Beginner Yoga Classes

by debee007

Stretch/ Strengthen/ Stabilize Your Body/ Mind/ Spirit

Beginner Yoga Class* with Heidi MacEwen  Monday Evenings @ 6:45– 8 PM 

Beginner Yoga Class* with Cheryl Whalen  Thursday Evenings @ 5:45– 7:00 PM   

Cost $15 drop-in or 5-wks $65  **1st class drop-in only $10  Note:**if 5 class series card is purchased at the time of 1st class save $15 only $50. (*Class card must be used with the same yoga instructor)

Yoga Tips to Consider When Starting to Practice Yoga:

  1. Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing that is sweat-wicking and has stretch is ideal.
  2. You don’t have to incorporate yoga into your life every day at first. You can start slowly with one or two classes per week. You may even want to get started by just adding some poses into your cool-down routine after a run or workout.
  3. If you have any medical conditions make sure you speak with your health care provider before starting any type of yoga practice.
  4. Start by taking a beginners yoga class.
  5. Find a studio that is convenient and easy for you to get to.
  6. Make sure to attend classes from experienced and certified instructors.
  7. Educate yourself on the type of class you are taking before taking it.
  8. Inform the teacher of any pre-existing medical conditions or injuries.
  9. Go with friends or workout partners to stay motivated.
  10. Everyone is different. Make sure to modify postures based off your individual needs and abilities.
  11. Try out all different styles of yoga until you find the style that fits you.
  12. If practicing at home, find a clean and quiet area where you will not be distracted or bothered.

Common Types of Yoga:

  1. Hatha – is the term that is used to describe any type of yoga that teaches physical poses. Any Hatha class you attend will focus on postures. Most Western yoga classes are a form of Hatha yoga. These classes tend to be slower paced and more relaxing.
  2. Ashtanga – is a style of yoga incorporates six poses broken down into a series and performed in a sequential manner. Each pose is connected and every movement is linked to a breath. It is a more rigorous and physically demanding style of yoga.
  3. Vinaysa – is a more active and movement-rich style of yoga that incorporates a sequence of poses. Unlike Asthanga yoga, the poses change from class to class depending on the teacher and what they have choreographed for that day. Similar in intensity to Ashtanga yoga, these classes are generally fast-paced, physically demanding and lively.
  4. Bikram – is a type of yoga incorporates poses performed in heated studios at temperatures around 105 degrees Fahrenheit. In order for it to be truly considered Bikram, these classes must include a series of 26 unchanging scripted poses that were created by the founder Bikram Choudhury.
  5. Yin – is a quiet more relaxing and meditative form of yoga. The slow-paced style of yoga incorporates poses that are held for longer periods of time.
  6. Prenatal – as the name implies, this form of yoga is for expecting mothers. It incorporates breathing, gentle stretching, poses and relaxation, and is considered great for helping moms-to-be stay in shape, develop or maintain strength and flexibility and may even help prepare them for labor.