Nervous to try yoga because you've never taken a class before? Don't be! Every single person has had to take their first class at some point or another.
We invite you to start by first taking a beginner-level class, in which you are surrounded by those who are unfamiliar with the practice and slowly guided into each pose.
Preparing For Class
What To Wear
You want your attire to be comfortable and close-fitting. Fitted clothing allows the instructor to observe your form and offer corrections when necessary, plus it stays put during all the bending, stretching, and twisting you’ll be doing. Yoga is practiced barefoot, but you are welcome to wear socks into the studio room to keep your toes toasty during warm-up and cool-down. Out of respect for other students as well as the instructor, please refrain from wearing any perfumes, colognes, or body sprays.
What To Bring
Bring a water bottle and yoga mat, if you have one. If you're not ready to invest in one just yet, the studio has mats you can borrow. Don't worry about straps, bolsters, blocks, or other equipment, as they are available at the studio and, although they can be useful, aren't crucial for practice.
What To Expect
Classes can vary greatly depending on the instructor and the type of class that you are attending. Generally speaking, the class will begin slowly with some breathe-work or a guided meditation, move into some gentle stretches to warm up the body, which transitions into a series of traditional yoga poses, and eventually ending in savasana, or “corpse pose,” in which practitioners lay on their backs with eyes closed and, ideally, experience complete relaxation. Some classes may end in a guided meditation as well. To signify the end of class, the instructor will press his/her hands together as if in prayer, bow his/her head, and say “Namaste,” to which the students will respond in kind. This is a gesture of gratitude and respect meaning “I bow to you” or “the light in me sees the light in you” or “be well,” or any number of similar sentiments, depending on who you ask.