Yoga 101: Getting Started
Yoga is a system of postures, breathing and meditation for balancing the body, mind and spirit. Most new students feel a little intimidated when trying yoga for the first time. But there’s nothing to be nervous about.
You’ll feel right at home in no time! Below you’ll find some helpful handouts, studio etiquette tips and yoga FAQs.
We ask first-timers to complete our new student forms, and you can be do so online or in person at either of our studios. If you’d like to take classes at both studio locations, please fill out the forms for Savannah and Pooler:
- Yoga Etiquette
- Choosing a Yoga Teacher
- Top Ten Reasons to Try Yoga
- Yoga and Stress Reduction
- Yoga and Weight Management
• Water is the only drink permitted in the yoga room.
• Arrive at least 10 minutes before class begins; 15 minutes if it’s your first class. There’ll be a 5-minute grace period for latecomers.
• Store shoes and socks in the welcome room. You should bring bags/purses into the yoga room.
• Silence cell phones.
• Enter the yoga room silently. Many students use the time before and after class for quiet meditation. Please ask questions before or after class, but not during.
• Refrain from wearing perfume, cologne or strong scents of any kind.
• Wipe down loaner mats and hang in welcome room as you leave. Mats and props are provided for all classes except Hot Yoga. Owning your own mat is strongly recommended. We sell all kinds of yoga mats in our boutique.
• Arriving late? Wait until after the OMs have stopped then quietly enter the room.
What should I wear? Do I need to bring anything?
Wear comfortably fitting but stretchy clothes (long shorts or flexible pants work well for men). If you don’t have a yoga mat, you can use one of our loaner mats for free (hot yoga students are required to bring their own mats). Some people like to bring a hand towel to wipe away sweat. We sell eco-friendly mats and towels in our boutique. To help cut down on wasteful plastic, we don’t sell bottled water. But if you bring your own bottle, you can fill it up at our filtered water fountain.
What classes work best for beginners?
We offer a variety styles that are perfect for new students. Please see Class Descriptions to learn about each of the following: Gentle Flow Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Beginners Yoga, Flow and Slow Down, Yin Yoga – All Levels,Yin & Flow Yoga – All Levels
How should I prepare for my first class?
Please read our class descriptions and teacher bios to make sure you choose the class and/or teacher most suited to your needs at this time. Don’t take class on a full stomach. If needed, eat a light snack before class, but nothing too heavy.
We start classes on time. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before your first class for registration. Arriving early ensures a stress-free and relaxed first class. The studio is always open 30 minutes before class starts and many students arrive a little early to enjoy quiet time in the yoga room.
What should I expect the first class to be like?
Each class is led by a certified and experienced yoga teacher. The intention or theme of the class is left up to the individual teacher.
It’s called a yoga practice, not a yoga perfect. It is not about doing the posture perfectly. No one is going to judge you or criticize you. If you give your best effort, you’ll receive the same therapeutic benefits as someone with a high degree of flexibility. As you continue to practice, your balance and strength will grow.
Listen to your body. The teacher may occasionally offer suggestions or adjustments that will carry you deeper into a pose. If you have health conditions or are pregnant, please let the teacher know before class begins.
How often should I practice?
That’s up to you, of course. The more often you come to class, the quicker you’ll experience results. We recommend practicing at least 3 times per week. A daily practice over the course of 30 days will give you a new body, a new mind and a new life. We see proof of this time and again.
Anything else you’d like to know? Email or call us.