So, your new to Yoga! You might be thinking “Oh, I’m not limber!”
That is something we hear a lot! It doesn’t matter how limber you are, what your age is or what kind of shape you are in. Yoga is for EVERY BODY!
Your first yoga class
When coming to your first yoga class, you’ll want to arrive about ten to fifteen minutes early. This will give you time to check in, speak with the instructor about any injuries or questions you have, and settle on to your mat. You will be asked to leave your shoes and belongings in a safe cubby area inside the studio. Cell phones are best left in the car, but if you need your phone with you, we ask that you leave it on silent as to not interrupt the session.
Yoga is the art of yoking the body with the breath and quieting the mind. With that said, there may be an element of meditation in your class. Most classes last about 75 minutes. If you have a mat, bring it! If not, we have one you can use, or new ones you can buy.
In just a few weeks you are going to be feeling great! You will likely find you’re sleeping better, standing taller, and radiating a new sense of self-confidence.
After 30 days of attending yoga classes at least three times per week, you will begin to notice your flexibility, core strength, and upper body strength have increased. You will feel more centered, less stress, and much calmer in trying situations. You may even notice you’ve lost a few pounds.
Remove your shoes upon entering the building
Spread you toes! Feel the earth below your feet! We practice barefoot. No outdoor shoes on the studio floor.
Turn your cell phone off or better yet, leave it in your car
Yoga time is vacation time! Make a habit of turning off your cell phone as soon as you arrive. Let the studio be your sanctuary, a time to tune out and tune inward. Besides, you could be quite embarrassed if your phone rings during class. If this happens, (and it has even happened to me) please silence your phone as soon as you are able.
Please arrive on time
Arriving 10 minutes before class begins allows you time to check in and decompress. The front door of the studio is locked once class starts, so if you arrive late, you will be locked out.
Please let the teacher know about injuries or conditions that might affect your practice
Knowledge is power! Tell your teacher if you have an injury or physical limitation. There is always a modification or alternative pose that is more suitable for your body. If you need to take a break, go into child’s pose or sit with legs crossed and practice focused breathing. You can also lie down in relaxation pose whenever you need to.
Bring your own mat
If you own a mat, bring it. If you don’t, we have some for you to borrow or a new one you can buy. If you wish to purchase one, talk to your instructor, not all mats are created equal.
What should I wear to class?
Be comfortable! For gentle classes wear something that is either stretchy or loose enough to move in. In the summer wear less and in the winter wear layers that you can remove as you warm up.
In the more active yoga classes you will be most comfortable with clothing that easily moves with you and stays in place. Find something that fits well and you feel comfortable in.
Please do not wear short shorts unless you have longer bike style shorts underneath. Men are required to wear athletic shorts and/or yoga pants.Yoga is practiced barefoot, so wear shoes that are easily removed.
How long before class should I wait to eat?
It is best to not eat for two hours before a class. A small piece of fruit, or something easily digested is ok if you need it. Remember, you are going to be twisting, squeezing, and inverting.
You really don’t want to have food in your stomach.
Should I bring water to class?
The body needs to be properly hydrated before practice, and during practice. During yoga asana practice you are stoking your internal fire to burn off toxins through sweat. We strive to be as environmentally responsible as we can, please bring your water in a reusable container.
What are the benefits of yoga?
Yoga asana practice is a powerful tool for both inner and outer transformation. With regular practice, you will notice your body getting stronger and more flexible; you will feel more grounded and have better posture. On a mental level, you will notice improved focus and the ability to stay calm and maintain relaxed breathing. The list of benefits is so long that it cannot be included here. Here are two great links:
When will I start to see the benefits of yoga?
Most people feel really good after their first class. Over all though, the benefits of yoga are gradual and cumulative. You may notice that you are sleeping better or less sore when you get up in the morning. Students are often surprised when at their next physical exam their blood pressure has dropped or their blood sugar is lower. How much and how quickly you benefit depends on how often you practice either at the studio or at home.
I am pregnant. Can I do yoga?
Yes! Yoga while you are pregnant will help keep you calm and relieve your hard working back. For the safety of your growing child, your first class with Kimberly needs to be one of the gentle classes. Kimberly will modify the poses for your current stage of pregnancy. She may recommend other classes as well. As your pregnancy progresses, we will continue to modify your poses. After a short break following delivery, you’ll be able to start yoga once again.
I’m just recovering from an injury, is yoga safe?
A mindful yoga practice can actually help support the healing process, and help prevent future injuries. Yoga is very safe and gentle when practiced and taught correctly. As far as an injury, it depends on the scope of the injury. Generally, yoga taught by a skilled teacher who knows anatomy and physiology can modify and adapt the yoga poses and movements to your particular needs. If you have recently had an injury, surgery, or have a chronic condition, I encourage you to consult with your supervising health provider as to when is the best time to begin a program of yoga.
Is yoga a religion?
No. Yoga is not a sport or a religion. It is however, spiritual. Some students silently pray as they practice. You may or may not choose to focus inward while practicing.
Men are required to wear athletic shorts and/or yoga pants.
Do I need to bring any equipment with me to class?
If you have your own mat, bring it. If not we have mats for you to use.
I can’t afford classes, but I really need yoga at this time of my life. What can I do?
Our rates reflect the cost of running a business and our commitment to compensate our hardworking staff. But at the same time, commUNITY yoga is a heart driven business fueled by our love of the transformative power of regular yoga practice. We want you to practice regardless of your financial situation. We are committed to offering all seekers a karma position at our studio. (Karma Krew helps in many ways: cleaning, running errands, class assistance.)
What does Namaste mean?
It is simply an acknowledgement of the spark from your soul to another soul.