New to Yoga

When can I start?

All ongoing classes are available to “drop-in”. If you are new to yoga, we suggest you start with any Level 1 or Gentle Yoga class.  A Gentle Yoga class will move at the slowest pace and accommodate for special needs.  A Yoga Basics and Form class (level 1) will provide more alignment instruction. A Fusion-style class will keep you moving more.  The next Introduction to Yoga 6-week series starts April 20th (see “Workshops” on our schedule for more details).  A private class with a teacher is another way to get a individualized introduction to yoga.

How do I find the right class for me?

Finding the right class is essential. Gentle classes are slower paced and offer more adaptations to accommodate limitations to movement. Level 1 classes are a great place to start if you are injury free and in good health. Some people choose to start with an Introduction to Yoga series class, which is specifically designed for people new to yoga. These 6-week series of classes are offered in the fall, winter and spring.

What do I wear?

Please wear comfortable clothing but not too baggy. A more form-fitting top is helpful when your head is lower than your hips. Bare feet and a relatively empty stomach are essential.

What should I bring?

Yourself and an open mind. Mats and all yoga props are provided free of charge by the studio for all yoga classes and workshops.

Some students chose to bring their own yoga mat and these items are also available for purchase at the studio. Yoga mats start at $29, and blocks are $15 each, belts $12.  That’s about $66 for your yoga practice “starter kit”.

I have a chronic or recent injury. Is yoga safe for me?

Yes! Yoga is regarded for its therapeutic nature. A Gentle Yoga class can get you started on your yoga journey if your injury is stable and does not significantly impact your day-to-day activities. If your injury is recent, affects your daily activities or is associated with pain, you may benefit from beginning with one to three private lessons to specifically address your challenges. Call the studio at (907) 277-7037 to arrange a private session.

I am not very flexible. Can I do yoga?

Absolutely! Yoga is ideal for developing increased flexibility without compromising the strength that is often associated with inflexibility. Developing awareness of the edge of the stretch will allow you to stretch deeply and safely. Start with a Level 1 or Gentle Yoga class then talk to your instructor about finding other yoga classes to suit your needs.

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