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Attending your first yoga class doesn’t need to be overwhelming. Here is what to expect when you arrive and what you will need for your class.

Before Class

  • IMPORTANT: If you are more than 5 minutes late to class you will not be allowed to join as it creates a distraction for others. 

  • Having a light snack before class is good; eating a heavy meal is not.

  • Wear light and comfortable clothing. Wear layers in the winter time so you can remove clothing when needed. Remove large jewelry, belts, or bulky clothing that could cause you or the instructor injury.

  • Wear clothing that is not too loose (this helps the instructor see the placement of your body) but also not too tight (causing constriction of movement)

  • Let the teacher know if you have any injuries or other physical conditions. If you have a serious health condition, please consult a physician before participating.

  • Try to arrive 15 minutes early. You’ll need to check in, put your belongings away, set up your mat, etc. Start the class in a peaceful, relaxed state instead of having just rushed to class.

  • Bring water, and a snack if you are prone to lightheadedness. Nuts or fruit are good.

During Class

  • Listen to your body and the signs it gives you. Know your limits and trust your instincts.

  • Learning to control and follow your breath is important in yoga. This is often difficult for beginners. Do not stress about it. You’ll get it!

  • Be respectful and kind to your classmates. Everyone is at a different place in life and in their practice. You never know what your smile or kind words might mean to someone else.

  • Speak up! If you do not understand a posture or sequence, ask the instructor to elaborate. Your feedback helps us become better teachers.

  • Be kind to yourself and your practice. Comparing yourself to other students will only discourage you in your efforts to improve yourself. It’s better to focus inward during class.

  • Above all, have fun!

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