So you've finally surrendered to the siren call of yoga. Whether starting a practice is your new year resolution, or you've decided to incorporate yoga into your existing fitness regimen, or you're searching for something yoga may help you find, let me congratulate you on making the choice to try yoga. No matter what brings you to your first class, we're glad you've found your way here!
If you're totally new to yoga, you probably have a lot of questions. What do I wear, what should I bring, what class should I take? Let's cover some of the most asked questions here.
How do I sign up?
By far the easiest way to create an account, sign up for classes, and manage your schedule is through our MINDBODY app. Click here to download it and get started. Or if you're on a computer, go here and follow the steps to create an account.
Once you've created an account in the app or on the site, you'll need to purchase a pass. If you've never been to our studio, make sure to look for our New Student Specials. And then once you've done that, you can start booking classes! Again, we suggest using the app, but you can also view the schedule and book classes here.
What should I wear?
Wear comfortable clothing that allows for unrestricted movement. Clothing that's too baggy or too tight can often impede your ability to move freely and easily. For warmer classes, you may find breathable, lighter fabrics are more comfortable than cotton or other thick, heavy fabrics.
What should I bring?
Bring yourself and your curiosity. Those are the essentials. But you'll probably want some water, too. If you have your own mat and/or props, bring them with you. But if you don't, we have some you can borrow.
What class should I start out with?
If you're brand new to yoga, start with one of our Beginners classes. These classes go at a slower pace, and offer a lot of instruction and explanation. Or try a Hatha class. These classes also go a little slower, and they're a gentle, feel-good way to ease into a yoga practice. Or if you're comfortable with more active movement and are feeling a little adventurous, try Vinyasa Flow. These classes are a little faster-paced and offer less instruction, but as long as you don't have any major physical limitations, you can give it a shot! (You can view our full class schedule here.)
The beauty of yoga, though, is that absolutely anyone can do it, and great teachers (like ours) can offer accommodations for almost all levels in almost any of our classes.
Check out our FAQ page for more info. If you still have more questions, or if you have any special needs or concerns, send me an email. I'm happy to help.
Wherever you are in life, in your body, or on your yoga journey, know that now is the perfect time to give us a try. We can't wait to see you!
A friend posted this image on Facebook a couple of weeks ago, and it really resonated with me. I've been thinking about it a lot since then, so I wanted to share some of those thoughts with you here.
Back at the end of July, I was really riding the struggle bus. Everything seemed to be going wrong all at once. Nothing was coming easy. Every day felt like a fight. I was working incredibly hard to make things go more smoothly, and was wrestling with trying to make good decisions. But no matter what I did, nothing was solving my problems. Like an animal caught in a trap, the more I struggled, the more entangled and in pain I became.
I slowly began to realize that I was going to lose the fight. So my decision was, was I going to lose my mind in the process, or was I going to just stop fighting?
I chose the latter. I made a conscious decision at the beginning of August to stop resisting, and start taking it easy instead. But "taking it easy" isn't really as easy as it sounds! We live in a culture that celebrates hustle and grind and overwork and excessive productivity and perfection. It's actually pretty hard to resist that pressure to achieve and excel.
But I have done a pretty good job of letting go of it all. Many times each week, I've found myself in a situation where I've had to be aware and remind myself to take the easy way out. For example, as my kids returned to school, I found myself getting stressed over buying school supplies, wanting them to have everything they could possibly need and then some, and trying to find the lowest prices by shopping multiple stores. But then I stopped and reminded myself that if they didn't have everything the first week it wouldn't matter, that they were fully capable of organizing things themselves, and that if I paid $1.50 instead of $1.35 for pencils, my budget would survive. Besides, in the grand scheme of things this year, should binder sizes really be my main concern? Probably not!
Without realizing it, I've been putting the principles illustrated in that diagram above to work. I've been disciplined when I needed to buckle down, but I've also channeled my inner Bart Simpson and said "Don't have a cow, man" as often as possible.
I gave myself two months to stick to my "if it doesn't come easy, let it go" plan, and so far, I like it. I'll likely keep it up. Because let me tell you, that middle part of the diagram above -- the flow -- feels really good when I'm in it. And amazingly, most everything has somehow miraculously worked out OK. And the stuff that hasn't, well, I'm not letting it get me down so much.
I challenge you to try this, too. Identify where you're struggling too much, for little to no reward. Then experiment with ways to let it go. Where can you stop fighting and start flowing? And what does it feel like when you do?
We're glad you're here! Our intention in starting a blog is to create a space where we can talk a little more in-depth about yoga, and how the lessons of yoga affect our lives.
One of the best things about our teachers is that they have a lot of experience practicing, teaching, and studying yoga, so they'll all be sharing their wisdom and insights here. But we'll also be sharing content from outside experts, and even our students, from time to time. We look forward to highlighting a variety of voices.
So like our studio, this blog will be a space where everyone is welcome, and all are encouraged to join the discussion and share your thoughts. So make sure to comment, and if you have an idea for a post (or want to write one yourself!), let us know!