Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I know I can do this type of exercise?
A: You must get clearance from your doctor prior to enrolling in the study.

Q: Do weight, age and fitness level matter?
A: Ashtanga Yoga is for everybody. Depending on your starting fitness level, it may be harder at first but everyone progresses at their own pace.

Q: What if I feel really weak and stiff?
A: That is no problem.  The goal of the practice is to rebuild your strength and flexibility, at your own pace, from your own starting point.

Q: Do I need to be strong or flexible to take the study?
A: No! The goal of the practice is to become strong and flexible, you are not expected to be so at the beginning. As you practice you will become strong and flexible.

Q: Can I bring water or a snack?
A: Drinking water during Ashtanga yoga is discouraged as it disrupts the meditative flow of the practice.  It is encouraged to practice on an empty stomach.  Special accommodations can be made – speak with your instructor!

Q: What if I have an injury?
A: If you have an injury, make sure to tell us, your teachers.  We will give you modifications for the poses.

Q: What do I need?
A: You will need to bring your own yoga mat. If you don’t have your own yoga mat, you can rent one at the studio for $1. We also recommend that you wear light and comfortable clothing.  A fitted top is a good idea so it does not dangle in your way during inversions.  Most people practice in tights or shorts and a fitted yoga top.

Q: What if I want to withdraw? 
A: You can withdraw at any time.  We suggest that you try to stay for at least four classes before making your decision so that you get a true experience of what participating in this study would be like.

Q: What benefit will I get from participating?
A: You will develop strength, flexibility, balance, and mental focus.

Q: Will I have to undergo any medical tests? 
A: Autonomic nervous system testing at the University of Windsor will be done before and after the study.  Echo cardiogram testing will be performed at the Windsor Regional Hospital before and after the study.  If your last echo cardiogram was within the last six months, this will be used as your initial testing.