I've never done yoga before! What type of class should I take?

Beginners should start with either a Beginner Class, our Yoga 101 Class or a Private session.

What should I expect?​

A welcoming environment free of competition and judgment.  It is you and your mat. Everyone practices for different reasons so you will meet people of all walks of life and different levels of practice.  Expect to be challenged and encouraged.  You are part of our downtown tribe! 

What should I wear?

Wear comfortable fitting clothes. Bulky clothes such as t-shirts or sweat pants just get in the way. If you do a hot flow class, you may want to consider sweat-wicking material.

What should I bring?​

You are welcome to bring a water bottle (closed container) and a mat, but these are also available to rent or purchase in the studio. A towel or yoga towel, especially for hot classes, is recommended.

Just how hot is hot yoga? How hot is warm?

The temperature is between 90-95F for hot and 80-85F for warm. This helps build flexibility in the muscle. If you get too hot, there are always poses to move into to decrease the intensity.  Your practice should be a comfortable challenge, only going to YOUR edge, and not about how much effort you can put into a posture.  Too much emphasis on exertion leads to injury.  

Is it OK to eat before class?

There are different schools of thought on this. Some say no food right before, but 1 to 2 hours before is fine. We think with any physical activity, a bit of healthy food, like a banana, is good. A FULL BELLY IS NOT RECOMMENDED. And come hydrated!

Will Yoga help me lose weight?

A regular yoga practice can promote weight loss. If you’re looking to lose weight and you’re new to yoga, try beginner classes first so you can familiarize yourself with the postures. After that, you can work up to more advanced classes where you’ll work up more of a sweat. Or take a private session for an individualized flow.

Is it OK to take yoga if I have an injury, arthritis, or pain?

Arthritis pain can be relieved through a regular yoga practice. Gentle and restorative classes are the best ones to start with. Heated classes can increase flexibility and loosen stiff muscles and joints. If you’re comfortable doing so, let your teacher know about your condition before class so she can provide appropriate modifications for you. Or email our Yoga Adviser.

Can I practice while I'm pregnant?

Absolutely. If you had a regular yoga practice before becoming pregnant, you can continue to attend classes, but always listening to your ever changing body as you practice. If not, try our Lamaze Prenatal Yoga class or another beginner class. Always let your teacher know that you’re pregnant, and always check with your doctor before making any changes to your fitness routine or before starting a fitness routine. Feel free to email us at grow.yogastory@gmail.com with any questions.

Do you have a specific question about yoga and your pregnancy?  Our Prenatal Yoga Adviser, Beth Day, is happy to answer any questions.  Visit our Lamaze Prenatal Yoga page and complete the "Ask Beth" form.  


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