New Student Guide

Yoga 101

Yoga practice helps you build strength, increase flexibility, and develop greater mental focus. This guide gives you the basic information to get started. Remember, the hardest part is walking through the studio’s front door! Try different classes and talk with your teachers (they like questions). Over time, you can tailor an individualized practice that emphasizes exactly what you need.

breathe-new-studentFirst Visit Advice

Please arrive 10-15 minutes early
. We have a simple waiver to complete and you can speak with the instructor about any special needs you may have.

Wear comfortable clothing that allows for a full range of motion. Yoga is practiced in bare feet for traction and safety. Our studio has changing rooms and cubbies to store your belongings.

Don’t eat for an hour before your class. A little water is okay, but too much liquid can be uncomfortable. Please do not chew gum during practice, it is a safety hazard with the breathing practices.

Before your first class please review our full list of Guidelines. Thank you.

What Type of Class Should I Take?

The first place to start is class descriptions. Read these to find classes that appeal to you. Then look at the weekly class schedule to see when the classes are available. Each class has a link to the teacher. You can read the teacher’s bio to understand their training and style.

If you need advice or have questions, please feel free to contact us and we can help to point you in the right direction.

Additionally, we offer a 4-week Intro to Yoga Series for Beginners on Sunday evenings multiple times throughout the year. It’s a great place for brand new beginners.

How Much Does it Cost?

The more you are able to practice, the more you benefit physically and monetarily. All of our pricing info is listed here.

What Do I Need to Bring?

Please bring your own yoga mat if you have one. If not, that’s ok … We sell high quality yoga mats. The mats we carry our comfy, colorful and eco-friendly – made to last you a lifetime of practice. We also rent mats in case you forget to bring one. You may also bring a refillable water bottle.

Other than that, you simply need comfortable, athletic clothing and an open-mind, we’ll take care of the rest.

On the Mat

Yoga practice typically involves a series of physical postures that are coordinated with full breathing and a mental focus on the present moment. It is a lifelong practice of progressive change and there’s no need to do it all on the first try. There are many modifications available for the physical poses to make them more or less challenging depending on your needs.

Remember, it is not a competition with others or yourself. Challenge yourself but don’t push too hard – yoga should never be painful. If you can’t breathe, it’s a warning to ease up a little and reduce the intensity of the pose.

In the beginning you may want to practice in the back row so you can observe other students – they’ll help you get a feel for the different poses and class flow.