Get Ready to Feel Fabulous
You are about to understand for yourself why so many students walk out of yoga class sweaty and relaxed with a gigantic smile on their faces. However, just in case you are thinking that the most important part of getting ready to start yoga is already being flexible, you’ll discover your real success will lie in finding the right class.
Yoga practice helps you build strength, increase flexibility, and develop greater mental focus. This guide gives you the basic information to get started. Remember, the hardest part is walking through the studio’s front door! Try different classes and talk with your teachers (they like questions). Over time, you can tailor an individualized practice that emphasizes exactly what you need. We have a class for each of you. Whatever you’re looking for, it’s best to begin with Beginner or Level 1 classes, and if you’d like more guidance, our Yoga Advisors can help you create a personal schedule.
What Type of Class Should I Take?
The best way to start your yoga practice - with the amazing Bala Beginner Yoga Series.
Build a strong foundation for a life long, successful practice in this introductory series. Designed to accomodate students of all fitness levels, people with existing injuries, people who have taken a few yoga classes and people who have never set foot on a yoga mat (they’re nice and soft….you’ll love it). At the end of the Beginner Series you’ll have a clear understanding of what to expect when you go to class and how to choose the right class (our Yoga Advisors are always available to help you choose a class, whether you are a first time guest or a long time member).
Click here to find out more about our Bala Yoga Beginner Yoga Series.
First Visit Advice
Please arrive 15 minutes early. We have some simple paperwork to complete and you can speak with the instructor about any special needs you may have.
Wear comfortable clothing that allows for a full range of motion. Yoga is practiced in bare feet for traction and safety. Our studio has changing rooms and cubbies to store your belongings.
Don’t eat for an hour before your class. A little water is okay, but too much liquid can be uncomfortable.
Students typically practice on a yoga mat — bring your own, buy a new one from us, or use one of our $2 loaner mats.
On the Mat
Yoga practice typically involves a series of physical postures that are coordinated with full breathing and a mental focus on the present moment. It is a lifelong practice of progressive change and there’s no need to do it all on the first try. There are many modifications available for the physical poses to make them more or less challenging depending on your needs.
Remember it is not a competition with others or yourself. Challenge yourself but don’t push too hard – yoga should never be painful. If you can’t breathe, it’s a warning to back off a little and reduce the intensity of the pose.
In the beginning you may want to practice in the back row so you can observe other students – they’ll help you get a feel for the different poses and class flow.