I’ve never tried yoga before. Where do I start?
We have a number of yoga classes that are good places to find a foundation for the kind of practice you prefer. We offer a few yoga basics classes, which break down alignment, breathing, strengthening, and stretching. You can find the most current offerings on our schedule page.
The Beginner Series is excellent for those brand-new to yoga. It is offered Tuesdays at 6pm at the west studio. The cost is $40 for the 4-week course. After that, you are encouraged to try the 2-week $20 new student special, so you can get to as many classes and teachers as possible.
You can sign up for the beginner series on our workshops page.
The hot yoga series is great for beginners, as the instructor will walk you through the details of each pose. It is also nice because it's the same 26 poses each time. You can track your progress over time and see how your body is changing with the practice.
What if I'm not very flexible?
Then you should definitely start practicing yoga. The practice is intended to give your body a balance of strength and flexibility, which most people do not naturally have. Genetics, injuries, and our increasingly sedentary modern lifestyle all contribute to imbalances in the body. Yoga can help to correct these imbalances. Be sure to let the teacher know about any particular injuries or limitations you might have so he or she can help you with adjustments as necessary.
Is it a cardiovascular exercise? Can I lose weight?
Any exercise that increases the work of the heart and lungs is a cardiovascular exercise. Hot, vinyasa, and many other forms of hatha yoga not only work the cardiovascular system, but increase lung capacity and train the body to work more efficiently. A consistent yoga practice can transform your body inside and out.
How is yoga different from other exercise?
The purpose of the physical practice of yoga is to calm the fluctuations of the mind. You can't think about your taxes or what you're going to make for dinner while standing on one foot. You'll fall over! Eventually you learn to only focus on the practice and give your brain a much-needed break.
What should I bring?
You will want to bring a mat, water, and a towel (especially for hot or heated classes). These things are available for purchase or rent at the studio if you don't have them. Please wear comfortable clothing that isn’t too loose. Baggy clothes tend to get in the way of movement.
Do I need to reserve a spot?
All our classes are drop-in, so you don’t need to reserve a spot, but you can certainly sign up online ahead of time if you like. It does make things a bit faster when you get to class. You should plan to arrive about 15 minutes before your first class to fill out a new student form and waiver.
What’s the new student special?
The new student special is 14 days of unlimited yoga for $20. It can be used at either studio, for any drop-in class. You can simply sign up for it when you arrive for your first class, and there is no need to reserve a spot.
Is there a minimum age for students?
Our minimum age for class participation is 14 with parental consent. Our classes are 60-90 minutes of calm, concentrated quiet that may not be appropriate for children younger than 14.