NEW to Yoga?

Tips to keep you feeling comfortable for your first class.

My intention is to provide a compassionate, fun, and safe space for students to explore and discover the truth of who they are through the body, breath and mind.

New to Yoga? Don't Sweat it. Welcome!

If you are new to yoga, it can seem daunting at first. Not to worry! You do not need to be flexible, strong or “healthy” to do yoga. The benefits of yoga begin with the most basic expressions of the postures and can be reached by children, the aged, and the injured with ease. Here are some tips to get you started:

1. Wear clothes that you feel comfortable in but are not too loose or baggy. Shorts, athletic pants, and a tee shirt will be fine. Yoga is practiced in bare feet, so please take off shoes and socks as well. I ask that you bring a mat if at all possible.

2. Try to arrive to class early enough to be prepared and on your mat at the start time. Please let the instructor know of any injuries or concerns.

3. Please turn your cell phone off. Before and during class, try to maintain a quiet, meditative space. Do ask for help if you need it, but questions and comments should be reserved until after class has ended.

4. Come to class on an empty stomach. Wait about two hours after a big meal, one hour after a light snack.

5.  In every class, there will be a posture that you can’t do. There may be times you need to rest. Rest when you need. Do what you can. With an ongoing practice, you will change quickly and profoundly.

6.  Be consistent ! At first it may seem challenging or hard. For sure, the physical postures will be difficult. You may be aching for days (even if you thought you were in good shape before starting) because you’re using muscles you’ve never “exercised” before. You might want to throw the towel in, but you’ve got to be SUPER patient. Give the practice time to work its magic. If you're serious about growing, you've got to give it a regular schedule.

7. Take it easy and have fun. We can take ourselves way too seriously so much of the time.. Enjoying yourself in class so that you’ll continue to come back and grow in your practice

One of the great things about yoga is it brings us all to the same common denominator—we all have the same struggles and worries, and though everyone comes in a different body, each of us has a path to travel to make it a more comfortable place to live. People come to yoga with differing levels of experience, but there is room for everyone. We are ALL learning. Talk to me, and I can point you in the right direction.

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