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Yoga Class Questions

How much does it cost for each class?

The price for each class varies.  We’ve numerous yoga classes and pricing plans to fit every budget.

Not sure which pricing plan is right for you?  No need to worry, as we offer various plans and membership packages.  We offer Intro Specials for our new members, 5-Pack, 10-Pack & 20-Pack Membership plans, a Monthly Membership plan and Drop-In Rates.

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How do I pay for my yoga class?

You will pay when you arrive at the studio for your class.

What if I need to cancel an appointment?

We understand life happens.  We prefer if you would contact us as early as possible so that we may free up your slot for someone else.  We’d be happy to assist in re-scheduling a more conducive time-frame with you.

I teach yoga, how do I join Mandala Montana?

We are always looking to expand our amazing and wonderful team of Yoga Instructors!

If you teach, let us know by contacting us or by emailing us at mmhotyoga@gmail.com with your resume and availability!  We look forward to hearing from you!

Assorted Questions

What is a 'Mandala'?

A mandala is a complex abstract design that is usually circular in form. In fact, “mandala” is a Sanskrit word that means “circle”.  Mandalas generally have one identifiable center point, from which emanates an array of symbols, shapes and forms.  Mandalas can contain both geometric and organic forms.  They can also contain recognizable images that carry meaning for the person who is creating it.

In essence, mandalas represent the connection between our inner worlds and outer reality.  Designing your own mandalas can be both inspirational and therapeutic.

Mandala Example:

mandala example

What exactly is Yoga?

Yoga is a physical, mental, and spiritual practice or discipline which originated in India. There is a broad variety of schools, practices, and goals in Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. Among the most well-known types of yoga are Hatha yoga and Raja yoga.

The origins of yoga have been speculated to date back to pre-Vedic Indian traditions, is mentioned in the Rigveda, but most likely developed around the sixth.

The origins of yoga have been speculated to date back to pre-Vedic Indian traditions, it is mentioned in the Rigveda, but most likely developed around the sixth and fifth centuries BCE, in ancient India’s ascetic and śramaṇa movements. The chronology of earliest texts describing yoga-practices is unclear, varyingly credited to Hindu Upanishads and Buddhist Pāli Canon, probably of third century BCE or later. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali date from the first half of the 1st millennium CE, but only gained prominence in the West in the 20th century. Hatha yoga texts emerged around the 11th century with origins in tantra.

Yoga gurus from India later introduced yoga to the west, following the success of Swami Vivekananda in the late 19th and early 20th century. In the 1980s, yoga became popular as a system of physical exercise across the Western world. Yoga in Indian traditions, however, is more than physical exercise, it has a meditative and spiritual core. One of the six major orthodox schools of Hinduism is also called Yoga, which has its own epistemology and metaphysics, and is closely related to Hindu Samkhya philosophy.

Many studies have tried to determine the effectiveness of yoga as a complementary intervention for cancer, schizophrenia, asthma, and heart disease. The results of these studies have been mixed and inconclusive, with cancer studies suggesting none to unclear effectiveness, and others suggesting yoga may reduce risk factors and aid in a patient’s psychological healing process.

What benefits does Yoga provide?

Yoga provides numerous life, health and spiritual benefits.  A few examples are listed below.

Gives You Inner Strength
Yoga can help you make changes in your life. In fact, that might be its greatest strength. Tapas, the Sanskrit word for “heat,” is the fire, the discipline that fuels yoga practice and that regular practice builds.

Increases Lung Capacity
Yogis tend to take fewer breaths of greater volume, which is both calming and more efficient. A 1998 study published in The Lancet taught a yogic technique known as “complete breathing” to people with lung problems due to congestive heart failure.

Creates A Healthier Lifestyle
Move more, eat less—that’s the adage of many a dieter. Yoga can help on both fronts. A regular practice gets you moving and burns calories, and the spiritual and emotional dimensions of your practice may encourage you to address any eating and weight problems on a deeper level.

Gives You Peace of Mind
Yoga quells the fluctuations of the mind, according to Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra. In other words, it slows down the mental loops of frustration, regret, anger, fear, and desire that can cause stress.

Boosts Your Immune System
Asana and pranayama probably improve immune function, but, so far, meditation has the strongest scientific support in this area. It appears to have a beneficial effect on the functioning of the immune system, boosting it when needed.

Builds Muscle Strength
Strong muscles do more than look good. They also protect us from conditions like arthritis and back pain, and help prevent falls in elderly people. And when you build strength through yoga, you balance it with flexibility.