A regular yoga practice helps you build strength, increase flexibility, and develop greater mental focus. This guide gives you the basic information to get started. Remember, the hardest part is walking through the studio’s front door! Try different classes and talk with your teachers. Over time, you can tailor an individualized practice that emphasizes exactly what you need.
First Visit Advice
Please arrive 15 minutes early. We have some simple paperwork to complete and you can speak with the teacher about any special needs you may have.
Wear comfortable clothing that allows for a full range of motion. Yoga is practiced in bare feet for traction and safety. Our studio has changing rooms and cubbies to store your belongings. Please be sure to leave all cell phones in the downstairs space of the studio to avoid any distraction. If a phone is needed in the studio, please see the teacher prior to class.
Don’t eat for an hour before your class. A little water is okay, but too much liquid can be uncomfortable.
Students typically practice on a yoga mat and a full size towel— bring your own, buy a new one from us, or use one of our rental mats.
What Type of Class Should I Take?
We offer beginners classes listed as “Basics” as well as “All Levels” classes that are accessible to all students. The basics class is a great place to start to become acclimated with the foundational poses. The all levels class will move at a slightly faster pace with the options of modifying or intensifying a pose. Once you’ve decided which class is a good start for you, then look at the class schedule to see which classes fit into your schedule. Each class has a link to the teacher. You can read the teacher’s bio to get a feel for their training and style.
If you need advice or have questions, please feel free to contact us and we can help to point you in the right direction.
On the Mat
Yoga practice typically involves a series of physical postures that are coordinated with full breathing and a mental focus on the present moment. It is a lifelong practice of progressive change and there’s no need to do it all on the first try. There are many modifications available for the physical poses to make them more or less challenging depending on your needs.
Remember it is not a competition with others or yourself. Challenge yourself but don’t push too hard – yoga should never be painful. If you can’t breathe, it’s a warning to back off a little and reduce the intensity of the pose.
In the beginning you may want to practice in the middle rows so you can have a 360 degree view of other students – they’ll help you get a feel for the different poses and class flow.