You’re in the perfect place.
The beauty of yoga is that it’s about making it your own and meeting and greeting your body exactly where it’s at. The beauty of The Studio is that all levels are welcome. There is no reason to feel intimidated here because we’ll guide and inspire you through this journey.
Our students come to us at all stages of their practice—from those who have never been on a mat to those who have been practicing for years. And although all of our instructors are experienced with working with brand new students, we also have offerings specifically tailored to new students. Wonderful classes that open your body and your life to this amazing practice…with no intimidation.
Side note: Many people say that they’re not flexible enough to do yoga. But that’s precisely why they need to do it. (Just in case that was swirling in your head.)
Following are a few things beginners should know about The Studio (including specific class offerings):
- We have mats available for you to use. The first two uses are free, thereafter there will be a $2 mat fee.
- Wear comfortable workout clothing. You might want to go with something slightly fitted as baggy clothes can often get in the way of poses. You’ll also be barefoot.
- Bring a water bottle and a towel. (Not required, but recommended. We do rent hand towels if needed for $1 and shower towels for $2.)
- The Studio owner, Kathleen Slattery-Moschkau, offers free 15 minute health and yoga consults to help point you to the right teachers, etc. Contact us to arrange a time.
- At the beginning of class, inform the instructor that you’re new to yoga. He or she will provide modifications of certain poses and help you during class.
- Make it your own. Don’t worry about what the person on the mat next to you is doing. Listen to your body and push back into child’s pose when needed. (A lovely, lovely pose.)
- Many of our yoga classes take place in a heated room (some unheated class options are available in our Lakeside or Streetside Studios. See our schedule.). The heat provides an amazing environment for opening the muscles and detoxing the body (you sweat out all the crud.) Beginners should note that it’s normal to feel a bit uncertain of the heat the first couple of times you practice. But that feeling typically passes by the third or fourth class. And by the fifth class? You’ll crave the heat. It’s magical.
Although beginners can and do attend any of our classes, following are the very best options for absolute beginners (normal class rates apply):
- Yoga for Beginners (Regular ‘class-style’ held once per week. Low to no heat.)
- Gentle Flow (An easier version of our popular ‘Flow’ class. Held four times per week. Heated and unheated options available.)
- Intro to Yoga (A one hour primer on the basic poses of yoga. Offered once per month.)
- Beginners Yoga Series (4-week workshop. No heat.) (Held at various times throughout the year)
Private yoga sessions are also available and can be a nice way to introduce your body to the practice.