A committed yoga practice will:
improve posture, flexibility, balance, and strength
remove toxins and blockages from the body’s systems
balance the body’s energy
maintain bone density, improve circulation, and your mood
promote self-healing with breath, movement and relaxation
enable you to be present in the moment as you move with the flow of breath, to create more space in your spine and in your life
NEW STUDENT GUIDE
Beginners are welcome in practically all of our classes - our teachers are expert at adjusting their instruction to accommodate all levels of experience. New students can purchase a 3-class card for $33, which can be used for any of our regular yoga classes. If you're brand new to yoga, we recommend you start with our Introduction to Yoga or Iyengar Yoga for Beginners classes:
INTRODUCTION TO YOGA
with Michelle Deane
Mondays, 7:15 - 8:30 pm
Join us for this gentle, supportive class designed for beginning yoga students. You'll be expertly guided as you learn the fundamentals of yoga in a fun, welcoming, non-judgmental atmosphere. You'll also learn relaxation techniques and exercises to enhance the quality of your breath. Working at your own level and within your own comfort zone, you'll build confidence in your practice while building strength, flexibility, and balance. Michelle will also introduce a Sanskrit-language term each week, to discuss its meaning within classical Yoga philosophy.
IYENGAR YOGA FOR BEGINNERS
with Dorinda Nyberg
Saturdays, 11:15 am - 12:30 pm
This class is suitable for beginning and continuing students who want to learn how to practice yoga, or enhance their existing practice. Learn the fundamentals of yoga postures in a safe and supportive environment, with an emphasis on healthy alignment as taught by B.K.S. Iyengar. Yoga props (blankets, blocks, bolsters) are used to assist in alignment, and to give a sense of the direction and action in poses. Instruction is individualized for the needs of different bodies and ability levels.
Other good classes for beginners include:
Mondays 9:30 - Gentle Yoga
Mondays 3:00 - Gentle Yoga
Tuesdays 3:00 - Gentle Yoga
Wednesdays 5:30 - Restorative Yoga
Thursdays 3:00 - Gentle Yoga
Fridays 9:30 - Yoga for Seniors
Fridays 4:30 - Iyengar Yoga
Email us if you'd like a specific recommendation for your needs!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHEN CAN I START?
Right now! There's no need to pre-register or pre-pay - just arrive 10-15 minutes before class, let the teacher know you're new to the Center, and they'll get you set up.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST AND HOW DO I PAY?
We offer new students their first 3 classes for $33. We encourage you to try a variety of teachers to find the right fit, so your 3-class card can be used for any regular class. You can also buy a single class (called a “drop-in”), or a series of classes in increments of 5, 10 or 15. Payment is accepted at the time of class, and we accept cash, checks, and all major credit and debit cards. For a complete price list click here.
I'M FEELING A LITTLE INTIMIDATED...
Relax! We're a warm, welcoming, low-key, non-judgmental kind of place, and you'll find our teachers as well as our students are happy to welcome newcomers into the fold. You'll find other beginning-level students in practically all of our classes.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT TO GET OUT OF A YOGA CLASS?
Unlike stretching or fitness, yoga is more than just physical. Yoga is unique because the practice connects the movement of the body and the fluctuations of the mind to the rhythm of the breath. Connecting the mind, body, and breath helps you become more aware of your experiences from moment to moment, off the mat. This awareness is what makes yoga a practice, rather than a goal. Your body will most likely become more flexible by doing yoga, as the space inside of you opens and your muscles lengthen. Your mind will become more relaxed, and you will likely experience a high level of stress reduction, allowing you to sleep better and feel more at ease during the day. The body work in yoga also develops muscle definition and core strength.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING AND HOW SHOULD I DRESS?
Please bring your own mat, although we can loan you a mat if you don't own one yet. We have all the props. Wear comfortable, workout-type clothes - nothing that would cover your feet. Please remove your shoes before you enter; practice is done barefoot on your mat. Do not eat for at least an hour before class. A bottle of water on hand may be a good idea for after class.
DO I HAVE TO BE REALLY LIMBER AND IN GOOD SHAPE BEFORE STARTING YOGA?
Not at all! In fact, the very reason many people choose yoga is to become more limber, increase their range of motion, and tone and strengthen. Each class encourages you to move at your own pace, and within your own comfort zone. Many students come to yoga because they have some body problem - bad back, knee surgery, aching joints. We assist many chiropractic, holistic and physical therapy patients through their recoveries. Take a moment to talk to the yoga teacher prior to class and let them know your limitations, so they can tailor their instruction to your needs.
MY GYM OFFERS YOGA. WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THERE AND YOUR CENTER?
Our Center is a serene, clean, beautiful and naturally lit space nestled in a quiet building looking out to greenery. Our teachers are all experienced yoga teachers with certifications, and many have other forms of study that increase their connection to improving your well-being. Simply walk up to our front door and you will feel the peaceful healing energy the Center offers you for your hour and a half of happiness.