- I am a raw beginner. Where should I start?
- How often should I practice?
- What if I'm not that flexible?
- New Student Guide
- What if I am pregnant and want to start Yoga?
- What if I am pregnant and have a regular Yoga practice?
If you are completely new to yoga we suggest you start with our 'Intro Series', of which you'll find the dates announced on our website shortly, to quickly get you up to speed in developing your yoga practice. We offer regular beginner classes called 'Yoga Basics' on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. These classes are especially designed to teach you the basic foundations of a healthy and successful yoga practice and give particular emphasis to the foundational postures, deepening the student's knowledge of alignment, physical condition, and spirit. Our regular All Level classes are suited for beginners as long as you are willing to practice at your own pace and take a rest when you need to.Ideally we recommend you to take 10 classes in your first 3 weeks to build a solid physical base and an intellectual understanding in which to continue your yogic journey with us.
Successful yoga practice requires discipline and wisdom. Consistency is the key to success. For life-changing results practice 4-6 days per week. A practice of 2-3 days per week, if consistent, will create transformation over time. Develop the spirit of repetition and everydayness in your practice!
We encourage you to develop a flexible mind. You don't need to be physically flexible. All you need is to focus on letting go, sweating, breathing, moving, and respecting your limitations. A yoga pose will expose blocks and imbalances. Soon the tension will release and your range of motion will naturally increase. As you dissolve rigidity and blockage, your body will regain a more child-like suppleness. Remember that the main goal of Yoga is to build and maintain physical and spiritual vitality, not to wrap your legs behind your head (although that may occur).
Arrive a few minutes early
Always arrive a few minutes early in order to have enough time to check in for class at the reception and not to feel rushed into class and to avoid disturbing an ongoing session.
No cell phones in class
Turn your cell phone off before entering class. We have special storage for phones, wallets and other valuables inside the studio.
Practice on an empty stomach
Ideally it is best not to eat a full meal up to two hours before class, your body will thank you and your practice will be easier. Make sure you have been drinking enough during the day so you are well hydrated once you arrive in class.
Bring a towel and consider buying your own Yoga mat
For hygienic reasons we recommend you to buy and use your own Yoga mat. We do provide Yoga mats for your use and we have them available for you to buy. Bringing your own towel will help you during class to maintain dry hands and feet.
Tell your teacher if you’re injured or pregnant
Let your teacher know if you have any injuries, are pregnant or have any other health issues. Let yourself be helped to keep your practice safe.
Never enter or leave class during OM or final relaxation
If you are late for class, please enter at the appropriate time. Avoid coming into class during the chanting of OM. Leave before final relaxation if you have to get out early.
Place yourself towards the back of the class
Set yourself up towards the back of the class so you have more experienced studentst in front of you. This will help you to have more visual reference when needed.
The teachers are there for you. Feel free to contact the teachers before or after class and ask questions.
As a beginner to Yoga we recommended that you sign up for a Prenatal Yoga Class that is specially designed to support this very unique time in your life. You will learn postures that strengthen your legs and back, open the pelvic area and create space for your baby to grow. While learning new ways to move your body you will become more aware of your body and will connect to your baby on a deeper level. Join us and other expecting moms for these energetic and relaxing classes (check our website for upcoming Prenatal classes)
Tell our teachers you are pregnant so they can assist you with modifications. Take special care in the first trimester of your pregnancy. Stop Ujjayi breath and any abdominal work. Become aware of your body's changes and adjust your practice. Don't overheat. Hydrate during your practice. Avoid putting pressure on your belly. Skip Belly Backbends, Twists against a body-part, Abdominal work, full Inversions (modified Inversions are fine) and at a later point in your pregnancy savasana (final relaxation; instead lie on your right side with a blanket between your knees). Ask the teachers if you feel any discomfort in a pose or are not sure. Generally the rule is practice what feels right to your body and allow yourself to rest a lot.