Breaking the Ice
Getting Started with Yoga for Beginners
Yoga can be intimidating for people who have never taken a class. If you are a beginner to yoga, you may be wondering how to get started with your yoga journey and what you can expect. You should know that there are several different variations of yoga classes that you can join. Many newcomers are curious about which class is right for their needs. If you have never taken a yoga class before, you might want to take a beginner class that will lead you through 20-30 poses at a fairly relaxed pace. When you are comfortable with the poses, or if you are already athletic, you could try a Vinyasa Flow class. This class moves at a faster pace and gets your heart pumping. The most challenging classes are Hot Flow, Twisted Yoga and Yoga Hour. Keep in mind if you want to try Hot Flow yoga, it’s not recommended for beginners
Beginner Yoga Drop in’s are a great place to start:
Wednesday Night: 6pm-7:15pm with Chantelle McNichol
Saturday afternoon: 2pm-3:15pm with Shu Tian
A wonderful aspect of practicing yoga is that it is welcoming and non-judgmental, especially in a beginner yoga class. You don’t have to worry about buying expensive equipment or flashy gear to get started with yoga. Yoga Central carries the best yoga mats on the market, and we would be happy to walk you through selecting the right option. All you need to attend a class is a mat, and clothing that will allow you to move and stretch throughout the class. Many beginners to yoga are concerned about their ability to keep up with the class. The teacher will show you the beginner and advanced variations of the poses, and you do what makes you comfortable. You shouldn’t push yourself beyond what your body can do in the present, and any qualified instructor should encourage you to listen to your body. Yoga is a personal experience, and other yogis won’t be watching you to judge your clothes or your abilities.
Starting a new fitness program will always require an investment. Most customers appreciate that yoga studios don’t lock you into a contract and you can easily take a few drop-in classes to discover if yoga is right for you. You can also purchase a flexible yoga pass that fits your lifestyle. Most studios will offer beginners a chance to start on their yoga journey with a significant discount on a monthly unlimited pass. You can come into the studio as much as your schedule will allow and discover yoga for a reasonable fee. Yoga is an effective workout that improves flexibility and strength, but it’s accessible to people of all levels of fitness, You also don’t have to spend a lot of money to notice some benefits. Many practitioners report that after a single yoga class they feel less tense and anxious. If you can commit to a minimum of one weekly class, yoga will increase your flexibility and muscle tone. Can you imagine the benefits if you came more than that? If you suffer from joint and lower back pain, you may notice a decrease in its severity.