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Your First Yoga Class

Walking into a yoga studio for the first time can be intimidating for anyone. Many worry about what to wear, what to bring or what class would be best for them. You’ll be happy to know that you don’t need anything and a new student can walk into any one of the classes that we offer! Below is a list of common questions with a brief explanation…

1. What should I wear?

Well, mostly women ask me this. Yes, there are really cool, funky yoga clothes out there… You may want them at some point, but you don’t NEED them. My favorite yoga “outfit” is an old pair of cutoff sweats and a sleaveless t-shirt. Anything you can move in will work. It is important to layer especially in the cold months. I always wear a long sleeve shirt (sometimes two) over my tanks and tee’s. We warm up quickly in class so you want something that is easy to remove and even easier to pull back on at the end of class. Many students also bring along a pair of comfy socks for our time in savasana (relaxation pose at the end of class).

2. What should I bring?

Nothing. We have everything you need at the studio.

3. Do I have to sign up for class?

Though not necessary, it is good to pre-register online before class. MindBody Scheduler makes it simple and easy to create your own account to log in to any of our classes, register for upcoming workshops, private sessions, or to check your account balance.

4. What time should I arrive?

It’s good to arrive 10-15 minutes before class but that can be difficult at times. If you are arriving late and class has already started please enter the studio quietly after grounding & centering. It’s OK to come inside just remember to be considerate of the students and teacher by promptly and quietly setting up your mat and joining the class.

5. Where is the bathroom? Can I excuse myself during class?

The bathroom is located down the hall to the left. Excuse yourself at any time.

6. What if I need to leave early?

If you cannot stay for the entire class please try to set up near the back of the class and alert the teacher before class begins. It is best to leave before we begin savasana (corpse pose or final relaxation), but make sure you give yourself a few minutes to relax in savasana before you leave! Your body, mind and energy need this time to allow the practice to settle in.

7. Can I eat before class?

It is best to practice yoga on an empty stomach. After a light snack it is best to wait at least 45 minutes to an hour to digest before your practice. If you had a full meal wait at least 2-3 hours before practice.

8. Can I eat after class?

It is best to wait at least 15-30 minutes after class. You should always drink plenty of water after practicing yoga.

9. How often should I attend class?

Daily practice is best, but as a beginner it is important to try to get to a group class at least twice a week. Purchasing a yoga mat for use at home is also recommended. Once you are able to learn the basics we strongly encourage our students to spend time at home on the mat to cultivate a home practice! Home practice is where the magic begins and where your yoga will begin transforming not only your body but also your life!

10. What books/DVD’s to you recommend?

“Happy Yoga” by Steve Ross |  “Ashtanga: the practice manual” – David Swenson “Meditations from the Mat” – Rolph Gates |  “Light on Yoga” – B.K. S. Iyengar “Insight Yoga” – Sarah Powers |  “Jivamukti Yoga” – Sharron Gannon & David Life

ANY DVD by my beloved teacher, Rusty Wells, Sean Corne, and Shiva Rea

Hopefully these tips helped ease some of your anxiety about your first class!

We hope to see you at the studio soon!

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