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FAQS

 

What does Sankofa mean?

We are glad you asked! The meaning is the foundation of our studio. Click here to learn more!

Who are the founders and owners of the studio?

Sankofa Yoga and Wellness Center was founded by husband and wife duo, Marcus and Tamisha J. Ponder. Click here to learn more!

Why should I practice yoga?

The short answer is yoga makes you feel better. Proper and controlled breathing can prevent and treat the many effects that stress places on the body. Yoga improves muscle tone, flexibility, strength and stamina, and the breathing exercises and meditation makes you healthier in mind, body and spirit. Our owner came to yoga because of her headaches—and she never looked back!

How often should I practice yoga to experience the benefits?

To see optimal results, whether it’s mentally, physically, or emotionally, we recommend practicing yoga at least two to three times a week when starting out. A large study of Yoga practitioners revealed that people who practice at least five times a week have the best results in terms of overall health, sleep, low fatigue levels, and general sense of wellbeing. A consistent practice encourages you to refine your body awareness as well as move more intelligently + efficiently. A diverse practice allows you to listen to your body and honor yourself based on what’s needed— maybe vinyasa flow today, yin yoga tomorrow & meditation all around!

I’m new to yoga. What classes should I take?

From beginners, to gentle, to active, to all-levels—Sankofa Yoga offers a variety of classes to suit all kinds of yogis. If you are new to yoga (or an expecting mother) we recommend the following beginner-friendly classes:

 

  • Yoga for Beginners

  • Sankofa Deep Stretch

  • Yoga for Stiff Joints

  • Yin Yoga

  • Relax, Relate, Release

  • Sankofa Stretch + Flow

  • Vibe + Flow

  • Meditation

What classes are appropriate for seniors?

  • Sankofa Deep Stretch

  • Yoga for Stiff Joints

  • Yin Yoga

  • Relax, Relate, Release

  • Meditation

  • Sankofa Stretch + Flow

 

What are your prices?

Click here to learn more. 

 

What should I wear to class?

Wear comfortable clothes in which you can easily move. Try not to wear any lotions that will cause you to slip.

What do I need to bring?

Bring a yoga mat and water. If you also prefer bolsters and blankets, see below.

 

Should I eat before class?

We recommend coming to class on an empty stomach. If hunger is an issue, a light snack before class can help.

I have an injury. What should I bring to class to assist me?

Yoga props are important for providing a little extra support in some poses. Using tools like blocks or straps can help offset a limited range of motion or tightness and help make a pose easier to get into and hold. We provide yoga straps and yoga blocks at the studio; however, we encourage you to purchase additional items to better support your needs. Follow these links to purchase props that help support your practice:

I’m not flexible, can I still take a class?

That’s the point! That’s like not showering because you’re filthy. Yoga is a journey.

Age Limit

The minimum age to attend class is 16 years old.

When does my 30-Day New Student Special begin?

Your 30-Day pass begins with the first class you register for. You are responsible for cancelling your class reservation if you can no longer attend class.

I previously purchased a promotion that is no longer available. Am I able to still use it?

Yes; $25-week specials expire one year after purchase and begins with the first class you register for.

Can the New Student Special be paused or refunded?

No.

Can purchases be refunded?

No.

Do you allow service animals?

Unfortunately our facility does not support service animals. 

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How to Take Our In-Studio Classes:

Pre-register for class online as we do not accept last-minute walk-ins. Bring your own yoga mat and kindly arrive 5-15 minutes before class starts as we do not accept late entry. Enjoy tea, good vibes and relaxation in our lounge while you wait for class to start. Classroom doors lock five minutes after class begins.

How do I take your Group Therapy Sessions?

Signing up for group therapy sessions operates just like signing up for one of our yoga and meditation classes. Sessions are held in the evenings to easily fit your schedule and led by licensed professional therapist. Our mental health group sessions include: trauma, anxiety, grief, depression, family counseling, lifestyle changes, substance abuse and LGBTQIQ support. We look forward to sharing space with you. Kindly read our tips below:

  • Pre-register for class online as we do not walk-ins.

  • Arrive 15-20 minutes to complete intake form  (first-time session)

 

When you arrive, please check-in inside of our lounge and complete your first-time intake form. Take your time to breathe, pour a cup of tea and relax before class.

We do not accept late entry. Sessions close five minutes after group begins. For more detailed information, click here

How to Take Our VIRTUAL Classes:

To take our VIRTUAL classes, pre-register on MINDBODY at least 30-45 minutes prior to the start of class and you will receive an email from FitGrid with a Zoom link at least 15 minutes before class starts. Select the class that says "VIRTUAL" in the front of the name. If you're comfortable, turn your screen on to get the most out of your class. This way our instructors can assist you and stay connected!

Can I just show up and take a class?

Advanced registration is required.

 

What time should I arrive?

Arrive 5-10 minutes early and register online to secure your space in class.

 

What if I am late to class?

We do not not allow students to join class if they are late. Refunds will not be given to late arrivals or no-shows. Classes must be cancelled in advance by calling or canceling online.

Can I purchase two drop-in passes so my friend can attend class or workshop with me?

No. Each studio attendee must create their own account and register separately. 

Location(s)

We are a boutique yoga studio at a storefront location. Our main yoga classroom, Sankofa, is located downstairs at 302 Main Street; however, we also have upstairs classrooms, Om & Chakra, located at 103 Washington Blvd S, where we host our teacher trainings, support groups + workshops. For the time being, majority of our yoga classes are held in the downstairs classroom. 

Where can I park?

Street parking is available.

What are your COVID-19 protocols?

We have reduced our in-person class size to 13-15 to provide students space to physically distance. We follow the ordinance of Prince George's County Executive, masks are not required. Hand sanitizer and masks are available.

How do I create or access my account?

Click here! 

What are some recommended books to read when practicing yoga "off of the mat"?

Meditations from the Mat

The Heart of Yoga 

Yamas & Niyamas: Examining Yoga's Ethical Practice 

Skill in Action 

What is your membership policy?

Membership comes with amazing perks! From more yoga, to discounted services and workshops, it is definitely your best option. Click here to sign up!

Membership Cancellations:

To enroll in membership, there is a 60-day minimum commitment before any membership can be cancelled. Should you cancel your membership prior to the 60 day commitment you will be charged the remaining balance. 

 

To cancel your membership, please send an email to info@sankofayogacenter.com at least 30 days before the next cycle. 

Membership Freeze:

Military, medical, and maternity can freeze memberships for up to 90 days with proper documentation and email notice. For non emergencies, we do allow a one-time only 30 day freeze. At the completion of your 30-day freeze, your card will be charged to commence membership. To freeze your membership, please send an email to info@sankofayogacenter.com at least 30 days before the next cycle.

What is Sankofa Health Center? 

Along with Sankofa Yoga and Wellness, we also own and operate a community based Primary Care and Women's Health Medical Center, Sankofa Health Center. Located right next door to our Yoga Studio at 300 Main Street, we are open 6 days a week, accept most major insurances and provide a self-pay option! From physicals to health screenings to OB/GYN needs, we have you covered! To learn or schedule an appointment, call 301-377-0577 or visit sankofahealthcenter.com

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