New To Yoga


about YOGA

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.

Yoga Etiquette

    • Please plan to arrive at least 10 minutes PRIOR to the class start time. This will allow you to center yourself before class and ensure everyone has a space to lay down their yoga mat.
    • First-time, new students MUST arrive 15 minutes before class starts if you want to take the class.
    • Students who arrive more than 5 minutes after the posted class start time may not be permitted to enter the studio. Please note: the 5 minute grace period is intended for rare emergencies only, and should not be considered an acceptable time to enter class each week.
    • Please be respectful of your instructor and fellow students by being inside the studio on your mat at the posted start time. If you must leave early, please advise the instructor at the beginning of class, and take the place nearest the exit.
    • Please turn your phone or switch it to “Airplane Mode” when you arrive. Phones should stay with your personal belongings, not on your yoga mat.
    • Please remove your shoes once you reach the second floor. It’s part cleanliness and part respect for the space and tradition.
    • Please refrain from wearing strong scents and make sure your body is clean and free of body odor.
    • If you have an injury or any other issue that will affect your practice it is your responsibility to inform the instructor prior to class, so that they can recommend variations on the poses.
    • Please be mindful of the designated Level of the class, for yourself and when inviting friends and family to practice with you. Level 2/Intermediate classes and above will require a certain degree of basic understanding of the poses, as well as a certain level of stamina and strength.
    • It’s not considered good yoga etiquette to walk on someone else’s mat.
    • Smile and say hi to the person next to you. They may be just as nervous as you!

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