Where exactly is iShine Yoga & Wellness located?
We are located in Birkdale Business Park in Huntersville (exit 25 off I-77). Take Entrance 1 all the way back and hug to the right, 16507 Northcross Drive, SUITE C.  Read More...

I am new to yoga. Where do I start?
We recommend starting with iShine Stretch, iShine Restorative, iShine Yin, or iShine Yoga Nidra. You can rest assured that at any iShine class, our skilled, caring, and talented teachers will help you gain the most benefit from each pose and will support you in any way they can. Our classes are not about competition or having a pose look exactly the same for everyone. Our focus is on finding what is beneficial for you. We do this by helping you to improve and become more aware of yourself in each pose as you respect how you are feeling on that particular day. It is not about touching your toes; it is about being able to go a little farther than you have before, stretching yourself without injury and enjoying the shared experience with others in the class. 

What is classroom etiquette?
Give yourself enough time to arrive at the studio, hang up your coat, take off your shoes and socks, and turn off your cell phone. You’ll need to sign in and pay for class, which often involves a bit of paperwork if you're new to our studio. You’ll want to give yourself a few extra minutes to lay out your mat, gather props - and meet new friends! 
DO NOT LEAVE DURING SAVASANA.  Ever. Period. You can leave at any other time….just not when the rest of us are soaking in the yoga goodness at the end of a practice. What’s savasana you may ask? It’s the quiet time at the end of practice where we ask you to lie still for a few minutes with a cold lavender towel over your eyes. Sounds pretty nice, right? Well for whatever reason it seems to stimulate the “GET ME OUT OF HERE” response for many of us but it’s actually a very sacred time. It may seem like the most difficult 5 minutes on your mat but it’s the time when the yoga works its magic. It is a practice in being still and quiet…and that can be uncomfortable and scary at first. We certainly cannot make you stay for those last delicious minutes but we insist that if you do choose to leave early, do it before savasana.

What do I wear/what should I bring to class?
Comfortable attire: Wear anything that will allow you to be comfortable. 
Water bottle: We have a bottle-filling station and also sell bottled water.
Your own mat: We provide mats but there’s no guarantee that one will be clean and ready for you to use—especially if it’s crowded.
Yoga towel: Truth be told, just about any type towel will do if you’re prone to sweating.
An open mind: This is integral to approaching this practice for the first time. Without an open mind, we can be quick to judge the experience we’re having, judge other students in the room, and even judge the teacher. Many people come to yoga and beat themselves up before their first Downward Dog. They assume they’re going to be bad at it, that they’re not flexible or strong enough, that they won’t know what the heck they’re doing. Remind yourself that all you really need is the willingness to be with yourself in breath and body for 60–75 minutes, and whether or not you can keep up with the flow of the class or understand Sanskrit is irrelevant. Practicing yoga is about experiencing the sensations of the body by way of the breath. The end result is a clearer, more grounded, present mindset—which is exactly that post-yoga bliss that keeps us coming back for more. We don’t practice yoga just to get good at yoga; we practice to become the best versions of ourselves we can possibly be. And if a little strength and flexibility comes along with it, that’s a bonus. 

What is your late policy?
We believe in the 8-minute grace period. Most teachers don’t mind if you slip in silently and take a place in the back. No one should be too uptight. It is yoga, after all.  For full classes, if you have checked-in online and have not checked-in two minutes prior to class start time your spot may be given to a fellow yogi on the waitlist.

Can I share my iShine Co-op membership with my significant other?
Yes, just let our staff know you wish to ‘share’ your iShine Co-Op account with someone else. Earn and save together!

How do I book my 25-minute Complimentary Health Coaching session? 
Becoming a member of the iShine Co-op entitles you to 25 minutes of one-on-one coaching with one of our certified coaches. Please contact the front desk to book your session -hello@ishineyoga.com.

Do I need to be flexible in order to do yoga?
No, yoga is much more than flexibility or being able to get into the craziest posture. The subtleties of yoga are the most important elements of the practice. If you can breathe, you can do yoga.

Do you offer Child Watch?
Yes! We offer Child Watch for several of our weekly classes. Register your child(ren) and practice with peace of mind. Please see our Child Watch Policy.

What are some of the benefits of a yoga practice?
Yoga is different from most other workouts because as it encourages focused concentration and meditation, it improves your mental and emotional well-being. Yoga is also a wonderful form of self-care that is designed to gently bend, stretch, and twist your spine. Spinal health and proper alignment are required for good overall health. A spine that is able to move freely allows your bodily systems to perform at their best.

How often should I practice?
As often as you can and want to. Simply doing yoga one time per week is very beneficial. Starting out, practice at least one time/week and work up to practicing 2–3 times/week.  If you practice daily, we recommend switching up class types to bring balance to the body.  iShine Stretch and Yoga Nidra are perfect compliment to iShine Flow and iShine Power.  Sustainability is key!

Can I practice yoga if i am pregnant? 
Yes!  Prenatal Yoga increases flexibility, circulation, strength, and balance.  Yoga is safe whether you're attending a regular yoga class, or our 6-week series dedicated to you and baby.   If you are taking a general class be sure to tell the instructor you're pregnant, and which trimester you're in.  Stay away from any asanas (poses) on your back after the first trimester as well as deep twists.

How long does it take to progress in yoga?
The beauty of yoga is there are no races, no goals, no where to go to but here. Everyone learns yoga at different levels and stages. You may find while starting out in this practice that you are pretty tight (which is very common, especially for those who play sports or run.)  After a while, you will start to notice that you can now actually touch your toes! You gain some momentum and then nothing changes for a while as you plateau. And then one day you will be able to do a posture you have never done before. We encourage people to accept wherever they are in their yoga process rather than constantly judging their practices as good or bad. Yoga is really about being wherever you are and accepting wherever that may be.

Is yoga a religion?
No, but it can enhance your spiritual practice if you have one. Want to learn more? Our 200-hour Teacher Training goes beyond the physical exercise and into the deeper realms of yoga.  

Where does yoga come from?
Yoga originated in India thousands of years ago. The authoritative text on Classical Yoga is The Yoga Sutras by Patanjali written around 2,000 years ago (ancient Indian texts have no reliable dates). Mountain ashrams were founded by yogis who wished to learn more about themselves and reality by reaching samadhi—complete stoppage of the mind waves. They studied nature and lived simply as an aid to reaching higher states of consciousness.

I’m overweight; can I still do yoga?
Yes, you can still do yoga. As mentioned above, yoga stretching can be modified if necessary and yoga is more than stretching. With help from yoga’s philosophy, you may be motivated to follow the yoga lifestyle that includes a healthy diet, exercise, yoga postures, breathing, meditation, study, and a positive attitude. As you balance your life by minimizing stress, your body weight and metabolism may normalize.

 I’m over 50, can I still do yoga?

“The ancient yogis have affirmed that not only the young and the old but even the very old, the sick and the infirm can undertake the practice of Yoga with success and, thus, achieve the highest fruit thereof.” Cyclopedia Yoga 1 (Yogendra, J., The Yoga Institute, Santacruz, India, 1993. p. 49)

Yes!  Yoga is an excellent practice for all ages, from itty-bitty old to 85 years old. The practices vary according to need; thus one may utilize any beneficial yoga practice. As a health practice, yoga helps energize the body and mind and is an excellent exercise for people of all ages. Often as one gains life experience, the meditative aspects of yoga are more appreciated.