First of all, congratulations on your decision! You stand at the start of what will be an amazing journey. You may have decided to start yoga for health reasons, or to achieve more balance and peace of mind, or simply to see if it can help you in some other way. Whatever the genesis, you will quickly see and feel for yourself that the regular practice of yoga will not only steadily improve your physical and mental health, it will bring about transformation and progress in other areas of your life as well.
Yoga Is For Everyone
We love welcoming new students of all ages and abilities and we understand that yoga can be an intimidating prospect for those that are new to the practice. But the most wonderful thing about yoga is truly is for everyone. There is no previous experience, or special attributes required. You don’t have to be able to touch your toes or do the splits. Yoga is non-competitive and non-judgemental. It’s a personal practice, just you and your mat with the guidance of your teacher who will help you to develop your body’s capabilities and harmonize them with a calm and focused mind.
OK, I’m convinced. What’s the best way to start?
At CAELO Yoga, we welcome beginners with open arms. That’s why we’ve given particular thought to the challenges that many new yogis face when getting started and as our CAELO YOGA Beginner’s Series.
If your schedule does not allow you to join any of these training classes, don’t worry: you can always ask CAELO staff which of our “Open” or “All Levels” classes would be right for you, as different teachers specialize in classes of different levels of intensity. But if you can join one of our Beginners’ Series, it will be a wonderful way to get started in the company of other new students who will be starting their own journey alongside you.
SOME ANSWERS TO YOUR BEGINNER YOGI QUESTIONS
Q: What kind of yoga is best for me?
A: There are many different styles of yoga; you will be able to practice most of the main ones at CAELO. The style that’s right for you depends on many factors.
First, consider your reasons for practicing. Is it primarily to boost your physical fitness? In that case, one of the more dynamic styles of yoga such as Jivamukti or Vinyasa could be what you’re looking for. Is it to calm yourself, achieve introspection, or otherwise work toward a sense of inner peace? Then a more relaxing, reflective style like Hatha, Yin, Integral or one of our meditation classes might be worth a try.
The truth is, you may not even know what you’re looking for until you start trying on styles, but you’ll know when you’ve found the yoga that’s right for you. Be mindful of how your body feels during and after class: The pace and level of practice should feel challenging but not overtaxing, and you should feel more relaxed, open, and grounded in your body after class.
The practice of yoga also involves a special connection between the student and the teacher. Different teachers bring different energies, teaching styles, areas of emphasis and spiritual dimensions to their classes. So try a few classes with different teachers to see who inspires you and will motivate you to keep elevating your practice
Q: How often should I practice?
A: For the benefits of yoga to really be felt, your practice has to be regular, meaning – ideally – two or three times a week. You will still experience benefits with a single 90-minute session a week, but with that limited frequency it will take you a lot longer to really start feeling stronger and calmer. However, don’t let time constraints or unrealistic goals be an obstacle—do what you can and don’t worry about it. You will likely find that after a while your desire to practice expands naturally and you will find yourself doing more and more.
Q: What should I wear to the class?
A: Wear something that you would be comfortable stretching in. Women typically wear leggings with a tank top, and the men often practice in exercise shorts and a t-shirt. You do not need shoes for yoga practice.
Q: Should I eat/drink before the class?
A: It is a common practice for yogis to stop eating around 2 hours before a class. But, if you are very hungry, you can grab something light like a smoothie or a piece of fruit.