How to Begin

 

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Would you like to practice with us?  Our doors are open to you, and we would be pleased to teach you the practice.  We understand how daunting that first class or workshop can be from the outside, but we can assure you an enriching experience. Our purpose is not to contort your body into impossible shapes, but to empower you to rediscover your body, and open new spaces in your mind, with this unique contemplative form.

There are no requirements of physical ability. We can adapt the practice to anyone who wants to learn.  Whatever your situation, we can teach you the practice, and we can continue to guide you as your practice evolves.

 

“The practice is to see ourselves in the present moment, and to see the present moment with open eyes, as something entirely new, unprecedented, and unique. This requires that we have an open mind, one that is clear and uncluttered by knowledge and technique.  So unlike other endeavors, where we advance by acquiring skills and experience, here the practice is to divest ourselves of what we have acquired through experience, and allow ourselves to be fully present with what is.  In this practice, there can be no advancing, for there is nowhere to go, and nothing to do, but open ourselves fully to the present moment, and allow ourselves to be.  In this practice, we must be perpetual beginners.”

 

What To Expect

During a yoga class , you can expect a mix of verbal instruction, demonstration, hands-on assistance and occasional partner work to help you learn the basics as well as refine your understanding and performance of the yoga postures. This helps you to get the full benefits of yoga practice.

Our Instructors are readily available during class to assist each individual as the entire class progresses together. They will offer individualized suggestions and instructions as well as hands-on assistance. You are always free to decline any assistance – just let your teacher know if you would prefer not to be touched.

Classes offered are on an ongoing basis which means that you can start classes anytime and progress to other ability levels as you become more confident in your practice. Don’t worry if you are new; there are always new people coming in to class and we’ll make sure you feel comfortable.

Here are some useful pointers and tips whether your are deciding to come for the first time or hundredth time.

  1. Bring a yoga mat, towel and water. We offer mats at no cost, but I highly recommend your own.
  2. Refrain from eating large meals 2 hours before class; keep hydrated ( water) before and after class.
  3. Each student has their own strengths and weaknesses, so yoga is about working in harmony with both no matter what level you are. All of our students are still practicing,and so am I.
  4. Please arrive on time, and please turn cell phones off
  5. You want to wear comfortable clothing that you can move around in. Nothing too tight, or too loose.
  6. Yoga creates flexibility. It is not required that you already be limber in order to participate.
  7. If you have any sort of condition or injury, it is always a good idea to check with your physician before coming to class. Please be sure to let your instructor know if you have any sort of injury or illness. This will allow your instructor to help you modify your practice so that it is healing and appropriate for your body.
  8. If you are running late for class you are still welcome to join in. Please check at the front desk before entering. If the class is still sitting in meditation it is best to wait until they start moving, or just go in and sit quietly by the door.