreshes the body by relieving muscle strain; relaxes the mind and body; centers attention; sharpens concentration; and brings a sense of wellbeing and balance.