The practice of yoga is a very personal and individual journey for everyone who steps onto the yoga mat. Some people use it as a time to find tranquility and do meditation while others want to move & sweat, and others as a form of social enrichment. No matter what you come to yoga for, it is an uplifting practice that promotes good health and can enhance our lives.
Before You Get Started
- Arrive 10-15 minutes before the class begins. Check in with the front desk to let them know that you are present, and pay for your class if you have not done so already through our online scheduler.
- Tell the teacher about your experience level, so they can advise you accordingly.
- Bring comfortable clothing to practice in. Stretchy cotton or none restrictive fabrics are best. Remember that you’ll be moving around a lot and you will possibly be in inverted postures; choose the appropriate length of shorts and snug fitting tops.
- Try not to eat 1-2 hours before class, or have a light snack before you step onto your mat. A full stomach can cause discomfort during practice and is believed to restrict the flow of energy in the body.
- Turn your cell phone off or to silent for the duration of the class.
- Let your teacher know of any injuries, ailments or if you are pregnant before the class begins. This will assist them in creating the best practice for you and providing modifications when necessary.
Come with an open mind and the will to learn! Always remember, everyone has a first class; don’t be afraid to ask the teacher for instructions or assistance. Most importantly, have fun!
You do not need to bring any equipment: we have everything you need at the studio except a water bottle!
Benefits of Yoga
Yoga is a healing system of theory and practice. It is a combination of breathing exercises, physical postures, and meditation that has been practiced for more than 5,000 years, originating in India. Yoga helps create longevity as well as help us to calm our constantly busy lives. Below are just a few of the physical and mental benefits of practicing yoga on a regular basis!
- Flexibility – By lengthening the body and holding poses for longer periods of time, the muscles are allowed to stretch more naturally and lengthen over time.
- Strength – Yoga poses are often held for a few minutes, requiring balance and supporting the weight of the body. Over time, you will build strength in all parts of your body.
- Muscle Tone – Create long lean muscles by active stretching. Stretched muscles work more efficiently and have longer stamina when used.
- Pain Prevention – Yoga helps to alleviate back, wrist, neck, shoulder, and leg pain.
- Breathing – By coordinating breath with movement and focusing on the breath, you learn to have a greater breath capacity with slower deeper breath.
- Mental Calmness – Sometimes intensely physical and occasionally quiet and still, yoga helps the mind stop its constant spinning.