New to Yoga? Welcome.
Trying yoga for the first time can feel invigorating for some and intimidating for others. No matter where you fall, we love beginners, and you’ll learn from our beginners classes that they are designed to be both a wonderful form of movement and educational about yoga as a practice and that postures are able to be modified to meet your needs, skills, and limitations. Below are a few things to expect when arriving at the studio.
Wear comfortable clothes you can stretch in. No need for yoga gear (although it’s helpful if you have some!), just be sure to wear something you can easily move in, fits close to the body, and will keep you at a temperature that feels good for you.
Feel free to bring your own mat. We have props in the studio that you are welcome to use at no extra charge. Some students bring their own mat, but it is not required.
Arrive a few minutes early (5 minutes is plenty). You’ll want to give yourself time to say hello to your instructor and let them know you’re new to yoga. This way our team of teachers will be sure to help you find the props you’ll need to get set up.
Let our teachers know your needs. If you have any injuries or limitations, let our instructors know so they can offer modifications. If you do not want any hands-on adjustments, this is a good time to let the instructors know that, too.
We begin each class seated briefly to bring your mind inward. We begin each class seated to give you a moment to center your mind with the body and breath. In our intermediate and advanced classes, we follow with an invocation to honor our yoga lineage and to offer gratitude for practice. You’re welcome to read more and listen to the chant here. For new students who may not want to participate, this is a great time to close your eyes, listen, and set an intention for your practice.
If you want to know more about the Iyengar tradition and what makes it unique from other forms of yoga, please read more about it here.
More questions on your mind?
Here are a few of our FAQs:
May I join class at any time or do you have sessions?
Yes, you can join us at any time! While we run our schedule based on sessions, you can join any class mid-session. We can prorate a session for you at the studio. Simply email and let us know which class you intend to join.
Am I committed to the same class each week?
Attending the same class is the best way to build consistency and a strong foundation for your yoga practice. The sessions often build week to week, and there is an order to the sequencing. You will progress with more clarity and understanding the more consistent you are.
How do I know if I am a beginner or intermediate student?
In asana-based classes, determination of a “beginner” and “intermediate” level is based on physical ability, maturity in the poses, and your commitment to daily practice. We ask that you progress thoughtfully through each level class, taking into consideration our suggestions for the time you should commit to each level. People brand-new to yoga should commit to a Beginner’s Level 1 for a minimum of 4–6 months. Beginners can continue to build in Level 1–2 classes for several years.
Intermediate Level 2 and above students are expected to have the following: a strong foundation in Iyengar Yoga, practice at home regularly, and be working consistently with an Iyengar teacher. Do not attend intermediate-level classes if you do not practice at home consistently and study regularly with a teacher.
What are inversions?
Inverted poses place the pelvis higher than the heart for a minute or more. Students who should not do inversions are those who are menstruating and those with high blood pressure, hiatal hernia, displaced or detached retina, glaucoma, disorders of the cervical spine, sinus infection, weak or broken capillaries in or around the eyes or face, coronary heart disease, and epilepsy.
What does Namaste mean?
Class traditionally ends with the exchange of the Sanskrit word Namaste. Pronounced: “Na Ma Stay” This translates roughly as: I honor the divine place within you. We recognize this place in each other. In this place we realize we are one.