new to yoga

frequently asked questions
I’m not very flexible/ I’m not very strong, can I do yoga?

Yoga is not just for the bendy or the buff. There is a Yoga practice for everyone and while many of the classes will increase strength and flexibility, it can also just simply be about moving, breathing, quieting the mind and getting to know your body.

Which class should I take first?

If you have never done Yoga before and are nervous, dealing with an injury or haven’t worked out in a while, we recommend you start in the Gentle or Stretch class. If you are new to Yoga but have a regular exercise routine, the Basics class or Mobility Yoga are good options. Once you are comfortable with those, you can explore the Mixed Level, Align & Refine or Flow classes. However, you can always just stay with whatever level supports you and your lifestyle. The Restorative,  Stretch, Gentle, Yin, Rise and Roll or any of the Meditation classes are wonderful not only for newer students, but also if you seek relaxation or stress reduction.

How many classes should I take per week?

We recommend 3-5 times a week. As with any practice, doing it regularly is the key. However, even once a week is helpful and simply doing some stretches or deep breathing on your own for five minutes a day will increase the benefits.

How do I sign up?

Log in or create and account from our website, purchase either a single class, monthly unlimited or use your pre-paid package, find the class you want on the schedule, and sign up!  You will receive a confirmation from FitGrid right away and then a link to class about 30 minutes before.  Be sure to add FitGrid to your preferred senders and check your spam or junk folders if you do not receive confirmations or links for classes!

What if I have an injury?

Let the teacher know prior to class and they will be able to modify poses or even suggest alternatives that can help to alleviate the pain and encourage healing. The most important thing is to listen to your body and if something hurts or doesn’t feel right, stop and let the teacher know.

I can’t do what everyone else can, is this right for me?

Every body is different so the odds are no two poses will look the same. Honor your body and just do what feels good. If it does not feel good, ask the teacher for help

Suggestions for Practice:

Yoga is practiced in bare feet so you can really connect to the ground while stretching and strengthening the foot muscles. A mat can really help to prevent sliding and offer more stability in the poses, especially the standing ones.

Please do not wear heavy perfumes when you practice.  The focus is on deep breathing and you want the air you breathe to be as clear as possible.

Yoga is best practiced on an empty stomach.  Please allow 2 hours after eating a heavy meal and 1 hour after something light before practicing.

Please wear non-restrictive comfortable clothing that allows for ease of movement but nothing too baggy or loose.

Yoga is non-competitive.  Please respect your body and its limits.  Yoga is a life long journey not a finite goal.  Rest whenever you need to.  We encourage listening to your body and tuning in to what is right for you regardless of what everyone else is doing.

Please notify the instructor of any injuries that you may have prior to the class and inform them if something doesn’t feel right.

Svadhyaya (Self-study)

Please leave all of your expectations and judgments of yourself and others behind and start where you are.  It’s the only place to begin.  We strive to respect diversity in all beings.