Brand new to yoga?
You've heard about all the amazing benefits of yoga from a healthier body to a calmer mind. You're ready to try this mind/body exercise, but starting anything new can be intimidating and even a bit scary. Here are some tips to help you prepare and get the most from your class experience.
At the Studio
- Consult your doctor before signing up for class if you are pregnant or have a medical issue like heart disease, diabetes, or osteoporosis.
- Start with our "Intro to Yoga" series, if possible, or choose a beginner level class.
- Wear comfortable clothing that's easy to move in.
- Allow at least three hours after a meal before taking a class. Twisting and folding your body is a more pleasant experience on a near empty stomach.
- Don't wear lotion or cream on your hands or feet because they can cause you to slip or lose your grip.
At the Studio
- Arrive early on your first visit to allow time for paperwork and questions.
- Be on time for class. Once class begins, the teacher will lock the studio door to prevent interruptions. Arriving late or leaving early compromises your experience and potentially disturbs other classmates.
- Please don't wear shoes on the studio floor because we want to protect the surface and keep it clean. Place your shoes and other belongings on the shelves.
- Turn off your cell phone or consider leaving it in the car.
- Alert the teacher of any physical challenges or injuries so she can alter poses to accommodate your unique body.
- Listen to directions carefully and ask questions if something is unclear.
- Breathe smoothly and continuously through your nose.
- Do what you can without pushing yourself or straining to attain any position.
- If you experience pain or discomfort, adjust your body or ask the teacher for assistance.
- Yoga is an individual's journey practiced in a group setting. No one is watching or judging you because everyone is focusing on their own experience.
- Don't skip Savasana. If you must leave class early, let the teacher know in advance.
- Relax, breathe, and have fun.
- Return any props you use to the closet and store them neatly.
- If you used a studio mat, wipe it down and let it dry before rolling and storing it.
- Feel free to socialize with other students as long as there isn't a class immediately afterward.
- Generally teachers are happy to answer questions after class but be mindful of time.