Yoga 101

By definition, we all started as beginners and had a first class. We strive to make your first experience in a yoga studio memorable, welcoming and tremendously positive. New can be exciting, and new can also be intimidating. We hope to create an environment that allows you to explore the mind, body and soul in a comfortable, non-judgmental and safe space.

Why Yoga?

Yoga can benefit everyone. You don't need to be flexible or be able to quiet the mind. You simply need the desire to show up, breathe, and learn. The term yoga comes from a Sanskrit word meaning "yoke" or "union", the harmonious interplay of mind and body in all areas of life.

On a physical level, yoga postures are designed to tone, strengthen, and align the body and were traditionally practiced to ready the body for seated meditation. These postures are performed to make the spine supple and healthy and to promote blood flow to all the organs, glands, and tissues, keeping all the bodily systems healthy and functioning optimally. On a spiritual level, yoga uses breathing techniques and meditation to quiet, clarify, and discipline the mind. Yoga is not a religion, but a way of living with health and peace of mind as its goals.

Everyone's practice is individual to themselves, and what you find most pronounced in your practice may differ from those around you.

Benefits of Yoga May Include:

  • Experiencing balance and harmony in the body, mind and spirit
  • Increased strength, flexibility, range of motion and balance
  • Calming of the mind
  • Revitalization of the body and mind
  • Slowing of heart rate
  • Lowering of blood pressure
  • Increased circulation
  • Strong and toned muscles
  • Detoxification of the system
  • Improved function of internal organs
  • Balancing of the muscular system
  • Increased metabolism and energy
  • Reduction of stress, anxiety, depression, and insomnia
  • Escape from the cell phone
  • Uncontrollable fits of smiling and joy

 

Tips For New Students

  • Visit ForwardFold.com. Access our current class schedule, read class descriptions, purchase class passes, and sign up for classes and workshops.
  • Arrive 10 minutes early. Allow yourself time to park. Always check in at the front desk even if you've made an online reservation.
  • Practice on an empty stomach. Don't eat 1-2 hours prior to yoga practice. Juice or fruit are OK if you need quick energy before class. Drink plenty of water prior to and after class.
  • Dress appropriately. Wear comfortable, form-fitting workout clothing. Layers help to adjust for temperature changes during and after class.
  • Purchase a yoga mat. Having your own mat supports your commitment to your practice and ensures its cleanliness.
  • Remove your shoes before entering the studio. Keep the street outside and leave your shoes in a cubby in our lobby. Use a cubby inside the practice room to keep your valuables.
  • Turn off your cell phone.  Right?!
  • Go to Basics, Level 1 or Easy Does It. These classes are appropriate for beginners. Let the teacher know you are new to the practice. Practice within your limits - this applies to all levels of yogis!
  • Notify the teacher of injuries or medical conditions. This helps the teacher know how to assist you and give you modifications.
  • Practice often. 4-6 times per week for maximum benefit. 2-3 times per week will show improvement for most students within three months.
  • Avoid wearing heavy perfume or cologne. We do a lot of breathing. 'Nuf said.
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