Starting a yoga practice with us is easy. Our teachers are experienced in supporting new yoga students. Yoga is for all shapes, sizes and ages – You don’t need to be flexible, strong, lean, or young. Come and try a class, just the way you are. The only thing you need to do is to show up!
Frequently Asked Questions
No. Some people are naturally flexible; others must work to attain flexibility. Flexibility is not a prerequisite to starting a practice – it’s a benefit of the practice. A regular yoga practice will gradually increase anyone’s flexibility. And all the other benefits of yoga can be experienced regardless of whether or not you can touch your toes.
Yoga classes are held in one of our two studios and led by a certified yoga instructor who will guide you and others through the practice. Classes can vary by strength, balance, style and level, so read the class description before you arrive. We suggest you attend a few Yoga Basics classes which will get you acquainted with common poses, flow, connecting your breath with movement and the environment. As with anything new, be patient with yourself and remember that you don’t have to do everything right away. Practicing yoga is a lifelong endeavor, the benefits accumulate over time and learning the basics is central to building a strong practice.
Practicing yoga on a full stomach can be uncomfortable so avoid eating a heavy meal before class. Wear comfortable clothing, but nothing too baggy. Bring a yoga mat and water (or rent/buy either from us when you arrive). Arrive 15 minutes early for your first class to make your experience non-stressful as you sign in and settle down on your yoga mat inside the studio. Don’t forget to have an open mind; this will allow you to absorb all those good positive yoga vibes.
“Yoga Basics” and “Level 1” classes are a perfect starting point for beginners – instructors go through the foundational yoga poses at a slower pace. Classes designated as “All Levels”, “Level 2” or higher will require a familiarity of the basic poses, in addition to a certain degree of stamina and strength. There are variations to each yoga pose that allow students to lessen – or increase – the difficulty. It is also important to remember that a new student, or someone who is not able to practice regularly, is doing as much work (and receiving as much benefit) as the advanced or more-regular student.
It depends on your injury. If you are in any doubt, please consult your doctor before starting a yoga practice and take accountability for looking after yourself. Generally, a yoga practice is very adaptable and you can modify poses to accommodate most injuries. Talk to the teacher before the class so that they are aware of your condition.