Our beginner yoga classes have been specially crafted to deliver a well-rounded yoga practice in the space of a one hour class to introduce you to the various types of yoga offered at the studio. You’ll begin each class with a series of poses to warm the body and build into a vinyasa flow. Following that, you’ll find a few deep stretches with yin yoga before rounding out the practice with a restorative pose. Throughout class, you’re invited to ask questions so you can set a strong foundation in your new yoga practice.
This is the most widely practiced form of yoga in the world today and with good reason, you’ll gain strength, balance & flexibility in just one class. Vinyasa flow moves your body from one pose to the next using the breath as your guide, inhaling with some poses and exhaling with others. In the beginner class, you’ll work through a series of poses that will build into a vinyasa flow. Over time, you’ll begin to learn some of the most common poses and flows in yoga - setting you up to move into more advanced practice in our slow flow classes.
We include yin yoga to create balance in your practice. Vinyasa flow is an active series of poses while yin complements this practice by delivering deeper stretches that move beyond muscle and into the joints and connective tissues in the body. A quiet practice, yin will bring any tightness in your body into sharp focus while providing you with the opportunity to regain lost range of motion over time.
To close each beginner class, we provide one of many restorative poses to fully relax the body and mind. It’s not uncommon to hear a snore or two in a restorative pose - and that’s a good thing. Restorative yoga is designed to give practitioners a mental and physical time out from the busy-ness of life while activating the relaxation response in the body.
Ready for Slow Flow
After a few beginner classes, you’ll learn a great many poses that are used in our slow flow classes. By gaining familiarity with these postures, you can confidently step into a slow flow class with a mind and body that are ready for a full class of vinyasa flow. And, when you move out of beginner, be sure to keep yin and restorative in your regular yoga routine. These classes serve to balance out your yoga practice and have unique benefits beyond what slow flow can provide.
Frequently Asked Questions
I’m not flexible, will I be able to do yoga?
Yes! Even the most inflexible among us are able to enjoy yoga. In fact, if you’re not flexible, that’s the best reason of all to begin practicing. After years of stiffening up, yoga can help you stretch and lengthen your muscles and connective tissues - increasing range of motion and restoring what you’ve lost.
What if I can’t do pose X?
There are thousands of poses and variations in yoga, and we’re not aware of anyone who can do them all. Yoga is highly individualized because each person has a unique body that will find ease where others encounter challenge and vice versa. Even if you can’t immediately get into a pose, our instructors offer modifications that will allow you to achieve a similar stretch in your body.
How many beginner classes should I take before moving into Slow Flow?
This always depends on the individual, but if we were pressed for a number, it would be four. Across four classes, you’ll likely experience a range of poses that will leave you prepared for your first slow flow class.
I HAVE AN INJURY AND YOGA WAS RECOMMENDED AS PART OF MY RECOVERY. SHOULD I START WITH beginner yoga?
No. While yoga is great for injury prevention and recovery, the practice has to be tailored to the injury. We suggest starting with a restorative or yin class first so you can listen carefully to your body, identify what movements are and are not accessible, and have more time to better assess yourself. Also, be sure to arrive 15 minutes before class and discuss your injury with your instructor.