Considering signing up as a new student but feel a little nervous about it? Don’t be! Here are some things you need to know about practicing yoga.

You Should Talk to Your Doctor

While the benefits of yoga are numerous, it is always advisable to speak with your doctor, or health practitioner, before you begin any new fitness program or practice. As a new student, you may want to have that extra assurance that you are good to go!

Yoga is NOT Just for Flexible People

Yoga is for EVERY BODY! If you are feeling stiff and inflexible, yoga is a great place to work on increasing your range of motion and promoting the suppleness of your muscles. Most new students are not super flexible. You won’t be alone!

Yoga ISN’T Just Stretching

The practice of yoga does include some amount of lengthening muscle groups, but it is not simply a stretching class. Practicing yoga will help increase muscle strength and stability through asana (postures/poses). It will improve lung capacity and function through pranayama (breathwork) and mantra (sound work). Improved focus and concentration are also benefits of a yoga practice.

Yoga ISN’T Just for Females

Yoga is for EVERYONE! Traditionally, yoga was primarily practiced by men.  All people can benefit from a yoga practice. 

Yoga ISN’T a Religion

While many people find a deeper spirituality throughout their practice, yoga is non-denominational. People of all different faiths practice yoga. When we discuss some of the concepts of yoga, we may discuss some of the deities associated with yoga philosophy, you are in no way asked to worship anyone other than whom you choose to. Discussion regarding Shakti, Shiva, Krishna, etc is more intended to represent concepts and provide some education on the Indian Mythology most commonly associated with the tradition of yoga.

During Goddess Yoga classes, we explore Goddesses/Divine Feminine of many different mythologies such as those in Hindu, Greek, Roman, Celtic, and Aboriginal mythologies.  These stories and explorations are a wonderful way to delve into the feminine within ourselves and to learn how we might cultivate some of those traits in our daily lives. They also serve to provide some education about as well as to honor the traditions of other cultures. 

Yoga is NOT a Competitive Sport

There is NO competition in a yoga practice. You should not compare yourself to any other student in the room. Everyone is in a different place along their yoga path. It’s about the JOURNEY! This also means you should not compare today’s practice with yesterday’s practice. You might find that a pose you felt good in last class feels beyond your reach this class. That’s OK! This is a great time to explore how you feel and why you might be feeling that way.

What To Expect as a New Student

Expect to become more familiar with yourself. As you practice, you will gradually become more in tune with your body, your mind, and your spirit. 

Learn to respect what feels right in your body. If you feel pain, or sharp, stabbing sensations, pull back or come out of the pose. That is your body telling you something isn’t right. However, if the pose just seems intense or difficult, that’s when yoga really begins! Breathe and allow yourself to be in that discomfort. However, as a new student, you may press a little further than you should because you want to achieve something. See point above about competition.

Don’t go anywhere without your breath. If you are panting or holding your breath, that is another sign you need to pull back. 

I will offer modifications or ways you can take the pose a little deeper or more intense. You can ALWAYS stay with the first option. Respect your body. 

I do offer assists and adjustments in class, but know that you can opt out at any time, and I will always ask permission when coming to do so. 

Sometimes things come up and emotional reactions can occur. That is perfectly normal and perfectly OK. Breathe through it and take all the time you need to process the experience.

Farts happen! No seriously! As you bend, twist, and shift your body into various poses, you are massaging your internal organs and working air through your system. Please don’t be embarrassed if it happens to you. It is 100% normal. 

Class Etiquette

  • Be on your mat 5 minutes before class starts. The door will be locked at the beginning of class and latecomers may not be allowed in. If you know you will be late, please send me a text. 
  • Please remove your shoes in the space between the doors so as not to track dirt and mud into the hall for practice. 
  • Please remain silent once you enter the hall and respect the peace of other students. You can chat outside after class. 

What You Need to Bring

  • A Yoga Mat, a water bottle, and you may wish to bring a blanket for savasana as it can be cool in the hall. 
  • Any other props you may wish to use such as a strap or blocks. Eye pillows for savasana can be great. 
  • Wear comfortable clothing that you bend and stretch in. You may want a sweater or socks for savasana but yoga is practiced in bare feet. This is mainly because socks can cause you to slide and overextend yourself causing injury. 
  • A positive attitude and a willingness to get comfortable with yourself. 

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