New To Yoga?
Showing up is the hardest part.
We’ll take care of the rest.
Starting something new can often be intimidating, but beginners fit right in at Bala. In no time, our studio will feel like your studio, too. Come see for yourself. Our instructors are available before and after class for questions and will suggest modifications to help you become acquainted with the postures. While you’re welcome to start in any of our classes, most beginners find the Yoga Basics or Level 1 Yoga to be a good jumping off point to exploring yoga for the first time.
We suggest coming to the studio 30 minutes early to sign up for your first class and become acquainted with the studio.
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What to Expect
With a few exceptions, our rooms are gently heated to 85 degrees to help increase flexibility and circulation.
Our studio doors open 30 minutes before class; we lock the doors during class, so please give yourself enough time to arrive and settle in.
Please silence your phone upon entering the studio.
You’ll be asked to leave your bags, phone, shoes and other personal items in the changing rooms or studio cubbies.
We ask that you observe silence in the yoga room so students can meditate and relax before class begins.
Most instructors bring their own mix of music to play that compliments the theme and style of class.
What to Wear
Wear comfortable, light exercise clothes that allow you to move freely.
Wear clothing that you’re comfortable sweating in.
Out of respect for your fellow classmates, we ask that you refrain from using perfumes or cologne while in the studio space.
What to Bring
A water bottle and towel will ensure you’re hydrated and comfortable during class. You may rent or purchase a towel at the front desk if you forget yours at home.
A yoga mat is essential for each class. If you forget yours or don’t yet own one, you can rent or purchase one from us at the front desk.
We know you’ll love the relaxing space we’ve created at Bala, so please help us keep it that way by turning off your cell phones upon entering the studio.
Remember to come to class well hydrated: drink plenty of water before and after class.
What does the word “Yoga” mean?
In Sanskrit, “yoga” means “union” or “to yoke.” At Bala, we help our students find that union each day through the coming together of mind, body, breath, spirit and light.
What is Power Vinyasa Yoga?
Vinyasa is often called “flow” yoga for a reason: we transition from one pose to the next, connecting fluid movement and breath. This dynamic, challenging form of yoga increases strength, endurance and overall flexibility. Bala Instructors develop their own sequencing, so class is always different and each day brings something new.
Why are classes heated at Bala?
Heat helps increase flexibility, aids in circulation, and aids in agility as you move from one pose to the next. We find our students are more mindful of the way their breath and body work together in the heated room. You’ll likely find you feel more open, receptive and flexible in the space.
Are there classes without heat?
Our prenatal class, yin yoga, and kids classes are not heated. If you are pregnant and not previously used to practicing in a heated room, it is best to avoid starting a new, vigorous routine at this time.
How often should I practice yoga?
Your yoga practice should fit realistically into your week and your schedule. Even if you only practice once a week, you will see benefits. Of course, if you practice yoga more frequently, you will begin to notice the physical benefits of this complete cardiovascular and strength-building practice even more, not to mention the mental benefits including stress relief, relaxation, and a feeling of grounded-ness.
To do yoga, don’t you have to be super flexible?
It’s a misconception that only flexible students enjoy yoga. Yoga is for everyone. With a regular yoga practice, you’ll be amazed how quickly your body will change and adapt – and, of course, the most important thing is not to compare yourself to others on the mat. This is your time.
I have an injury: Will yoga help?
It’s always best to consult with your physician before beginning or continuing an exercise routine when you have an injury. Once you’ve done so, feel free to reach out to us for recommendations on the best class for you.
Can I bring my child to practice yoga with me?
The minimum age to practice yoga at Bala is 12 years old. We ask that anyone under the age of 16 be accompanied by an adult. If you’re between the ages of 16-17, you may have a parent or guardian sign a waiver at the front desk allowing you to practice with us.