New Students

Yoga may appear a bit intimidating if you have never experienced the practice. However, any beginner class will offer a safe and nourishing experience. Just come with an open mind, wear comfortable clothes, and trust in the guidance of our caring teachers.  

Yoga is a process. It takes a few classes before you can relax enough and experience its benefits. Our minds and our physical bodies will always feel awkward in the beginning. It takes a desire to learn but mostly a will to "unlearn" old patterns and develop new habits. Yoga is never about what you look like nor how accomplished you are in the movements.  It is about feeling better physically, emotionally and mentally. 

So welcome!  ...and know you are among friends.

 

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So many classes! Where to begin?

BEST BEGINNING

Register for the Fundamentals of Yoga, a 6-week beginner series

Over the course of many weeks, our introductory class help you slowly to build strength, flexibility, and most importantly, great technique.

This class is perfect if you’re new to yoga, lapsed for a couple years, or wanting a more solid foundation in alignment. Fundamentals of Yoga is offered twice a week as a 6 week series class. You need to register for the series ahead of time.

Fundamentals of Yoga
Mondays at 7:30–8:45pm
Thursdays at 7:30–8:45pm

See our Series + Workshops for upcoming dates and to register.

QUICK START

Sign-up for our 3 for $36 New Student Special

If you’ve found us mid-series, or you’re not quite ready to commit to a series class, try our 3 class special. Our special allows you to take any 3 drop-in classes of your choosing. Try different styles and teachers to see what's best for you.

Here’s are classes that are especially good for beginners:

Basic Beginning Yoga
Thursdays at 4:30pm

Fundamentals of Yoga Drop-in
Saturdays at 8:00am

Vinyasa Flow, Level 1
Sundays at 10:30am
Mondays at 10:00am
Tuesdays at 6:00pm

Still unsure?  Have questions? We can help!

 

Once you begin to practice yoga regularly, you may notice many of the following common benefits:

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The quality of our breath reflects how we are feeling. When we are upset, the breath tends to be fast and shallow. When we are at ease, the breath is slow and deep. We can learn to manage the breath through yoga practice by maintaining deep consistent breathing through all the postures. When we can lengthen our exhale breath, there is more room to allow life in on the inhale. Creating space in the body and learning to work with the breath allows energy to flow freely throughout your system. Yoga helps you mentally unwind as well. You'll feel more energized after your very first yoga class!

Chronic stress and pressure can lead to serious illness and disease if ignored. A regular, consistent practice will most definitely calm the mind and body, boost the immune system, provide a deeper, more restful sleep, and eliminate stress.

And while yoga may not get rid of our problems, but it can help us learn how to look at our issues in a healthy, objective way and not become reactive. Through the yoga practice, we learn how to breathe and calmly work through any discomfort. We learn not to run away from our issues, but to let them arise and dissipate. We don't feed into them. We also learn to back off if a situation is painful.

Often you will find that whatever was bothering you before class, has become less of an issue after class. Meditation also serves as an effective stress reducer.

In addition, yoga may help you fall asleep easier and sleep more soundly. In yoga, we learn how to tune out distracting thoughts. Focusing on your breath calms the mind and lowers the heart rate. Strengthening and stretching the body promotes a restful state afterwards.

Whether you can touch your toes or not, with a continuous and consistent practice, yoga can transform your body and mind and improve your overall health. Yoga postures lengthen the body's connective tissues through physical postures called asanas that have been practiced for thousands of years.

Circulation is the ability to bring oxygen rich blood to all areas of our body. It gives life to every cell in the body, healing wounds, killing germs, and ensuring vitality to our tissue. Yoga is a wonderful vehicle to heal the immune system by boosting blood circulation to vital organs and tissue and lower our blood pressure.

A regular yoga practice is an extremely effective method of detoxifying, not only the physical body (skin, organs, and blood), but on the deeper, emotional layer as well. Yoga allows us to release and clean out old thinking. It sharpens are mental clarity and enhances our creativity.

Learning yoga postures creates an enormous sense of pride that you will carry with you in your daily life. When we can feel good in our physical bodies, standing upright, it boosts our self esteem and self confidence.

A regular yoga practice may reduce your appetite and will encourage better food choices. Yoga cleanses the body, increases metabolism, stimulates waste elimination, and reduces cravings.

 

Registration

We ask that all new students arrive at least 15 minutes before class starts to register and fill out a waiver. If you want to be extra prepared, you can fill out the waiver online here.

Be prepared to pay for the class with cash or check as the studio does not accept credit cards. You can purchase classes online with credit card through Paypal before coming to the studio.

 

Before Class

Most of our classes are drop-in, which means that each class is an on-going class, and you can show up at the studio before class without registering before hand. We encourage you to arrive early, find a spot, and quietly shift to your yoga practice. Bathrooms are available so you can come on your way to work, on your way home, or at midday.

Please tell the teacher if you have any injuries or conditions that may limit your yoga practice. If you aren't sure if your condition is limiting, please tell the teacher anyway, as our job is first and foremost to keep you safe and healthy.

We are considerate to those who are "scent" sensitive and restrict the use of incense and scented candle burning.

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Be on time

With respect for the teacher and fellow students, please be arrive on time. Yoga asana practice is based on a series of postures that need to be practiced in a sequence. The warmup postures are a fundamental and trying to perform deeper postures without them may result in injury.

Shoes, gum, food...

We work hard to keep the studio floors clean. Please help us by never wearing shoes in the yoga rooms and discard gum and food before class. Yoga is best practiced on an empty stomach, so eat lightly or not at all for 1-2 hours before class.

Phones

We come to yoga to let go, release anxiety, and leave the stress of daily life for a bit. New students are conditioned to the hustle and bustle of daily life and we understand, but please turn off your cell phones in class. If you need to take a call, please quietly leave the room while in class and return when you are finished.

Talking

People are coming to class to find peace and quiet. Let’s respect all fellow yogis and their personal time to find stillness. When you enter the yoga rooms, please do not have conversation. If you need to talk (quietly) before class, there is seating available in the front of the studio.

 

During Class

We have yoga mats, yoga blocks, blankets, straps, and bolsters located in the classroom— free to use in class, but it is always best to bring your own mat when possible. You may also want to bring a closed-lid water bottle and a towel.  

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Breathe throughout the posture.

Be consciously aware of your breath throughout the entire class. Breath encourages stillness in the body. Allow for a longer exhale breath which is key to calming the mind.

Listen to your body.

You know what your body can and can’t do. Take baby steps. Our teachers will encourage you to explore your limits, but ultimately, you must decide how far to go. You will decide when to work through something, and when to avoid it. You are your own best teacher. Yoga meets you where you are!

Let our teachers gently adjust your alignment, when necessary.

Our teachers will assist you to further understand the postures. They may help with your alignment to prevent injury or to simply connect on a deeper level.

Refrain from leaving early.

If you must leave early, speak with your teacher at the beginning of class. Before leaving, please practice savasana to allow your heart rate to slow down and the oxygen in your blood to circulate to your entire body. Savanna offers a chance to still your mind and to accept any feelings that may have come up during practice. 

 

After Class

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Much like before and during class, we encourage students to stay quiet and mindful of others. Please take conversations outside the classroom. Please return all mats and props to their storage.

Commit to a regular, consistent practice

Changing your life takes practice. A consistent, continuous yoga practice (1 to 3 times a week) will help you manage your stress, build confidence, strengthen your body and deepen your awareness.

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