Frequently Asked Questions
WHERE ARE ARIA CLASSES HELD?
Aria's mobile wellness services can be held pretty much anywhere. We travel to homes, businesses, apartments, hospitals, and outdoor spaces. We also partner with Breather to offer private yoga rooms throughout Boston and Cambridge.
Aria Corporate classes can be held in conference rooms, outdoor spaces, gyms, or in open concept office spaces -- no matter what your space is, yoga can be done anywhere.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BEGIN?
Attitude: Yoga isn't about being able to do certain poses or look a certain way. Yoga is about making your body and mind feel and work at their best. If you are new to the practice, take it easy on yourself. And most importantly, have fun!
Attire: Wear loose comfortable clothing that allows you to move easily. You may want to avoid baggy t-shirts, as they can bunch up around the face in certain poses.
Many of our Aria Corporate classes can be tailored to those wearing non-athletic attire. Before you book, an Aria Concierge will speak with you regarding your options.
Props: We provide all the necessary props - mats, blocks, straps, and bolsters. If you are looking to start an at-home practice, props can be purchased by speaking to an Aria Concierge or through our online Shop. Props are delivered to you at your next appointment.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I PRACTICE?
Yoga can be practiced daily. However, it's important not to over-work the same muscles everyday. If you plan on practicing daily, vary your routine and make sure to include at least one restorative day a week. For maximum benefit, we recommend that meditation be practiced at least once, but preferably twice, per day.
HOW DO WE PROMOTE ETHICAL CONSUMERISM?
Our services and retail products are at the higher-end of the market. That is because we are dedicated to promoting a livable wage by compensating our teachers at rates that are proportional to the time and effort it takes to develop the necessary expertise to be able to share the practice of yoga with others. Likewise, to the extent possible, we only sell products from companies committed to similar values and who provide the high-quality products we use in our daily lives.
What are the benefits of Corporate Wellness?
Companies who invest in corporate wellness see a return on investment ("ROI") of $2.71 for every dollar spent (HBR). Moreover, the Commonwealth offers small businesses a Massachusetts Wellness Tax Credit of 25%, up to $10,000, on money spent on wellness programs (Mass.Gov).
Companies that implement yoga and meditation programs notice tangible results. According to Aetna CEO Mark Betolini,"[after implementing a wellness program of yoga and meditation, they] saw dramatic drops in stress . . . and a 69-minute gain in productivity of our employees over a year. The result for us was an 11:1 return on that investment" (Huff Post).
Mindfulness programs also promote leadership fundamentals by sharpening skills like attention, memory, focus, emotional intelligence, resilience, and performance under stress (see below).
What Is Yoga?
Yoga is an experiential science of self-study. The word yoga itself means "union," and denotes the connection of the mind, body, and spirit. While there are various paths of yoga, the most well-known (and what we offer) is Hatha Yoga, which relates to a system of physical postures or asanas.
Why Practice Yoga?
Traditionally, yoga was practiced to increase consciousness. Today, many people practice yoga for its numerous physical benefits, including increased flexibility, muscle strength and tone, improved breathing and stamina, increased energy and vitality, reduced stress and anxiety, improved short-term memory, and more restful sleep (Institute for Mind Body Medicine, Yoga Journal).
Meditation reduces stress, improves concentration, decreases blood pressure and hypertension, lowers cholesterol levels, contributes to more efficient oxygen use by the body, and increases production of the anti-aging hormone DHE (PLOS ONE, Yoga Journal). Indeed, a study conducted by Harvard affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) found that meditation and mindfulness practices make measurable changes in brain regions associated with memory, sense of self, empathy, and stress (MGH News). Since then, additional research by MGH has found that individuals participating in programs such as yoga and meditation actually use fewer healthcare services (MGH News).
Why Combine Yoga + Meditation?
When you are not relaxed, it can be difficult to meditate. We begin all of our yoga practices with a pranayama (breath control) exercise to focus the mind, followed by yoga designed to release stress and tension in the body prior to meditation. This combination allows us to more easily elicit the relaxation response, which mitigates the effects of stress (and the "fight-or-flight" response), decreasing the production of stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline (MGH News).
what does om mean?
"Om" pronounced "AUM", is the sum of all sounds or vibrations in the universe and refers to unifying the body, mind, and spirit. The mantra is sometimes chanted at the beginning and end of yoga practices.
I'M NOT FLEXIBLE - CAN I DO YOGA?
YES! You'd be surprised how often we hear this statement. Yoga isn't about whether you can bend into certain poses -- It is a practice that will help you increase your flexibility and range of motion over time. In fact, our founders couldn't touch their toes when they first started practicing yoga!