We pride ourselves in providing a welcoming and inclusive space, regardless of your age, body-shape, or flexibility, we have a class for you!
What to bring to class?
Comfortable Clothing - Ideally clothing that will wick away sweat such as athletic wear. Athletic shorts not underwear please.
Yoga Gear - Bring your yoga mat and towel. Towels and yoga mat rentals are also available at the front desk.
Water - Make sure you drink plenty of H20/Agua prior to coming to class and also bring a water-bottle to stay hydrated.
An Empty Stomach - It is highly recommended you practice yoga on an empty stomach. A small snack or meal can be enjoyed a minimum 2 hours prior to your yoga class.
Yoga poses will be most beneficial to you on an empty stomach. We twist and invert at times and if you ate a meal within 2 hours of your class your stomach is still digesting your meal and may cause you to be nauseous.
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Before Class Begins:
Arrive Early- Please take some extra time to arrive early (10-15 minutes). Arriving early will help ease you into your practice without rushing. This gives you time to get set up, sign in, or use the restroom before class begins. STUDIO DOORS WILL CLOSE/BE LOCKED WHEN THE CLASS BEGINS. IF THE DOOR IS LOCKED JOIN US FOR THE NEXT CLASS .
Unplug- No cell phones inside our yoga space. Please silence your devices and leave them outside of the yoga studio or keep them in your vehicle.
Have an open mind - Arrive to class with the an open mindset, and create a space of non judgement, gratefulness, patience, kindness, towards yourself and those around you.
Enjoy the Silence - Once you enter the yoga space refrain from loud conversations, please whisper in the yoga space to respect those around you who may be meditating or relaxing on their mat. Hang out in the community space and catch up with your YOGA FAM!
Please listen to your instructor - Please know that our instructors are committed to your well being. Please listen to your instructors’ instructions/guidance. Your yoga experience will be based on you being present, open minded, and willing to receive guidance.
No Shoes in the Yoga Studio - We respectfully ask that you do not wear shoes inside the yoga space. There is a designated storage outside of the yoga space where you can keep your belongings. Since yoga is traditionally practiced in bare feet to help us feel stability and connect directly with the ground or mat under our feet, it's important to keep a clean yoga space. We know shoes track in dirt, making the floor unclean. The custom of leaving your shoes at the door signifies respect for the ancient tradition of the East. Additionally the first of the five Niyamas, moral virtues of yoga is saucha (purity or cleaniness) we maintain our yoga space clean for meditation and personal growth.
Introduce Yourself - Please introduce yourself to your yoga teacher and tell them if you are new to yoga. They will want to know about any limitations or concerns you may have .
Listen to your body - One of the 1st challenges yoga beginners experience is the desire to "do yoga." Instead of doing yoga, be prepared to practice yoga's philosophy. One of them is to practice self care, knowing and sensing your limits and learning to be safe in your practice. Only you know how much to press yourself.
During and After Class:
Remember to Breathe - It's common for new students to hold their breath during yoga poses they find challenging; Breathing deeply can help you relax.
Plan to Stay - Do your best not to leave in the middle of class or during the final relaxation pose: If the class has become challenging, sit on your mat, or take child's pose or corpse pose.
Listen To Your Body - Take breaks when you need to through out class and if you experience pain or severe discomfort during a pose, stop doing the pose immediately. You are encouraged to rest or skip a pose when you need to. Don't be afraid to modify any pose to suit your body.
Namaste - You will hear some words you are not used to such as Namaste-(nah-mas-tay). This Sanskrit word means "I honor you" and is said at the end of class to seal your practice.
Chanting - AUM/OM is common mantra used in yoga as a chant. Chanting can takes us to a meditative state to slow down our mind or thoughts of stress, anxiety etc. Chanting is can excellent way to let go of the reaction to the sensation through the throat and heart chakras; in essence, releasing the emotion through self-expression. Mantras align your vibration to create awareness. The vibrations from mantras have the power to rearrange your molecular structure. AUM/Om when receited with an emphasis in the exhale will help us exhale deeply and consequently reduce stress.
Remember to Breathe- It's common for new students to hold their breath during yoga poses they find challenging; Breathing deeply can help you relax.
Benefits of a regular yoga practice
Weight reduction and increased flexibility--infrared heaters really promote weight loss and increased flexibility
Increased muscle strength and tone
Improved respiration, energy and vitality
Cardio and circulatory health
Lower blood pressure and reduced insomnia
Lessens chronic pain, such as lower back pain, arthritis, headaches and carpal tunnel syndrome
Can increase the ability to concentrate
Effective in developing coping skills and reaching a more positive outlook on life