new to yoga

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 may be appropriate. Once you are comfortable in a Basics class you can explore the Mixed Level or Lunchtime Flow classes, and once you feel good there you may want to try out an Intermediate Class, however, you can always just stay with whatever level supports you and your lifestyle. The Restorative, Yoga Stretch, Gentle, Yoga & Sound, 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?

All of our classes are on-going with no pre-registration required. Just find the class you want on the schedule and show up! For your first time, we do recommend arriving about 15 minutes early to fill out the new student form, talk to the teacher about any physical limitations that you may have and get set up for class.

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.

What is a community class? Do I have to live in a particular area?

Community classes are our way of giving back to all of our students. Same great class as any other, just cheaper. (Community classes are marked $9 on the schedule.)

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

yoga etiquette
*Please arrive to class on time. Late entries will only be allowed up to 10 minutes after class start time and is up to teacher’s discretion.

Yoga Niyamas: Please observe the following
Saucha (Cleanliness/Purity)

Yoga is practiced in bare feet so please remove your shoes before entering the studio.

Sweating is a great way to release toxins in the body. However, if you sweat a lot, bring a towel to go over your mat so we can keep our props clean and fresh.

Please do not wear heavy perfumes or oils to class.

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 Mats are available for a $2 rental fee but it is recommended that you purchase your own for hygiene purposes.

Santosha (Contentment)

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.

Tapas (Discipline/Action)

Please make putting away the props neatly a part of your practice.

Please keep voices low in the lobby so as not to disturb the classes in session.

You must sign in and pay before class.  This is very important as it ensures that our teachers are paid.

Please arrive to class a few minutes early to get checked in and set-up. If you are late, please wait until after the opening chant to enter. Everyone is late occasionally but we do not allow entry after 10 minutes from start time.

No cell phones allowed in the studio.

Svadhyaya (Self-study)

Please leave all of your expectations and judgments of yourself and others at the door.  We strive to respect diversity in all beings.

Ishvara Pranidhana (Surrender)

By honoring the niyamas listed above, you now have the freedom and awareness to surrender to and enjoy your Yoga class! We appreciate your willingness.