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your first visit

We are thrilled that you'll be joining us! Know that wherever you are in your yoga journey, YOU ARE READY NOW. Be sure to arrive 15 minutes early for your first class to check in, get a tour of BIG and meet your teacher. On your first visit, your mat rental and mat towel rental are on us. Have more questions about what to expect? Check out our FAQs below.

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FAQs

Have more questions? Check out our FAQs below or send us an email.
You can also text us at 832.291.0977 and we'll get back to you as soon as possible!

What can I expect on my first visit?

Our classes are designed for all levels of yogi, from beginner to experienced. Our typical class is a heated Powerful Flow (link to Powerful Flow class description from MindBody) class — you will get sweaty! Wear clothing that allows you to move freely and wicks sweat. You can leave your socks, shoes, phone and keys in our lockers.

On your first visit, your mat rental and mat towel rental are on us. We have water coolers if you bring your own bottle, and we sell various forms of hydration, including bottled water, coconut water and Kombucha at the front desk.

Be sure to arrive 15 minutes early for your first class to check in, get set up and meet your teacher. We have full restrooms and showers for after class, and you can even pre-order your juice or smoothie at Big & Juicy (link to Big & Juicy mini-site) to be picked up as soon as your class is over.

I’ve never done yoga before, and I have no idea what I’m doing. What’s the most important thing I need to know?

The most important thing to know is that YOU ARE READY NOW! No matter what your background is and no matter what has led you to this moment, you already have everything you need for a fun, life-giving, and transformative experience with yoga. Please be kind and gentle with yourself as you begin this journey. The more you practice, the more you will grow in your understanding and appreciation for yoga. We are here to support you 100%!

If I arrive late, will I still be able to get into class?

In order to support our teachers in starting and ending class on time, and provide the best possible experience for all of our students, we ask that you be ready to practice with your mat set up by the time class starts. If you do arrive late, you will be let into class up to 5 minutes after the class start time. If you arrive later than 5 minutes after class start time, you will be asked to wait for the next class on the schedule so that you can get a full practice in!

I’ve heard that classes at Big Yoga are really hot. Is that true? And if so, how come?

Yes, our classes can get pretty toasty! While not all of our classes are heated, the studio temperature generally is set to 90 degrees. The benefits of the heat are awesome: more sweat, deeper stretching, a bigger and easier range of muscle movement, and more rest and rejuvenation by the end of the practice. A bonus? Heat also helps to prevent injury. Come sweat with us!

What should I wear to class, and what should I bring with me?

Wear comfortable clothes that you can move and sweat in. You may find that you prefer to steer away from 100% cotton in favor of wicking garments. Consider wearing a bandana or a headband to keep sweat from going in your eyes, and bring a change of clothes for after class if you’d like. A mat, towel, and water bottle are essential— these are also available for rent or purchase. We have props like blocks, blankets, and straps available for your use during class as well, free of charge.

Who are the people who walk around during class and help students?

These are your BIG Assistants! They are trained in providing hands-on assists to help you feel more integrated, energized, grounded, and aligned in your practice. If at any time or for any reason you would prefer not to be assisted, no problem! Just let your assistant(s) know before or during class, and you’ll be good to go.

Should I eat before I do yoga?

You probably don’t want to come to class on a full stomach. A light snack such as fruit, granola, a few almonds, or some yogurt can offer a much-needed boost of energy within 90 minutes of class. Definitely make sure you are hydrated when you arrive, as well as throughout your practice. We have beverages including water and coconut water available for purchase at the studio. Feeling hungry after class? Swing by Big & Juicy for a smoothie!

It’s my first class! Is there any proper “yoga etiquette” I should know about?

We’re thrilled that you are here! Please arrive 15 minutes early for your first class at BIG. You’ll fill out some paperwork, get set up in our system, and get a quick tour of our home. After your first time, you’ll want to arrive at least 5 minutes before class so that you can sign in, say hi to your friends, and get settled on your mat and ready to go!

We want every member of our community to feel welcome, at ease, and at home whenever they come to BIG. For this reason, please:

  • Take off your shoes before entering the studio space.
  • Leave all bags, cell phones, electronics, and bulky items in the lockers outside the studio.
  • Be mindful of personal hygiene and tend to your physical space with care.
  • Take responsibility for the energy you bring to the studio. If you need to leave before the end of class, please do so quietly and inform the instructor beforehand if possible.

How much does it cost for me to attend a class?

At BIG we offer new student specials and monthly memberships as well as class packages and individual classes. Our class passes and memberships can be used at both locations. Our most popular packages are listed below:

1. New Student Special $40 for 30 days unlimited yoga
2. BIG Membership $99 per month - Auto Renew
3. Traveling Yogi $40 for 7 days of consecutive yoga
4. Drop In $20

Are you a student, or want a different package? Come in and talk to our team for all of the options available to you.

Where do I park?

We are located on the 1st floor of the Bayou Building, and the entrance to our studio faces Allen Parkway. Our parking lot is located on Rosine Street (the first street west of Waugh) between D’Amico Street and Allen Parkway. The lot is directly across the street from Stages Repertory Theatre. You can access Rosine street by turning right if you are headed East on Allen Parkway, or by turning onto D’Amico Street from Waugh. Parking in our lot is free! NOTE: Please do not park in the “reserved” spaces in the parking lot. These spots are reserved between the hours of 7:00am and 5:00pm for our neighbors and towing will be enforced.

You may find additional parking on the surrounding streets, or pay to park in the $5 lot on D'Amico Street.

If I arrive late to class, can I still get in?

To support our teachers in starting and ending class on time and to create the best experience for all of our guests, we ask that you be ready to practice with your mat set up by the time class begins. If you arrive late, you will be let in up to 5 minutes after the class start time. If you arrive more than 5 minutes late, you will be asked to wait for the next class on the schedule so that you can get a full practice in.

I’m new to yoga, and I really enjoy it so far. I’m still learning a lot of the poses, though, and I wish I knew more about them. What are my options?

Without a doubt, the best way to learn about your yoga practice is to get on your mat, so keep coming to class! The more you practice, the more the poses will become second nature. We do offer beginner-level “Back to Basics” classes that can teach you more about the fundamental poses that comprise our all-levels classes. Our instructors and assistants are always available to answer your questions before or after class, and we also offer private lessons. We are excited and honored to help you grow in your practice, so please let us know how we can support you!

I’m sweating so much that I keep slipping on my yoga mat! What do I do?

You’re not alone! We’ve all been there. Pick up a mat towel at the BIG Store. You can rent one and try it out first if you’d like. It should help with the slipping.

I wish I could go to yoga, but I don’t have anyone to watch my kids. Do you have daycare or babysitters at your studio?

Even better: we have Kids Yoga!

I have an injury. Can I still practice yoga?

Please talk with your physician or medical professional about any injuries or health concerns prior to coming to class. Yoga is a healing discipline that can bring relief to an array of ailments, but it’s important to be well-informed about our bodies and to take good care of their individual needs. Let your instructor know if you have an injury so that s/he can offer you modifications for an empowering practice.

What if I can’t do the poses? What if I can’t keep up?

Our classes are designed to support you at every level of your practice. That being said, it’s crucial to listen to your body. If you feel discomfort or lose your breath, check in with yourself and see how you’re doing. If you need rest, take rest; if you need water, drink water. Resist the urge to compare yourself to the people around you, and don’t worry if your pose looks different from someone else’s. Your instructor can always give you a modification for any pose. Ask for help— we’ve got your back!

Why do people “wooooo!” in Uttkatasana (Chair Pose)?

Because we call that “Woooot-Katasana!” Give it a try (it’ll help distract you from the sensation in your thighs!).

I want to be more involved with BIG!

We would LOVE that! Visit our Join our Team page to learn about exciting opportunities to grow with our community.

What should I wear to a SUP Yoga class?

You might get wet and you might not. It’s best to wear clothes that dry quickly and are easy to move in. You can wear a swimsuit, board shorts, or your regular heated Powerful Flow yoga clothes. In the BIG Store we sell yoga clothes that are made to get wet and dry quickly. Also be sure to wear sunscreen!

What do I need to bring to a SUP Yoga class?

  • a beach towel
  • sunglasses (with a strap in case you fall in)
  • sun block
  • plenty of water
  • a dry pair of clothes to change into (optional)
  • a waterproof camera (optional)
  • something to eat (in case you want to hang out at 288 Lake afterwards)

If I've never paddled before, can I still come to a SUP Yoga class?

Our classes are all levels and each class begins with basic paddle instruction. You’ll have plenty of time on the water to get familiar with your board before your yoga practice begins. We also offer intermediate classes for experienced paddlers/yogis.

What happens if it rains during a SUP Yoga class?

We pay close attention to the weather and will cancel class if lightning is present. Otherwise, practicing in the rain can be a very fun, empowering experience. Part of what makes BIG SUP Yoga unique is the opportunity to practice yoga in the elements.

What kind of paddle boards are used for BIG SUP Yoga?

BIG SUP Yoga has partnered with BOGA to provide you with the best yoga-specific paddleboards in the industry. Each board is built with stability in mind, and the large non-slip deck pad mimics your mat on the water. BIG SUP Yoga also has boards for sale. Check out our BIG Store for more info.

What is 288 Lake?

Our partner 288 Lake is a gorgeous spring-fed lake surrounded by a grove of trees about 25 minutes away from BIG Montrose. Triathletes, swimmers and scuba divers also train there. The 20-acre facility has picnic tables, palapas and plenty of shade.

Where can I find the photos taken during my SUP Yoga class?

At BIG SUP Yoga we are passionate about sharing SUP yoga with the world. We post photos from each class on our BIG SUP Yoga Facebook page, where you can share them with your own friends. Like us on Facebook to learn more about the Houston paddleboarding community.

I have more questions about SUP Yoga!

We would love to answer them. Email the BIG SUP Yoga team at sup@bigpoweryoga.com.

What does my membership include?

Becoming an auto-renew member at BIG has many benefits. You’ll get unlimited yoga each month, a 10% discount on retail, and discount pricing on workshops and other special programs. In return, we ask for a commitment of three months as an auto-renew member. Your account will be charged monthly (not in one lump sum).

How do I cancel my membership?

After the first three months, we request a 30-day notice in writing in the event you want to cancel your account. You can request cancellation by emailing askbig@bigpoweryoga.com.

Do I need to be able to swim to take a SUP Yoga class?

Yes, being able to swim is a pre-requisite to any SUP Yoga class, for your own safety.

Who made BIG's amazing website!?

Several people came together to co-create our awesome website! Jaime Martinez tackled the development and design strategy of the website, with the help of BIG's very own designer and photographer, Veronica Ramos. Bhavin Userofreality, contributed his awesome images of our community in action, taken at our 40 Days: This is It finishers party. Peter Sachje had a hand in co-creating some of our videos. Lastly, we appreciate YOU for your unique contribution to our site. Whether visiting the site right now is your first interaction with BIG or you're featured in one
of our photos or videos, your presence makes a difference.

Still have questions?

Email us at askbig@bigpoweryoga.com and we'll get back to you as soon as possible!

What are your rates for yoga classes?

We offer multiple options for you to pay for your yoga.

New Student Special: For new BIG yogis, we offer an introductory rate of $40 for 30 days of unlimited yoga.

BIG Monthly Auto-Renew Membership: Support your yoga lifestyle by becoming a BIG Member at $99/month. Our members receive discounts on retail and workshops.

10 Class Pack: Enjoy 10 individual classes at your own pace for $160. Our class packs never expire!

What are your rates for SUP Yoga?

Join us on the water using one of these three options, all of which include your entry fee for 288 Lake.

1. "Drop-in" to a SUP Yoga class for $40 ($35 for BIG Members).

2. Get a 5 Class Pack for $150 to save up to $10 per class. Our class packs never expire!

3. Enjoy a full season of SUP for $425 (including unlimited access to 288 Lake for a whole year).

Don't want to decide until you've tried it? Purchase a drop-in and if you fall in love with SUP, we'll convert your drop-in to a 5 Class Pack. Email us at sup@bigpoweryoga.com to convert!

Cancellation Policy

If you pre-register for a class and you plan not to attend the class, you are required to cancel your pre-registration at least 2 hours before the class begins. For any late cancellations or “no-shows” that happen after the 2-hour time frame, you will be charged a $10 fee. This is intended to create the best experience possible for all guests and to diminish the need for waitlists for classes for which all of the pre-registered spots are taken. This new policy will go into effect on September 21, 2015.

*As a reminder, if you reserve your class online and have not arrived at the studio within 5 minutes of the class start-time and there are other guests waiting to get into class, we will release your space to someone on the waitlist.