Let Yourself Be New
Odds are if you're reading this you're debating whether to come or not. Come, try it. It's like eating chocolate, we can describe it all we like, but place a piece of chocolate on your tongue and you instantly understand.
This is a life affirming, transformational practice. It will make a difference in how you live your life, improve the quality of your relationships and make you happier--if you give it time to work.
Yoga was conceived as a practice to be done daily for the rest of your life. That's easy to forget, for all of us. We stop practicing for a time and then we start to feel down, lethargic or just kind of "blah" because doing "your work" can be challenging.
Make this commitment to yourself. Show up for yourself. Again and again and again.
Get a Good Mat
Yes there is a difference in mats. There are the cheap mats that cost about $20 at places like Target. They are slick, offer minimal support and end up in landfills on a very frequent basis.
We recommend buying a Manduka mat. They come in two different thicknesses, both come with a lifetime guarantee, and are the standard in the industry. A mat is the only piece of "yoga equipment" you'll need. (Yogi Toes--a towel with silicone beads to help grip, are also nice to have.)
Is actually beneficial for you. It's detoxifying, gives your kidneys a break and helps to cool you down. One way to sweat less is to keep a layer of sweat on you in practice instead of always wiping it away. It works.
You will sweat in this practice. By waiting until class to have your first water of the day, you make it more difficult for your body to stay hydrated.
Drink water throughout the day. And bring your water in a stainless steel or other BPA free bottle.
We also offer filtered water and water bottles you can borrow if you forget yours.
This is a breathing practice first. By listening, and honoring your breath, you'll know when you're working "just right" and not over or under doing it. You can always take child's pose whenever you need a break or need to regain your focus.
Yoga Lessons for Beginners
Consider the Beginner's Series as "Yoga Lessons". It gives you an understanding of what yoga is and how to do it successfully. Just like in every other new activity you take up, it makes sense to take classes specifically designed to teach you that new skill. By doing so, you'll not only be safer, you'll find yoga more enjoyable too.
When you are just starting out, the Beginner's Series can help you feel comfortable and confident as you begin to practice yoga. In turn, you'll be able to enjoy the benefits of yoga, such as a calm mind and healthy body for years to come.
New Student Tips
Here are some things to know to make your experience more enjoyable.
What to Bring
Always bring a yoga mat, towel and water bottle. We're happy to loan you one for the day if you forget. We also sell premium mats when you're ready to buy your own.
What Class to Take
If you’re new to yoga we recommend the Level 1 class, a complete and foundational practice. We also suggest new students place their mats somewhere in the middle of the room. We move in different directions and this ensures you always have a visual guide in front of you. If you are familiar with Sun Salutations then you will most likely be comfortable in an All-Levels class.
To get the most out of yoga, a regular, consistent practice is key. Aim for 2-3 times a week in the beginning. This allows you to build strength, flexibility and balance at a comfortable pace. After a month or two you can move to 3-5 times a week.
What Temperature is the Room
Our studio is kept at 85 o It’s warmer in the back of the room, cooler in the front.
Where to Park
Please park on the street. Spaces are FREE, plentiful and are good for two-hours. Help us be good neighbors by avoiding driveways. Please do not park in the parking lot—the spaces are for the lofts, offices and spa.
Please silence your cell phone and avoid wearing heavy fragrances.
When to Eat
Everyone responds differently to eating and moving physically. A good guideline is to avoid eating anything heavy 2-3 hours before you practice.
If you are inflexible, yoga is where you can change that. Give it time. People drastically overestimate what they can do in a day and underestimate what they can do in a year. Your body is changing all of the time. You can help it move towards being more flexible as well as stronger.
Yoga & Other Exercise
Yoga is different from other forms of fitness in that we move to feel and experience insight—not to achieve a goal. However you’ll also notice yoga complements and enhances the quality of everything else you do.
The Purpose of Yoga
Yoga is a practice to help you know yourself and the world about you. It begins the moment you begin to pay attention. The style we practice is called Bhakti Vinyasa. People who practice regularly develop healthier, fitter bodies, however, it is the relaxed feeling of joy that keeps people practicing. Yoga feels good.