Often this first step is the hardest part. Just a few important points in preparation for your first visit.
After you have preregistered for the class you would like to attend on the scheduling system..
- Please arrive 15 minutes before class begins in order to meet your teacher and get acquainted with the studio. This will give you time to change and relax on your mat before class.
- Please bring a mat, towel and a bottle of water with you. For your convenience, we also have mats and water.
- We encourage you to avoid eating two hours before class.
- Also, please come to class well hydrated.
- If you are coming to us with an injury, special needs or chronic pain we strongly encourage you to set up an introductory yoga private session so we can accommodate your needs and help you to stay safe.
Many new students ask us what a good class is to start with.
We have beginners classes on the schedule. Beginners classes take you step by step through each pose and intention of your practice. Gentle, Yin or Restorative Yoga classes also make a great class to start with because they are physically safe and typically move slow enough for all levels of practitioners to feel like they are keeping up. If you are a pretty active beginner all levels classes are open for you as well. In all levels classes, we teach to the students in the room so making modifications and cuing as needed.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact us at (970) 412-8740 or firstname.lastname@example.org
We’re excited to meet you! Welcome!
10 Rules for building a Yoga Practice.
- Know your limits. Pre-exisiting conditions, check with your doctor. Always stop if you feel pain or discomfort. Move in and out of poses slowly. Modify postures to fit your needs. Never force yourself, physically or otherwise.
- Listen to your body. There is a fine line between listening to your mind and listening to your body. Your mind might object to a posture that in reality your body is perfectly capable of doing, listening to your body is tuning in to discomfort, pain and referring back to rule 1.
- Breathe. The words ‘spirit’ and ‘inspire’ have the same root, which means “to breathe”. Try to breathe as fully as possible before, during and after each posture.
- Expand your comfort zone. Go beyond what you THINK you can do. Explore your possibilities (like an inversion!) Of course, do not continue if you feel any sharp pain.
- Have fun! Watch children play and let them be your role models. Don’t take yoga so seriously that you forget to enjoy it!
- Let go of self-judgment. Be aware of self judgment during your Yoga practice. Voices of fear or disappointment might visit you, “gee I still can’t touch my toes after practicing for the hour. I am always so stiff and achy. I feel old and I’ll never be able to do it” Be gentle and patient with yourself as you would when a child is first learning to walk. Let yourself be a beginner. And even as you become more comfortable with Yoga, maintain the attitude of freshness, awe and wonder toward this miracle that is your body.
- Be comfortable. Wear loose, flexible clothing that you feel good wearing and moving in.
- Eat lightly. Try to eat no less than 2 hours prior to your yoga practice. Eating moderately will enable you to feel light and more energetic.
- Make this your time. Tell yourself that for a specific period of time, you will put aside your worries, fears, troubles and responsibilities. This is your time. If at home, turn off the phone, and let loved ones know you are unavailable. This is not selfish. Rather by giving ourselves time to grow and develop, we are more able to give to others.
- Create a routine for Yourself. The more you practice Yoga, the more you will see and feel the benefits. On days when you do not practice, you might notice a difference in your body, your mood and your temperament. Yoga loosens the body, calms the mind, balances the emotions and focuses your energy. By maintaining consistency, you create a spiritual ritual that will nourish your inner and outer being.